Friday, 15 December 2017

Weekly Love: Week 212

Why is it that I may finally see some snow this morning (having missed the last round of white while I spent a lovely and relaxing week in France eating, drinking, reading, watching films and playing Monopoly - more on that in a few upcoming blog posts) when it might be the least convenient? I'm back to London this afternoon, and the last thing I need is the wrong type of snow on the train tracks so I don't make it all the way to St. Pancras! Not least because when I finally get there I'll be switching advent calendars (I have two this year!) and I'll have 15 days worth of Cadbury Heroes chocolate to enjoy in front of the television tonight! 
Weekly Love 15.11.17
1.  Mummy/ Daughter pizzas at Chapter Canterbury. | 2. Judging the 2017 Canterbury Christmas Windows. | 3. A bottle of wine by the fire at my favourite creperie in Brittany. | 4. Beautiful Christmas lights in Canterbury. | 5. Langoustines for lunch at the simply flawless Auberge de la Cour Verte in Dol de Bretagne, Brittany. | 6. Daddy made one of my favourite and his speciality in France, Hot King Prawns in Garlic Butter (click here for his recipe!)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Kitchen: Organic Salmon Terrine with Gin & Tonic Jelly

Just how food magazines seem to enjoy telling us we'll have lots of unexpected festive visitors stop by over the Christmas period you'll have to feed and water at the last minute, I guarantee you that if you pick up any issue from any year you will be prompted to make some sort of festive pate or terrine either for a festive starter, or for seasonal lunching. I love this idea, and as I've already shared my go-to recipe for chicken liver pate, this Christmas I've teamed up once again with the Organic Trade Board and their Feed Your Happy campaign to bring you my super simple Salmon Terrine finished with a homemade organic Gin & Tonic Jelly.
Salmon Terrine with Gin and Tonic Jelly #christmas #salmon #terrine #gin

Monday, 11 December 2017

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria

A little break from Christmas shopping today, I want to tell you about a great pizza place that opened a few months ago in Canterbury that I spied while I was judging this years Christmas windows, and which provided the perfect gift hunting rest stop the other week. Chapter is a sourdough pizzeria on Burgate serving up great value, authentic pizzas, a few classics like lasagna (baked in the pizza oven) and a good cocktail list at their bar - at the moment they've got great crocks of mulled wine and cider sitting up on the counter. It would be a great place to go for dinner, but they've also got a brilliant value lunch menu where you can get a pizza and a starter or dessert (I wish we'd not been too full to try the chocolate orange mousse) for just £10!
Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria, Canterbury #pizza #canterbury #sourdough

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Kitchen: Parmesan & Paprika Cocktail Stars

After my famous chocolate brownies, my most popular recipe of all time is this Classic Cheese Straws recipe. This tells that around this time of year with your cocktails (may I recommend a Pomegranate & Rosemary Spritz, a Clementine 75 or a Classic Champagne Cocktail?) is something light, slightly cheesy, slightly spicy and made of pastry? So, I thought this year I'd share a festive nibble that is even easier to make, can be made out of a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry and that will only take less than half an hour from start to finish.
Parmesan and Paprika Cocktail Stars #christmas #newyear #canape