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Pum reminiscing…The Peat Inn

Last week I mentioned that I would be dedicating a separate post to my birthday weekend at the Peat Inn, it was such a special weekend and is a place I would really recommend.  After much pestering, Josh finally told me what he was planning for my surprise birthday weekend which was an overnight stay at the Peat Inn, Michelin Star restaurant with rooms…needless to say on hearing this I was very excited!

The weekend started with a nice drive to South Queensferry for an early lunch and a short stretch of legs.  Despite being the start of October the weather was actually lovely, cold but bright.

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We then headed straight up to the Peat Inn (which is just 15 minutes drive from St Andrews).  The buildings and surrounding gardens were lovely and there’s something inviting about the ‘restaurant with rooms’ set-up, where everything felt quite exclusive.

 

 

The room was huge and all the little touches just made it extra special; sherry, coffee, brownies, champagne, Belgian chocolates…I definitely felt spoiled!

 

 

After a few hours of relaxing (and trying not to stuff our faces on all the goodies before dinner) we headed to the restaurant for our tasting menu.

Neither of us are fussy so we happily accepted the menu and welcomed trying some things we might not have ordinarily ordered.

 

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In addition to the menu were a couple of amuse-bouches to begin with (including a very delicious venison sausage roll) and petit fours to end the meal.  The highlights for me were the 2 middle dishes – the confit egg yolk and the partridge.

 

Picture quality is not great, possible due to inhaling my food…

I hope I’m not over-exaggerating but I enjoyed every part of the weekend at the Peat Inn; the staff were friendly but not overbearing, the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve slept in and the modest continental breakfast served in the room was actually much needed after overindulging the night before!

We rounded off the perfect weekend with a trip to my childhood holiday location, Largo, and a wander round St Andrews.  If any foodies in Scotland are looking for a special weekend away this is somewhere I’d definitely recommend!

Pum x

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Pum update…Eating Out Lately

In the last month or so I’ve been eating reaaaallly well.  And by well I don’t mean particularly healthy but just absolutely delicious food!

Here’s an update and a bit of a review of where I’ve been eating and what I’ve been enjoying…

Yauatcha Soho

I spent this past weekend in London (don’t worry I’m likely to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic weekend!).  One of the highlights of the trip was catching up with an old friend over a fantastic meal.

She recommended we go to Yauatcha, a Michelin stat dim-sum restaurant in Soho.

My first Michelin star experience (hopefully not the last) and I was not disappointed!

We had an amazing selection of dim-sum, pictured below is the char siu bun, venison puff and prawn cheung fun.

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The Ship on the Shore

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I spent a lovely Sunday in Edinburgh.  We went to a seafood restaurant in Leith which I would recommend so much.  We has mussels, seafood chowder and lobster paella.  I love fresh seafood and this was just great!!

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Singl-end

I caught up with the lovely Emma over lunch on a recent Saturday and she recommended we went up to a little place on Renfrew Street in Glasgow.  I would never have know this was there without her telling me!

I had the delicious meaty baked eggs which was eggs oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli!

We then split 2 of their selection of gorgeous cakes; the peanut butter and jelly cake and the millionaire shortbread.  YUM!

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India Quay

I took Chris for a late father’s day dinner/movie date and decided on the India Quay since it was close by to the IMAX.  I had been there before and know it’s a great choice for just a really good Indian meal.

We ate a lot…

A sharing platter of starters (not pictured), 2 different curries with rice and naan.  We were absolutely stuffed but it was worth it!

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Krispy Kreme

Now I’m not sure if this really qualifies as eating out but I had a coffee and donut with Kathi in Krispy Kreme and I loved it so it’s made it onto the post!

Chocolate dreamcake for her and PB&J for me!

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I pity people that don’t enjoy eating out as much as I do…it’s just so great!

 

Pum x

 

 

 

 

 

Pum update…Busy June

Waw…it’s only when I’ve sat down to write this post that I’ve realised how much fun I’ve had in June so far!

A lot of amazing food and spending time with friends and family, here’s my roundup of all recent things diet and exercise…

Eating In

Cooking for myself I’ve been fairly consistent in keeping up with salads and increasing my veg intake.  Although I really can’t get enough feta cheese which is upping the calories but it just tastes sooooo yum.

 

I’m also lucky that Josh likes to cook (and admittedly is good at it).  Last night he adapted a prawn and smoked sausage recipe from Pinterest that was really tasty (albeit a bit too spicy for me…blew my head off!).

 

 

This month it was my big sister Biff’s birthday and she came home for a visit from Singapore.  Over the weekend that she was here there was a lot of eating!  My mum and Chris put on some food for the family and the highlight for me definitely was the carrot cake birthday cake…amazing!

 

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Eating Out

Carrying on from above since Biff was over for such a short time we had a few meals out to celebrate her birthday, not seeing her since December, my Papa’s birthday and father’s day.

