Friday, 23 January 2015

5 Things

It's my birthday so I'm sitting here eating cake and am about to leave for a night à Paris. And because it's my birthday this week has been one of celebrations and bubbles.

5 happy moments from this week:

1. The best birthday cake at work
2. A new commute past pretty houses
3. Spinning sparkles at the Royal Opera House
5. Lunch at the Victoria Park Café

And a few things I've enjoyed reading this week: the Shake Shack economy; Molly Yeh's chocolate and hazelnut cake; Wes Anderson's universe

Happy weekend tout le monde!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Great Queen Street

B and I are trying to introduce a tradition of going to see the ballet once a year. 2014's trip came a little late. It was in 2015. But only just. Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House was full of spins and sparkles and pirouettes. I have now signed up for ballet classes. I've not left it too late in my life to learn to be able to be spun around on my tippy toes in a sparkling tutu with a tiara, have I?

Before these three hours of magical ballet, we had a super quick meal at Great Queen Street. Maman and Papa have recommended this play to us a million times - a Covent Garden gem. Arriving at 6.35 and telling them we had to be at the Opera House by 7.30 wasn't the kindest thing for us to do... But they coped admirably. The speediest choices were highlighted to us by the wonderful front of house, and the food arrived with us in a wonderfully prompt fashion. We had left work, made our way to Covent Garden, eaten, collected our tickets and sat down ready for the ballet in just over an hour. 

This was the start of my birthday celebrations, so a blood orange and campari bellini was in order. Fresh and just the right balance of sweet and bitter.

Spinach, ricotta and mushroom rotolo for me because I'm predictable and can't resist anything with spinach and ricotta in. The mushrooms gave this a deep, woody flavour: an indulgent addition to the usual combination.

B skilfully sped his way through a whole mackerel with pickled rhubarb and the best horseradish I've ever tasted. 

Our plates were cleared and the bill was bought at 7.14 as we had been promised it would be. Thank you so much to everyone at Great Queen Street for your super speedy, welcoming service and flawless food. We'll be back for a slightly less frantic meal soon!

Great Queen Street, 32 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA

Highlight: The best service
Lowlight: We didn't have enough time to eat the whole menu

Monday, 19 January 2015

Making Pasta at Home

Staying with my goddaughter and her family last weekend saw us discussing homemade pasta on Friday night and setting about passing on all the little knowledge we have to the kids at Saturday lunchtime. 

They rolled, and rolled, and made parcels of filling, and folded, and squeezed out the bubbles of air, and made crinkled little edges, before presenting them to mummy to be cooked. Needless to say, this lunch, made by their own little hands, went down a treat. 

I'm now certain that these girls will be asking to do this again and again: two mini pastaficios in the making.