I got THE MOST exciting delivery in the post today! My school supplies for @leithscooking arrived and my knives have my initials on them . . . I'm not going to lie, I got a bit emotional unpacking it all! It's all so real now, 6.5 weeks until I start the evening essential cookery course and I start my next big adventure. BRING IT ON 👩🏻🍳 #leithsessential#chefsknives#chefintraining
3 hours in the kitchen tonight, cooking up a storm from Lose Weight for Good by @cheftomkerridge. Dinner was chilli con carne with pickled onions and tortilla chips and I made chicken salad for tomorrow (using my mother-in-law's fresh produce from her garden) and salmon and feta muffins for breakfast. Bring on another busy week 💪😋 #chilliconcarne#foodprep#packedlunch
What a fab weekend in Devon we've had with @sophlou3 & @goose181990 visiting my in-laws 🥰 I finally got out on their boat and we've eaten yummy food at @dickandwills and The Hope & Anchor 😋 now time to head home via lunch in the Cotswolds. Perfect weekend 🌊
Day 4 at @wildernesshq 👩🎤🦄🧚🧜👾.
. The last day had arrived, I'd spend the night sleeping on top of a deflated blow up bed, and decided that the only way through was to cover myself in glitter. I didn't actually mean to get any on my legs, but hey-go, it added to the overall effect. .
. For lunch we wandered to @krapowldn after spotting a girls lush looking lunch whilst watching an orchestra play Disney songs and asking her where she got it. @markedwardsdrum got Krapow and I got Gai Tod. It was deeelish. And nice to have some rice after burger and chips most of the weekend.
. We lounged in the shade for a while and went for survivors cocktails at @josecuervouk before heading over to the main stage one final time.
. While securing our spot for @bastilledan we caught a bit of @kamasiwashington and ate some pizza from @arancinauk 🍕🍕.
. @bastilledan were awesome. We were pooped. It was time to go home. See you next year @wildernesshq, you were spectacular. Keep shining you crazy diamond ✨💎✨.
Day 3 at @wildernesshq 🦄🧚🧜👩🎤 (nearly done I promise).
. After a quick spot of wild swimming, we donned our glitter and headed into the arena. First stop was lunch at @othersidefried, we all got a Honey Butter burger. Fried chicken, bacon, honey butter (because all fried chicken needs butter right??), lettuce and pickles. Mega 😋.
. After hanging out in the shade, doing my best #Frida impression, watching the world go by, it was dinner time. I went off on a tangent from the group and got Cajun Fast Food. Cajun chicken, Cajun fries, coleslaw, @tabasco mayo, coleslaw and habanero jam. They were well jel.
. On the main stage that night was a bit of a once in a lifetime opportunity. @nilerodgers and Chic. A - MAZ - ING!! Even better than I hoped it would be. We then stumbled across the @brassfunkeys in The Club Good which was so much fun.
. Another long walk back to our camp and a stumble into bed. A deflated bed. We got a puncture 🤦.
Day 2 part 2 of @wildernesshq 🤘🧜👩🎤👾🧚🦄.
. The main event of Friday was @etjusticepourtous. I've been a massive fan since uni (10 years ago, ugh, I'm getting old), so this was a massive deal for me. I did some quick videos right at the start because I didn't want to miss anything, so this does not capture the full awesomeness of the set. But trust me, it was awesome!
. We then stumbled across @thepatateuk for dinner. Wow, second best food of the weekend!! They make beef bourguignon, which is cooked for 4 hours, then pop it on the hot plate with a slab of raclette to make patties then top with the melted cheese. Heaven 🧀😇.
. Oh, and @sophlou3 got churros from @churrosbros , she was mega happy 😁
Friday at @wildernesshq gets two posts because it was so freakin' epic!.
@markedwardsdrum and I wandered in ahead of the others and checked out @thepiadinaproject for lunch. We shared The Friar, which was Italian flatbread, buttermilk fried chicken thigh, double American cheese, pancetta bacon, pickled cucumber, rocket and nduja mayo 😋.
We then headed over to The Forum to watch @nosuchthingasjamesharkin which was HILAROUS. Not sure @wildernesshq was the right crowd for Corbyn jokes, but we liked it 😂.
After a quick stop at @appletonrumuk for more Jamaican Mules, it was off to @berberandq for our feast! To start we had:.
