These are a few of my favourite things #18

I bloody love a rainy day, especially when I’m hungover and have no real need, or desire to leave my flat. I’m currently lying in bed, electric blanket on full, listening to the rain battering the skylight outside my bedroom door, and I’m just as happy as I was last Sunday on the beach.

Last week was great, other than a nauseatingly expensive trip to the dentist.  My self-imposed hiatus from drinking went off the rails after one of my favourite people had a Birthday on a Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve loved every second (full deets below). Well, apart from yesterday morning, on a walk of shame at 8am, I bumped into (literally)… a NUN. Probably in the top three people you last want to see after a particularly un-christian weekend?!  For me, she was up there with my boss and my parents, I can still feel her judging eyes on me right now.

LOL at the fact that an honest review appears to be cause for congratulations in some quarters. My reviews will ALWAYS be honest, irrespective of whether or not I’ve paid for a meal. I can see that it might be more difficult to write a critical review if you’ve been bum licked by the owner and got a three course meal for free, but seriously, if you’ve not got the minerals to do it then don’t have a blog.  Silence is better than bullshit.

Happy feet

The beach in my home town, it was so lovely until a group of Spanish students sat about 4ft away from me, started lobbing stones, snorting back phlegm and just generally being complete pricks. Also, not sure why the tops of my feet look black, but I can assure you, they were clean as a whistle!

Vegetable tart

Or ‘vegetable art’ as someone very kind said on my Twitter!  So easy to make, Roll out a sheet of puff pastry, smear with garlic butter and top with par-boiled asparagus and fresh peas (or whatever veg you’ve got), I added griddled courgette too.  Bake in a 200 degree oven until the pastry is starting to colour, then crack on a couple of eggs and return to the oven until the whites are set. Shave some parmesan on top and drizzle with some creamy dressing.

Easy peasy scallops

I made these on a bit of a whim the other day and they were utterly delicious and so simple to make. I griddled them for about a minute each side then smothered them in garlic and herb melted butter and topped with finely chopped chilli. Gorgeous.

Twice in a week!

My full review is coming in the next few days but you may remember this featured in last week’s favourite things post too.  If Lewes is a bit out of the way for you to travel then go and visit them at the Spiegeltent all this week where they’ve got a pop-up all week. Best.Pizza.Ever.

Treats from Waitrose

There’s a new kid in town, the ma-hoosive Co-op by the Greyhound stadium in Hove has been turned into the most fabulous Waitrose I’ve ever been in.  My Mum and I went there after a meal out and were running round squealing in excitement and awe.  I’m SO excited to try the turkey eggs and I had the goose egg scrambled on toast yesterday.  If you like the look of those shortbread, then don’t, very very disappointing. 

Supper with Susie

I almost never get cooked for, by anyone *sniffs*.  Mainly cos people seem to think that I am going to critique their food and/or hate it. This is simply not true, I love being cooked for and am always pathetically grateful when anyone does!! My friend Susie is an absolute legend in the kitchen and whipped up the above feast for me one night after work.  She even made the flatbreads from scratch AND gave me a massive packed lunch to take to work the next day as well. She and it are amazing.

Breakfast danish

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again until you all go to Sugardough bakery and buy their breakfast danish, and whatever else your budget will allow because it’s all fresh, delicious and shits all over the Real Patisserie’s (which I love) offerings.  It’s on the parade of shops before the King Alfred swimming pool in Hove and it is more than worth than worth the stroll/bike rode/car journey etc.

I actually scoffed mine without taking a photo so the above is courtesy of lovely Brighton blogger Laura 🙂 Check out her blog here.

Happy Birthday to my babe of a flatmate <3

It was Jenna’s Birthday on Friday and true to form we have partied like it’s 1999.  The official celebration was on Friday night, but somehow rolled through into Saturday, starting with this Bloody Mary, then me cooking a curry for six and culminating in a game of charades that lasted about 4 hours and involved a lot of shouting. Pretty sure we’re about as popular as a hog roast at a barmitzvah, with our neighbours right now. Whoops.

Best thing I’ve bought this year

This thing is brilliant.  You can get it on Amazon for £20 at the moment and it is worth double that in my opinion! See my full review of it here.

What were your favourite things last week?  Tweet me or comment below. I’m always thrilled to hear from you x

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