Weekly Love: Week 148

I’ve noticed a rising trend in recipe subscription websites, which I think are a great new idea which I hope catch on. The team at What To Cook Tonight were kind enough to gift me a years subscription to their site full of beautifully photographed Aussie recipes. Personally, I’m waiting for the Summer months to make their Homemade Peach Cordial (free recipe!) and Marinated BBQ Prawns with Mango & Corn Salsa. Moving away from an independent, what I love about Cooked, a site from publishers Quadrille, Bloomsbury and Hardie Grant is you can search and find the full recipes from all of some of their most popular cookbooks including Trine Hahnemann’s Scandinavian Baking and Izy Hozzack’s Top With Cinnamon. You can sign up for a months free trial, and after that it costs £2.99 a month to subscribe, or £36 a year, which includes 2 free cookbooks; at the moment Leith’s How To Cook and River Cottage Fruit. A pretty great deal, right?

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1. I spent yesterday evening in Parliament, and with the election campaign kicking off last night too, there was the most incredible atmosphere. I honestly can’t believe it has been 5 years since I worked on the last campaign; I can’t wait to get stuck into the next one! | 2. A fantastic lunch for Barbour cooked by Anna Hedworth, showcasing local Northern ingredients in North Shields – more on that in my trip to Newcastle posts next week! | 3. The iconic groyn overlooking South Shields that Barbour use on their logo. | 4. Buffet breakfast in the conservatory with The Times all to myself at Jesmond Dene House hotel. Full review to follow, too! | 5. Pretty pink blooms for Spring at Wild At Heart on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. | 6. A California breakfast of avocado, homemade pico de gallo salsa and eggs scrambled in coconut oil on toast before a bust Saturday.

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7. Brunch with my favourite people at Bill’s in Nottingham. | 8. Also the weekend I spent in Nottingham, I got to try the famous Annie’s Burger Shack. I’d 100% recommend it if you’re in the city, and recommend that the curly fries are a great shout! | 9. More restaurant recommendations from around the country, I spent an afternoon wondering around Oxford (beautiful city) before meeting my school friend Amelia for a fantastic value, wonderfully delicious supper at Turl Street Kitchen. I had a fantastic starter of smoked salmon, potato salad and picked cucumber, and a Spanish style baby chicken half cooked in beans, both of which were faultless. | 10. The team at Hotel Chocolat were kind enough to send me one of their Easter eggs to sample, which we’ve really been enjoying in front of the television in the evenings! Eggs start at £15, and you can still order them ahead of next week here! | 11. Welcoming the Spring with bunches of daffodils in the pretty floral jug the team at Joules were kind enough to send me. | 12. We went to The Good’s Shed in Canterbury for my 22nd birthday dinner, as we had cocktails from Wild Goose before we ate. They were a mixed bag; there were some great combinations, but they were all a bit too heavy on the spices. Sometimes simple is best!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m out to lunch with my family tomorrow as we’re all back in the same country again after being split up traveling, and I’ve got an exciting Slow Food lunch in London on Sunday. A busy, busy weekend to match up with a busy, busy week!