Meat free for a month

Okay, so it’s been a while since the last FoodTeaLife update but I do have a good excuse…a holiday in the French Alps skiing and enjoying lots of molten cheese! More on that to come.

Cheese party

My latest foodie update comes following a long chat with my good friend Miss Penn (of super awesome blog PopCulturePlaypen). We’re making  April Pescetarian month!


That’s right no meat, just fish! I’m a big fish and seafood lover anyway so I’m thinking it should be easy, but will I crack and crave a bacon sandwich or one of the Bugle Inn’s amazing buffalo burgers?! Oh god I’m starting to think I haven’t exactly thought this through…if only it wasn’t for the the Bugle on my doorstep! Luckily their fish dishes are lovely too.

There are all sorts of health benefits associated with eating less meat and more fish so we’ll see how pescetarian month goes…might even post a few fish recipes!


The crab’s claw and more…

I’ve been busy doing some really fun foodie things this week, including meeting and photographing several south coast fishermen for something that’s very new and exciting! Can’t tell you about it yet, but watch this space for some fantastic local foodie news. Okay so I didn’t actually take any photos myself…I left that to the professionals but had a really good time meeting some local fishermen and chefs…I even saw a crab detach its own claw! Never witnessed that in person before, quite a funny sight…not for the poor crab though, it obviously thought its life was in danger…which, well, it was.

Poor crab...

Moving on…

How great are piccolo tomatoes? Seriously I am loving them at the moment, can’t get enough. Do you know the ones I mean? If you don’t…buy some! They’re truly the sweetest, loveliest tomatoes you can get…I just googled them and it would appear I’m not the only one in love with these little red lovelies, they seem to have quite a following. Might look into growing some.

'Plumptious Beauties'...As Nigella would say!

Wine notes time now… I recently enjoyed a lovely meal at the Chesil Rectory which was delicious (must do a write up – highly recommended!). During our visit we enjoyed two bottles of an amazing locally produced sparkling wine, it was sensational! I love a good sparkling rosé and this was honestly every bit as nice as one of my favourites, Laurent Perrier Rosé …and a heck of a lot more reasonable in price! I really don’t know much more about this fabulous wine other than it’s a Hampshire wine named Cottonworth Rose – I intend to find out more though! I do also happen to know you can get it through local company Wine Utopia …just in case I’ve got anyone else interested in trying it.

Love a sparkling rose!


Fab meal enjoyed at the Chesil Rectory - highly recommended!