March is here and Spring is in the air so I’m trying something new this month. Food is always central to what I do but I thought you might like a few ideas for when you’re not cooking. So I’m sharing some of the things I’m loving at the moment – things I’ve eaten, places I’ve been, what I’m reading and listening to. Scroll down to see them and let me know what you think.
Charred Tenderstem broccoli with toasted almonds and romesco sauce from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayer in Manchester. Mackie’s is my favourite place to eat in Manchester at the moment. I’ve never eaten anything I’ve not loved (and I’m a tricky customer when I’m spending my hard-earned cash). Everyone can order from different stands making it perfect for families.
I’ll be recreating this dish at home by steaming tenderstem or purple sprouting broccoli (in season in March) then drizzling it with oil and charring it on the grill and serving it on top of the romesco sauce from my site with toasted almonds scattered on top.
I’m also busy cooking my way through and testing new recipes for my supper clubs and the next month of my meal plan and recipe subscription.
I love an autobiography and have just finished Alex James’s memoir A Bit Of A Blur. If you were a fan of Blur or lived through the Cool Britania era then this will bring back all sorts of memories. It also gives a brilliant behind the scenes look at what goes into life in a band.
I’m now half way through Sara Cox’s book Til The Cows Come Home – all about growing up on a farm in Lancashire. She writes so beautifully and so many parts of her story bring back long-forgotten memories from my Lancashire childhood. Reading it feels like getting a cuddle.
Table Manners podcast. This is a brilliantly entertaining and heart-warming podcast hosted by Jessie Ware and her mum. Their mother-daughter banter and celebrity guests come together over a meal as they talk about their childhood memories of food and all the places they love to eat. I’ve loved every episode, even the people I’d never heard of are fascinating. The Alan Carr, Ed Sheeran, Cheryl, Dolly Alderton and Nigella episodes are fab ones to start with. They can get a bit sweary so best not to listen while you are on the school run.
My new years resolution was to find ways to chill out that didn’t involve wine. Easier said than done when family and work life is hectic. One thing I’ve started doing is to have a bath with my book a few nights a week. And I’ve kept it going until March so it is looking like I might actually stick to it!
I’ve never been a bath person but I finally get what all the fuss is about. I’m working with Neom Organics as one of their wellness ambassadors and their sleep range of candles and bath salts have become my new addiction. Treat yourself to some of their goodies this month, you can shop here.
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