I can’t believe I’m going to be so predictable as to start this post by saying; ‘I can’t believe it’s March!’, but I really cannot believe it’s March. Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just terrifying the rate at which 2015 is disappearing in front of my eyes, people keep telling me it’s my age…
This weekend has also flown by, but mainly because I’ve been having so much fun. Almost every day over the last 7 has involved something lovely. I’ve eaten a lot of food, attended some pretty fab events and spent time with some of my favourite people, in my favourite places. I’m heading into next week with more of the same on the horizon, and feeling like an extremely lucky girl.
This recipe is embarrassingly easy, but when I posted this picture online it got a lot of attention so I thought I’d tell you how I did it. I griddled a seasoned sea bass fillet and served it with brown rice (microwave sachet, Tilda I think) with a pack of choi sum, a little tub of crispy shallots I got in a trio pack from M&S along with sweet chill sauce (poured over the rice) and some sriracha chilli sauce (at the bottom too). I think it cos £1.20 and it will jazz up any dish without a huge amount of calories.
On Tuesday I was invited to the trendy menswear shop, a Peggs & Son and Edwin Jeans party at my beloved MEATliquor in Brighton. My friend Sarah came down for the evening to be my date and we both got riotously pissed on cocktails, ate a lot of fried pickles and had a thoroughly great time. Even better it was the first of two times this week I managed to avoid any sort of hangover- result.
Another week and another dish from my new go-to food blog ‘Sally’s Baking Addiction‘. She actually fried her prawns (or shrimps) but I followed her recipe to the letter but then put them in a 200 degree oven for 10-15 mins. Leave one prawn un-crusted and put on the baking tray, it will help you to get an idea of when the rest are done, I’d say about 5 minutes after the singular one has cooked, but it’s worth checking after .The ‘slaw was inspired by Jenna’s recipe and I just used what I had in the fridge, which turned out to be, rather exotically I thought, mange tout, mango, cucumber, cabbage and radish. I bound it together with the juice of a lemon and a couple of tablespoons of natural yoghurt, it was de-lish, even if I do say so myself. The sauce is a mango dipping sauce from M&S and was delicious mixed into the rice noodles and went perfectly with the coconut on the shrimp too.
This Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to the relaunch of longtime Brighton foodie destination, The Gingerman. I used to visit this restaurant all the time with my Father, but haven’t been for years so was incredibly excited to be going back. Even more so when I arrived and saw the menu.
I’ll put up the full review of my meal in the next week or so, but those of you who follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook will know, it was absolutely stunning. I even broke my self-imposed wine ban and drank the glasses which came with each course?! Although it was surprisingly delicious, it was a stark reminder of why I don’t drink it. Headachey, sleepy, drunk and generally ineffectual once under the influence. Great fun though.Benefit Roller Lash
Aside from making makeup, if there’s one thing that Benefit do really well, it’s a new product launch. The hype around this mascara for the past month or so has been apparent to see, all over every social network I’m on. Thursday was the official release date and I wobbled into Boots after the previously mentioned wine rampage, to get my hands on a tube of it.
What they say: ‘it’s a roller for lashes, the eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours’. After four days of trialling, I’ve got to hand it to Benefit, I’d say it totally lives up to its claims. My eyelashes have been a bit of a non-event since some incompetent bitch massacred them with extensions, so I’ll take all the help I can get. It’s a plastic wand (my personal preference) which dispenses the perfect amount of product whilst lifting and separating the lashes and it’s also really buildable. I even managed three coats one day without leaving any clumps behind in its wake at all. The packaging is gorgeous and although £19.50 can’t really be called ‘cheap’ I think the end result is more than worth the price tag.
Embarrassingly, I actually got this palette during the summer, the day before going on holiday, put it on my shelf and promptly forgot about it until the other day. As soon as I rediscovered it and opened it up I remember why I bought it. The colours are all beautiful, extremely wearable and it even comes with a handy instruction booklet for creating three different looks. It has a gorgeous, girly tin and all of the names have got a sexy boudoir theme. It’s not unusual for Too Faced to verge on the side of risqué when it comes to product names. Their ‘Better than sex’ mascara has been on my ‘too try’ list for time, I actually went to Boots recently to buy it and they had removed the entire counter *sobs*. I will get my hands on it one day, but I’m in less of a hurry since my Roller Lash revelation.
After my lavish five course lunch and trip to Boots I went home and had a nap, which made me feel totally rank. It’s such a fine line with naps, they can either make you feel beautifully refreshed and well rested, or absolutely deathly, sadly in this case it was the latter. However, I’d agreed to go to the launch of Presuming Ed, the sibling coffeehouse of my long time favourite, The Marwood and if there’s one thing I refuse point blank to do, it’s to cancel plans due to a hangover. It’s the height of rudeness in my opinion, so I redid my makeup, put on my big girl pants and called a cab.
In the old HSBC building halfway down London Road, the outside is painted with bright graphics that makes its presence felt, in what people are actually calling ‘Brighton’s answer to Shoreditch’… I shit you not. The interior isn’t going to be for everyone, but I thought it was pretty cool, and I absolutely love the benches that are made out of books too. As I was feeling a bit peaky after my mass wine consumption all I had was a can of Coke, but I will definitely be back for coffee and some food really soon. Another in an ever-increasing list of reasons to go to London Road… two years ago those are words I would have laughed at the thought of typing. Hopefully whoever masterminded this facelift can extend their services to St James Street next? Just a thought.
On Friday Jenna and I headed to my Mum’s for an overnight ‘country retreat’. She made supper, duck salad with loads of fruit, veg and bulgar wheat. She posted the recipe on her blog today so definitely check it out if healthy(ish) filling salads are your thing. I made our ‘pudding’ of buffalo wings from my own recipe , there were loads so Jenna took the rest to her brother who apparently really enjoyed them too. The notes were dotted around the house by my Mum, whose sustainable house should come with an instructions manual! She really is the cutest though, I can’t wait for her to come home now, being in her house made me miss her even more.
Last night I went to the Cin Cin pop up at The Velo Cafe on the level. They were kind enough to invite me down to review and as soon as I saw the menu on the Tabl website, I knew I was in for an absolute treat. Highlights for me were the risotto and the ragu, but I’ll tell you all about it in my full post in the next couple of weeks. If you like honest and traditional yet truly luxurious food, then this is definitely the pop up for you. Follow them on Twitter for updates about their upcoming events.
Roast Pork at The Longman pub
Today I ventured out to a part of Brighton that you will usually only ever find me in on a work day, after being promised a seriously good roast, by someone who knows their way around a Sunday lunch. Miraculously I had totally risen above my predicted hangover so was raring to go.
Things I enjoyed about this menu: 1) ‘falls off the bone’ 2) cauli cheese as standard 3) specifying no screaming kids- YES. I knew I was going to like it from the off. This of course will make it’s way into my next Brighton roast post (coming soon), but what I will say is, I was highly impressed and if you ever find yourself in the Patcham/Hollingbury area, it’s definitely worth £11 of your money.
What were your your favourite things from last week? Did you eat anywhere nice that you’d like to see me review? Please do comment below or Tweet me x