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The Weekly Report

The Weekly Report

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote a proper weekly report. By way of apology this post is extra picture heavy and you can still see what I’ve been up to in my WOMAD report, a review of Phom Tea, a Game of Thrones themed Nom Nom Club, a review of dinner at Yardbird, or a baking adventure with a very chocolatey cake.

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Watching The bake off (although I’m not a fan of an extra slice), Parks and Recreation (about time), Friends, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. 

Listening to Arcade Fire, James Blake, all the things I listened to in 2009, The Coral, This American Life, an incredible Fleetwood Mac remix that we discovered courtesy of Greg Wilson at WOMAD. 

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Reading I’m halfway through The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared in preparation for a Bournemouth based book club next week. It’s charming and hilarious!

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Writing A short story about walking home without noticing.

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Eating Lots of aubergine, halloumi, tomatoes and courgettes. This late summer and the Farmers’ Market have perfectly combined to make me crave all of the vegetables. A Sunday night treat at Host, moussaka with tahini, lotsa spaghetti, a peach upside down cake, the best salad I’ve ever made (recipe for this and the cake coming up on the blog tomorrow), baked feta with lots of herbs, an extra amazing brunch at Boston Tea Party with my dreamy pals, a thrown together mezze, pancakes stacked up with almond butter and agave, a Saturday night dinner at Nolita Cantina with some of my favourite people and a Sunday night curry feast.

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Talking about Bikes, being a tourist where you live, gossip, how to pick your Desert Island Discs, why one of my favourite people is moving to Yemen, beekeeping and how beautiful Ness Gardens are. 

The Food Report: Moose Coffee

The Food Report: Moose Coffee

On Sunday morning, after two nights of partying, it was definitely time for brunch.

Moose Coffee Menu Liverpool

We decided to head along to Moose Coffee on Dale Street, considering we’d never been before. Despite having read some mixed reviews, it is always very busy so we decided there must be a reason for that. We did have to wait a little while for a table, although this was partly our fault for turning up at 11.30am, but the service throughout was excellent once we were seated.

New Jersey Moose Eggs Benedict at Moose Coffee Liverpool

We both had New Jersey Moose a which I would highly recommend – excellent potato hash, softly poached eggs and a zesty hollandaise that I could have done with another spoon of, all on top of a bagel. It’s double carb so not the healthiest way to start a morning, but as a treat it’s excellent.

Cinnamon Apple and Salted Caramel Pancakes at Moose Coffee LiverpoolCinnamon Apple and Salted Caramel Pancakes at Moose Coffee Liverpool

We followed this up with some Cinnamon Apple and Salted Caramel Pancakes. To be honest this was excessive and we were quickly defeated by the mountain of food! I think I prefer a thinner pancake, but if thick American pancakes are your thing then I would say these would fit the bill well. The salted caramel was good (there could have been double the amount) although the apples were a little undercooked despite being fresh and tasty. I probably wouldn’t order these again but I would definitely go back for the poached eggs – I especially appreciate that you can combine Benedict and Florentine in one meal. The prices were a little higher than your average Liverpool brunch, but nothing extortionate. All in all, I would visit again – maybe slightly earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon – I want to try their burger with cheese and bacon sandwiched in a doughnut. It just sounds so grossly delicious.

Have you been to Moose Coffee? Where is your favourite place for brunch?

The Food Report: East Avenue Bakehouse

The Food Report: East Avenue Bakehouse

It’s probably no secret to readers of this blog that I love brunch. So when a new place opens that might provide a brunch destination I’m all over it. East Avenue Bakehouse opened on Bold Street a couple of weeks ago (on International Women’s Day to be precise, for this is a women-led venture!) and I’ve been keen to get in there ever since, so this Saturday I took a trip with Kate for a mid-afternoon lunch.

