Another month has passed, so it’s time for another month in photos post! I love writing these because I get to reflect back on what I’ve been up to!
I’ve had a really nice month – full of meals out, day trips and some quality time spent with my boyfriend and friends. Here’s what I’ve been up to in May.
Essex Digital Awards 2018
At the beginning of the month, I went to the Essex Digital Awards at Hylands Park with my work and we celebrated the evening with dinner and drinks, watching companies across Essex receiving awards for their excellent digital work! The awards have been running since 2003 and include categories such as ‘best blog’, ‘best B2B website’ and ‘use of social media for business’.
Making pizza using Aldi’s pizza oven
James bought a pizza oven from Aldi and they made the nicest home made pizzas. We boguht plain bases from Sainsburys and then loaded them with chicken, onion, pepper, sweetcorn and mozzarella. I made a faux pas however by using BBQ sauce as my base as it was the sloppiest pizza I’ve ever had… but James made his with tomato puree and it was crunchy, crisp and had a lovely smokey taste.
I had a lovely date night with James this month; we had a big garlicky-feast at ASK Italian and then watched Life of the Party at the cinema, which is my joint favourite film this year as I literally cried with laughter! (If you’re interested, it’s joint first with Blockers, which I watched twice at the cinema and I actually bloody loved it).
Coffee Break at Cafe Foy in Cambridge
I wrote about things to do in Cambridge this month but this little cafe is well worth its own mention. Cafe Foy is a brand new cafe on the river Cam, right beside the punting companies, serving up a delicious range of pastries, cakes, sandwiches and meals. We stopped off for oat milk hot chocolates, giant croissants and bacon brioche rolls on our visit, and I can’t wait to go again to try their delicious looking toasties and cakes!
I visited my friend Alice in Canterbury this month for a weekend of catching up, eating and exploring the cathedral city! I’ve got a post going live soon about what we got up to, but we had a fantastic time eating sickly sweet pancakes at the chocolate cafe, exploring Canterbury Cathedral and soaking up the sun on a punting trip. I loved Canterbury and I can’t wait to visit again.
Dinner at Cafe du Soleil
On the first night in Canterbury, Alice and I went for dinner at Cafe du Soleil. It’s a wonderful little old-style restaurant on the side of the river Stour, serving up delicious cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine. We had cocktails, a delicious parma chicken dish and shared the most incredible wood fired alaska dessert. If you find yourself in Canterbury one weekend, I’d definitely recommend a trip to Cafe du Soleil.
Punting in Canterbury
Whilst exploring Canterbury, Alice and I went for a relaxing little punting trip after our breakfast! It was a relaxing trip down the river Stour, exploring nature reserves and the wildlife. We went on the long trip, but next time I’d love to try the city trip so we can hear all about Canterbury’s historical past!
Belgravia in Bloom
I’ve always wanted to check out the Chelsea in bloom and Belgravia in bloom displays in London, so I headed to Chelsea with my friends Jade and Emily to check out the floral installations and to see what photos I could get. We arrived and the installations were still being put together as we’d arrived a day early… which was super disappointing! Instead, we headed to the Belgravia in Bloom event and had a lovely afternoon in the sun checking out all the flowers. We walked through Knightsbridge and into Hyde Park, where we bought lunch and honeycomb ice cream to enjoy in the sun.
Peggy Porschen in bloom
I finally saw Peggy Porschen in person – I’m to try the cakes yet though – so does that make me a legit blogger now?!
Baked Alaska at Cafe du Soleil
This heavenly dessert deserved it’s very own feature. Alice and I shared the baked Alaska at Cafe du Soleil in Canterbury and it was incredible. Warm banana bread scattered with crisp raisins, with vanilla ice cream and a huge meringue on top, served with a red wine berry compote. It was the best dessert I’ve had in a long time, I’d love to try and recreate it!
Slimming World jerk chicken recipe
As part of my goals for 2018, I wanted to try and cook more from scratch. This month on a whim, I decided I wanted to cook dinner for james (lucky him). So we had a quick peruse of the Slimming World chicken recipes, where we found a recipe for Slimming World jerk chicken with fruity Caribbean salad. We picked up a vegetable vinegary slaw from Tesco instead of making the fruit Caribbean salad in the recipe, but the jerk chicken was easy to prep and tasted delicious – and James loved it yay!
Exploring Belgravia in bloom
The Walden Chymist was one of my favourite shop fronts during the Belgravia in Bloom display. It’s out of shot in this version of the photo, but it looked extra beautiful against the bright blue skies of London! I’m excited to check out the tour *properly* next year.
Here’s hoping for the return of warmer weather in June! So far I have a short city break to Hamburg with James planned and a trip to ZSL London Zoo for their summer night event!
What did you get up to in May?