November has truly flown by busy with both work, family engagements, a week of delightful sickness (many parenting badges earned that week…) and a child-free jaunt to London.
Make – No knead bread
The colder weather is perfect for soup and some beautifully crisp bread to dip in it but I’d fallen out of the bread making habit. I first made this no-knead bread a good few years back and it’s now back on the regular meal planning cycle it just requires a bit of planning, but oh is it work it. Original recipe comes from Things we Make blog.
Eat – The Boot, Repton
As much as I love cooking a traditional roast dinner sometimes it’s nice to eat out. Not your carvery style, but perfectly plated veg and meat. Our previous favourite place for roast dinner is great, but sometimes the service lets it down. The Boot recently won an AA award for Pub of the Year and with friends raving about the food, especially the desserts, we knew we had to return.
Most of us were indecisive and went for the roast dinner with all the meats; so worth it and hand on heart the best roast dinner I’ve had eating out, perfect service to boot (excuse the pun). The meats were cooked to perfection, a rainbow of vegetables to accompany and not an Aunt Bessies in sight. We will be returning for an evening meal soon as this is where puddings shine.
Get – Wooden Ice Lollies
If the last few months of MEGRG are anything to go buy I rarely buy stuff for myself, only for LB and usually for her play kitchen. This month’s bargain was some unseasonal wooden ice lollies from Wilkos (They have a surprisingly good range of kids toys). At only £4 I couldn’t resist. Just wishing I’d brought more for birthday gifts.
Read – Will Torrent – Patisserie at Home
This month I’ve been lucky enough to work with award-winning patissier Will Torrent. It was great to get to work one morning to find a slice of his raspberry and chocolate delice waiting for me. A copy of his Patisserie at Home is my current read, I just need to find the time to cook from it.
Go – Borough Market, London
Earlier in the year I won prize for a night stay at The Town Hall Hotel and taster menu at Lee Wetcott’s Typing Room. We decided to turn it into a child-free foodie weekend in London. The three places on our hit-list: Borough Market, Harrods Patisserie Hall (as recommended to me by Will Torrent) and Liberty all would have been a nightmare to navigate if LB was with us.
Borough Market is any food fan’s heaven, so many cuisines and ingredients covered. Not all the cheapest ( I’m still in shock at seeing purple cauliflowers and romanesco for £4+ each!). For lunch I went for a vegetarian thali from Gujarati Rasoi, hubs had scotch eggs and sweet potato fries from Scotchtails and we finished it off with a couple of salted caramel and honeycomb doughnuts from Bread Ahead. Oh and I may have topped up my Ritter Sport collection (a weakness of mine) at German Deli with some harder to find flavours in the UK.
December? There’ll be michelin chef pop up restaurant, a festive twist on an afternoon tea and a few visits to see Santa. This will be LB’s 3rd Christmas and she’s certainly more aware and has a new love for “wishwish” trees.