It’s a weird feeling being a homeowner. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet, that the chair that I am currently sat on is part of a big, grown-up house that I actually own. It’s quite exciting, a new feeling of home – and it really does feel like that, I think that’s how I know this was the right decision. A week in and it feels like home, mine and Chris’ home.
We’ve made a start on putting our touch on it. I am completely bored of the colour beige! Bright colours will be being introduced to our bedroom and the lounge immediately. The kitchen is ideal for cooking up some beautiful treats that I can share with you on the blog, perfectly light and airy for (hopefully) some great photos to accompany.
But whilst the new house is taking up about 60% of my time, I’ve still found some time for some foodie related activities which I am excited to share with you.
The Cosy Club, Birmingham
After sampling some of their tapas that they offer at the party (the smoked, pulled chicken was my favourite, followed closely by the honey and mustard sausages), I was excited to learn they will also be offering brunch – which I will definitely be back to sample very soon. A perfect place for lunch, dinner or just a drink – we were sat in a cosy nook which was really rather relaxing. Chris said the selection of ales on tap was good too, if that’s your thing. I stuck to the white wine spritzers. However, next time I will be taking full advantage of the cocktail happy hour.
Although the sun wasn’t particularly shining, I had a great day out with Chris and our friends at the Foodies Festival. New to Birmingham this year, I do hope it will come back as I really enjoyed it! I love food festivals as it’s a great way to try new food and meet local producers. I did, however, think the ticket price was a little steep especially as you are paying for food and produce once inside – I did however enjoyed the local chef’s demonstrations in the Chef Tent and had an absolutely wonderful chocolate tasting talk with Coeur de Xocolat Chocolatier. We had to register for these at the start of the day, however no one was taking tickets for these so failed to see the point.
Highlights of my day definitely included this delightfully naughty, but delicious Nutella and Peanut Butter Calzone for The Original Goodfillas Company, a Cardiff based street-food company as well as picking up some great foodie treats – do check out Pig in the Middle, a Warwickshire based company, for some phenomenal sausage rolls! Other treats I picked up can be seen above.
I also had a fish taco from Fish&. The fish and chipotle mayo was fantastic, but for me the taco let it down – I just didn’t particularly enjoy the texture of it, it wasn’t a soft, floury tortilla like I was expecting. The churros from Churros Susanna made up for this though, as I tried a few that my friend bought. Not greasy like I was expecting, in fact rather scrummy and I can see why the queue was long for them.
Much to Chris’ disappointment, I have embarked on a ‘vegetarian dinners 3 times a week’ rule, to try and eat better, increase our veg intake and eat less meat. Hugh Fernley-Whittingston’s Veg Everyday book has been a lifesaver here and having made a few of the recipes now, I would thoroughly recommend to all – veggies or not!
I feel loads better for doing this, and Chris doesn’t seem to be minding too much – as long as he’s got food in front of him I think he will be happy! You can follow me on Instagram to get ideas for healthy, vegetarian meals if you’re looking to cut down on meat too. Pictured above is home-made multigrain flatbreads with refried beans, sour cream, avocado and a sprinkle of cheese and then Macaroni Peas with spinach on the side.