Jamie Oliver Chicken Kiev
I’ve cooked two things in the last month that have been so good we’ll make again. One being Nigella’s Olive Oil Chocolate Cake and the second – Jamie O’s Chicken Kievs from Comfort Food. Back in our student days Hubs & I lived on chicken kievs, albeit Tesco value ones that probably cost £1 for 4. I’m not proud. This recipe has been on our meal plan for weeks and we finally got to make it last week. They were so good I’m sure they’ll be made again soon. Even the broccoli mash, especially once the garlic butter had soaked in to it, was a perfect partner to kievs. I highly recommend it.
Paul A Young Beer & Crisps chocolate
I’ve recently done some work for my brother and he paid me in Paul A Young chocolates. If you haven’t tried the chocolates and brownies from Paul A Young you must. They are something else and a delectable treat. Paul A Young are renowned for their experimental chocolate flavours. In the selection my brother bought me this time it included beer and crisp chocolates. The beer gives the dark truffle a bitter richness and the crisps a slightly salty element. There were also crispy bits in the truffle. I’m not sure if these were crisps or feuilletine. Surprisingly tasty and I would happily eat another one again.
Rob Ryan Plate
I’ve been a fan of Roy Ryan’s work for a few years and was given this beautiful plate by a good friend a few years. I finally got around to buying a stand to display it on this month. When I’m having a tough day the saying “Other planets cannot be as beautiful as this one” makes me smile.
Polly Mixtures blog
I discovered Polly Mixture blog around the time LB was born. She lives in Gibraltar and has a beautiful daughter a month older than LB. I enjoy reading about her life as an expat and some of her honest blogs about motherhood have struck a chord with me.
Moseley Old Hall
This Go has changed various times over the month. We had our first child-free night out since LB was born with a fabulous meal at Anoki, we also went to Kedleston Hall for the Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair where we stuffed our faces with churros and posh toasties, then over the bank holiday weekend decided to visit a new National Trust property to us – Moseley Old Hall near Wolverhampton. This little property hid Charles II from Cromwell and currently serves rather tasty scones, but it also had another hidden gem – A play wood full of things for big and little kids to do. Mud kitchen, barefoot walk, tree swings, bluebells, fire pit, willow weaving and a rather grand tree house. We had the wood to ourselves to took full advantage of the swings. LB loved it and we’ll certainly return once she is walking.