First, we tried the bread board. This was a perfect starter for our first trip, as you get to try all of the loaves with some delicious dips. The garlic and basil was perfect, the tomato and garlic was light and delicious, but the real star for me was that big pan of balsamic and olive oil. It’s a classic combination but this was a really sweet balsamic, which I loved, and plenty of it – no scrimping here. Tearing off hunks of bread to squidge them into delicious oil is pretty much the best meal money can buy.

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All of the breads were delicious but we went particularly doughy-eyed over the chia seed (the yellow seeded one in the middle). I’ll definitely be picking up a whole loaf sometime soon.

Having already started the day with an early (ish) breakfast at Leaf, I moved onto a lunchy option of Rarebit with leeks. This was an ideal cheesy treat for a cold day, and they hadn’t shied away from the mustard, which I greatly appreciated.

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Kate tried a Bakehouse Benny and a homemade Scotch Egg, which came with a great chutney that I promptly stole and gobbled up. Then we moved onto pudding, both opting for a scone (and the usual debate over pronunciation, obvs). This came with raspberry jam and clotted cream, as you would expect, as well as superb homemade lemon curd, which was a lovely surprise!

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We washed all of this down with tea, apple and elderflower cordial and orange San Pellegrino. As I said to Kate, I think you can judge a lot about a place based on their non-alcoholic beverage offer, and East Avenue ticked all the boxes for a lazy afternoon. Just look at those straws!

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What’s really exciting about East Avenue Bakehouse is that whilst we tried some of their Small Plates at lunchtime, they also have a perfectly formed Breakfast and Brunch menu as well as Large Plates served in the evening, so there’s plenty more to try. Whilst we were there we got a good look at the salads (including an incredible looking panzanella) and other cakes, which are certainly top of my list to get on my next visit (did someone say Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Blondie?!). With a lovely menu, lovely surroundings and, most importantly, brilliant bread, East Avenue Bakehouse is certainly worth a trip and I’ll be looking forward to more from them over the coming months!

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P.S. Olivia has started up her blog again and her latest post features the mango salsa recipe from Caribbean Nom Nom Club. Go check it out!

The Weekly Report

The Weekly Report

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Taking pictures of my Saturday shoes seems to be a new tradition

Watching Old episodes of The Office (the US version although I like both!), Mary Berry cooking some great food and silly Come Dine with Me moments. 

Listening to A lot of Fiona Apple, a little smidgen of Arctic Monkeys, some strong Motown and I can’t stop singing this.

Reading The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is ace so far – I really like Jon Ronson’s writing style. I managed to pick up two new cookbooks from the charity shop for just £2.99 this weekend, so I spent my Sunday reading them in bed.

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People usually keep Delia books for life, so they’re well worth snapping up if you see them.

Writing Little poems, letters and tear-stained journal pages.

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Eating A two-hour lunch at Free State Kitchen with Emily including the most incredible affogato, another brunch at Leaf with old housemates, a first meal at the new East Avenue Bakehouse (you’ll see this in detail in the Food Report on Tuesday), a quick home cooked dinner for those old housemates, noodle soup, a roast dinner and a pear and almond cake from my new River Cottage book.

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Lusting after The warm sun.

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Talking about No make up selfies – I think the idea of no make up selfies is amazing; women reclaiming their faces from a patriarchal standard of beauty is incredible. I also think raising over £2million pounds for Cancer Research is incredible. I’m not entirely sure where the two cross over and I’ve seen so many people clearly still wearing make up claiming they have ‘done their bit’ for cancer awareness which is pretty infuriating. All the same, it’s still great to donate. You can text BEAT to 70099 to donate £3 to Cancer Research and if you have extra pennies both Teenage Cancer Trust (TEEN to 70300) and CLIC Sargent (HELP to 70030) are incredible charities very close to my heart. 

In the interests of taking my face back I take selfies all the time (there’s probably a whole post on this to come at some point) and these are a couple of no make up ones:

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I also spent the week talking about big life decisions – it’s been a bit of a tough one but luckily my friends are full of love.