Newcastle bound

Off to Newcastle today for a weekend of relaxing, eating, going to a rugby match (not my choice of activity but I’ll go with it, apparently it’s a big one), and seeing family and friends!

This zingy lime drizzle loaf cake is coming with us. Really simple to make and is lovely to eat cold / at room temperature with a cup of tea or warm with some cream for dessert! Next time I think I will try adding some coconut or spices to add a twist on it (this is usually how my dishes begin!)

Fresh Pesto

Look at that colour 😍 worth making from scratch for the colour alone, but the fresh, vibrant flavour is also incredible! Will be serving this later as part of our dinner when our friends from Lincoln come to visit us. Saturday morning spent very happily in the kitchen! 👩🏻‍🍳

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!

Daffodils

When walking to the gym this evening I spotted these beautiful daffodils in a large patch of grass right next to the main road, I have no idea if they were there a week ago but if they were then I don’t remember seeing them – maybe they have suddenly sprung up in the last few days, as Spring seems to have done!

The brighter, lighter days (and bonus of the extra sunny weather) is so uplifting, and I am now starting to plan my menu for the next set of supper clubs I’ll be hosting in April & May! 🌼🌷☀️🌱

Sunny February

I am in the middle of preparing the final dishes for this evening’s supper club, which is a Winter themed menu despite it being more like the middle of Spring out there today! What a beautiful February day☀️

The unseasonably warm sunny weather has inspired me to have this for lunch – Feta & Avocado Salad with Toasted Mixed Seeds & Homemade Hummus. I may be having a busy Saturday but I am never too busy for lunch! 😋

Supper Club Dessert (or breakfast!)

Tonight I am having 3 of my best girlfriends over for dinner to be the first guests to try my Winter Supper Club menu. Just finished one of the desserts that will be served as part of the Sweet Meze course – Winter Spiced Pear & Ginger Cheesecake, topped with orange zest, flaked almonds and a dusting of ‘snow’ aka icing sugar. I wouldn’t be a proper cook if I didn’t taste my food before serving it… therefore have just enjoyed a piece with a cup of tea for breakfast. It is also the weekend! Now to work out how best to slice and serve it…

Middle Eastern Sunday Dinner

Had such a lovely Sunday afternoon listening to the radio with a glass of wine and preparing this meal for my boyfriend and his friend! A perfect Sunday for me.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa & Chickpeas, Sweet Potato Wedges with Polenta & Sumac, Cumin Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce.