Marcus- London 2018

‘Summer was everything good to eat’

A trip to London to see the Muppets Show live meant we had a perfect opportunity for a swanky lunch

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Nice /Cote d’azur – May 2018

Last year, we watched MasterChef: The Professionals, for the first time in several years. With a number of Birmingham based chefs featured it was more enjoyable than previous series. In the final few episodes the thing that really drew is in was the episode where the contestants took a trip to France and we caught our first glimpse of Mirazur. After a quick bit of googling we realised it was easy to get to and a well-priced meal so we ended up booking a bank holiday trip.

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Sydney 2018- Part 2

A rainy start for day 2 but we got going with good coffee and breakfast from a local cafe before heading off to explore, flowing the advice of our friends from the night before we headed to Manly island. The ferry trip provided the perfect opportunity to get some shots of the harbour and the weather perked up just in time. We came across 4 Pines brewery and had a few samples-life would certainly be easier for me if I liked beer or ale but there was a pretty tasty ginger option that was good!

Wandering around the area we spotted a number of cool, independant shops and settled on somewhere for lunch based on positive Trip Advisor reviews. One of the things on our holiday ‘to-do list’ was to try some of the Australian seafood that we had heard about and can’t get at home so this gave us an ideal opportunity. We shared a plate of Morton Bay bugs which were a real treat, similar to lobster but smaller and a little sweeter and tried some orange roughy which came served with an incredible beetroot,fig and walnut salad with blue cheese dressing.

After doing a bit of research whilst watching some very noisy Cockatoos flying past we opted to walk to Northern Point, a spot with a lot of heritage and natural beauty spots. Our route took us down to the water and close to some protected areas that are known breeding spots for the local penguins-despite our best efforts we didn’t manage to spot any and as we continued our walk around the coastline our journey was cut short by a torrential downpour that saw us walking without any cover up a steep hill in shorts and t-shirts. Thankfully the temperature didn’t drop but we abandoned our plans in favour of drying off and headed back to the ferry via a scenic route.

That evening we headed out again in the rain for our ‘highlight’ dinner for Sydney- Quay. We have seen Peter Gilmore on MasterChef Australia and his food has always been intriguing- we also had to have a taste of his famous Snow Egg dessert. We had the full tasting menu which I will review at a later date (when we get home!)

Quay was good but not as exceptional as we had hoped, that said it does offer fantastic views of the harbour and we were lucky enough to have been there during a fireworks display which was certainly an added bonus.

Sydney is certainly worth another visit I think

Gadgets & Gizmo’s- Part 1: New Arrivals

One of the things that is often commented on when we have guests is the array of gadgets we have in the kitchen (along with the multitude of tableware to go with it) Ultimately this stems from years of cooking and collecting mixed in with a multitude of gifts from people who have worked out how much we like food! Jordan sometimes tells a story about being given a mincer as a birthday gift at the pub and getting a few funny looks in the process.

We were lucky enough to be given some great things this year so I thought I’d do a quick run through of them

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It’s Christmas Eve!

A brief run down of Xmas Day minus 1.
Eating : As is a tradition that  I am determined to embed, we went out for a curry tonight with friends. After a couple of glasses of Mulled Cider at home we wandered down to Purnima in Bearwood which is the best Indian restaurant in the area. We started with complimentary shots of Bucks Fizz before moving on to our menu selections. We had planned on having a cheese board on our return home but were defeated by dinner.


Presents have been distributed and exchanged. Cards are written and I’m excited to see what people think of their gifts. 

It’s nearly time…