Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Big lunches and beef wellington

After a big walk, you need a big lunch. Or after a big lunch, you need a big walk.

Either way, a good autumn weekend requires a large lunch made up of seasonal produce and a healthy roast or casserole.

At this time of year my family embrace the autumn lunch! Whether its a roast pheasant, chicken cow or pig - the weekend autumn lunch, no matter where you are, is one of life's big treats.









Small squashes and pumpkins spayed gold and of course some kumquats scattered on the table give a really great seasonal feel to a meal. Adding one or two kumquats to glasses of champagne is a great way to give the drink an ever so subtle sweet flavor.

Now, for the feast! Beef Wellington, a household favourite! Whether its lunch with friends, a dinner date for two or a family gathering with the in laws - beef Wellington is a sturdy classic dish that never fails to impress. And this weekend we cooked it up for Dad. It can made in advance and left in the fridge for several hours. It takes only a little while to cook before being dished up, so perfect for cooking with friends.

Warm flakey pastry, velvety red meat and layers of Parma ham served up with steaming fresh vegetables (recipe here). Plates licked clean and seconds dished out, this really has to be a simple classic for any cooks kitchen.

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With red wine and beef wellington, we then tucked into no bake Oreo cheesecakes (the recipe for which is here).

Monday, 28 October 2013

Autumn afternoons and lazy lunches

Autumn is the best season of the year. Warm colours, musty smells and golden sun. And that's not to mention the excuse for big country walks and gigantic roasts with root vegetables.

It's at this time of year that I try to escape to the countryside in the hope of catching the golden leaves before they fall to the ground and winter sets in. And that's what I did recently. Bolting from London out to the countryside to see my best friend, my mum.

What could be more blissful than a big dog walk on a chilly autumn day. The labradors running around, laughing with my mum and Sam, wellie's put on for the first time in the year and a thick jumper dug from the bottom of a draw. Before heading back to a big family lunch

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The secret lives of Cloves

Have you ever wondered where cloves come from? They spice your oranges at Christmas, they add flavor to your caramelized pears and they make rice pudding taste incredible!

Cloves grow on Pemba island and believe it or not live on trees! Smelling stronger than ever they are picked by hand and then dried out on mats, before being packaged up.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Mnemba island

A short boat ride of Pema is Mnemba. I fisherman's island, tiny in size but with plenty of fish!
We went for a days diving there, but I wanted to share the fisherman's catch with you! As a seafood lover, this was quite incredible!

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Ships, sailing and sunsets

Africa is famous for sunsets, and especially sunsets over the sea.

With a sea looking like this...
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... its very hard to resist jumping into this...

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And sailing out into the sea.
Things in Pemba are pretty relaxed, so with white wine doing the rounds it was time to kick back...

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... but as the wind picked up, the sails went up and the sun went down... to offer a beautiful end to another lovely day on Pemba

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Bare foot luxury - Fundu Lagoon

This is Fundu Lagoon

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It is a tiny sustainable hotel, made up of 18 tree houses and is tucked away on the remote island of Pemba, just off the coast of Tanzania. This place is so special and so hidden, that it feel as if I should tell you about this in a whisper. Keep it to yourself. Don't tell anyone. As this is a travelers best kept secret.

Fundu Lagoon is somewhere where you go barefoot all day, after all it is nestled on a white sanded beach.
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Tree houses look out onto the sea, a surprise drink awaits you and your very own sun hats and pool side bags are provided. What more can you want?
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An eternity pool looks out onto the sea, quiet and empty... it was near impossible NOT to make a splash.

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Sundowners continued in one of the three bars over looking the beach and as the sun sets at night it is so romantic that even the monkeys take 5 minutes out to watch.
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