Foodie penpals – January 2016

For my January Foodie Penpals parcel I received a goodie box of lovely treats from Vanessa, including lots of lovely snacks to keep me going throughout the wintry days in the office! As well as a selection of detox, caffeine free teas, I also received some delicious chocolatey biscuits, lemon meringues, different flavoured chocolates and […]

Week 14 – European foodie adventures

Last week I went to Paris for an annual web manager workshop, which has been a key part of our e-community since I joined the company 10 years ago. Although it’s mainly about work, I am proud to say that I launched a tradition which remains to this day: a shared foodie adventure where we […]

Week 13 – eating my way around the Cotswolds

Our good friends Niasha and Jigi returned from Sri Lanka for a short trip back to the UK with their baby Georgie last week, so along with other friends Jo (from Alphabet Adventures) and Billy, we staged a reunion. The last time we saw eachother was 2 years ago when Jo, Billy, Andrew and I […]

Week 6 – a jaunt around Cambridge, and a belated Christmas dinner

After our trip to Wales, which included a day out in Pembrokeshire to visit Andrew’s parents where they were staying, they decided to come to London to visit us. We hadn’t seen them since before Christmas, so it seemed only right that we had a Christmas meal together before we exchanged our gifts. We started […]

Week 5 – celebrating our 20th anniversary at The Hardwick in Abergavenny

Andrew and I met at the start of our second year at university, when we moved into the same house together. 3 months later we started seeing eachother, and that was 20 years ago on 25 January 2016. Sometimes I cannot believe we’ve been so happy together for so long, especially as we’ve lived with […]

Grandcoeur Restaurant & Brasserie – Paris (review)

After my rather unsatisfactory experience at an Ethiopian restaurant in Paris, my faith was restored when my colleagues and I visited GrandCoeur in the Marais district of Paris. We’d spent the day together action planning for 2016 and were all rather exhausted, but immediately perked up as we entered the beautiful restaurant, which was quiet […]

Cacio e Pepe in parmesan baskets – new recipe

Cheese and pepper – two of Andrew’s favourite things. We discovered this simple classic Roman dish when we were on holiday there in July. I had ordered pasta carbonara from the waiter at Roma Sparita restaurant, who refused to serve me it, insisting that instead both Andrew and I try their classic Cacio e Pepe, […]

Weeks 39 & 40 – recovering from Las Vegas

I didn’t get a chance to write my meal plan last week, as I was jetting back from Las Vegas, where Andrew and I (finally) finished celebrating his 40th birthday. There wasn’t much to the meal plan anyway, except lots of fruit and vegetables to try and counteract some of the damage caused by my […]

A birthday dinner at Morston Hall, Norfolk – review

As you might expect for a foodie like me, a birthday dinner is often a very celebratory occasion, and it gives  me the opportunity to treat myself to a lovely dinner, although it doesn’t have to break the budget. Last year I went to Marcus at the Berkeley … the year before that was Joe […]