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The Pumpkin Patch

Autumn is well and truly here and thank goodness. I’m not sure about you but I was getting pretty sick of that warm weather in October. I mean, I can barely dress myself in that weather let alone a 12 week old baby!

Yesterday we went to our local Pumpkin Patch to choose a pumpkin for Sebastian. It is my first time living in a house instead of a flat in 6 years, so I’m going to decorate our pumpkin this week and hope for some trick or treaters this Friday!

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If you fancy picking your own pumpkin this year, Sopley Fruit Farm is the place to go!

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!

birthday round one

It should be a law to not work on your birthday. Of all celebrations, surely this one is worthy of a day away from an ever growing inbox and a constantly ringing phone? Apparently not.

After a rather stressful day in the office, I was more than ready for a feast of good old British pub food and a large glass, ok bottle, of wine. I decided the perfect location for wine and great food is Ye Olde George, my favourite pub in Christchurch. The idea of a pub dinner with great atmosphere, family, (well almost, Andy is technically my Welsh brother from another mother) was just the perfect idea for a lovely relaxing evening and just what the Birthday doctor ordered.

We booked a table nestled in the corner of the pub and I got to work on my presents. Out popped one Nigella…

And then another.

I’ve been reading a lot of Nigella Lawson recipes online recently which always sound so delicious, so decided to ask for two of her books for my birthday, Nigella Express and Kitchen.

I got a little distracted by the thought of food while waiting for my actual food to arrive. Reading cookbooks when hungry is a serious no no. Lesson learned.

But it’s always worth the wait in this place. Mum went for the Sea Bream from the specials menu, which by the way is changed almost daily depending on the local fisherman’s catch. Mum even commented that it tasted “like the sea”. Well if that’s not fresh, I don’t know what is!

Ollie went for the Old George Burger which was towered high, oozing with cheese and smelt seriously divine. The star of the show however was all mine…

Which is technically not true, me and Scott ordered it to share (still my biggest regret of the evening), The Meat Platter. Lamb cutlets, a pinwheel local sausage, juicy and spicy chicken wings and a huge portion of smoked chicken. Oh, and a basket of homemade cheesy chips.

And a stack of onion rings.

By the time we’d finished our meals, the pub was in full friday night swing. It felt cosy and intimate without feeling the need to break away for air. There is a sort of character in small, old pubs like these. Something I can never put my finger on, but I like it.

Mum had bought a delicious chocolate cake, so of course we did the “formal” lighting of the candles and singing me a Happy Birthday. The whole pub joined in and applauded as I blew out the candles.

Really, I was just way too eager to get tucked in. Anyway, there is always room for cake!

We spent the evening chatting away while devouring more and more of the cake, almost to the point where we’d have probably accepted blankets and a little snooze before leaving for the night.

I, however, had other ideas in mind.

So we headed home for the night and I tucked into this huge tub of sweets that Andy kindly gave me.

I’m sure this is what dentists nightmares are made of. But they are just too good, and it is my Birthday!