Eden Project

On our trip to Cornwall we also went to the Eden Project, which was amazing and definitely lived up to everyone’s recommendations.

The main cafe was hit by the flooding in Cornwall last November, so they’ve completely redone it and it’s a really interesting concept:

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I had a really nice soup and bread, which was enough to fill me up for lunch. Which brings me to my only gripe about the place: most of the mains were enormous. Healthy and packed with vegetables, but enormous. For a family place I’m not sure what you’d give the kids that they wouldn’t leave 2/3 of on their plates. And then there were the desserts.

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I don’t think this photo even properly shows the scale of the Victoria sponge. My Dad has no self control when it comes to sweet things so took one enormous slice of Victoria sponge and then grabbed a giant scone as well! Needless to say he ended up regretting it.

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All of the food was real food, the baking all done on site with quality ingredients, which is fantastic. I just wish they’d get their portion size under control.

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Summer meals

I made these back when it actually was summer, and hot and everything.

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Chilled avocado and cucumber soup. No recipe for this one, it was more like a smoothie than a soup I guess! It was just a cucumber, blended with half an avocado, and a generous amount of crème fraiche. Topped with another dollop of crème fraiche and a sprinkle of cayenne.

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Continuing my Ottolenghi obsession, soba noodles with aubergine and mango. Definitely going to make this again.

Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips

On a recent family holiday to Cornwall, we decided to try out Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips in Falmouth. It’s pretty hard to get good fish and chips in London, so I was looking forward to it and it didn’t disappoint.

They don’t take bookings and luckily we didn’t have to wait. They fry all of their fish and chips in beef fat but luckily for me and Mum, they also have a vegetable oil fryer so they can fry in vegetable oil on request.

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Lots of oysters to start, and a pint of Chalky’s Bite – which is unfortunately a bit harder to get now as it’s made by Sharps, and with the popularity of Doom Bar they don’t have time to make Chalky’s Bite any more apparently. The second time we went they’d run out, which was disappointing as it was a really good beer.

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YUM.