Friday, 13 June 2014

I'm Moving!

You may well have wondered why it has been so quiet here for the last few weeks?

I am moving my blog, and in the process, renaming it.

You'll now find me blogging at and you can contact me at

Please do come over and follow me there.  I'll still be writing about food, and my life in Richmond and Roscoff (Brittany).

I look forward to catching up with you there.

The link is here:

Come over and join me for a
Prosecco and Raspberry Cocktail!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Preparing for First Holy Communion

On Sunday my daughter makes her First Holy Communion, and next week I will have several posts for you about it.

As you can imagine it is an important family occasion and we have some of her aunts, uncles and cousins,  as well as few family friends attending.  So after the Mass and Communion Breakfast at church, we will be hosting a small lunch party at home.

By now I expect you're thinking how lucky I am to have a newly trained chef in the family, and of course it is wonderful, but he is working three double shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so our guests will have to make do with my less then perfect cooking and presentation!

However,  the most important thing is that our daughter has a wonderful and very happy day.  I have a few photographs I took of the altar at  last year's First Holy Communion.  I hope you agree that it looks beautiful.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Waitrose Cellar and a cruise on the Canal

If like me you tend to buy your wine from the Supermarket, with occasional orders from online companies, you'll be glad to hear about a new addition for your wine selection: Waitrose Cellar.

Waitrose Cellar is an online wine service, run by the supermarket Waitrose.  From it you can buy a huge selection of wines by the case, many of which  are available in your local shop, with the addition of online exclusives.

It offers over 1, 200 wines, Champagnes and spirits, which can be bought in cases of six, (you can select and mix any six you like!)  There's free delivery, and if like me, you're not sure what to order, you could opt for a seasonal  pre-mixed case, chosen by the Waitrose team.

I think the best part of this new wine service is the guidance and advice available.  Online you can find guides, wine stories and tasting videos, and additionally you can contact the Cellar Specialists in person for particular advice, they are available on 08456 100 304, (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm), outside of that time you can email them with any queries.

You can find Waitrose Cellar online here.

You can follow Waitrose Cellar on twitter too

As you can imagine I was delighted to be asked to a blogging event hosted by Waitrose Cellar.

The website is easily accessible online

We were asked to meet at the London Canal museum, from where we travelled by narrow boat, tasting wines, what a fabulous occasion.  When we returned to the museum we used our newly acquired wine knowledge to chose wines for a group of fellow bloggers, in a madcap game of speed wine matching.  We had two minutes to speak to each of our fellow bloggers and from our brief discussion had to select a wine to suit them!  As you can imagine it was slightly manic, noisy and the most amazing fun!

The canal museum is quaint and old fashioned

We were fortunate to have wonderful weather, and the whole evening was huge fun.  The narrow boat trip was fascinating, and included travelling through a tunnel 1KM long, it's so easy to forget that there are waterways criss-crossing underneath London.

A wonderful group of bloggers with our wine guru
Xenia Irwin MW

 The team from Waitrose Cellar were lovely, really welcoming and friendly, and the whole evening was marvellous  from beginning to end.

We were welcomed with a glass of wine

After the boat trip
we had a  delicious selection of Waitrose food
to eat

It was such fun matching up wines with friends

Within a couple of days of the event,  I was the recipient of a case of wine chosen by my fellow bloggers.  I have received a perfect summer selection.

My case of wine

So exciting to open

A fabulous selection

There is a delicious Sparkling Burgundy Blanc de Blanc, which we tasted and I loved. Also an exciting  Amontillado sherry. An Austrian and an Italian white wine, both of which look very interesting. And two bottle of Rose, perfect for a summer lunch in the garden.

I would like to thank Waitrose Cellar for inviting me to the event and for kindly sending me this fabulous gift of wine.  I will certainly be placing orders with them in the future and do recommend that you have a look at their great selections.

There are all sorts of Seasonal offers and exclusives in addition to what is available in store. (No more wine bags needed as the wine is delivered straight to your front door!)

Wine tasting on the canal

Discussing the merits of various wines

Please note I was a guest at the event, and was sent the case of wine as a gift.  I was not asked to write a review and all opinions are my own.