I’ve had a pretty epic and colourful week, including a 21 mile hike in the Peak District, hanging out in a beach hut in Lytham St Annes and some leisurely time in London. Luckily the food has been top notch and varied too.
Let me talk you through it:
Sunday night was a Diana Henry Change of Appetite number – kale pesto and wholemeal pasta – earthy, tangy and gorgeous. The perfect food for a hangover as we were recovering from a 40th birthday party the night before.
Then Monday and Tuesday were London days, and my foodie friend Lolita had lots of exciting venues in store for me, starting with Mildred’s the vegetarian chain where I had a truly exceptional Tokyo Bowl. Great flavour and fantastically vibrant to look at. Obviously we then had to have a pudding after our healthy lunch, just to even things out, so we popped to Ottolenghi in Islington. What a marvellous venue. Very sleek, minimalist and modern. And the cakes were excellent too.
Tuesday’s expedition was to Books for Cooks, the brilliant cookbook shop in Notting Hill. They have a three course lunch menu from their tester kitchen for just £7. It’s a great atmosphere -friendly and welcoming and rather theatrical. We were treated to butterbean and onion soup, ricotta and spinach dumplings and a roasted lemon cake. All so good.
I was back in Stockport for Tuesday dinner and Jamie cooked up a healthy option to counterbalance all my London pigging out. It was an Inspiralized recipe: lemon, garlic, brocilli and bacon and it hit the spot.
On Wednesday I had more travelling exploits as I headed up to Lytham St Annes with friends and spent the day in a beach hut. It was freezing but glorious and what a fun day we had. Lunch was a picnic from Booths made up of quiches, salads, cheese and baba ganoush. Ideal beach hut fodder.
Thursday night, again I was feeling the need to up my healthy food intake so we did a ‘bikini bolognaise’ from the Inspiralized cookbook – made with courgetti and turkey mince. Very spicy and tasty.
Finally I finished the week on Friday with a 21 mile hike in the Peak District with Fresh Walks. A glorious and exhausting day. I was delighted to come home to a divine Diana Henry dinner that Jamie had rustled up: griddled aubergines with date, walnut and yoghurt salad with kisir (a pomegranate and tomato taboulleh). Definitely one of the best things I’ve eaten all year – the kisir was tangy and sweet, and the date and yoghurt salad was a creamy and delicious contrast. It was the perfect end to my mamouth day and week.
I’ll be back next week for more updates from my eating adventures – watch this space.