Who Needs Men?

I’ve hopped on the girl dates in a big way recently. From gigs, to dinners, to holidays, I’ve realised that lovely things don’t need to be wasted on boys.

Back in July I indulged in a Midsummer Night’s Feast at The Churchill- a Shakespearean feast of deliciousness accompanied by a small amount of acting and poetry.

A difficult decision but I went for:
Homemade rosemary infused mead
Lamb stew served in a granary loaf
Beef wellington, the most gorgeous garlic mash & seasonal vegetable
Honey cake with sticky honeycomb and figs

As we ate, three actors periodically maneuvered between the tables, reciting scenes from the play.
I don’t know about anyone else but I wasn’t keen on Shakespeare at school because I didn’t understand it. It was so apparent to me, even then, that seeing a performance allows it to sink in so much better… such a shame that it’s not until later in life that one gets to experience it in this way.

We were presented with a board and some magnetic words during our meal and were encouraged to ‘form’ a sonnet from what we had. Pretty difficult to get it to make sense, but sure.

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Not my usual style but I’d heard a lot of good things about Ping Pong, the dim sum chain. We paid a little visit to the St Katharine’s Dock restaurant and had a lovely time.
Chinese is not for me generally, I don’t know what it is about it, so dim sum came as a bit of a surprise.
I’m still dreaming about the steamed buns mmmmmm….

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Over the August Bank Holiday I got together with some of the girls for a Fitnic (a fit picnic.) Why so called? Because we were insistent that everything was a bit fancy, homemade and essentially not a shitnic.
I pulled out my favourite copies of Good Food, rubbed my hands together and got to work.

The Menu:
Chorizo & apple sausage rolls
Quails eggs, to be dipped in mustard mayonnaise and cruchy fried onions
Ripe brie & crusty french bread
Potato salad with bacon and spring onion
Honey drenched figs
Bacon and leek tarts
Halloumi fingers
Charcuterie
Olives, sundried tomatoes
Variety of cakes from Patisserie Valerie
Raspberry bellinis
Limonato

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