•marinated olives and mixed pickles.
•Maroccan country bread.
•harissa marinaded peppers with smoked almonds. •smoked beetroot salad with mint and cinnamon. •blackened aubergine zaalouk.
•tomato, caper and preserved lemon salad with labneh. .
And for main:
•grilled sardines with lemon aioli,
•slow roasted lamb machoui with cumin salt,
•merguez sausages with harissa,
•white beans with tomato and saffron.
And we finished it all off with mint tea, baklava and clotted cream. The baklava were just utterly delicious, and I think the white beans were my favourite from the savoury.
Leftovers from last night's roast made into BBQ chicken burgers with nduja mayo, bacon and cheese and served with a side salad. BBQ sauce from @skinnykitchensecrets 🍔 #leftoversdoneright#roastchicken#burger
Well I just had the best time at @wildernesshq this weekend. Were any of you there?? As voted in my stories I'm going to curate a post for each day I was there, showing you where I ate and drank, and generally what I got up to. .
After we'd got in and set up camp, first stop was @josecuervouk's #cuervotequilatown for margaritas and tequila shots🍹 this when we realised it was going to be an expensive weekend!
Next we went round the corner to @elote.co.uk for tacos. I had the Carnitas Al Pastor Taco and @markedwardsdrum had the Fish Taco. They were both delicious and went perfectly with the tequila!
After another short wander we discovered the @appletonrumuk Rum Bar. I was lucky enough to be one of their first thousand customers so got an awesome copper cup which meant I could be #plasticfree for the weekend. Their Jamaican Muel was INSANE and basically all I drank for the rest of the weekend. .
The band of the day for us was My Baby. They totally rocked The Atrium 🤘.
Last stop of the day was @guerrillakitch their Bao Buns were just heavenly. I could have eaten so many of them, my 100% favourite food of the festival! Gutted my phone died before I could take a picture 📸.
After getting totally lost we eventually made it back to out tents and collapsed onto our blowup mattress, ready to do it all again the next day 😴
#tbt to my 30th birthday party with these nutters! Some of us are off to @wildernesshq today and I'm SO excited. I've never been to a festival before, and never camped more than 10 minutes away from home (so always pop home for a daily shower)! It's going to be a hell of an experience, so follow my stories over the weekend for all of the food, music and frivolities. See you soon festival-goers 👾👩🎤🧜🧚🦄 #wilderness
A healthy start to the day before everything went downhill and I had a @mcdonalds for lunch 🤦
Tomorrow I'm off to @wildernesshq with the gang and I could not be more excited! So much to do first though. Finish my day at work, do a Pure Pads workout at @puregymofficial with @sophlou3 and have a pre-meet at @binnsmokehouse for Wing-Wednesday . . . Oh, and pack 🤪 #festival#wilderness
Eating leftovers #aldesko doesn't have to be depressing! Everything in this glorious burger was leftover from the weekend 🐔🥑🍅🥗🍔 so it's basically free right?? Right, back to the spreadsheets 🤓 #leftoversdoneright
I made my first ever baked cheesecake today!! I followed the Mary Berry recipe from this month's @deliciousmag and it was so good. The cheesecake was rich and creamy and the tropical topping of mango and passion fruit was the perfect combo 😋 (and there's loads leftover 😆) #foodwithfriends#cheesecake
Not the most amazing picture because everyone wanted to tuck in, but here's a snapshot of today's BBQ. • Alabama white sauce chicken
• Grilled halloumi burgers with smashed avocado • Prawn tacos with grilled watermelon salsa
• Chipotle coleslaw
• Potato salad
• Green salad
I think I over catered, and burnt the halloumi 🙈 thanks for coming over and bringing the salads @davidrobertfoster & @suzievfoster!
