Saturday, 18 April 2015

Weekly Love: Week 149

All of this beautiful sunshine has made me very excited for the fact that this time next month I'll be back in the only other place I've ever called 'home'. I've rented an apartment for a month in my favourite Venice neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California and as well as working on the blog on the balcony and revisiting some of my favourite spots, I can't wait to delve even deeper into one of my favourite cities in the world. If you have any recommendations for foodie spots etc. that have popped up since I hopped on that plane moved back to England in June of 2013 I'd love to hear them in the comments section!
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1. Enjoying a nice local brew out on the beach between campaign stops. | 2. Upholding our recent tradition of going to the Point to Point at Charing on Easter Saturday. I finished the day £1.50 up! (You can read my post on last years Point to Point here) | 3. Big love to Waitrose Kitchen for including one of my photos and recipes in their current issue. | 4. Sunday brunching at the Rosewood with Jasmine, Uyen, Madeline, Shu & Kavita. Every weekend in the courtyard of the hotel they run London's Slow Food Market (my pick? Gosnell's Mead) and in the Mirror Room they serve an epic, self service all you can eat brunch with everything from sides of salmon, hand made butters and a waffle, pancake and egg bar. And that is even before you start ordering hot dishes. You can find more details here! | 5. A simple plate of Italian tomatoes dressed with sea salt, fresh basil and olive oil for lunch. (The tomatoes cam from the launch of Theo Randall's My Simple Italian - more on the book when I've had a chance to read it properly!) | 6. Yoo Moo's tropical yogurt lollies are my new sunny day obsession.

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7. Planting a tray of micro greens in the back porch to use in Spring salads. | 8. Bright and vibrant Isle of Wight tomatoes at the Rosewood Hotel's Slow Food Market. | 9. Wood Pigeon, Black Pudding and Forced Rhubarb for lunch at The Good's Shed in Canterbury. | 10. The most incredible Saturday afternoon pub lunch at The Compasses Inn at Crundale, just outside of Canterbury. | 11. Brand new business cards for 2015-16 from Moo. | 12. Lazy Sunday afternoon cocktails and the most amazing rosemary skinny fries at the bar of the Great Northern Hotel at King's Cross, plotting Los Angeles adventures.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Saturday was another day of campaign politics for me this weekend, and on Sunday I'm going to be running around prepping for a very exciting foodie photo shoot that I've got penciled in on Monday; I can't wait to share the results (the photo and the exciting menu I've put together) with you all! 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Fresh Passion Fruit Buttercream

Have we not been having glorious weather this week? Yesterday I even had to slather myself with suncream out and about doing politics/ election type things on peoples doorsteps (I apologise if I've disturbed you to hand you a leaflet this week!), and it seemed like everyone was enjoying the beautiful weather. In honour of the sun that is set to remain for the rest of the week, I've baked you a very English afternoon tea cake with a very tropical twist. It's been going down a treat in the campaign office, so I'm sure that you'll love it too!
Springtime Fresh Passion Fruit Buttercream & Chocolate Cake

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Places To Eat In Canterbury: The Compasses Inn, Crundale

Nothing completes the weekend like a good solid pub meal accompanied by good wine and local ale. A couple of Saturdays ago we piled in the car and headed out to The Compasses Inn at Crundale (just outside Canterbury) for a nice leisurely lunch. The pub first came to my attention when its owner and chef, Robert Taylor started following me on Instagram, and I'd been meaning to head out there for the best part of a year. In all honesty, now I wish I had not waited so long as everything we ate was both creative and flawless. 
Fireplace at The Compasses Inn, Crundale

Monday, 6 April 2015

Places To Stay In Newcastle: Jesmond Dene House

Moving away from all the delicious food, brightly coloured clothes and beautiful views out over Newcastle and South Shields in my last post from the trip I took with Barbour up North last week, for the second instalment I wanted to do a little review for you all of the beautiful Jesmond Dene House, the hotel we stayed in while we were in Newcastle, in case any of you are planning a jaunt to the area and have no plans for where to stay. 
Jesmond Dene House Hotel Review

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

24 Hours In Newcastle With Barbour

Last week found me hopping on a train up North from King's Cross so that I could join the Barbour team at home in Newcastle to celebrate their brand new, nautical inspired Seafarers Collection. I'm going to be posting about the beautiful Jesmond Dene House we stayed in and dined at with Dame Barbour on Friday, but for now I thought I'd share a rather photo heavy post of a fascinating boat ride we took in the sunshine up the Tyne, some more shots of the wonderfully summery yet practical collection, and most importantly lots of photos of the simply delicious lunch spread put on with local ingredients by Anna Hedworth, the mastermind behind the Northern food blog The Grazer at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch Tower.
Barbour Seafarer Newcastle Press Trip