Year: 2018

That moment when you realise you’re a YEAR behind on your blog…

The phrase ‘I don’t know where the last year has gone’ is so over-used. I personally over-use it. But it has never been truer than for 2018. I quite literally don’t know where it has gone. A real indicator of this, is the fact I’ve realised I’m a whole year behind on my blog. It dawned on me when Facebook showed me photos from a year ago, and I smiled as I scrolled through the snaps from our trip to Kenya and Zanzibar for my 30th birthday in October last year. And that’s when I realised there were posts from that trip I’d started that I never got round to posting! Since then we’ve done a huge number of foodie blog-worthy things, all of which made it onto the ‘gram’ but I didn’t have time to put on my lovely (albeit time consuming!) blog. I started the year with some rather rubbish health which selfishly took up a good chunk of the first half of my year. And right at the same time, work decidedly …

An evening with Kikkoman at Frog by Adam Handling

A few months ago, our (equally foodie) friends Matt and Tilly visited The Frog restaurant in East London’s Brick Lane, owned and run by former MasterChef winner Adam Handling, and raved about it – they even brought us back some of the infamous ‘chicken butter’ because it was just so good (more on that later). It’s a restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to for so long but just sadly hadn’t got around to it. Well that all changed recently when I was invited to a private dinner by the lovely Kikkoman team at Adam’s brand-new restaurant ‘Frog by Adam Handling’ in Covent Garden. You might have read last year I attended a Kikkoman dinner at Sushisamba (you can catch up here if you missed it) and had a fantastic experience – it was fascinating to learn more about the soy sauce products and how they were incorporated into the dishes. Sushisamba might have had a more obvious connection for an event related to soy sauce products (for those who haven’t been, they serve a …

Staying at The Residence, Zanzibar

After an incredible stay at Chyulu Hills in Kenya for my 30th birthday (you can catch up here about the hotel and here about the safari it you haven’t read them yet), we spent the second half of the holiday on the island of Zanzibar. I’ve always been fascinated by it as a destination, ever since I was a child. The name conjures up so many magical and fantastical images, with photos of calming turquoise waters and vibrant colours of the spice markets helping to reinforce this dream-like place. And hey, it was even referenced in a Tenacious D song (if you know, you know). So I was so excited to finally get to spend some time there. We took our tiny safari link plane from Chyulu Hills back to Nairobi, and from there we caught a slightly bigger plane which took about an hour and a half direct to Zanzibar. One of the many perks of booking with Turquoise Holidays is that we were met off the plane at the tarmac and escorted to …

A chocolatey Sailor Jerry Easter cocktail!

I recently learned about and tried Sailor Jerry rum. I do love a spot of rum (particularly in a cocktail) and this one has a great story.  ‘Sailor Jerry’ was born Norman Collins, and came of age in the 1920’s when tattooing was an expression that belonged to an emerging American counterculture. He left home as a teenager and travelled the US by hitchhiking and train hopping and it was along this way that he learned how to tattoo, working primitively with only a needle and black ink, doing designs freehand. He ended up in Chicago where he worked with local tattoo legend Gib Thomas who taught him how to use a proper tattoo machine. He then joined the Navy and developed a lifelong love of ships.  After the Navy he settled in Honolulu and at the height of World War Two, he was regularly tattooing many of the 12 million Americans serving in the military who were on shore leave in Hawaii. This is where he created his legacy. I also had no idea …

How to prepare for safari – hints and tips!

You might have read that we went on an incredible safari in October for my birthday. If not, you can catch up on our stay at Ol Donyo Lodge here, and our safari experience here. We had so many questions ahead of our trip and we read varying advice online (often contradicting each other), so I thought it might be useful to put together some of my own hints and tips together for how to prepare for safari! Clothing: This was probably our biggest question – what should we wear on safari? We browsed through countless websites which implied that you needed the entire kit, from hats to zip up trousers, at great expense most of the time. They also said it was important to only wear natural looking green and beige colours in order to blend in with the environment. Bright colours could frighten off wildlife and full on camouflage clothing could get you in trouble with the local law, as this is their attire of choice! It seemed like a bit of a …

Apple, Fennel & Russet Squire Sausage Roll Bites

As I’m sure you all know by now, there’s nothing I love more than trying a new cheese, I’m completely and utterly cheese obsessed. When an e-mail pops into my inbox letting me know about a new cheese, my eyes light up! And this happened recently when I learned about the new Russet Squire cheese from Curds & Croust. Curds & Croust is a Cornwall based cheesemaker that uses the best Cornish milk sourced from within 30 miles of the dairy, making top quality curds that they put a lot of care and attention into. And as for the ‘croust’, this is a Cornish term for a tasty snack often associated with the best baked bread and the finest Cornish cheese. The team at Curds & Croust craft a number of delicious cheeses, ‘Boy Laity’ (a Cornish camembert), Miss Wenna (a Cornish brie), The Truffler (a Cornish truffle brie) and now Russet Squire. All of the cheeses are overseen by master cheesemaker, Martin Gaylard, who has been dedicated to crafting prestige soft cheeses since boyhood. …

Lunch at Three Hares Cafe, Sedbergh

I was going through my blog drafts at the weekend and came across this one sitting there that I hadn’t completed from nearly a year ago! I couldn’t believe I didn’t post it, what an idiot. And it’s one that’s definitely worth sharing. You might recall that over the May bank holiday last year, we went on a fantastic trip to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, staying at The Malabar. When researching where to visit (and importantly where to eat and drink!), I came across Three Hares Cafe in nearby ‘booktown’ Sedbergh, at the foot of the Howgills, owned and run by James and Nina. I love the reason behind the name for the cafe. The name ‘Three Hares’ comes from the symbol found throughout the world from English Churches, to synagogues, to Buddhist Temples. According to their website, The Three Hares symbol represents their style of cooking, influenced by James’ upbringing in the local area involved with wild foods and game, and heavily influenced by Nina’s background of growing up in Germany with …