Eating out, theatre and weekend cooking!

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This week at the end of October, beginning of November was quite busy both work wise and socially with two weeknights out, so at the weekend we stayed in and hibernated.

Monday was quite uneventful. I survived my least favourite day of the week, got my work done and had leftovers for dinner.

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The next day I took the train to The New Forest and worked there all day.

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When I got back in London I met up with a friend for dinner. We went to Temper Covent Garden and had a lovely evening!

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On the Wednesday I used up some leftover girolles from the weekend and made myself a girolle toast for lunch.

On Thursday straight after work three of us had a quick bite to eat at Chick ‘n Sours before going to the theatre to see Groan Ups.

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Now, I’m not a big comedy fan, so when everybody else were laughing hysterically I only smiled, but a good comedy should have other elements too that I definitely can (and do) appreciate. And this one had them all; clever writing, really good acting, clever ways to tell the story and a deeper meaning underneath all the jokes, so I really (!) enjoyed it. Go see it!

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On Friday I probably made the last caprese salad for the season (as I refuse to use imported flavourless tomatoes) and in the evening I updated this gnocchi recipe and took it to a whole other Friday night level. You’ll find the new version here! And for pudding we had an ice cream sundae with homemade chocolate sauce. Easy and delicious!

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On Saturday we had eggs for breakfast (like always) and in the evening I made us Jerusalem artichoke soup (also updated – will post this soon!) to start followed by perfectly cooked cod loin with beurre blanc, new potatoes and peas. For pudding I attempted chocolate soufflés from a random recipe I found on the recipe. Although edible (just) it had completely the wrong texture, and wasn’t at all what I would call a soufflé so will have to find a better recipe!

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Sunday my boyfriend played golf and I baked a brown butter sponge cake with brown butter frosting. The frosting was amazing but I thought the cake itself a bit too try so will need to perfect this too.

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For dinner I made us girolle toast followed by the most amazing slow-cooked short rib with caramelised garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! Oh, and we finally finished season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.

 

 

Trying something new…

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At the moment I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed by life in general. My weekends are booking up so fasssst I feel I’ve lost control over my diary and that this year will be over before I know it! So, to maybe gain some control over at least the blog, I want to take some time to update it on a more regular basis and to do that in an easier way, I will mix recipes and restaurant reviews with posts about my every day life.

I love cooking as much as before, but when life is hectic I don’t always allow myself to take the time to cook something exciting for dinner, instead I fall back on some of my tried and tested recipes that I know are quick and satisfying. So boring, I know, but right now that works for me.

The days when I have time to cook for friends or experiment in the kitchen I cherish it, but I don’t want to feel like I have to cook just to fill this blog (well there is a back log of recipes coming your way so don’t fear!), instead I need something that’s easy to write about every week.

It will be a mixture of what I do (and eat!), want to cook if I have the time etc. A little bit more personal but also (a lot) more regular.

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This week for example, I had a yuzu mojito (yum!), chicken bao and ramen at Shoryu, and although lovely, and such a nice catch-up with my friend Laura, I still prefer Bone Daddies for ramen. So it’s pretty exciting news that they’ve opened a branch near Victoria!

It’s in fact next door to Rail House Café where I had an impromptu brunch (eggs benedict, chips and prosecco) on Saturday. This new development by Victoria is so convenient for me, I often meet up with friends there. It’s usually busy, but not so busy that you always have to book in advance, which is great for those impromptu get-togethers.

See you next week!

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