It’s been a while for sure. In fact 13 months from my side. There’s been some changes here, like there has been everywhere I’m sure. On the food side, here’s what new with us:
- I’ve become an accidental vegetarian, in that MGG is now vegetarian. On the nights she’s with me, then we eat
plant based. I’m learning to cook well with tofu. I still don’t love it.
- I’ve been downsizing my cookbook collection. I’m down from five bookshelves to two. I haven’t regretted one leaving the house yet, but I might if any of the next two shelves worth go.
- I’ve spent lots of time back in Dorset, which always makes me happy. If you’re in Lyme Regis then I recommend breakfast, lunch or dinner at Swim. Not to mention a stop by the Baboo Gelato kiosk for an indulgent scoop or two. If you need carbs, then you need to head to Town Mill Bakery. The coffee is pretty damn fine too.
- We’re downsizing on the homefront, so also need to work through all the kitchen equipment. The Kenwood Chef definitely stays, in two minds about the food processor. What bits of kit would you always choose to have in the kitchen?
- I’ve alphabetised my spices. Maybe I have too much time on my hands (although given I’m now a full-time freelancer then not sure that’s the case) but it sure helps when you’re cooking.
- I’m getting ready for the Edinburgh Fringe again. Any new tips on places to eat on a budget would be very welcome. It’s five years since we last went, and this is where we hung out last time. We’ll be trying to not eat cardamom and cinnamon buns from Soderberg every day. Though it’s very tempting.
August food happenings
Adding a cookbook onto the shelves
If there’s one thing I’m sure of as we head into autumn, then veggie cooking might need more spice and oomph. So I’ve got Meera Sodha’s East on pre-order. If you’re cooking for vegetarians or vegans, or just looking to reduce your meat and fish consumption then this could be ideal for you. Out on 8th August.
Block out your diary for Food Rocks
While the event isn’t until 7th and 8th September in Lyme Regis, it’s worth blocking out the time and making accommodation bookings now for Food Rocks. The brainchild of Mark Hix, you’ll find supper clubs, chef demos and incredible local producers. All this and the glorious scenery of the Jurassic Coast. No better weekend in my book.
Indulge in afternoon tea
Or a whole week’s worth, as Afternoon Tea Week begins on 12 August. Just for heaven’s sake don’t start the whole cream/jam first debate going. Tends to get very heated. Maybe need a Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s to calm things down. My favourite hidden gem is Debbie Bryan’s in the Lace Market in Nottingham, though just check opening times before you head over.
Get in a jam, or a pickle
August is the start of the fruit and vegetable gluts, so make the most of the bounty. Whether it’s blackberries from the hedgerow, or neighbours leaving courgettes on the doorstep (happened
So, get out there and make the most of summer, but also take some time to lay down some of the good stuff for the winter. What are you up to in August on the food front?