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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!)

Paihia, Celebrating

So after the most beautiful proposal the night before, we woke up the next morning to muzzy heads and a severe champagne hangover. The best way to get rid of a raging hangover? A high speed powerboat ride apparently.

The “Mack Attack” seemed the obvious choice and I mean, look at it! If I ever did see a Batmobile…!

Obviously I couldn’t stop staring at my new bling…

But unfortunately for us, the boat broke down just outside of Paihia bay after a few minutes of high speed action. Very apologetically, they turned the boat around and back to the bay we went. Its amazing how much of an appetite you can build in just an hour on the sea!

We found a lovely little cafe with a little sun terrace, wonderful views and L&P (if you haven’t tried it you should!). It was a lot more hangover worthy that a speed boat ride I’ll have to admit.

That afternoon, we decided to hit the road once again and headed to the local town of Kerikeri to visit the Stone Store. To my relief, it wasn’t a store that sells stone, instead the oldest stone building in New Zealand. We didn’t visit the upstair living quarters because, well, lets face it we’re British and a 18th century building is certainly not old by our standards. Lucky for us there is the most amazing gift shop filling the whole ground floor. We picked up some decoration for our new home and headed back outside and into the sunshine.

The gardens are equally as beautiful, where ducks roam and families have picnics on the waters edge.

We decided on the bush walk to Rainbow Falls which meanders through the bush alongside the river.

With tired feet and the reminisce of a hangover still lingering, we headed back to Paihia for a snooze before our engagement celebration meal later that evening.

The Puretastes Restaurant is one of Paihia’s most luxurious fine dining restaurants. We were seated at our table and the hostess kindly took our drinks orders. Naturally, we all ordered fine New Zealand wines to start.

Then took our orders from the small menu. First up, a selection of hummus and pitas. Unfortunately this is where the meal began to go downhill. The pitas were terribly overcooked and crispy and the hummus was just far too garlicky.

Scott and Gemma shared the Seafood Platter which looked wonderful.

For mains, Jennie went for the Sea Bass and I chose the Rack of Lamb. Neither were creative or had any real taste, but we didn’t let that ruin our celebrations.

A few glasses of wine later and we were ready to call it a night. I wish I could recommend the Puretastes Restaurant, but I was completely underwhelmed, especially for the price of the meals. I also was kept awake all of that night because of the awful taste of garlic, really, not pleasant at all! If you’re staying in Paihia, I could not recommend 35 Degrees South more. Great value for money and incredible locally produced food.