Date Night: Gascoyne Place, Bath

As I mentioned in my 17 Week Pregnancy Update, on Thursday Andy and I went on a Spa Date to the Thermae Bath Spa and for dinner at Gascoyne Place in Bath. Despite living in Bath for 10 years, we had never been to either places before and we had really been missing out!

Octopus Salad

For starter, Andy had an Octopus salad with Whitebait, Jersey Royals, Chorizo, Asparagus and Bagna Cauda Dressing. I wasn’t keen to try the octopus as I am a big wuss and not very adventurous with certain food. He throughly enjoyed it and there wasn’t even a smidge of sauce left on his plate.

Cheese Tart

I had a very generous portion of their cheese tart to start with apple slices and salad. If this had been served in a deli it would have been the same size as a quiche on their lunch menu. It was safe to say that I was very full after the delicious entrée. I can’t remember the variety of cheese, I think it was Westcombe Cheddar but it wasn’t pungent or overpowering and well balanced by the tartness of the apple and crunch from the radish.

Beer Battered Hake

Andy ordered the Beer Battered Hake with chips, pea salad and tartare sauce. This was so nice that he kindly swapped his main with my burger and chips as he saw how much I enjoyed it. To be fair, I couldn’t manage much of his dish as I was so full after my starter.

Burger and Chips

I had a beef burger with gherkins and salad, twice cooked chips and garlic mayonnaise. It looks quite small but it’s deceptive and Andy and I nearly skipped on dessert as we were so full. But I did say nearly… We rarely skip dessert as we love it so much! After digesting for a while, well actually a long while, we shared the white chocolate panna cotta with rhubarb crumble and rhubarb espuma. I really wish I had a picture to show you as it was one of the best desserts I’ve had in years. We got a bit too excited to try it as we’d never had espuma, a frothy gel of sorts, before. It’s safe to say that most of the dessert had gone before I even remembered that I needed to take a picture, sorry!

If you’d like to try Gascoyne Place, then I’d recommend booking a table on 01225 445854. Address: 1 Sawclose, Bath BA1 1EY

Advertisements

Thermomix: A Food Demonstration

On Saturday, my friend Eunie hosted a food demonstration at her house. My friend Helen and I were there to check out her new whizzy Thermomix kitchen appliance which was the main focus of the session. What a cool gadget! It blends, cooks, weighs and juices amongst so many other things.

Eunie Demonstrating

As Helen and I are both pregnant, we relished the opportunity to eat! Among the treats that the Thermomix can prepare and/or cook were freshly made bread rolls, vegetable gratin, a tomato and red pepper soup and a mixed berry sorbet.

Thermomix food

We spent two toddler and baby-free hours talking, cooking and snacking (well we couldn’t eat it all, we had to bring a little home for the husbands and children). What was apparent during this time is how much food you can make and how little washing up there is. Even the Thermomix itself is practically self-cleaning.

Thermomix

I must admit that at close to £900, the Thermomix is sadly out of my price range, especially with a second baby on the way, but I can definitely understand why Heston Blumenthal reportedly has nine, yes nine, in his Fat Duck restaurant. It is super handy, fuss-free and versatile enough to make everything from purée for babies to cocktails for tired parents and butter to bread dough in little to no time. Ideal for busy mums, if I had a grand to spare, I’d ditch our Babycook, bread-maker, blender, juicer, steamer and kitchen scales that currently clutter up our kitchen and replace it with a Thermomix, something which would no doubt please the hubby, he loves a tidy home.

Fancy reading Eunie’s article for Bath Mums, then click on the link or find out more about Thermomix here. And for those of you who live in Bath, Bristol or the surrounding areas, email Eunie at: gebeel@hotmail.com to arrange a no obligation demonstration. Bx