About E-Gusta

I love food, I love to cook and I love to read food blogs! I live in the UK with Husband Gusto and Baby Gusto.

Greek Holiday

It has been 4 years since the Family Gusto have had a summer holiday. Work, studying and exams have all meant that although we have been fortunate enough to take little trips here and there (Lapland at Christmas being a true highlight) we have not had a holiday in the sun for some time.

The English weather has been hot for some weeks, and it has been wonderful to enjoy. But it was with no small amount of enthusiasm that we jetted off to Greece for a week of quiet sunbathing, swimming and eating.

Breakfast at Gatwick before we went we tried a restaurant Wondertree. This was a hearty and delicious meal of tortillas, beans, salsa, topped with eggs avocado and chilli. Absolutely gorgeous.

A 4 hour flight and we arrived to this perfect vista

This was taken from our terrace balcony and was the view we had every morning at breakfast.

Dinner the first night we went to a taverna and gorged on dips and bread.

This platter had tzatziki, a red peper and feta dip, taramasalata and a wonderful aubergine dish that despite being a confirmed aubergine-hater I simply could not get enough of.

Breakfasts followed exactly the same routine every day. Greek yoghurt, honey, fresh bread and butter and fruit.

We usually had lunch at the apartment and it also would feature fresh bread, vegetables, cheese or fish

 

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Olivo Ryde

Now that I am gainfully employed in a new job of some 4 months standing I am enjoying exploring new places to eat near my office. Olivo in Ryde is rapidly  becoming a favourite for those days where you want to eat with good colleagues, or meet with friends and family for a delicious- yet quick- mid-week bite.

http://www.olivorestaurant.co.uk/ryde/

Today a lovely colleague and I stole a full lunch hour and I enjoyed it immensely.

We had:

Chorizo and pepper toasted panini. This came with a luscious load of crispy sauteed potatoes and coleslaw

Panfried sea bass with asparagus and a scrumptious dill and lemon cream sauce

Both meals were fresh and delicious. Perfect!

Summer

Today was the perfect sort of day for an easy summer supper in the garden.

I bought a ready made frittata that just needed to be put in the oven

Then collected chives and parsley from the herb pots on the terrace….

Avocado and tomato salad

Beetroot salad (beetroot, sour cream and chives) cucumbers mixed with lemon juice and salt oven-roasted asparagus and frittata. Perfect, and easy.

And in other news…..

…… for the past 4 years I have been retraining to a new career. My former working life required working in London (many hours away from home) and lots of travel and no longer suited the reality of our life. So in the past 4 years I have retrained, and have just started in my new office.

It’s an exciting- but very new phase of my life, and so blogging has been put slightly on the back burner. But hopefully this week I will be returning.¬† I may well be amusing myself by blogging work-day lunches. (I abandoned supermarket sandwiches day 2).¬†

Autumn Walks- Quarr Abbey to Ryde.

What to do on a glorious Autumn afternoon? Pack your woolly hat and woollen mittens and go for a walk of course! I started at Quarr Abbey and walked along the bridle path towards the coast. Quarr Abbey is a must-visit for anyone on the Island.Home to a small group of Benedictine monks it is a peaceful and beautiful place of significant historical and religious importance.

https://www.quarrabbey.org/site.php

These horses came over for a chat and when they realised that I was bereft of treats they sulked away.

The beautiful Binstead Church.

The end of the path. Cold and blustery with Portsmouth in the distance.

The gate at Binstead.

The ruins of the Medieval Quarr Abbey- dating from the 1100s.

Supper of crab pate and cheese and fruit.