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The Jetty, Mudeford

Last Friday after work, courtesy of my boss, a few of us ventured out to Mudeford Quay to try out The Jetty Restaurant. The award winning restaurant lies on the waters edge in the grounds of the spectacular Christchurch Harbour Hotel. I hoped I’d leave asking myself why I hadn’t called in before and my golly, I sure did!

It was a beautiful evening and we sat with the sun beaming through onto our table. We ordered the first round of drinks and tucked into their selection of homemade breads which were deee-lecious.

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I ordered from their large non-alcholic cocktail menu which had me impressed at the get go. The Sunrise cocktail with fruit juices and a cherry on the top was the perfect swap from my usual alcoholic tipple.

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After we’d finished slurping on round one of drinks, out came the starters. Dave ordered the pigeon…

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And me and Alex went for the Isle of White Scollops with Chorizo. They were literally perfection. Juicy with a perfect hit of chorizo and that pest0, ahhh!

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Then out came the mains. The men all went for the fillet of steak.

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Susie had the Trio of Duck and a side of dauphinoise potatoes…

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And I had the fillet of hake, fresh from the Dorset coastline. Perhaps the freshest fish I have ever tasted, accompanied by deliciously cooked spinach to balance out the saltiness of the fish.

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After our mains, we sipped on a few more drinks and the waitresses bought over the dessert menus. The boys got particularly excited as each dessert had been paired with a dessert wine, which they were more than eager to try! To kick off the food envy, Luke and Alex ordered the chocolate melt in the middle fondue.

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Oh god it looked good. I had ordered the rhubarb and custard soufflé which looking back, is not something I would usually order. (A pregnancy thing maybe?!). A little on the eggy side for me, but the ice cream was just amazing!

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After dinner, we moved out onto their terrace to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine.

 

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There’s alot to do in this little part of Dorset. We watched kayakers, paddle boarders and swimmers long into the evening enjoying the warm and calm weather.

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The perfect Friday night with great company and some of the best food I have tasted in Dorset. Yep, there it is, The Jetty you literally rocked my world!

Garden Party

Last weekend we headed to my grandparents quaint little village in the west country for my Grampy’s 70th birthday garden party. Returning to the village is always nostalgic. I remember running around the gardens playing games and chasing the dogs when we were kids. Nana would always provide us with a feast at the end of the day, and it was almost like we were returning the favour for Gramps, by cooking up some of his favourite foods.

Of course I baked Rosie Londoner’s Tommy Tart which was a complete hit with the guests.

Sliced gerkins (a favourite of mine and my Grampys).

Bowls and bowls of Patatas Bravas. I used this Waitrose recipe which has never failed!

Bowls of spanish olives.

A variety of homemade quiche (my favourite was the spicy chorizo with mushroom and a potato crust).

Vegetable cous cous.

A selection of homemade breads.

Homemade butterfly bunting.

My attempt at incorporating our heritage. My Grampy is Polish and was born in India as a refugee before being saved by the English in World War 2. I used this Fruity Flag Tray bake recipe and added white chocolate buttons and more raspberries to create the Polish flag.

Pots of strawberries with local clotted cream.

Mum’s award winning – show stopping – always the favourite, Baileys Cheesecake.

And a kiwi and blueberry pavlova.

Polish Apple Cake made by more Polish relatives.

The garden looked beautiful and the party was a real success. The boys were manning the bar and the girls ensured everyone had a constant supply of food and cake.

All that was left to do was raise our glasses and sing HappyBbirthday (in English and Polish) to a very special Grampy.

(Being on your feet all day at 33 weeks pregnant results in extreme tiredness and grumpiness!)

Coriander Bournemouth

If you’ve spent any time in Bournemouth, you’ll know what happens to the town on Saturday nights. If not, then let me explain. Bournemouth is known by many across the country as the ultimate stag and hen destination. The town is taken over by boozy stag and hen doos paining the town red. We no longer blink twice at a group of scantily clad nuns or groups of men in animal onsies. Its a way of life for our town.

Coriander is one of those restaurants in central Bournemouth which kind of gets caught up in all the commotion. Set right in the centre of town and of course being a mexican restaurant, it is a major attraction for people wanting to line their tummies before they start the evening festivities.

But this doesn’t stop us, I mean, who doesn’t love nachos and fajitas on a Saturday night?

Its all very Mexican inside, and if you’re lucky, they’ll even provide you with a sombrero to enjoy your meal with.

This was a major attraction.

We got down to business and ordered some drinks, of the Mexican variety of course. I’m not going to tell you this is the best Mexican I’ve ever eaten at because it isn’t, but it’s simple and extremely fun. Anyway, how wrong can you go with nachos?

Not wrong at all!

We ordered a sharing platter of chicken wings, potato skins and jalapeño poppers for starter which were basic but tasty none the less.

All meals are served with a Coriander dip selection. Homemade salsa, sour cream and a spicy dipping sauce.

Scott went for the steak fajitas which a little on the “plain steak” side, but tasty non the less.

Jennie has the spinach quesadilla which came highly recommended by our hostess.

And, naturally, I ordered 3 giant chicken burritos which were cheesy and pretty darn delicious.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed to eat dessert, but here’s a cheeky peek of their menu.

Coriander is a great little jaunt for groups heading into the Bournemouth razzle dazzle. Lots of atmosphere and a whole lot of mexican food…go on, you know you want to. These guys get rammed at the weekend so try and book ahead. You can find all of their details on their website.

ARIBAAAA!