I’ve been taking a little break from writing, and I have been the worst food blogger ever!
I have some really lovely recipes to make it up to you for my little absence!
Perfect for summer, and simple to achieve!
Feeling refreshed and full of inspiration from my latest trip to Nice, Cannes and Monaco in the South of France.
I was definitely ready to get back in the kitchen, I had some really incredible food on my trip along the coast.
From Moules Marineres, Cheese Boards, Homemade Gnocchi, Strawberry Tarts and Brie & Fig picnics on the beach – It was bliss!
Nice was our first stop, so I think it’s only appropriate to show off an amazing classic summer salad which was founded in this beautiful Italian/French town
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 Tuna steak
1 Egg – Poached
Salt & pepper
H O W T O
First of all for a Nice french dressing, Basil leaves, Spinach leaves a little olive oil, french mustard and a splash of water.
Next – I just made a really simple salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber – black olives would be perfect here too!
And of course pour yourself a nice glass of something…
use some excess dressing and coat the cooked green beans, then cook again in a hot pan – oh yum!
Sprinkle salt and pepper on the Tuna steaks and Put a little olive oil in a pan, cook on a high heat for 2 minutes on each side.
(Tuna is best served a little pink in the middle! OH YEAH)
To make this a proper Tuna Nicoise salad you need boiled eggs, in your salad – I am not a fan of hard boiled eggs!
Poached Egg, just slightly over done and laid on top of the tuna finished this dish of perfectly!
SUPER HEALTHY, really simple and delicious!
Voila! Bon Apetit
Part 2 : PRAGUE
I Could not recommend Prague MORE!
I had the best time ever, and was sad to leave
It was so diverse, from visiting the sex museums, drinking EXCEPTIONAL Pilsner and dancing in the streets
to climbing to the top of the Astronomical Clock and hiking up hills to enjoy the view & hot chocolates.
Prague is actually really romantic – and I thought I was in for a ‘lads’ weekend!
so it was lovely just to enjoy some time doing what we do best.
Eating &Drinking in Prague:
The wine is really bloody cheap, as is the beer – and the Czechs don’t not do badly at their regional tipple!
so finding little brick underground bars was my favourite lunch time mission:
That is hollowed out fresh bread
with a beef!
and then getting lost in the incredible old cobbled streets near the famous gothic Chares Bridge
it was brilliant! I bought so many prints and things for our new home
everybody is a struggling artist, or a poet in Prague… or just plain drunk… I Loved it.
After a day of museums of the less sexy kind
it was all about the cake!
I think Tiramisu is on the to make list.
so that’s the next blog for you to anticipate….
Roaming Europe: Part I
I’ve spent a big chunk of the winter months running around Europe to somewhere
EVEN COLDER than rainy old London town.
It was brilliant, delicious and a little drunken
here are a few recommendations from the first stop!
The very, very cool, beautiful but bloody nippy
it was Christmas when we arrived there
so there were the amazing traditional Christmas Markets
Literally, so much Bratwurst…
but they were worth the trip alone!
Between the Gluhwein, Hot Apple Ciders and Grogg
we managed to stumble our way around some pretty gorgeous sites too
The first afternoon – after drinking some seriously strong beers,
we strolled the sites and the Berlin Wall
Life changing Goulash and fried dumplings
& listening to some folk music in Max & Moritz
COFFEE & CAKE
head to Michelberger Hotel
I sat in the bar sipping flat whites and eating heavenly chocolate tart
and reading their handrawn magazines
Gorgeous owners, and a great alternative to a standard hotel – for a really fun hotel I recommend The Huttenpalast whole heartedly! We stayed in the original 1940s Airstream caravan in a warehouse.
I have just come back from a long weekend in Budapest,
it was absolutely incredible.
Strolling through the romantic city lanes in Buda and admiring the view of the world’s most beautiful buildings
spending all morning in the Natural Spring Baths and all afternoon drinking wine in the sunshine in a little cafe in Pest.
It was bloody brilliant
& The Bit I Liked Best
THE MARKET HALL
Hungarian Paprika Salami is serious business.
with locals lined up around the corner waiting for their favorite shop to open!
It was amazing, and we took some Salami and some Cheese, Wine and Bread
we had it after a 10 mile walk around the city on Margaret Island.
Apple, Cinnamon & Nut Strudel
Spiced Plum and Sour Cherry Strudel