January 14, 2013
The past week, first full week back at work, plus lots of meetings and plans was a bit busy… but fun nonetheless!
I started with a lazy Sunday… a brunch at home, papers and Sunday playlists in the kitchen, before a huge clear out and tidy up of my clothes, jewellery and make up.
It felt great. Now I know what I have and where everything is.
Then I have a work party, the theme was retro, so I took that as a movie star era, I put on a new sparkly dress, my hair went up in a chignon and wore a red lip…
The first venue was a hotel on the water, there was even a grand piano, no one was playing it though… shame!
We started there for cocktails while the caterers and the party organiser set up our big long dinner table.
We had the wonderful Flavoursmith cook for us in our own restaurant… which Michele (my boss at riverstation) organised along with a quiz and dancing later.
The menu was Duck a l’orange, which was a duck pate, a quail and duck meat scotch egg and a duck crackling salad. All delicious, and my first scotch egg ever.
Then for mash it was simply ‘Beef, Mash and Onions’, which was a shin of beef which had certainly been cooked for hours, and fell apart as soon as you touched it, served with the creamiest mash ever seen and fried onions.
Followed by a Cup a’Tea, which was an early grey pannacotta with a lemon jelly set on top. Served in cute china cups this was possibly my favourite course of 3 delicious plates.
Monday I started the week with an impromptu date night with my Husband, we decided to visit our favourite local spot Souk Kitchen… you know how much I love it there by now.
We are not drinking this month so the fact that they offer home-made softies was amazing to us.
We had as always the bread and dips, despite the fact that I had told myself I wouldn’t they are just too good to resist. I also had dessert. A turkish delight dark chocolate pot, with a piece of the delight at the bottom. Possibly even prettiest than my previous dessert.
My week had started well!
I put some new pretties up around my new desk at work… and had a big clean and tidy at home downstairs too. Feeling ready to tackle the new year now…
During the week we have been eating a lot of green stuff, and to substitute a glass of wine I have been treating myself to the odd glass of raspberry lemonade and elderflower presse… it’s going well so far (apart from Sunday when I really wanted a glass of red)
Friday we had a movie night… we watched The Imposter which is crazy and strange, and leaves you with more questions that you had at the start.
Searching for Sugar Man is inspirational, I would highly recommend you watch it, and watch it without looking into what it is that way there are more surprises, it will leave you sad but happy at the same time.
Saturday was great, we started with a walk to the shops and my Husband got himself a very sharp suit, then we went to Poco for breakfast. They do amazing coffee, really sweet and not bitter at all. And the fry up is perfect. Not greasy, not too much but enough that you are stuffed.
Then we wandered homewards and stopped in at the Arnofini for something sweet, we shared bites of this pretty jewelled carrot cake…
Then I went and met my friend India for a long gossip session over hot chocolate and rocky road, and finally got to give her a Christmas present of YSL colouring books. Not many people would appreciate that present and I am glad I know someone who would…
We stayed in the bar for hours talking about all sorts, not exactly putting the world to rights, more our own lives.
Then Sunday, another perfect day…
I lazed around in the morning after a terrible nights sleep. I have a new cozy robe from The White Company and I had the new InStyle glossy and a mug of coffee… I was set…
Loved the new season peek… Chanel and Givenchy caught my attention, so pretty, already excited about spring.
I woke up to the smell of my Husband prepping lunch, we had friends coming and decided to make the ultimate comfort meal… he made the most amazing beef stew, with a beautiful base of vegetables, red wine and shin… served with mash and spinach. I want to eat that again and again.
Then I made an apple crumble for pudding, served with clotted cream ice cream. Delicious…
We had lots of fun running around with our friends kids, who are all lovely… Biggie doesn’t think so though so disappearing for most of the day. I made a big fuss of him when he came out from hiding. He needs to realise these little people can’t hurt him and he’s much faster than them anyway!
Now that is the kind of weekend I like, I saw lots of my home and lots of friends… I like that. Also lots of delicious food. More please.