Weekly Eats and Treats

What can be better than sitting in the autumn sun with a Pimms, a magazine and a cat?

And this is what happens when you let an 8 Year old loose with the camera…. he points it towards the sky

Breakfast this morning at the legendary Eegons

Vegan fry-up. Fried bread, veggie sausages, beans and tomatoes.Bliss.

Friday night dinner

Pretty much every wilting veg left in the fridge……lentil and radish salad (nicer than it sounds); asparagus, sweet potato and corn and for Baby-G

Tomatoes, asparagus, Baked potatoes and corn

Saturday night supper- sweet and sour tofu. Praise be jarred sauce.

And final kitty-pic of the day

In the studio: Georgina Campbell

George and I have been friends for 20 years. I am honoured to call her my friend. Throughout all the time I have known her she has been committed to her art. and a funny, insightful, bloody brilliant person to boot.

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I started out planning to be a film maker and realized I prefer working alone rather than waiting around for others to get their part of the job done. I had to do still photography as part of my course at university and realized I enjoyed it more because you can just get on with it. I am from Australia and I am answering your questions in Iceland about work I did in Russia. I have always taken photographs and I consider being an artist to be my main job but I have always had to have a real job at the same time. I eventually trained as a teacher, partly so I could travel – I moved to London (where lots of Aussies are teachers) so I could try to see more…

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Weekend

This was a funny weekend where I started various blog posts in my head and never finished them. On Sunday I made a peach compote (above) using gorgeous-looking but rock hard peaches. After simmering in butter, a splash of water and a dash of sugar for a while it made a lovely topping to breakfast cereal.

Baby-G and I also made chocolate chip cookies. They turned out flat and very light, and we ate them all before pictures were taken. Baby-G has never really expressed an interest in cooking (or eating for that matter) and so we have not done alot of cooking together. But he was distraught to have missed out on an after-school cooking club and so he and I decided we will cook together and the choices will be his. He chose cookies and crumble for his first foray. We went bramble-picking among the hedgerows on Sunday and bramble crumble is on the agenda for this week.

Out for dinner at the ever-good Coast. I like this place more and more and we had a delicious meal.

Sea bass and vegetables

Mushroom and blue cheese linguine

https://thecoastbar.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

Cowes Week 2018

It is Cowes Week again! (Or Lendy Cowes Week 2018 if I am to be accurate, because Lendy is the title sponsor this year).

http://www.lendycowesweek.co.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=cw18&ui=cw4&style=std&override=&section=multimedia&page=video-highlights

This is my 14th consecutive Cowes Week, and it remains as fun and exciting as ever. It will be a quieter week this year as I am working through it and so we will not be attending as many of the cocktail parties, dinner parties and party parties as in previous years.

Friday night began as it usually does- with dinner and drinks in the Marina. This year the organisers are rightly trying to cut down on plastic waste and so we have reusable glasses for our Beer (Husband-Gusto) and my lemonade.

Not sure this is entirely getting into the spirit of cutting down on plastic however……

Dinner was at my annual favourite ‘Wok’s Happening’. Scallops with ginger and chilli (£10.50) and vegetarian chow mein. (£7.00, I think)

Sailing began on Saturday. The marina is such an exciting place to be, There are just hundreds of boats of all sizes getting ready for a day’s racing.

Baby-Gusto and I ate crepes for breakfast

I had a delicious crepe with spinach, mushrooms and egg (£5.00) and B-G had his favourite- faithful to Nutella. (£4.00)

They were delicious- crisp, light and paced with flavour.

Following this and for the first time since he was born I persuaded B-G to come out on the spectator boat. This was such fun, with the boat going out into the racing (while keeping a respectful distance of course!) and it is the perfect way to get out onto the water and to see the action.

The trip was rounded off by a fly past of planes of some sort!

We had a wonderful, but exhausting day. I really love Cowes Week. There is so much to see and do shoreside so if people are not sailors or sailing there is still loads of fun to be had. A festival by the sea in summer… what more can you want?!

Greek meals

We had a routine of sorting breakfasts and lunches ourselves then enjoying wonderful tavernas in the evening.

These views can’t be beaten!

Greek salad featured very heavily every single evening! The local olives were glorious, and indeed we could not resist bringing great jars back.

Baby-Gusto really enjoyed calamari…. and local Greek sausage and chips….

Vegetarian Husband-G would make a hearty meal of Greek salad and side dishes such as these delicious casseroled beans and tomatoes

This was my stand-out meal of the week…… cod baked with tomatos, marinated grapes, raisons, pinenuts and figs.

Occasionally we would share a mezze platter which invariably featured fried cheese

Mainly we just relaxed in small cafes by the sea!