Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far!
Well it’s Wednesday again, and in foodie blogging world, that can only mean one thing… WIAW party time!!! Thanks as always to our gorgeous host Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.
For this week’s party, I thought I’d change things up and share my eats from Monday. I went out for lunch with a friend on Monday, so it’ll be refreshing to show you some food that I didn’t prepare myself. I’m sure you must be getting bored of all my home cooking by now!
So onto Monday…
The day started with my usual hot lemon & tea, followed by a delicious bowl of hot porridge made with Alpro’s new Almond milk (which we’re LOVING!) No photo today but it pretty much looked the same as last week’s pic.
My friend Cheryl and I decided to go to the Holburne Museum’s Garden Cafe for our lunchtime catch-up. You remember the Holburne Museum right? It’s the beautiful Georgian building…
that’s had the big, glass modern extension on the back…
I have to be honest and say that the modern extension has really grown on me these last few months. I especially love the way that the trees reflect in the glass (as in the pic above) and the beautiful outdoor perspective you get whilst sitting in the cafe. It really is stunning!
As the weather was dry, Cheryl and I decided to cycle to the cafe along the K&A Canal.
To the right of our bikes, there’s a little gate which brings you into Sidney Gardens. A minute’s cycle through the gardens, and we arrive at the Holburne Museum Garden Cafe
We parked our bikes in the cycle rack at the museum
and headed inside to the cafe.
There was such a delicious array of food on offer. The salads sounded amazing…
‘Pecan slaw’: red cabbage, celery, Cox apples and pecans
Char grilled broccoli, sweet potato, sesame
Roasted carrots, avocado, baby leaves, with orange and lemon dressing
but, today, both Cheryl and I were drawn to the goats cheese, roasted red pepper, olive tapenade and rocket in rosemary focaccia.
It was beautifully presented, and so tasty!
Normally, I don’t get to eat dessert at cafes as they tend to include dairy, so it’s fantastic that this cafe serves a dairy and gluten free cake. For once, I get drink coffee AND eat cake. Happy days!
This cake is absolutely delicious.
I couldn’t wait to tuck in and had eaten half of it before the coffee had arrived!
Cheryl chose the carrot cake which was equally delicious (she tells me). It did look yummy!
During lunchtime, the place was packed out with people and the atmosphere was buzzing. I even heard on Twitter that someone proposed to their partner at the cafe that afternoon! The museum would be such a cool venue for a wedding!
I can’t believe I’ve lived in Bath for over 12 years and have only recently discovered this place. I imagine the city’s full of gems that I’ve yet to discover!
Cheryl and I spent a wonderful couple of hours in the cafe, eating, drinking and putting the world to rights then we hopped back on the bikes and went to collect the kids from school.
Snacks / Drinks
When Lil’ L and I arrived home, we had a milkshake from his ‘Milkshake Madness’ shop. This is something that he set up in the kitchen on Sunday morning. Before I’d even got out of bed, he’d written a menu, designed an ‘open/closed’ sign and arranged a selection of fruit and milk on the worktop.
This milkshake shop is great, as all the milkshakes are free On Monday, I selected to have a milkshake with all the fruits on display, plus the almond milk and some Alpro soya yoghurt. Delicious!
I was amazed that Lil’ L even picked up the strawberries and blueberries to place them in his shop. He’s had such an issue with berries and usually runs a mile from them. While he was a bit tentative at touching them on Sunday, by today (Wednesday) he’s happily chopping them up, throwing them in the blender and drinking them! Tonight, he even declared that strawberries are delicious!! This is a huge change in his attitude! My next mission is to get him to eat a whole strawberry but one step at a time…
For dinner tonight, we had broad bean humous and crudites as a starter…
followed by portobello mushroom and red onion pizza, drizzled with truffle oil, on a spinach, basil & cashew nut pesto base and wholewheat crust.
Apologies for the rubbish picture but I literally had 2 seconds to take a quick snap before the family started tucking into it.
I used the East End Atta chapatti flour to make the pizza dough. It’s so finely ground that you can’t even tell that it’s wholewheat. It had a great texture, and tastes really nice too.
We served the pizza with butternut squash fries on the side. I baked these using Jenn’s method. By cooking them on a wire rack, you hardly need to use any oil, and you don’t need to turn them over half way through the cooking time. It works a treat!
Well that’s me done for another WIAW! This month, Jenn’s parties are encouraging us to eat more green veggies. I did okay with my lunch and dinner, but there was no green in sight on my breakfast. For me, breakfast is the colour of oats, berries, dried fruits… and definitely not the colour green!
But maybe, for next week’s WIAW, I’ll dare to try a Green Monster. I’m not promising though!
Happy WIAW everyone! xx
p.s. Have you tried a Green Monster? If so, what did you think of it? Does it actually taste like cold greens? urgghh!!!