Hello Autumn

The first of September.

A soggy Monday afternoon I arrived home, slipped on my wellies, grabbed a trug, a loyal dog and ventured back out into the weather.

We trudged along hedgerows and collecting what Autumn had to offer, nibbling a few along the way.

We came back soaking wet, grubby faced and with an overflowing trug of Autumn goodies.
England is at its best with Autumn produce, and foraging is a great way of getting some much needed vitamins!
I’m always on the look out for new foods to forage for, my favourites that can easily be found in England are:

Apples
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Apples are a versatile fruit, ranging from a savoury chutney to a sweet jam and being eaten whole, used in baking and so much more.

The black beauty that is the blackberry
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Blackberries and apples are a match made in heaven when combined in the God given dessert that is bramble crumble! A jar or 2 of bramble jam won’t go a miss either (makes blackberries go much further and much easier to get a good thick jam).

Elderberries
Now elderberries aren’t for everyone. They are slightly smokey in flavour, but they are packed full of immune boosting vitamin C – so I got to making some smokey elderberry syrup packed with cinnamon and cloves, ready to ward off the colds ahead.

Hazelnuts
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These are just poking their heads out from under their leafy capes. Not quite brave enough to meet the gaze of the Sun till later September, early October.

Japonica
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Now this is something that many people don’t know much about. They look similar to a small apple. A yellow/red colour when ripe. The main difference? They grow on bushes and are far more tart, but delicious as a chutney or jam!

Rosehips
Now I am not a huge rosehip fan, but I have vivid memories of making ‘nypon soppa’ or ‘rosehip soup’, with my mum. This wasn’t the tastiest of foods, often eaten cold, but apparently full of goodness. However, there is fun to be found when you tear into a rosehip. And please be careful if you are handling with bare hands, as they are chock full of itching powder!

Happy Foraging and let me know about any more of natures goodies!

Patty & Bun

Now I don’t know about you, but I love a good list. To do lists, bucket list and better yet a foodie bucket list. So when a girlie dinner was suggested I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and took the girls to Patty&Bun .
Patty&Bun is a snazzy little burger joint with only two restaurants, both in London. We picked the James street location out of convenience.

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It’s nestled along a busy strip of restaurants and cafes with people pouring out onto the street, scattered across alfresco tables for optimum people watching.
James street has a very European feel to it, you’d never believe your literally one turn away from Oxford street.

The menu is simple in a good way, not five guys takeaway style simple (although these guys do takeaway too *drools over prospect of lunch burger*).

It lays out the main events front and centre, sides and desserts.
Take a peak:
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The burgers are great juicy beasts in a soft brioche bun arriving lovingly wrapped in greaseproof paper. I went for a side of rosemary salted chips, but had to admit defeat and share (no regrets). Sorry for the lack of pictures on the food front, but I pretty much inhaled it!

Now if the food wasn’t amazing enough to win you over, a carafe of wine is £10!!! That you cannot grumble about!

The boys who run between tables can’t do enough for you, without being in your face.

A great little gem that I’m dying for a reason to go back!

London: Yoga in the city

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending Lululemons summer sunset yoga class at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. It was an outdoor session limited to 300 people, with the lovely Celest Pereira. And do you want to know the best part? It was absolutely free, as a part of the Lululemon’s complimentary classes that they run weekly, with the occasional event such as this and the previous one held at the Royal Opera house. 

This fully got me back into practice of yoga after my jaunt off to Sydney. We got our yoga on, with a harpist playing calming melodies and a Mexican wave effect of ‘All you need is love’ sweeping the class as it came to a close in Savasana. After de-stressing we were kindly gifted the yoga mats that we sat on and made our way through lollipop trees (yes, you read correctly – trees with lollipops ‘growing’) inside the beautiful sculpture by Smiljan Radic for drinks, canapes and five piece band to party the night away. 

 

Now, unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures at the event – trying to take on the ‘creativity is maximised when you live in the moment’ philosophy. But the above picture, on Lululemon’s instagram gives you an idea of communal yoga, and I highly recommend it – fab for if you’ve had a long journey and need to de-stress your body. So get your yogi booties down to your closest Lululemon!!!

I need a little time to think it over

And by the words of a great Beautiful South song, that’s exactly what I have done.

At first I was really enjoying this blogging thing, using it as a bit of an open diary, writing down whatever popped into my head. Where that may be all well and good for some, it got a bit tired for me. I was loosing inspiration fast and my old blog posts looked dull as I looked back at them.

So I shut down my blog. Hid it in the back of my mind and got on with life pre-blogging, even went on holiday and whilst on holiday, I stumbled across this little gem:

Picture from Etsy’s Pinterest

These are two of the things that make me happiest in life, along with going on these adventures of food and travel with some amazing people that my life has been blessed with.

So I’m feeling a bit of a revamp.

Watch. This. Space.

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I hope you all had a beaut bank holiday weekend. The weather was glorious, we had a jam packed weekend out with the dogs, a finale to the bluebell walks and plenty of food. Then Monday with the good weather continuing a whole day of relaxation and taking it easy with the Boy before he went back to University. Continue reading