February – the good part (with the food)

This month the ebook version of my new novel, The Dish, came out (paperback in May!) and so to celebrate two of its themes (restaurants & awesome food) I spent the first three weeks eating out at some amazing restaurants.  And then the final week surviving on nowt but liquid at a juice camp.  I’m still at juice camp – and will write about it when I’ve recovered from the trauma of necking only celery and spinach juice daily…

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But for now I thought I’d torture myself by posting some of these lush foody pics…

1 – Petersham Nurseries in Surrey – written about here: https://stellanewmansblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/lunch-at-petersham-nurseries/

2 – A few places in Cornwall – my, but it was beautiful!

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Food wise – we started with an epic steak breakfast pasty at Chough, the ace bakery

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Followed by lunch at Rick Stein’s renowned Seafood Restaurant – and it was a bargain, 3 courses for £18 – a special charity menu for Save The Children in January and February…with an exceptional dark chocolate mousse with roasted pear, ginger and pear sorbet and chocolate crumb…

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And just because my friend Rebecca and I were a little peckish later…

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On the way home, just because we hadn’t eaten enough yet, we went to a brilliant pub near Bristol, The Pony and Trap – in Chew Magna (apt name…)  I’m telling you, home made crisps with sour cream and chive dip are the way forward…as are homemade goujons with tartare sauce – one of the best sauces on the planet, besides bearnaise, and Heinz ketchup – fishcake, burger and sticky ale pudding with salted caramel ice cream…..

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3 – And finally, on the day of publication, I raced down at lunchtime to the insanely hyped Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair for a walk-in seat at their bar – the only way you can get a table before June or some such! Very good indeed – especially that cod’s roe on slim fingers (well, slimmer than mine) of toast, and the lamb chops….

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And as if that wasn’t gluttony enough, I learned how to make bread!  At my favourite bakery, Bread Ahead, down in Borough Market – makers of the world’s best custard doughnut – more of which here… http://blog.jamesvillas.co.uk/ode-custard-doughnut-stella-newman/

The course was a three hour French baking class, our teacher Emmanuel was patient and immensely knowledgeable, and at the end we got to take home (and drunkenly eat, subsequently, at a bus stop in Camden – d’oh) the fruits of our labour – fougasse, baguette, pain de campagne.  Triple high five, with hands covered in sticky, wet dough…

I guess I deserve all the green juice I’m currently getting…

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