Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Meatballs!

Last week I met an old friend for dinner. We were to meet in Farringdon and go to a restaurant called Meatballs. 

My friend, Emma had read about it in the paper that morning and had a fantastic voucher for dinner. Three meatballs of any choice, a side of chips and an alcoholic drink, all for £10.00. Yummy!

After a beer in The Eagle over the road, (where it seems good looking men hang out a lot!) we headed over to the old chop house which is a grade two listed, nineteenth century building which, once upon a time, served good, traditional English food. The majority of the original fittings and beautiful wooden seats have been restored and it is just like stepping back in time. It's beautiful inside. 

All of their meatballs are  handmade from high quality natural fed meats supplied by local butchers. They use free range Pork, Orkney Beef and Lamb and Banhams Poultry. On to the choosing.

I picked one of each type. Beef and Ricotta with tomato sauce, Greek Lamb with Cucumber, dill and yoghurt sauce and Thai Chilli Chicken which was a special when I went, but seems to have been put on the menu permanently. Lucky as it was yummy! 


I can't recommend this place more. It's a nice quick walk from the station and I enjoyed every bite of everything and the free wine was  pretty good too. Go Go Go!!! 




Saturday, 19 May 2012

Banana Bread

This recipe was easy peasy, yummy, and not that bad for you! Here's what I used and did. 



3 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter (I did this on low heat in the microwave)
3/4 cup sugar (I used half caster and half brown)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of wholemeal flour
Handful of choc chips and a handful of left over walnuts (or whatever you have in the cupboard and want to add!)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). 

With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. 


Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. I sieved it and threw in the left over whole grains at the end. 


Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.




Monday, 14 May 2012

Royal Not Afternoon Tea & Matilda


Last week, I went to “Royal Not Afternoon Tea.” We wanted to do something nice as we were going to see Matilda in the evening.  So we did a spot of shopping in Harvey Nichols and then trudged up to the Fifth Floor for cocktails and cakes.

I’ve yet to complete one of these “blog hauls" but I can happily show you my purchases! It was mainly food in the food hall and some sunglasses and jeans!

The information on booking the afternoon tea is on their official website here

It doesn’t involve any savoury food, so I recommend lunch before you head there. I must say, the cocktail was delicious, I had two. But I was a tad disappointed with the cakes. Here are my Pictures. I think the image on their website looks much more delicious….



This was the pizza and Juice we shared previous to the tea. We had this in the Food Hall at the counter. It was a delicious home made Pizza and fresh juice. Mine was the Pear Power. Mum's was the fresh orange. No complaints here. It was all yummy. 





And then to Matilda! Definitely no complaints about that one. It was the best Musical I have seen in a long time. Bar None. Go and see it! The children are incredibly talented and will have you gasping with pleasure throughout as they dance and sing for you!




Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Château de Pierrefonds




Many people know the above building as "The Merlin Castle". Those people who know me, know that I produced the Visual Effects for the last series (4) and I also have a a lot of love for big old buildings. When I was told I was being sent out to France for a production meeting, it was right up my street! A beautiful, sleepy village just outside Paris. It's just a shame I spent most of my time there in a hot catering tent having meetings! The village is untouched and non-commercial France at its best. I'm definitely going to try and head back at some point. Traditional cafes line the street at the bottom of the castle and there are barely any tourists in sight. (apart from the few there to get a Merlin/Arthur autograph!)

I shan't give you my own small potted history of the building, I'm just going to send you to Wikipedia in case you'd like to learn a bit more about it! 

And here are my photos which I managed to catch in my last 15 minutes there. I just think it's the most beautiful and imposing building I've seen in years. 


The famous steps that you see in so many scenes! 





For those who watch the show, you can see a little bit of the set in the image below, looking down from the castle. I've not included any more set images, as it gives too much magic away! 


Monday, 7 May 2012

May 7th 2012

Welcome to my blog. Currently not sure which direction it's going in. Hopefully will be fun and interesting stuff from a lady in London. 


This is my first post, so really a test page. This is my baby and it's a hard life being him! Sleeping, being taken on walks and cuddled all day... 


Poor old Max. 



I'll try and get some more blogs on the go, see if they work eh?