All posts tagged: gourmet

A wonderful evening at The Ledbury

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of dining at The Ledbury. It was four of my friend’s 30th birthdays (one of them including Tim!) and Matt had managed to get us a table at this incredible restaurant, one of very few to have two Michelin stars! Chef Brett Graham has won countless awards since beginning his career in Australia at the age of 15, working in a fish restaurant. At The Ledbury he is joined by Head Chef Greg Austin, also from Australia. For dinner, the restaurant offers a Tasting Menu or a four course meal, and we decided on the latter. The quality of these photos won’t do these exceptional plates of food justice, but it really didn’t feel appropriate to get a big camera out – our phones had to do! I ordered the following: First Course: Hand Dived Scallops, Ceviche, Seaweed and Herb Oil, Frozen English Wasabi Second Course: Warm Bantam’s Egg, Celeriac, Dried Ham, Arbois and Summer Truffle Main Course: Iberico Pork, Purple Carrots Baked in Hay, Mustard and Trompettes Dessert: Warm Chocolate, Tartlet with Malt …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Restaurant, The Maldives

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about another of the fabulous dinners we had on our honeymoon in the Maldives. You may have seen my previous post about the Teppanyaki restaurant, today’s post is about Sand Restaurant on our island resort of Velassaru. Sand restaurant, as you might have guessed, is situated out on the sand, right by the sea. Some diners were seated under cover on the pavilion, but we were ‘out in the open’ under the stars, which was lovely! The food in all of the restaurants was superb, but Sand especially so. It focuses on two things: Meat and Fish, cooked on the hot stone grill. Can’t get much better than that! To start with, we ordered the Fisherman’s Chilled Platter for Two. The Fish Platter is one of our favourite things to order in a restaurant as we’re both shellfish lovers, but this was by far the biggest platter we’d ever had the pleasure of eating. It included a dozen pacific rock oysters, six medium prawns and a steamed lobster! Served …

‘The World’s Most Expensive Food’ Series – TV Review

When I first wrote this blog post last week (14th May 2015), I only thought I’d write about the first episode of the series. I figured that would give a good overview of what the programme is about, and the message it was trying to get across. After watching the second episode last night, it turns out I was very much mistaken, so I felt compelled to update my blog post. If you scroll down, you’ll find my views on Episode Two. Episode One – 13th May 2o15 Last night I was out an event but I saw lots of friends on Facebook and Twitter talking about a new programme on Channel 4, ‘The World’s Most Expensive Food‘. Some of them really seemed to be up in arms about it. So I had to watch it when I got home!  ‘The World’s Most Expensive Food’ is a new series which covers different areas of luxury food products each episode. I expected it to be all about caviar and truffle. And while these items were or …

Homemade Baklava and OSO Honey

When we first moved to Cyprus, my parents and I would regularly go out on a Sunday. With my dad driving, we would travel along the coast or into the mountains. We didn’t really know where we would end up, but that was part of the fun. What wasn’t so much fun was when, one day, we stopped to pick some oranges from a tree, bit into them, and discovered they were incredibly bitter Marmalade oranges! Our fault for pinching them, really! On our travels, we would stop at a local artopoieo (bakery) and pick up a few pastries (both savoury and sweet) to park up and eat somewhere with a great view. One of the things we would often buy is baklava, a filo pastry dish, drizzled in honey. Exploring the mountains, we would come across rows and rows of brightly coloured beehives. Honey was important to Cypriot life and we would eat it on lots of different dishes. To quote P S Lambis; “Greeks have viewed honey not only as an important food, but …

Throwback Thursday – The Four Seasons, Florence

This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ post is a particularly special one for me, as it’s about the weekend Tim and I got engaged in October 2013! After more than 10 years together (we met as teenagers), I really thought it was never going to happen, so it came as a complete surprise. Tim whisked me away for a weekend away in Florence for my birthday and I was blown away when we arrived at our beautiful hotel – The Four Seasons. We dropped off our bags in our room (bigger than our entire flat, at the time!) and went for a walk into the town, through the hotel’s stunning grounds, and it was there that he got down on one knee – just me and him, in a very secluded spot in the gardens.     Now where’s the food, I hear you cry?! Well as you can imagine, every moment of that weekend was special, but just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I found out Tim had booked us a table for the …

Dinner at Les Gourmets des Ternes, Maida Vale

One of my favourite restaurants in the world has to be Les Gourmets des Ternes in Paris – the French team at 2K were lovely enough to take me there on a couple of occasions when we were hosting press events in Paris. Rather inconspicuous from the outside, the restaurant is in fact very popular and usually needs a reservation. I was always glad to have the French team there with me – even though I studied French at University, the experience at this restaurant can be quite overwhelming. The menu is all handwritten in French and the attitude is very much ‘go with the flow’ – on the occasions I’ve been there, big portions of terrines and pates have been passed around the restaurant and you just help yourself! The owner, Jean-Francois Marie, is a great character and attracts lots of celebrities – the tablecloths are printed with messages from famous people, from politicians to film stars!     So when I learned that Les Gourmets was going to open in London last week, I …

An Indoor Gourmet Picnic

Earlier in the month I came across a competition from ‘Holidayscottages.co.uk’, asking bloggers to write about their favourite picnic recipes. Considering that picnics have always been a big thing in our family, and in fact, are the reason for the name of this blog, I had to give it a go! The only slight problem – this is a picnic competition… in April. A time when the weather is temperamental to say the least, here in the UK. Last week had been the hottest week of the year so far, with sunshine and temperatures up to about 23 degrees! Yet the one day I had set aside to do my picnic (Sunday) turned out to be fairly chilly and overcast. But I wasn’t to be deterred – instead, I set up a picnic area in our own living room! Given the name and the story behind this blog, I wanted to make it a gourmet picnic. So I thought about what foods I would traditionally eat during a picnic, and what could I do to …