Last week was a tough one… newly opened Meimo’s asked Nigel if he would take some food pics for their website. Always keen to help out local businesses (and to pretend to be a professional photographer) Nigel headed up Peascod Street with camera in hand. Then came the perfect drizzly Friday afternoon phone call – “They’re cooking up the whole menu, do the girls want to come and eat the food after we’ve photographed it…?”
Hello? Is, like, Arnold Schwarzenegger hard to spell? “Yes please,” came the deafening response and off we tottered for a fab lunch. Thank goodness it WAS Friday as we wouldn’t be abe to fit into any clothes (or doorways) again until Monday!
From the chargrilled Lamb Brochettes to the Classic Gourmet Burger served with straw fries, we worked our way through most of the menu together with Bob (actual professional photographer) and his lovely wife Jackie. Even Kelly “I don’t eat vegetables” Vessey, perhaps the least adventurous eater of all time, loved it, although nothing we said could get her to try the Calamari! (Divine; served with salad and garlic mayonnaise).
Our recommendations to you:- Becky’s favourite was the Sea Bream stuffed with rice, Leonie loved the slow cooked Lamb Shank, Nigel and Bob loved the Lamb Tagine and Jackie and I happily finished off the Meditteranean Roast Chicken. Everyone agreed the pancakes were the nicest they had ever tasted!
Thanks to Abdul and his team for making us feel so welcome and serving us a delicious lunch. We’ve already booked our Staff Christmas Outing at Meimo’s, and if any other restaurants need some help they are very welcome to give the AWL Team a call… we LOVE food!
Following hot on the heels of Valentines Day, this year February 29th offers girls the advantage of being a Leap Year. Traditionally on this day usual laws were suspended including the rule that only men were allowed to propose. This meant that just once every four years women got the chance to pop the question. Custom also dictated that if he turned you down he had to buy you an expensive gift – it’s a win-win situation! If you’re thinking of taking the plunge this Leap Year here’s our guide to Windsor’s most romantic locations.
Snow Hill in front of the Copper Horse – Take a stroll down the Long Walk heading up to the Copper Horse, with breathtaking views across Windsor and the distant Castle.
River Boat Cruise – Suggest a delightful trip along the River Thames and soak up the stunning backdrops of Windsor Castle and Eton College.
VIP Champagne Ride on the Royal Windsor Wheel – Enjoy the panoramic views from Alexander Gardens across Berkshire and all the way to London as you get down on one knee.
Horse-drawn Carriage in Windsor Great Park – Surprise your loved one with a horse drawn carriage through the park, champagne and roses optional.
The Pink Bench at Ascot Racecourse – The tradition of proposing on the Pink Bench dates back to the Regency period and has the added advantage of great odds for an acceptance.
Continuing the wedding theme, this coming Sunday 26th February Windsor is playing host to its first ever Windsor Wedding Fayre. The event will be jointly hosted by The Macdonald Windsor, Harte and Garter and Mercure Castle Hotels and promises to offer a fabulous showcase of banqueting suites and bridal packages. There will also be tours of the famous Windsor Guildhall wedding venue to Royalty and Celebs including Prince Charles & Camilla and Sir Elton John & David Furnish. To register your interest or book an exclusive viewing email email@example.com
If you would like to visit Windsor whether to make a proposal or to make wedding plans you can book a stay with Accommodation Windsor Limited for short stay apartments in Windsor and Eton. Likewise, Alma House Bed and Breakfast has a special offer during February and March if you book 2 nights together over the weekend your stay will be reduced and includes a free bottle of wine and box of chocolates to get you off to the perfect start.
Many thanks to superb Wedding Photographers Plenty to Declare for sharing their lovely photos with us.
Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, falls on Tuesday 21st February this year. On this day pancakes are traditionally eaten as it is the day before the start of Lent when people used to fast for 40 days. The reason people ate pancakes specifically is because they are made of eggs, sugar and milk which were not eaten during the period of Lent. Nowadays we eat them just because they taste so good!! In order to help you celebrate Pancake Day here’s our recipe for the perfect pancakes:
140g plain flour
200ml whole milk
25g unsalted butter, melted
Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Mix the milk and 100ml of water together. Break the eggs into the well and start whisking slowly. Carefully add the milk and water, whisking constantly and gradually mixing the flour in as you do so.
Whisk until the batter is smooth. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes, and then whisk the melted butter into the batter.
Heat the pan over a medium heat. Very lightly grease the pan with melted butter. Pour roughly 2 tbsp of batter into the pan. Use just enough batter to make a delicate, lacy pancake. Cook the pancake for about 45 seconds on one side until golden and then flip the pancake over and cook the other side for about 30 seconds.
Slide the pancake out of the pan and either serve immediately or stack on a plate with baking parchment in between. Continue until all the batter is used up.
For toppings you can try the traditional lemon and sugar or golden syrup. Or you could go for melted chocolate and strawberries!
The Windsor and Eton Flippin Pancake Challenge 2012 is set to be bigger and better than ever this year with all teams encouraged to don the traditional pancake racing costume of the 15th century housewife. That means skirt, apron, headscarf and frying pan! The competition takes place tomorrow along the Royal Windsor Shopping area between 10.00-11.30am. A blog by Rosie.