My Week in Pictures

can’t actually believe how much I got up to this week. Macaroon making classes, preparation for my next MA assignment, hanging out with my best friend over pizza, sewing myself a skirt from scratch, baking cakes and Sunday drives ending with pub lunches. Not a bad week all in all! I’ve got an awful lot to be grateful for.

I cooked macaroons with work on Tuesday. We have an in-house patisserie chef who cooks treats for our client entertaining rooms and she gave a small group of us a master class on macaroon shells and the ganache to fill them. We didn’t eat anything particularly exciting in the week but Saturday was fantastic. I cooked Japanese Chicken Noodle Soup for lunch and we had an epic curry night while watching About Time that evening. It is SUCH a good film.

I read a couple of chapters of my Corporate Finance textbook throughout the week. On top of working, I’ve decided to take a part-time Masters in Law and Business. So far it’s actually quite interesting! It’s very maths-y which I like. I do wonder sometimes if I should keep taking on these extra exploits. Work, study, blogging, socialising – there aren’t enough hours in the week!

I blogged a couple of things this week which is a miracle considering how busy I’ve been. First up was my Slow Cooked Chinese Spare Ribs. They are cooked for 6 hours so the meat just falls of the bone. They’re reminiscent of the Ribs you find in a Chinese take away but ten times better! I also posted Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole. It was my first time cooking with quinoa beyond just a boring salad.

I went on a drive around Totteridge and Whetstone this weekend which is how we ended up going for a pub lunch on Sunday. Totteridge and Whetstone are two small villages in the London Borough of Barnet and form one of the richest areas on the COUNTRY! The houses are absolutely stunning and are home to many multi-millionaires. I love going for a drive in the sunshine thinking one day, that might be us. It’s a pipe dream but its better to dream big than not at all. The pub we ended up at was called The Gate in Arkley. Weirdly enough it has a sister pub in Stevenage, my home town some 20 miles north! The food was delicious, I’d definitely recommend it!

You read my recipe for Lemon and Poppy Seed Cupcakes. They’re a fun light recipe perfect for Easter and Spring! You also read my recipe for this Giant Iced Cookie Cake. It’s a copycat of the cookie cakes you can buy from Millie’s Cookies and its been a big hit since I posted it earlier this year.

You blogged about Upside Down Caramelised Fig Cake, Vegan Curried Lentil and Millet Soup, and Double Chocolate Cookies. There were a lot of sweet recipes posted this week and the Upside Down Fig Cake is probably my favourite. I adore figs and hadn’t considered putting them in a cake like this before.

You said my cream cake topped with fruit looked “Delicious” so I’m doing my best to get the recipe typed up and blog post written. There was also a lot of lunch envy when I posted this picture of my Hummus Bro’s feast!

What did you get up to this week? Any recipes you’d like to share or photos of your adventures? I’d love to see them.

7 comments

  1. I am so jealous of your in house pastry chef at work! I’m also impressed with how much you’ve managed to get done. Good luck with the MA, it’s hard work studying alongside a job, I worked full time during my MSc and was a bit burnt out by the end so hope you get time to fit some rest in.

    Thanks for linking to my soup 🙂

    1. Haha thanks Jen! I wish I got to see more of what she does :-p but the work cafeteria isn’t quite that fancy. I remember how much hard work you were putting in. Fortunately I’ve got a year to do my first two assignments and then a year for my dissertation. Hoping that’s plenty of time if I stay focused 🙂

  2. Your week sounds lovely! I especially imagine the soup, macaroons and cake were divine!
    Permit me to share my creation of the Gorgonzola, prosciutto and caramelized onion pizza I made last night:) I must admit it was buonissima!
    Thanks always for sharing your lovely pics and experiences with us!
    Cheers to another great week!
    Lia

    1. Wow that pizza sounds AMAZING!!! I love using interesting cheese on pizza and that gorgonzola looks fab. Come and cook pizza for me one day? :-p hope you have a lovely week too 🙂 xxx

  3. How do you do all that in a week?! I know the Gate, it’s very popular for food; also the Orange Tree in Totteridge is a very popular pub.

    1. Hi Joy! Looking back I’m not entirely sure how I did it either haha. We did drive past The Orange Tree and the car park was rammed! That can only be a good sign 🙂 next time we’ll have to find a nice walk to do before lunch so we’ve worked up an apetite! Any suggestions? !

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