Brown Rice, The Bugle, Disaronno and dreams of Bray…

Ok so it’s been a little quiet on FoodTeaLife of late, all the post Christmas trying to be healthy stuff just hasn’t been worth writing about… is anyone interested in wholemeal pasta recipes, brown rice and protein rich meals? Didn’t think so – although if I do manage to create any magically delicious dinners that are also super healthy – I will of course post the recipes (but don’t hold your breath for that).

Mmmm brown rice...

It’s mostly been soup for dinner of late, but I was lucky enough to eat out twice this week, which brought some much needed variety and wine-drinking back into the regime! So this week I’ve enjoyed seafood at the Chestnut Horse in Easton (highly recommended) and a fabulous meal at The Bugle Inn, Twyford last night. The Bugle was excellent as always, with a some really interesting dishes on the menu – I thoroughly enjoyed my main course of mackerel on toast with horseraddish cream, simple but spot on. Winchester folks it is well worth the ten minute taxi journey to The Bugle for some great local grub.

Well worth a visit!

Unfortunately (for my head today) last night was finished off with several Disaronnos on ice, so eloquent words to describe the rest of the meal, the food and the generally delightful atmosphere are somewhat failing me right now. As a result of the Amaretto and White Wine party taking place in my head today…a full on carb-fest was required for lunch when I met my lovely mother and sister in Winchester earlier on.

So delicious at the time...

Last night we did however manage to make some exciting plans to visit Bray to enjoy the whole Heston Blumenthal experience – I of course plan to hold Tom to these drunkenly-made plans! Naturally I have already chosen accommodation already and will continue to pester him about making this foodie pilgrimage (I’ve just shown him how close it is on Google Maps).

It's only an hour away...

Ooh time for so some wine notes (these won’t be a regular occurrence on FoodTeaLife!) – I’m not a huge red wine lover (sacarildge I know – but it just doesn’t like me very much) – but I am hearing rave reviews of Chateauneuf du Pape, so I think even I could be persuaded to try a glass…

Time to red wine again?

I seem to have wandered into the territory of talking about things I want to eat and drink and now feel rather hungry, so I’ll leave this post here…lots to look forward to though, including a return to The Black Rat and of course more soup making!




Super Snack Discovery

This post is dedicated to the discovery of an amazing new snack I’ve been enjoying lately, here it is:

Wild Trail Popcorn Bars

Yes that’s right, snacky-cereal-type bars made with popcorn! I absolutely love popcorn, so these bars made by Wild Trail Foods are just so RIGHT. There are three different bars to chose from – I’ve taste tested them all and can safely say, whilst they’re all very enjoyable, the fruit and double nut is my favourite.

My local village store sells them, but apparently the popcorn bars are such a hit they’re even stocked by Harvey Nichols and Selfridges!

If you see them I urge you to try them – they are so much better than some of the bland cereal bars out there – truly something different.

Okay, that’s all…just had share this awesome tasty snack news!

New Year’s Eve – A Night of Fabulous Food!


Okay my New Year’s Eve was a little mad towards the end, but sensational to begin with – I spent it at the Bugle Inn, Twyford – where the menu for the evening was fabulous from start to finish. From the canapés and mulled wine to begin with to the collection of desserts and the generous cheese board at the end, every course was spot on…my favourite was the fish course:

Halibut – Brill – Sauce Beur Blanc – Capers – Langoustine – Spinach – Fennel, Shallot & Celeriac Puree – Salmon Caviar – Parsley Puree – Lobster Coulis

It was that good, it was even enjoyed by someone on the table who claimed not to like fish!

It was the small, but indulgent little touches that made the evening feel extra special, like the amuse bouche – Celeriac & Apple Veloute  with Curry Oil and Pine Nuts and the Champagne to finish.

Needless to say with a flavoursome trio of duck, a beautiful loin of Hampshire Lamb and several bottles of Champagne also part of the proceedings that evening – I certainly left feeling full food and cheer!

Anyway I think I’ll just say Happy New Year and leave this post here…and not elaborate on how the evening ended with me tucking into some Ainsley Harriott’s Cous Cous at 8 in the morning…