So for the last few months, since I started at riverstation working on weddings we have been organising our very own wedding fair!

It’s focus is on environmentally friendly suppliers, who are so either through how they work or the products they sell. This is something that is quite important to the restaurant and its owners and ever since it has open it has made steps towards being eco friendly…

You can meet;
L’Occtaine (Natural Beauty Products)
The Mews (English designer Wedding Dresses)
Rachel Goodchild Designs (On-line invites)

Babes in the Woods (Amazing Hen Parties)
Arch House Deli (award winning Deli, selling Wedding Cheese Cakes)
Aunties Vintage China (China for hire)
Red Bird Makes (Eco wedding props and accessories)
Copoazu (Locally made Ice cream, served by bike and cart)
The Vintage Sash Company (Chair Covers)
Pon Pom Flowers (South West based WOW florist)
Ivory Flowers (My favourite, I shop there every week!)
Pete Cranston Photography (South West based photographer keeping it Eco)
Holly Wallace Photography (Regular photographer at riverstation)
Pedal Walla (Rickshaw Transport)
Bristol Packet (Boats – Transport)
LK Bespoke Bridal (Handmade Corsets)
Bespoke Confetti (Naturally made confetti)
Trees of Tomorrow (Green wedding favours)

So on the day we have some really great people coming along, we have stalls, workshops, some wedding dresses being modelled, some gorgeous goody bags and some prizes to be won.

You can also, of course, talk to us about booking our beautiful venue for your own big day… or for any other kind of event too!

We will also be showing off riverstation’s very own wedding cakes from our talented bakers!

You don’t have to be getting married yourself to come along, maybe you’re just a little curious about the eco friendly suppliers, or bring a friend who is.

There is still time to register – just email us at relax at riverstation dot co dot uk and tell us who’s coming, but be quick our goody bags are running out now!

The fair is at riverstation this Saturday from 11am till 4pm.

Find out more here

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I am so getting into my cooking stride again, having no kitchen and being busy for a while followed by autumn arriving I admit I was thrown, still hanging on to summer with easy salads.

Last week when I had some friends over I dived into the new produce arriving in my local stores…

Instead of a starter when I have people over I like to serve nibbles… it takes the pressure off in that I don’t have to make lots of things plus if dinner runs late people don’t go hungry.

I served some really bright green olives, sourdough bread, mozzarella and some beautiful figs.

Before the main event and my new favourite thing… risotto!

You need;
2 pints stock (chicken, or vegetable) note that if you don’t have fresh buy the best cubes you can find
2 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
½ head celery, trimmed and finely chopped
400g risotto rice
2 wine glasses dry white wine
1 small butternut squash, cut into bite sized cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
70g butter + more for sage leaves
handful of fresh sage
115g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
150g mascarpone cheese to serve

So…

1. You need to roast the squash pieces first, peel and cut your squash and put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, coat in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the stock.

3. Put the oil and butter in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook very slowly for about 15 minutes without colouring… This is called a soffrito. You want everything to go translucent.

4. Then add the rice and very briefly lightly fry until the edges go a little translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring – it will smell fantastic.

5. Once the wine has cooked into the rice, add your first ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a simmer so the rice doesn’t cook too quickly on the outside.

6. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring and massaging the creamy starch out of the rice, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next. This will take around 15 minutes.

7. Taste the rice to check if it’s cooked. If not, carry on adding stock until the rice is soft but with a slight bite.

8. When the rice is nearly cooked, and just before you add the final ladleful of stock, stir in the butternut squash. Remove from the heat and add the butter, and parmesan.

Season now to your taste…

Put a lid on the pan and allow to sit for 2 minutes so it gets all creamy. Meanwhile quickly heat up a big knob of butter and fry your sage leaves until it starts to brown.

Serve your risotto with the sage leaves on top and add a cool dollop of mascarpone on top, let it melt into the hot rice… its amazing trust me.

I served this with a beautiful kale salad, which I will have to share with you soon!

 And my second favourite thing about having friends to dinner? Leftovers! Figs and mozzarella and honey. Yum.

Last Week…

October 29, 2012

So last week was a busy one… I have so much work on at the moment any relaxation time is being enjoyed to the max…

Early on I had a meeting with the lovely Anna Tyler Cakes about developments for You Make Me Swoon… I got to taste wedding cakes, so fun. Her kitchen full of cakes is so pretty.

  

I have been craving simplicity and comfort this week, mostly because of the change in the weather… its gotten serious cold now, but also because I am so busy.

I am eating lots of plain roasted baked potatoes with delicious salads and steamed veggies are hitting the spot like only they can. Also cookies… There is something so childlike about a glass of milk and some warm cookies.

 

I did manage to fit a date in with my Husband who took me out for a classic dinner and a movie date. We pretended we were back in LA for a moment… and went to our favourite sushi spot then for frozen yogurt…

  

We couldn’t pretend for long though on such a spooky misty night! We went to see Beasts of the Southern Wild… which I loved. It is very dark and quite upsetting but really good. A beautiful film. 

