Last week was rather full on, but in the best possible way! Monday I mainly prepped for the day after when I had my friends Gaby and Ro over for dinner after work. For once I wasn’t rushed and it was such a nice feeling. We started with nibbles; obviously Jamon Iberico and saucisson from Spain, nice olives and my homemade dill hummus with pitta chips.
Then I served trout fillets with dilly new potatoes and a lovely sauce for fish and finished the dinner off with dulce de leche pannacotta. Gaby also brought a selection of canelés from Babelle that were amazing!
My childhood friend Therése arrived from Sweden on Thursday evening and we had dinner together at mine while chatting away. I made a selection of tapas including the Jamon Iberico and saucisson, Nocellara olives (our favourite!), Manchego and Ossau Iraty cheese, padron peppers, calamari and my asparagus with wild garlic mayonnaise.
On Friday we met after work and had a speedy but delicious dinner at Barrafina Drury Lane before going to the theatre around the corner to see 42nd Street.
Saturday was lovely and sunny, so we put our sunglasses on and went shopping in Chelsea where we also had lunch. A pit stop at home to change and we were off to dinner. We had amazing sushi that I will tell you all about later and finished the evening with champagne at Kettner’s Townhouse.
Therése’s last full day here we went back to an old favourite for lunch; La Fromagerie in Marylebone. The food, the cheese and the ambience is just a winning combination.
In the evening I made us a nice chicken salad and we had ice cream and chocolate chip cookies for pudding. It was such a lovely weekend and I’m so grateful my friends make the effort to visit me while living abroad! ❤
One of my favourite parts of London for a Sunday stroll is definitely Marylebone High Street with it cute shops, cosy cafés and nice restaurants. When Therése and I spent our Sunday morning and early afternoon shopping here, I knew exactly where we would stop for lunch; at La Fromagerie of course.
I’ve been here before to eat there amazing breakfast, but for lunch we shared a large cheese platter and a bread basket.
We tried the cheeseroom cheese platter and had (from left to right) Mothais, Poitou (goat), Reblochon, Savoie (cow), Napoleon, Haut Pyrenees (ewe), Ami du Chambertin, Burgundy and Blue des Causses, Rourgue (I’m guessing ewe’s milk)
We enjoyed all the cheeses, and some combinations of crackers and cheese were amazing, but the cheese we both liked best on its own was Napoleon. It is similar to one of my favourite cheeses Ossau-Iraty, but I must say Napoleon was even better, magnificent in fact. On our way out I had to step into the cheeseroom to buy some of the Napoleon and some Wigmore too, my favourite among British cheeses.
Apart from the nice cheeses and other good food on the menu, I like the rustic feel of La Fromagerie. It is a shop and restaurant all in one with the tables scattered across the shop floor. In the shop you find seasonal vegetables and fun and interesting ingredients like chestnut flour and Spanish almonds.
And then of course, there is the cheeseroom. You slide the door open and step into heaven, where you wait your turn to be helped while admiring all the cheeses.
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