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A Fab Fishy Supper with the EatAbout Founders

  The lovely Alexandra of EatAbout (formerly of Zomato) recently invited me to a supper club hosted by EatAbout’s founders, Philip and Felix, and I was promised a LOT of seafood. I couldn’t wait! Especially when the team were posting photos from their trip to Billingsgate Market ridiculously early that morning (including them tucking into bacon and scallop butties, which might just be one of the best things ever!) The event was hosted at the flat Philip and Felix share, just up the road from Chancery Lane station – you couldn’t ask for a better location! The place was beautifully decorated with a few touches of Swedish décor, where the guys are originally from. In case you haven’t heard of it, EatAbout is an alternative to typical restaurants where you eat in the home of a chef! You can search the website by city, date and number of guests, and they’ll match you with the available chefs and show you what meals are on offer. The meals are sorted by proximity to your search location, and …

A Recipe Masterclass with Jude’s Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a ‘recipe masterclass’ with Jude’s Ice Cream at the gorgeous Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. I’d tried out Jude’s Gin & Tonic Ice Cream last summer and just loved it – I mean, what more could you ask for?! They’ve since expanded their range and they now have a vast repertoire, including, now let me take a deep breath, because there’s quite a lot… Scoops: blood orange sorbet, brown butter, chocolate, coffee, crème fraiche, ginger spice, honeycomb, lemon sorbet, mango sorbet, milk, mint choc chip, pistachio, raspberry ripple, raspberry sorbet, rum and raisin, strawberry, vanilla. Tubs: Ginger Spice, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Tease, Truly Chocolate, Very Vanilla and the brand new Brown Butter Pecan! But what I think is important to note is that while there are lots of flavours, each one is still of an extremely high quality – their 25+ Great Taste Award gold medals don’t lie! It’s without a doubt the best ice cream I’ve ever tried. To me, most of the other big ice cream brands …

Tree to Bar Experience, St Lucia 

One of the many reasons I was excited about our stay at Boucan hotel in St Lucia was the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience. I’ve always appreciated good chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t?!) and learned a bit about the chocolate making process when I attended a class at Bake with Maria earlier last year. So to be able to get to experience it in the flesh in St Lucia was incredible! As I mentioned in my first post about Boucan, the hotel is owned by Hotel Chocolat and is located on the historic Rabot Estate. As you walk around the grounds, you’re constantly surrounded by cocoa trees, adorned with pretty red, yellow and purple pods, which will soon be made into chocolate. We were given a tour by our expert guide Merle who was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the whole process from planting the trees and their maintenance on the estate, through to sorting the beans and making the choccie! We were shown how to carefully pick the pods from the trees, making sure the …

Cheese Tasting at Neal’s Yard, Borough Market 

I don’t think it’s news to anyone now that I love cheese. I recently started working on the PR account for the beautiful French Comté cheese in the UK, and I’m in my complete and utter element! At Christmas, one of my pressies from Tim was tickets to a cheese tasting class at Neal’s Yard. Earlier in the month we finally got to visit, at their location in Borough Market. I’ve always loved Neal’s Yard as a brand and its gorgeous British cheeses, so I was excited to find out which ones we would be tasting. Our lovely expert explained that she had chosen what she considered to be the best cheeses that they were currently selling in the shop, telling us how one batch can often differ greatly from another, mere months or even weeks apart. I also didn’t really know how many cheeses we would be trying, but I was really impressed with the amount and variety. We were given a choice of wine or beer to have alongside the cheese. Tim and I opted …

Meaty Issues with Love Food Hate Waste

I attended an event hosted by Love Food Hate Waste last year with Nancy Birtwhistle, which talked about how much bread gets wasted in the UK. It was a great campaign to be a part of, and so when they invited me to their #MeatyIssues event, I couldn’t wait – especially as it involved one of my favourite topics to talk about on here. Meat! The event took place at Smiths of Smithfield, a restaurant I’d actually been wanting to visit for some time, and was hosted by head of Love Food Hate Waste, Dr Richard Swannell and BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson. Adam is the perfect man for the job, being a farmer himself. I was genuinely shocked to learn that around £260 million is spent on beef products that are thrown away every year from UK households. That’s the equivalent of 34,000 tonnes of beef, or 300 million burgers. I can’t ever imagine throwing away a beef product because I hold it in such high regard, but these are real statistics. When I learned …

Climbing the Gros Piton, St Lucia

When we were looking at things to do in St Lucia, we discovered that you could climb the iconic ‘pitons’ – the Petit Piton was apparently difficult and only for the experienced climber (involving ropes etc) but the 2619ft high Gros Piton (from the reviews I’d read) seemed doable. Now I’d like to point out that up until recently, I rarely went to the gym. I did manage to lose over a stone in the couple of months leading up to our wedding a year ago, but after a house move (and the loss of the free gym in our old complex), a job in food PR and this blog, things had gone rather to pot. Still, ‘how hard could it be?!’ I said to myself… We were picked up early at 6.45am to try and beat the heat, with a private transfer to the piton. Our hotel (Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, which I’ve written about here) provided us with water, sandwiches and fresh fruit. On arrival at the piton we were met by our …

Sushi Making at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease, Notting Hill

For Christmas last year, I bought Tim a voucher for him and I to go to a cookery class at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Recipease’ in Notting Hill. They host a whole range of classes, from knife skills through to the preparation and cooking of particular dishes, such as bouillabaisse. The class I had in mind when I bought the voucher was the sushi making class, which Tim was keen on too. For various reasons (getting married, buying a house and a kitten, and starting a new job, to name a few!) we only just got round to attending the class. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of prosecco, before aproning up and heading over to watch the demonstration by our chef. Tim and I both love sushi (I haven’t written nearly enough sushi posts on here for my liking yet!) but we’d never tried making it ourselves. The first thing to point out, for anyone who might not know, is that sushi is so-called when it includes rice and is ‘wrapped’. Raw fish served …