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I know I’ve been pretty terrible at posting recently – partly I have got the winter blues and partly I am exhausted by hectic workloads at both of my jobs. I am so looking forward to Christmas – I am craving that cosy Christmas feeling and a good break – and a chance to eat great food.
We have been eating a mixed bunch of food recently - some good, some crap. A couple of Friday’s ago we cooked a killer fish pie for friends…but we ate it before I had a chance to take a photo of its golden crusted gorgeousness.
We are majoring on sausage casseroles full of root veg, tinned beans, and other leftovers.
Last weekend we visited my family and cooked a pheasant casserole (my brother has become a beater and comes home with pheasants often at the moment).
I am just in the middle of cooking our dinner – Salami and Fennel Linguine – which I will endeavour to post tomorrow as I’m snapping pictures while I type – of course only if it tastes good – we’ve not made it before! I also promise to try and get the second part of our Italy holiday food posted asap. Watch this space.
It’s been a miserable day here today – wet and wild. While I was stood by the bird table crumbling up some stale bread, my two little mice friends appeared! I thought they had gone, got by the fat cat who ate my robin babies, but no! Maybe not the original mice I saw, but a pair nonetheless. They were so sweet, scampering out of the shrubs to grab morsels of bread as I dropped it.
So we have spent the evening cosy inside, N watching rugby and me browsing the internet. I came across this lovely ‘Waste Not Want Not’ table runner at one of my favourite shops, Re-found Objects. How lovely is that! Definitely one for the Christmas wish list.
Image: Re-found Objects
Last weekend N and I had a lovely weekend down South, visiting some friends in Surrey and doing a bit of wedding planning (how exciting!) – we went to view these stunning giant tipis as a possibility for our wedding reception…
But back to food. We visited a National Trust property called Polesden Lacey (a beautiful house, gardens and stunning view – well worth a visit if you’re in the area) which also has a recently opened farmshop.
Always on the hunt for delicious local food, we chose a couple of local cheeses, a sausage roll and a pork pie. The sheep cheese we bought called Lord of the Hundreds is so tasty I could eat the whole thing in one sitting.
On Sunday night we cashed in a voucher for a free night’s stay at a hotel called the Bishop’s Table in Farnham. It’s a pretty old building painted sky blue, which has recently been refurbished downstairs combining modern and old very nicely. Upstairs hasn’t been updated, but we had a large room with a big bathroom with delightful old shutters – the only thing offense about the bedroom was the garish flowery wallpaper and matching curtains.
Breakfast, however, was going to cost £12.50 for each of us, which I think sounds quite a lot! I wasn’t convinced the breakfast would live up to its price tag, so before we left for our weekend away I had a search on the internet for an alternative option for a tasty Monday morning breakfast.
I discovered Farnham Pottery farmshop and coffee shop, which is located just outside Farnham in a place called Wrecclesham. Originally a Victorian pottery the buildings have been sympathetically converted into a small farmshop and coffee shop. With only four tables in the tiny coffee shop, it felt cosy but light and airy with a lovely atmosphere.
From the breakfast menu, N chose a bacon breakfast bap accompanied by a pot of Earl Grey, and I went for the English muffin with scrambled eggs (it did come with smoked salmon but I was far too full after a weekend of good company and good food) and a Delightful Detox smoothie (yoghurt, raspberry and pineapple).
The food was delicious. My English muffin was toasted to perfection and the scrambled egg full of flavour and moist, N’s bacon bap disappeared without a murmur, and the smoothie was scrumptious. And the cost – £12.60 - just 10p more than it would have cost for one of to have breakfast at the hotel, and it was just what we were after.