I've had a lovely day shopping with my bff/mum in Milton Keynes today. I'm now well stocked up with all things sequinned, glittery and pom-pomed for @wildernesshq and we thought we had earned a break at @tastecard's latest addition - @cafe_rouge. We each had a chicken salad and shared some fries. Perfect shopping re-fuel 🐔🥗🍟
Excited to spend the day with these goons tomorrow! When I'm not being a data nerd 🤓 or eating, I'm a musician 🎷 With this lot I get to play wailing saxophone solos over rock music and sing a few ohhhs and ahhhs here and there. It's pretty fun! 🎸🤘#musicianlife
We had a lovely low key evening with friends last night. After some olives and ciabatta dipped in oil and vinegar to start, we had this delicious mushroom risotto topped with pan fried chicken breast from @skinnykitchensecrets. Yummers 😋 #dinnerparty#foodwithfriends#risotto
In 1 week we'll be where the wild things are, swimming in lakes, dancing like nobody's watching and covering ourselves head to toe in glitter. Is anyone else going to @wildernesshq?? I can't wait to play with you all 🦄👾👩🎤🧚🧜✨ I also can't wait for the feast that @berberandq will be preparing for us on the Friday lunch time 😋 #dancelikenobodyswatching#festival#glitter
Does anyone else LOVE entertaining?? I'm so excited that I get to do it twice this week! Thursday we've got friends over for dinner then Sunday we're hosting a BBQ (hopefully in this glorious sunshine) 🍗 If you want to read about my fuss free dinner party, you can check it out on my blog - link in bio 😋 #dinnerparty#entertaining#foodforfriends
It was a throw everything in a bowl kind of night! Chicken, halloumi and peppers cooked quick sharp on my @charbroilgrills in gas mode, served in top of leaves with cucumber, tomatoes and sriracha mayo 😋😋 #bbq#midweekmeals
Present me is so happy that past me got really drunk on Friday and ordered takeaway instead of eating the lasagne I spent 2 hours making. I'm exhausted, but this lasagne was LUSH! Served with salad and WINE 🍷 Back to my real-world job in the morning! #lasagne#musicianlife#sundaynight
I hope the @downforthecount_band boys appreciate the willpower it took to not eat ALL of these! Marmite, cheddar and bacon sausage rolls - recipe by @marthacollison. Hopefully these will cure their stag-do hangover at tomorrow's gig!
Got home from the gym to a delicious dinner cooked by Mark. Chicken shawarma from #feasts by @sabrinaghayour (with a few tweaks, like added @sriracha_fg ) and corn on the cob. One of those dinners where you're excited about the leftovers before you've even finished eating it for the first time! #persianfood#boomerang#postworkoutmeal @boomerangfrominstagram
Ribs for daaaaays!! Rustled up a feast for the family tonight. Tamarind and honey pork ribs, corn with harissa mayonnaise, feta, mint and chilli and potato wedges. Recipes from #Feasts by @sabrinaghayour 😋🌽🐷 meat from @brackleybutchers 🥩
You know when you get really drunk and invite (insist upon) your besties over for a BBQ the next day . . . And then totally forget about it until they text you asking what they can bring and you're just sat there on the sofa in your nightie, sweating alcohol and struggling to even see the phone screen. Yeah that! .
. We ended up rustling up za'atar spatchcocked chickens with a charred watermelon salad and toasted sourdough - recipes from #firefood by @djbbq. Thanks for understanding the lackluster hosting @sophlou3 & @goose181990 😋😘
Get in @byronhamburgers 🍔 what a way to spend a Friday lunchtime! We took my #gifted @tastecard out for another spin today at one of their latest partners @byronhamburgers. I went for the Big Smoke and Mark had the Ronaldo, with halloumi fries and chips to share.
1) I'm stuffed 🐷
2) it was mega tasty 😋
3) we got 50% off the bill baby 💸
Last night's dinner 😋 golden chicken skewers, yellow pepper sauce and quinoa. I freaking love quinoa, and haven't had it in ages! And this sauce was so easy to wazz up in my @thenutribullet. Recipe from #everydaysuperfood by @jamieoliver (like everything this week!) #bbqfood#healthyfood#quinoa#kebab
Huge thank you to the lovely gang at @foodsvego for sending me some of their yummy goodies to try. From left, going clockwise we have: sweet potato fries, "vego ultimate" burger, corn on the cob, "the day one" burger and paprika fries 😋😋😋 ALL of it was lush! I even paired it with vegan condiments from @sriracha_fg and @sauce_shop 😇 I've now got somewhere new to order from when I can't be bothered to cook but don't want junk! #gift
Not the prettiest thing you've ever seen, but these breakfast popovers from #everydaysuperfood by @jamieoliver certainly tasted the part 😋 made with self raising flour, egg, cottage cheese, ham, mushrooms and coated in melted parmesan, served with rocket and hot-sauce swirled yoghurt 🐷🧀🍄🍃🌶️