  

One new thing this week is that I am ‘fasting’ from 8pm until 12pm…

I am using quotation marks because I am obviously asleep for most of that time… but the hardest thing is that you cannot have any calories, at all, That includes drinks…

I have become addicted to finishing my meal with a few chocolate covered almonds to fill me up and then drinking peppermint tea for the rest of the evening. From my posh china of course.

 

Friday we had a big colourful wedding at riverstation… I loved the details… there were so many! Cute vases of random flowers, hessian runners, pretty pastel sugared almonds, love quotes from tv, movies and books on every place setting(dedication) and names in scrabble letters…

 

I loved the riot of colour even more… the cake table was laden with tons of sweets and the brides huge bouquet was gorgeous… heaven knows how she held that all day…

The best detail of all was the olive oil and beautiful bright green olives brought all the way from Italy by the grooms extended family. So amazing.

 

Friday was a laid back cooking for friends affair. I made my favourite risotto and the girls brought wine and jelly and ice cream for dessert… we all went to school together and it was fun hanging out, we don’t get to do it very often.

 

Then huge excitement on Saturday morning as we went for our final Bridesmaid dress fitting at Alexandra King… and heard all about the wedding details coming together from my friend Hannah. I am so excited to be her bridesmaid and cannot wait for her Christmas extravaganza wedding!

 

 The studio is girl heaven, stacks of fashion books, sparkly shoes, and pretty dressmaking paraphernalia everywhere…

 

Afterwards we all went to lovely Axbridge in Somerset, I seriously adore this part of the South West, it’s so dreamy out in the fields and the towns are too cute.

We found the prettiest tea rooms with huge beams and stained glass windows…

 

And I ate a monster sized portion of tangy Somerset cheese on toast before a little wander around the sunny town square…

  

  

Afterwards I stayed in the country for a friend’s birthday, with lots of bubbles, red wine and kiddos running around I had no time for photographs. I was so exhausted after all the peekaboo and running around playing tag games I went home and drank tea, ate chocolate and read my book until bed. On Saturday night. Rock and roll. 

  

Sunday was just as chilled… a marathon reading session, I am so in love with Anna Karenina, Tolstoy describing the Russian countryside could almost make me give up the hazy South West.

There was also a few hours of catching up on work before Monday, some slow roasted mexican pork and a huge hot chocolate to warm me up after a cold farmers market run…

  

Perfect!

Heres to another busy week… I’ll tell you why on wedding Wednesday!

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you must know my love for Americana influence… Halloween being one of their biggest holidays and with it being just around the corner I thought I would share some of the ideas going around…

We so wanted to have a big Halloween party this year but both my husband and I are just too busy right now… but I thought I would share a few party ideas and Halloween treats for you all and pretend I was having one!

I love this mask, a really cool start to an amazing costume…

Available from LME Masks

You gotta do Halloween right with Kiddo’s around how about these amazing ideas from Oh Happy Day? Click the link for How-To’s… there are the CUTEST

I would love to make this bright cocktail, and I adore her fancy mask…

Recipe and image from The Sweetest Occasion

I would totally go overboard with decor, using garlands like this cutie spooky one from Etsy…

Available from Couture By Ayca

Or get really scary… and make a big fake spider with a web…

Another amazing DIY from The Sweetest Occasion

Or get cute (and these you get to keep) and have little woollen pumpkins on display…

Available from Luna Cab Co

And these cushions also from Etsy are so fun!

Available from Elizabeth Michael

I would serve…

Apple and Chedder ‘Hand-Pies’

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

I hope to have a party next year, I will change all my lights to  greenlight bulbs, hang lots of fake cobwebs, carve lots of pumpkins, serve fancy green cocktails, serve pure comfort food and ask everyone to dress up… with no theme!

Swoon Travel… Serbia

October 25, 2012

I love Ex-Press-O for travel inspiration but I have never thought of Serbia before these shots hit my inbox… how amazing does this place look?

I want to go!

Images – Ex-Press-O via …

 

 Do you all know about Oh So Beautiful Paper?

It is one of my favourite blogs, and was a huge inspiration when I was looking for ideas for my wedding invitations…

So on todays Wednesday Wedding post I thought I would share some cuties I saw on there recently…

I love this bright suite…

Click through to Oh So Beautiful Paper for more images and many many more ideas.

So last week I shared a superfood meal, if you really want to go all out then here is a superfood dessert.

It’s desert that is good for you. Serious! 

You need, for two little crumbles;
250g berries, any kind you like. I used blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp oats
2 tbsp chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds)
50g soft brown sugar
a little butter to bind everything… use your judgement

1. Very briefly cook off the berries, heat in saucepan for around 3-4 minutes.

2. With the crumble ingredients mix all together then use your fingers to rub the butter into the mix until its combined.

3. Put your berries into a bowl or ramekins and top with the mix, cook at 175 for around 10-15 minutes. Keep your eye on them if you have a fan assisted oven.

I served mine with low fat greek yoghurt but you could be naughty and have cream, or ice cream…

Adapted from the recipe at Refinery29 – which is a bigger version you can make for friends!