Yoga Retreat

I have been going to yoga classes for the last couple of years, and it’s now a key part of my weekly routine. I spent this weekend in Derbyshire on my first yoga retreat with a lovely group of people who were all looking for some time out from their busy lives in one way or another.

It was really interesting to meet new people, hear their stories, how they first found yoga and how it’s helped them find balance in their lives. I loved the yoga classes, the walking, the delicious food (of course), the glamping experience and generally being closer to nature, and just having some time and space to truly relax and unwind.

This picture was taken by one of our yoga instructors who found me enjoying a cup of tea on my own, early on Sunday morning before most people were up, which is one of my favourite things to do no matter where I am!

Gluten free cake

Orange Polenta Cake – a gluten free dessert that is just as delicious as any other pudding.

One of my guests at the next supper club is celiac so I wanted to make sure the items on the menu were either naturally gluten free or could easily be adjusted to accommodate this.

I really enjoyed making (and sampling) this cake tonight, I think with a few tweaks it will be perfect as one of the desserts on the Spring supper club menu!

Spring menu planning

After a good few weeks of trying out various dishes that I’d like to feature on the Spring supper club menu, I think I’ve found a bigger meze combination that I’m totally happy with – and it also got the seal of approval from my guinea pig (boyfriend).

It includes these two lovely veggie sides – harissa roasted cauliflower with preserved lemon & flaked almonds, and wilted spinach & asparagus with garlic breadcrumbs.

Sunday brunch

Sunday brunch – not something I often treat myself to when I’m at home at the weekend, but an activity I always really like doing and should do more often!

Enjoyed this delicious eggs, avocado & smoked salmon combination this morning with friends 🍳🥑🍞

Meze & More on the road

My younger sister is currently at university in Newcastle and I love coming to visit her at least a couple of times a year, so it was absolutely lovely for me to bring Meze & More up here and host a supper club for her in her flat with her uni friends last night.

The girls were such great guests and it was a pleasure to hear that they enjoyed the meal as much as I enjoyed preparing it!

Tuesday tea

I went on a bread making course at the weekend, and our head chef for the day told us a ‘review’ he had heard from his friend about a certain restaurant he’d visited. ‘’It wasn’t bad, it was alright, but it was just Tuesday tea’’ – so not exactly the best of reviews!

Sometimes our Tuesday (or other weekday) evening meal is just eggs & bacon on toast or a simple omelette, which are both absolutely brilliant meals when that’s what we are craving or we get in later than usual and need something quick and easy to fill us up, but tonight it’s something a bit more exciting.

Lamb Meatballs baked in a Rich Tomato Sauce with Feta & Pine Nuts, and some herby Roasted Potatoes & Veg with Wilted Spinach. Hopefully would be worth a better review!

Sunday leftovers

Monday dinner tonight is a Feta & Avocado Salad with Spanakopita portion number 3. (Portion 4 is lunch tomorrow!)

As is often the case when I’m trying recipes out, we end up with lots of leftovers… which is never a bad thing in my view!