Food & rugby… terrific combination!

First up – daily food! Because it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m quite proud of my eats today, I made a lot of things from scratch. Breakfast was especially good, I used a mix of malthouse bread flour and ASDA ‘Ready Oats’ (finely milled oats and oat flour) which resulted in THE FLUFFIEST PANCAKES KNOWN TO MANKIND! Fo’ seriouz.

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Oat & malthouse flour pancakes topped with hot banana, blueberries & syrup (both maple and agave).

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To the left: roasted kabocha squash, red bell pepper & brussels sprouts. To the right: leftover veggie and millet casserole. At the top: a few chunks of experimental half baked bread.

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The experimental bread was made with the frozen dough from my bread post. I was checking it was OK, so I could go ahead and make this ^ Olive oil, garlic & herb flatbread with cheese. Yumm-o!

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The flatbread was to accompany this homemade lentil soup, which we topped with crispy bacon, red pepper (it’s there somewhere) & chives.

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A quick look through my camera tells I have been slack – I have at least 3 events worth posting about this week that I didn’t get around to!  Adventures ahoy!

The first of these was a brave and daring mission – 147 miles away. Allin, Ant and I went to Exeter to watch a rugby match. Bit of a long way to go for a game, you say? Not just any game – Harlequins vs. Exeter Chiefs. Ant is a die-hard Harlequins fan, and a friend of Allin’s regularly watches the Chiefs play, so we all decided to meet up.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

The story starts with a long and serious train ride (they claim these are their best serious faces).

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We passed through several stations and discovered that if one should wish, one could travel to ‘Mousehole’ (HOW COOL IS THAT?!?! I WANT TO GO! Smile).

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A picnic lunch – not forgetting bakeday flapjacks! – was eaten…

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…in front of beautiful cathedral.

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Well, one half of it was beautiful.

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Someone modelled a very attractive 80’s style cool-bag.

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There was even a nice photo! Both Ant and I look reasonably normal, this is very rare.

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We went to one of my favourite places ever: Lakeland. I bought stuff I shouldn’t have (because there just isn’t space in our kitchen and my bank account hates me).

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For 80 minutes we watched men run around in short shorts.

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We watched them fall over. We watched them scrum, and try, and convert. We watched an awful lot of the official photographer’s back.

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I spent quite a long time gazing longingly at his incredible zoom lens. No, that’s not a euphemism 😉

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The Harlequins lost miserably to the home team. Sad times. We drowned our sorrows with a pint (of lemonade in my case) and took a long train ride home, via Paddington Bear.

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And then we all lived happily ever after.

Before this trip I’d never visited Exeter. Edit: OK, correction to this. According to my Mum we went on a family trip there when I was 12 months old. Silly me, how could I forget?!

I really fell in love with the place! It’s all historic buildings and green rolling hills – just 5 minutes from the city centre and you can see vast stretches of countryside! It wasn’t busy like London but it wasn’t quiet either – just calm and civilised. The city centre had all the shops I could dream of needing (errm, so long as Lakeland is there, I’m a very happy bunny!) yet it had character and charm. And raised road curbs. These are essential: how else are you supposed to fall and twist your ankle? I tested just to check. Suitably dangerous. (I’m fine now :p)

I’ve been pondering moving away from London to do my foundation training once I qualify (now in 3 years time), and I think I’ve found my dream destination!

Where do you live and do you like it? Where would you like to move to?

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8 Responses to Food & rugby… terrific combination!

  1. Tara says:

    So jealous of the kabocha squash! I’ve NEVER been able to find one! Apparently they’re amazing? Rugby seems very cool too. I’ve never seen a game before, but I would love to see one if I had the opportunity.
    I live outside of Philadelphia in the US. I would like to move somewhere with no winters because I hate the cold! Luckily I will have to opportunity in a year and a half for college! I’m mostly looking at California.

    • I was so lucky to find this – over here there’s a store called Waitrose that is usually a good place to spot them, but every time I’ve been they have none. Got lucky this time! They are very good, really dense and velvety almost.
      I hope you get to go college in California, sounds like a dream! I don’t think I’d miss miserable winters either. 😉
      xxx

  2. I’ve lived quite a few places and liked most of them – the only place I’ve lived and didn’t like was Blackpool. I’m in Leeds and the moment and it’s got a good city centre and is ideal for accessing the Yorkshire Dales.
    I like visiting my friends in London, but I would think hard about moving there because it’s so expensive and big – it’s fairly easy to get anywhere in Leeds!

  3. Looks like you have been having so much fun visiting different cities. Your right the cathederal is beautiful. I love old and historic buildings like that!

  4. I’ve never been to Exeter. Everyone says its a beautiful city though, so i’d love to go!
    And your pancakes look delishhh. I had pancakes for breakfast (carrot cake version – try them!) 😉

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