Last weekend a big group of us packed up shop and headed to a rented house in Somerset to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
There’s nothing quite like getting out of the city. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and sometimes you just need a break. Cue green hills, mean looking sheep and friendly cows, fresh air, hot tubs, trampolines, long muddy walks and trivial games played into the wee small hours by the fire (it is an English ‘summer’, after all).
I should probably mention the great bunch of chefs I was travelling with too. To say that we ate (and drank) well is an understatement – perfectly cooked roast beef with homemade Yorkshire puddings, a succulent carrot cake sans raisins (just the way I like it), poached eggs for breakfast, local cheese and cider bought from the Glastonbury Farmers’ Market and an awesome beef rendang curry cooked from scratch to fortify us for the trip back to London – I’ve chosen my friends well.
All I added to the bounty with a batch of my doughnuts, which unfortunately weren’t as good as these guys, but still disappeared from the plate. A friend and I also attempted a posy of elderflower fritters and made our very first elderflower cordial – both recipes will be on the blog tomorrow.
Do you have a favourite London escape? If so, where?
© Kate McAuley