Meet Me In The Land of Hope and Dreams

The school holidays always fill me with a sense of foreboding.  How do I juggle child care, work and my kids expectations that they will do fabulous things?  Obviously I make sure their expectations are pretty low. Keep them low and then they can be pleasantly surprised. Hell, I am pretty much making it up as I go along. I have no idea what I am doing most of the time. They seem pretty happy, actually they seem really happy!  I can’t be messing up too badly. I am sure the last year of single parenting will come back to bite me in the arse at some point but at the moment I shall just carry on until told other wise.

I did manage to arrange a couple of sleepovers which were met with approval. Brunch seemed to be a big theme this week. My friend insisted that I cook brunch for everyone. Well how could I say no? American pancakes ( I am not a big fan of the thin crepe ones) Scrambled egg, hash browns – cooked potatoes grated or squished with a fork, grated red onion, salt pepper, hot oil, fry….YUM.

This week I also ate out twice! Such a treat. I am not a big fan of the restaurants on Upper Street, Islington if I am totally honest. I find them expensive and mostly mediocre. There are a few exceptions, La Petite Auberge is wonderful, simple french food and not expensive.  I had a wonderful seafood meze at Pera Mediterranean  a lovely family run restaurant with a nice size menu. The seafood meze had perfectly cooked scallops and squid it was a generous portion too. My kids  will totally love this dish, squid is their favourite thing ever (so I am told).  I am also a total fan of the South American restaurant Commodore Bar and Grill. I was invited to taste the new menu. I cannot fault it. I really can’t. I tried to. The chef Federico used to work at El Bulli, the poor man was then bombarded by a ton of questions by me. So amazing to meet someone who has eaten there, let alone worked there.

The Commodore  is not an expensive restaurant at all. The food is wonderful really it is. Really good quality ingredients and such a lovely atmosphere. I did actually roll out of the restaurant, my god I haven’t eaten so much food in one go for a very long time. The swordfish dish was amazing. Swordfish can so easily be served overcooked, dry. Federico (can you tell I am a little bit in love with Federico) had marinated the fish overnight and was so moist. Served with a piquante salsa and buttery, garlicky spinach. I also had the South American version of Ceviche, Tiradito. This was made with Pollock. It is less limey then Ceviche has an earthier flavour. Delicious.

Not only did I dine out this week but my kids had their first experience of Pizza Hut. Look I am not a snob, well actually I am a bit. My friend Tushar set me up, I had no choice, there were 5 kids and I was going for the Pizza Express angle, then Tushar said the magic words “What about Pizza Hut?”. All was lost. The kids loved it. I will not give my opinion. Lets just say the the ice cream machine that dispenses jelly babies, smarties, jelly sweets as toppings, was put through its paces that evening!

I am working on a couple of new recipes this week and shooting with the lovely Lisa Barber. So alas you shall have to wait till next week a new recipe, although looking at my photos I took a photo of the most delicious aperitif I enjoyed at my friends house. I shall leave you with a little cocktail recipe…you can celebrate the end of half term!  In also leave you with a selection of photos from our half term and a picture of a little floral job I did for a photo shoot……Oh yeah and the infamous Pizza Express ice cream of doom!

You can always email me any requests for recipes.

Have a wonderful week

Rachelle x

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Aperol Spritz

I think this is going to be my new summer drink! So delicious, but also a bit pokey, so go easy!

  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda or seltz
  • Ice, half a slice of orange.