Catalonian Wine Tasting

Last summer I spent time in Cadaques and Cap de Creus in Catalonia, Spain.  We had such an amazing time in this beautiful part of the world, hiking, swimming, eating and of course, drinking the local wine.  Hidden beaches you can only reach by swimming or kayaking, plenty of National Parks to Hike in and…

Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along to an Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Piccadilly, London.  The Oyster Masterclass gives you the opportunity to learn all about oysters, shuck them, pair them with wines, and of course eat plenty of them in a relaxed and informal environment. The Oyster Masterclass is…

The Ivy Cafe – St John’s Wood, London

The Ivy has seen quite an expansion in recent years.  From one restaurant in Covent Garden they now have 8 other Grills and Brasseries dotted around London and the UK.  They are also opening a new one in Soho next month along with many others planned for the future.  This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening…

Pomegranate Bellini

I love a Champagne Cocktail and a Kir Royale or a Bellini are a couple of my favourites.  This Pomegranate Bellini is an inventive take on the usual Peach Bellini using Pomegranate Molasses instead of Peach Puree.  Perfect for winter or summer alike it’s sure to impress your guests or perfect for a romantic night…

The Bleeding Heart Tavern, Bloomsbury, London

What a fabulous morning!  Full of colour, culture, celebration and fun, spent at the Sikh wedding of our friends Divya and Pradip.  Here’s Pradip with his best men – the outfit he wore was incredible and I think he loved the fact that he was allowed to carry a sword, a bit too much! Everyone had to cover…

A Windermere Wedding, Storrs Hall, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This weekend we were heading to the Lake District for the Windermere Wedding of our friends Jonathan and Kate.  Usually when we’re heading up to The Lakes we drive, but on our last trip we got stuck in horrendous traffic.  It took us 8-9 hours to get there (it should be about 5 on a…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

Eggs Benedict

This morning was Sunday (I know these posts come a few days late) and Sunday calls for brunch and one of my favourites is Eggs Benedict.  There’s something about the Hollandaise that makes it feel really decadent and it’s even better when you make your own from scratch (avoiding all the thickeners and additives that…

Henley Regatta

Saturday was Girls Day Out!  A day at Henley Regatta with Josephine, JiaJia and Mandy.  I hadn’t been before and the weather looked like it would hold, so a day out in the country, by the river sounded like a great idea. I met Josephine at Paddington and we caught the train to Twyford where…

Easy Guacamole

Heading home for Father’s Day, the plan was for my brother and I to cook lunch for my dad – hopefully a BBQ, but in England you always need a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Luckily, the weather looked as if it was going to hold out, so that morning my mum…

Forest Fruit & Blueberry ‘Cheese’Cake

Heading to a hen party tomorrow, I wanted to make something a little bit special (but still healthy – so that I could eat it).  I’m not usually a huge fan of sweet things, and would always pick cheese over a dessert, but I knew there’d be plenty of things to tempt me so I…

Sam & Russell’s Wedding at South Farm – Royston, Hertfordshire

Last week we had the honour of being invited to the wedding of Samantha Bolans and Russell Tate.  Sam is an old friend of Dan’s from his schooldays and so we headed to Royston near Cambridge to celebrate the day with them for their Wedding at South Farm. South Farm was a gorgeous venue and we…