My 'summer holiday' that I took last week at the Brittany house can really be summed up by several things: white peaches from the South of France, copious amounts of French rosé wine, the blistering heat, and the beautiful hydrangeas in every shade of blue, pink, purple and cream you could possibly imagine in full bloom in practically every single garden and car park. When I said, back in April that I wanted to go to France in July for a 'summer holiday' I don't think anyone could have predicted the freak heatwave that had me hiding, stretched out on a picnic rug with my book under the walnut tree practically all day, but god it was glorious.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Friday, 22 July 2016
I have just returned from the most relaxing week in Brittany, eating out, exploring some of my old favourite haunts and dealing with the unexpected heatwave (on Tuesday it hit over 30 degrees in the shade, and the thermometer on the wall by the kitchen door was climbing over 40!) by hiding under the walnut tree on a picnic rug, a good book and plenty of mint flavoured Badoit water and Côtes de Provence, loaded up with ice.
Friday, 15 July 2016
Now the dust has started to settle and it has really sunk in that Britain will be leaving the European Union, on the political side of things I've been deluged in decent, thought provoking comment pieces to sink my teeth in. On what Brexit means for British food supply and policy, I wanted to use this space to highlight one long read and one policy paper that anyone interested in the future of what we eat should read: in The New Yorker food historian and Telegraph columnist Bee Wilson has given a great overview of what Brexit means for what appears on our plate. Referenced in Bee's article, Tim Lang is Britain's expert on food policy, and he has joined together with Victoria Schoen, who is in food research to write a fascinating policy paper on the topic; one to settle down to a piece of cake and cup of tea with. Sobering food for thought.
1. The only thing better than California strawberries? Strawberry season in Kent. | 2. Celebrating with an aperitifo from Waitrose Food magazine: blood orange juice, Campari, Prosecco and fresh raspberries. | 3. Hotel Chocolat were kind enough to send me one of their new Raspberry & Caramel lollies. Obviously I took it to chill during my lunch break on the beach. | 4. Pork gyoza complete with spring onions and chilli oil from Koi Ramen at Pop Brixton. | 5. Crashing out on the beach in the sunshine after just a little bit too much champagne at The Sportsman. | 6. Pea Panna Cotta and Chapel Down Rose at The Corner House, Canterbury's newest foodie edition - a full review to follow soon!
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
I'll always be happy if you present me with gin and seafood, so needless to say I was rather pleased to find myself sitting out on the terrace overlooking the harbour at Rocksalt in Folkestone on Tuesday afternoon enjoying a specially put together tasting menu, paired with Gin Mare cocktails. I've already shared my love for this Mediterranean gin in my recent Short Southside Fizz recipe, and I've already stated my love for Mark Sargent's East Kent restaurants, so it was a match made in heaven. Also, while we did enjoy a special menu, I've eaten at Rocksalt before, and the dishes were very representative of the sort of food you'd expect visiting.
Saturday, 9 July 2016
On Wednesday we went for lunch at probably the most famous grotty little pub by the sea in Britain. As a food writer, when I'm out for lunch with other journalists and they hear I live in East Kent, then they find out that I've never eaten at The Sportsman, they look at me like I'm crazy. So, to finally see what all the hype (and copious awards) is about, I worked on getting a table booked (and before the holidays, mid-week this still took several attempts!) for what turned out to be one of the best meals I have had so far this year.