Monday, 16 July 2018

How To Spend a Day in the Dordogne

Unlike the day we spent in the Loire where it was cold and wet, and the time we spend in the Lot where it was sunny but cool, the sun was properly out and we enjoyed some real late-spring hot weather when we explored the Dordogne Valley before checking into our hotel in the foodie capital of the Perigord: Sarlat (but more on that in some more foodie posts coming soon!) There are really four things to do in the Dordogne: food, caves, chateaux and gardens, and as we had the food covered in Sarlat and we'd been down a couple of caves in the Lot, we figured that we'd spend the morning exploring the famous topiary gardens at Eyrugnac before going for a climb up to a chateau with a view out over the silver ribbon that was the Dordogne river.
Chapel at the Jardins de Eyrugnac #gardens #eyrugnac #dordogne #france #travel

Friday, 13 July 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #14: Brilliant Bowl Food

While 'bowl food' has been a thing forever, and especially more of a trend on blogs and on Pinterest in the last few years, the first time I think I thought of 'bowl food' as a concept was when I was reading the then, newly published Simply Nigella volume I'd been given for Christmas. She talks about how she loves 'bowl food', where you can just curl up with a comforting bowl, so much more indulgent, and less formal than sitting down with a flat plate, knife and fork. In general, my generation, us much maligned 'Millennials' tend to lean towards eating out of big bowls anyway; while I have so many different plates and dishes for styling, our main dishes for everyday meals are big, blue pasta bowls. So, with this in mind here are five recipes for your busy weeknights ahead next week that are best served in big, generous bowlfuls.
Weekly Meal Plan Brilliant Bowl Food #mealplan #weeklymealplan #bowlfood

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Places To Eat In London: La Goccia, Covent Garden

I know it seems crazy for me to say as a massive part of my day to day is reviewing many of London's new openings, but I think I have London restaurant fatigue. I don't think places that are that new or exciting are opening as much anymore; everything has become a bit cookie cutter. That being said, I think the entire foodie city was excited for Petersham Nurseries to come to Covent Garden (aka somewhere much easier to get to than Richmond!) and while I'll save a review of their fine dining for another day, I must say the dinner I had a few weeks ago now at La Goccia, their new casual Italian small plates place really stuck with me. It got me excited to eat out in London again, and that is proving rather difficult at the moment!
Petersham Nurseries' La Goccia, Covent Garden #coventgarden #london

Monday, 9 July 2018

Student Suppers: Tomato & Cornbread Crumble

This is only the second summer as long as I remember where I've not had more tomatoes than I know what to do with. At the house I grew up in, which my parents moved out of the beginning of last year we had an industrial sized greenhouse which was pretty much entirely planted with them and over the years we've made everything from soups to salads, from bruschettas to fried green tomatoes. While I don't have access to quite as many beautiful tomatoes as I used to, I still get really excited when I come across a recipe that is perfect for a delicious seasonal glut. This Tomato & Cornbread Crumble, adapted from Food 52 does just that and with its crunchy, cornbread flavoured topping just screams summer. Serve it as a side or as a simple vegetarian supper with a green salad on the side, perhaps tossed with some of my Skinny Buttermilk Ranch Dressing?
Savoury Tomato & Cornbread Crumble