Holiday Food Recap!

22 Jun

Holiday Food Recap!

As most of you know I was in holiday in Cornwall for the last ten or so days which I greatly enjoyed. One of the highlights of my trip was the food. It was utter heaven from slurping down rich Cornish ice cream to devouring the most amazing foccacia sandwiches I have ever laid eyes on and that’s not even including the amazing dinners my aunt and uncle made us while we were staying. So I’ll give you guys a bit of an insight into my snippet of bliss.

First day there we were served a beautiful corn fed roast chicken with buttery new potatoes and a big fresh salad, simple and oh so delicious! We were served all sorts of divine dinners during our stay such as creamy mushroom risotto, perfect veggie lasagna, gorgeous tomato pasta and a to die for chicken curry. It is safe to say that both my Auntie Liz and Uncle Mark are experienced and talented cooks. 🙂

Here is the tomato pasta courtesy of Uncle Mark on our last night, a beautiful way to end the holiday.

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Me and mom made dinner on two nights, one night I made Honey Pistachio Crusted Salmon and the other I made Couscous Quiche. There was clear plates so I think everyone liked it even though it was quite nerve wracking!

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As a sweet treat to end the evening I made my beloved Sticky Toffee Pudding which I enjoyed immensely, I won’t lie, and I hope they enjoyed just as much.

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We had a day visit to an amazing place called the Eden Project. It is a a charity that turned an exhausted china clay quarry site into three domes that are climate controlled and so filled with all sorts of tropical plants suited to the respective dome, Mediterranean or Rain Forest. It aims to have as small a carbon foot print as possible and stocks recyclable produce and all fair trade food. It is the most inspirational place ever and not only that but they also have unreal food just to top it all off! In the Mediterranean dome there was a choice of paella or authentic Italian pizza, we had the pizza and it was even better then we could have dreamed!

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We shared a bowl of lentil and coconut soup and it was so good we had eaten most of it before I even remembered to take a picture… Sorry!

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They had all sorts of yummy looking desserts too but we ended up going for the ice cream instead, I had mint chocolate chip and mom had hazelnut which was unusual but oh so delicious!

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And here is a pic of one of the coolest flowers I have ever seen that was in the Rain Forest dome just to give you a glimpse of the awesomeness of the Eden Project!

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As you know, if you read my previous blog post of the Chocolate Sponge Cake, you will know it was my Auntie’s birthday while we were visiting. To mark the special occasion, we went  out for lunch… and what a lunch it was! We went to a place called The Hidden Hut, which is a small wooden cabin overlooking a gorgeous beach that makes the most delicious food ever!

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We all had foccacia sandwiches, although I was sorely tempted to a serving of chicken rogan josh with pita breads. Mine had ham, cheddar and onion marmalade and everyone else’s had prawns. I honestly think it was the best sandwich that I have ever eaten in my entire life! The bread was crisp but still fresh and easy to eat. The ham was proper roasted ham, the cheddar was tangy, rich and smooth and the onion marmalade upgraded the sandwich from delicious to pure heaven. Something that really made it too was a simple but essential detail, all the filling stayed easily in the sandwich… this may sound like a silly thing to note but there is nothing that ruins the bliss of eating a sandwich more then if you end up eating two slices of bread and then scooping all the filling off the plate!

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Only after we had ordered and sat down did we spot the big dish of paella cooking away in the corner, so we got one helping of that and we all had a taste although I was so stuffed after my heavenly sandwich that I could just about fit a few mouthfuls in! It was really flavorful and looked beautiful although I’m too much of a wuss to try the squid or mussels!

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And lastly to finish off the perfect meal we got Cornish ice cream for dessert. Me and Auntie Liz got pistachio and my mom got mint chocolate chip, I was torn between getting pistachio or good old chocolate but my curiosity won out and I went for the pistachio. I was so happy I did because it was sooo good! It was a combination of the slightly sweet slightly savory pistachio and the creamy Cornish ice cream that was just to die for. I also tried the mint choc chip and it was the best I’ve ever had, it had all the essential qualities of a perfect mint ice cream, such as the smooth yet somehow still grainy texture, the sweet and just enough mint flavor and of course lovely big chunks of rich, bitter sweet chocolate chips.

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The view from The Hidden Hut was just beautiful especially when it was such a magnificent day, as you can see. I would highly recommend anyone in Cornwall to go there, you will definitely not regret it.

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Later that day I made Auntie Liz a birthday cake, it was a Classic Chocolate Sponge Cake with Rum Infused Chocolate Buttercream and I must say… It was utter bliss all wrapped up in a moist, airy sponge sandwiched together by a rich, intense frosting. It didn’t last too long either which, I guess, means that everyone else had similar feelings on the subject!

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And the most vital travelling companion is the humble coffee, in its cardboard cup with loads of milk so you don’t burn your tongue (or your hand!) while racing around trying to find your terminal which is, of course, the one at the farthest end of the airport! Oh and a good book, can’t travel without that. 🙂

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Lastly this speedy fritatta that I rustled up in the kitchen for dinner after a long day of traveling and in desperate need to use up the eggs before they go out of date tomorrow! Sometimes, it just really works out. Simple, nutritious (Much better then the rubbish, besides Starbucks :D, that you get at the airport!) and easy.

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