English Summer Garden



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.


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!


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).¬†