1. A fry up @the_greedy_pig 2. Lunch at #Noonshine @grubandgrogshop 3. Rousseau <3 4. Twisted fish n chips from @nofishybusiness 5. Bathtime with Grey’s Anatomy & a Dark n Stormy or 2 6. Childlike sleeping quarters during my trip to London 7. Brunch at Whyte & Brown in Kingly Court 8. Cakes lined up at Hummingbird 9. A humble tea at Honest Burgers 10. Justin Timberlake at the O2 – and what? 11. Trying chinese at home – honey sesame chicken 12. Vegetable fritters from @eehbanhmi.
Lately it’s been all go. My husband started a new job, and with that came a bit of a lifestyle change. Gone are the days of the 9-5 (as 9-5 as freelancing can be), I’m trying to line our schedules up. Happily, with a husband now fully embroiled in the street food world, I’ve also been spending a bit more time at food events and, as a result, I’ve been learning a lot more about what mobile Leeds has to offer.
Yesterday I ventured out to @Amazing_Graze. There’s more on that to come later in the week, but it’s safe to say there was a veritable smorgasbord of delights on offer from some of Yorkshire’s best, plus a few Londoners who made the journey up to see us. Last week took me to Kirkstall Deli Market, an event held on the last Saturday of every month in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, brimming with local traders including Salts Deli, The Yummy Yank and That Old Chestnut. I filled up on twisted fish and chips from Fish& (who @MattTomorrow is now frying for) and cinnamon madeleines from @MadeleineExp which are my new favourite thing. I took some roasted garlic bread from Leeds Bread Co-op home and made garlic bread from it on instruction from the seller. Garlic bread made from garlic bread?! This is madness. The sweetness of the roasted garlic in the loaf mixed with the fiery, raw garlic in the butter spread on top is a dreamy combo, believe me. Plenty of chopped, fresh parsley in there too.
Next week will take me to my first (I know, I can’t believe it either) Belgrave Street Feast. Ah, life is good. Naturally, all this activity means that work has stalled on the house. We’ve done just what I thought we would, got to that liveable point and abandoned all home improvements and started to enjoy our weekends again. It’s finally comfortable, so the rest can wait, right? WRONG! I need to be more disciplined. There’s still a lot of gloss-work to get done and we need to get all our prints up on the walls instead of in a pile on the table. Work will begin again this month.
On another subject completely, last night I was chatting to @TheStyleTag over a few gins about what we’d like to do before we’re 30. I’m 27 in May, so I’ve got a few more years yet, but it got me thinking about how I’d like to spend that time. While Lauren has set her sights on Australia and New Zealand, plus a bit of dancing on a beach in Thailand, I’ve already done some of that. Naturally, my thoughts turned to food.
I can say with certainty that I’m heading back to Portland, OR within the next year or so. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten was contained within those six days I spent there last September. I’m eating another sarnie at Lardo and I’m definitely having another Blue Star Donut. Another meal from the American Craft Kitchen Ned Ludd is a must too. Next time I’m definitely venturing further out to more food pods. Potato Champion sounds like my personal Mecca and I can’t believe I didn’t make it last time. As for new experiences, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna are all up there for me. Obviously, a tasting menu at Noma would be a treat too. In this country, I want to get to Bermonsey to sample some Jose Pizarro tapas ASAP. A weekend at L’Enclume has been a near-constant daydream since I first saw The Trip. Finally, since it’s Marina O’Loughlin review a few weeks back, The Lockhart has been very much on my lust list too. Where is your dream eatery? What about it makes you so lustful?
Since my last Sharing the Love post, this is the stuff I’ve been inspired by:
- While we’re on the subject of travelling, Jen’s Hamburg posts give me Wanderlust.
- I’ve rediscovered Tumblr. If you like bento boxes, Parks and Recreation .gifs and pictures of lingerie, you should probably follow me @WhipUntilFluffy. Send me your links!
- If I were a character in Game of Thrones, I would be called Queen Lileria Greyjoy: The Last Dragon. Not sure I’m happy with that. What would yours be?
- Speaking of Game of Thrones, as a devoted reader of the series I found this comparison between the books and the show quite interesting. Don’t panic, no spoilers. This data comparison by The Guardian is great too.
- I salivated over The Kitchn’s guide to How to Make a Grilled Cheese.
- Over on her blog Fiona Beckett discusses what to eat with Rioja.
- Belleau Kitchen talks us through how to make Perfect Crispy Bacon.
- Did you catch the first episode of The Trip to Italy? If not, shame on you. Catch up quick!
- We have fresh herbs on the kitchen windowsill, but this hanging herb garden would kick things into turbo *reaches for drill*.
- I’ve just finished reading Tampa by Alissa Nutting. It was interesting to say the least. I enjoyed reading the author’s thoughts on why she wrote it.
- All the Rebel Women: The rise of the fourth wave of feminism is next on my reading list.
- I struggle with the texture of courgettes, but love the taste. I can’t wait to try these Zucchini Fritters by Damn Delicious.
- I felt very inspired by Bright.Bazaar’s Spring Design Updates. Gotta get working on my home office.
- This is my kind of comfort food. Eat Like a Girl whips up Wild Garlic & Chorizo Potato Gratin.
What have you been loving during March? Please let me know what’s floating your boat down in the comments or over on Twitter @whipuntifluffy. I always love discovering new blogs and unusual recipes to try.
As for what’s next from me, well if you follow me over on Twitter you might know that I’ve sorted my schedule out and I’m now working on a two post a week minimum, hopefully three when I can. Planning ahead has been really useful for me and I’ve jumped into full community manager mode with an extensive content calendar, making my recipe posts easier to put together. So you can hopefully expect a bit more regularity for me over the next few months! If you have any ideas for posts for me to put together, or there’s something in particular you love seeing from me or would like to see more of then please let me know, any feedback is really useful. This week we have a tribute piece to someone I rather adore, plus I’m talking about what to eat in April. See you soon!