Bank Holiday Weekend- 3-5th May 2013

Three unusual things have happened this Bank Holiday weekend.  Firstly we were both off work.  Secondly the sun was shining (well almost all of the time).  And finally my Mam came to visit.  So lots of eating and drinking was called for!

We began with Friday night dinner at Arthurs on the Green, on Twickenham Green.  We hadn’t been there for a while and couldn’t really understand why as it is so lovely in there, food fantastic and great service- and all on our doorstep. 

For starters we shared a mezze type platter with houmous, pickles, chorizo, manchego & membrillo, olives, bread and other little yummy bowls.  A good way to start a meal when none of you are sure what you fancy!

For main course I could not decide, but eventually went for an onion and parmesan tart, with a butter bean and beetroot salad.

ImageIt was a good choice, very tasty, not too cheesy, with delicious caramalised onions.  Other dishes around the table included fishcakes, rack of lamb and beef bourguignon.  All gobbled up, not a crumb left. Ice-cream ended a very nice evening.

PS we are not talking about the bizarre gymnastics incident that Colin took part in………..

On Saturday we ventured down for a walk along the Southbank with a quick walk across the bridge to St Paul’s, ending up in my favourite place- Borough Market!  It was absolutely heaving though, reminding us of why we always visit super early in the morning usually.  But some good bread and gnarly tomatoes were purchased, with a couple of bottles of Westmalle for me.

Lunch was at Black and Blue in Borough Market, which is fairly new, certainly the first visit for us.

ImageI had the rib eye steak, cooked rare, with a peppercorn sauce.  The steak was cooked really well, but the stand out star was the peppercorn sauce which was really hot and peppery, a perfect dip for my fries!  Other food at the table was a sirloin steak, chicken breast with Pancetta and mozzarella, and more lamb chops for Mam! All food cleared and happy Tums all round.

Luckily, although the food was yummy the portions were spot on which meant there was still room for the dinner extravaganza I had planned.

ImageI had marinated the turkey crown on the right of the picture overnight in parsley, mint, coriander, garlic, lemon juice and marsala.  I then simply roasted it until the skin was crispy and a yummy gravy made from the juices of the meat and marinade.  The little side plates were:

  • Taboulleh
  • Tomato, red onion and pomegranate salad
  • Spicy chickpeas
  • sautéed potatoes
  • baba ganoush
  • carrots marinated in paprika and cumin

What a hit! The turkey was delicious- you know how it can sometimes be dry, this marinade made sure that it remained juicy and gorgeous.  I will definitely be making this again. Even if it is with chicken breast for just the two of us.

Sunday arrived and we all had a little lie in followed by a walk around Strawberry Hill.  A full English filled Tums ready for the journey home. We dropped them off at the airport mid afternoon, a good weekend had by all!!!

Colin made a chilli for dinner which was yummy as always.  For dessert I assembled meringue, berries and cream….

ImageI would expect we have put a few pounds on when I get on the scales……

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