We had brunch in Forgan’s in St Andrews (full breakfast not pictured, it was wolfed down too quickly)

Then it was Scotts in Troon for lunch (always a winner…those mussels were to die for)

And to round off the long weekend it was Harvey Nichols (starting point of all brilliant shopping days in Edinburgh) and Tigerlily

I’ve also enjoyed a couple of delicious meals with friends.

CAU (unbelievable steaks) and Paesano (ohhh the pizza) both in Glasgow

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Exercise

In spite of the above decadence I’ve managed to keep up a fair amount (and varying forms) of exercise this month.

I went down to Lake Windermere with friends for a weekend and tried kayaking for the first time which I loved!

I’ve kept up the walking as planned and also continued my gym-going with a lot of boxing, TRX and stability ball work.

 

Keeping track of my steps and still aiming for the 10k per day!

 

My weight hasn’t really changed over the past few months which to be honest I’m happy with.  I’m having a great time enjoying myself and think I’ve struck a pretty good balance between health and indulgence.

I treated myself to a new dress for a wedding coming up and still comfortable in a UK size 12 which I think it a better indication than weight anyways (sorry for the poor picture quality, I’m sure I’ll have better photos after the wedding).

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Pum x

Pum update…Buys, Gifts, Eats and Beauty

New Purchases

After an embarrassing gym leggings ripping incident last week (yes at the crotch!) I decided it was about time I topped up my gym wardrobe and took a visit to H&M.

I love H&M’s gymwear, it’s so reasonable and I find so well-fitting.

I picked up 2 tops and a pair of gym leggings (which I really love because they’re high-waisted plus a drawstring tie…nothing worse mid-burpee having to readjust!).  Hopefully this will tide me over for a bit.

 

Gifts

My amazing mum just treated me to some gorgeous plates from the halo collection I just love by Denby.  I’m determined to complete the collection by the end of 2016!

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Such a beautiful design.

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Eating Out

I had an absolutely brilliant meal at Porter & Rye in Finnieston during the week.  We shared the scallops to start which were just perfect.  I then had a fillet steak (rare obviously), served with aged barbeque sauce and truffle fries and Josh had the ribeye steak, langoustines, béarnaise sauce and beef dripping handcut chips.

We also tucked into a fair few cocktails!!

All delicious, I’d highly recommend.

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Hair

To chop or not to chop?  I loved my hair when I first got it cut and it’s now getting to that mid-length decide to grow, maintain or chop stage.

I need to find a new muse!!

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Cooking

Still loving my cooking, I’m recently getting really into making different kinds of sauces and dressings with my nutribullet.

I made an awesome almond pesto that I served with trout and brown nice, so yum!

I’ll blog this soon…

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I feel like I’ve been so busy lately but things are going well, happy spell for Pum!

Have a great week ahead!!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pum reminiscing…Belfast

My 25th birthday was on October 11th and I’ve had the best birthday week ever.  Yes you read that correctly I’ve managed to milk the most I can from my birthday stretching it into a whole week (yes I took it off work and that’s allowed)!  I’m even planning a dinner tonight with my friends I’ve not managed to catch up with, who do I think I am…the queen?! (Nope that would be big sis biff, Elizabeth obviously!)

I’ve been up to lots of different things but thought I’d do a little post about my weekend in Belfast with my bezzies.  This weekend was brilliant and mainly revolved around great food and drink.  I did feel my trousers a little tighter the morning after arriving home but I enjoyed myself so much I don’t regret going a bit wild.  I’ll also do a post soon about the other things I’ve been up to this week which (hopefully) will help to keep the balance.

Just to give you some context my birthday basically started last Friday when one of my lovely friends and now colleagues again (as we used to work together, I moved and now she’s joined too!) brought in birthday cake…chocolate fudgey goodness.

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My team then went out for a Friday lunch to this amazing little tea room where I had…more cake!

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…and a cheese and black pudding toastie…ouch so good but so bad.

After work I headed straight for the airport to meet Cat and Kirsty (my best friends from uni), hassle free quick flights from Glasgow airport meant we were in Belfast in no time.

We were all ready to go out in Belfast on the Friday night but had so much catching up to do we ended up staying in the apartment we had for the weekend, drinking and eating and having such a fun night.  We consumed a lot of wine, gin and Mexican food.  I think I’ll be copying Kirsty’s feta veggie toasted tortillas they were amazing (look out for a recipe soon)…

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Saturday saw us doing some touristy site-seeing and getting in plenty of drinks at the oldest pub in Belfast, the Crown bar…worth a visit for the private booths alone.

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We had a great lunch in AM:PM which consisted of some sharing boards and sweet potato fries.  The portions were massive but the food was absolutely delicious, we definitely made a good go of finishing everything off!  A bottle of wine and some cocktails helped wash it all down.

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St George’s market was on the list of places Cat wanted to see so we walked along for a look.  The food on display was wonderful, I had serious trouble restraining myself.

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After some shopping it was back to the apartment to get ready for the night ahead…with some prosecco of course.

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If you can believe it after the day we had we still managed to go out for dinner to McHugh’s where I had a seriously good steak made all the better that I cooked it myself on a hot stone (1 min each side please!).  Dessert and Irish coffees followed, of course.

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After drinking until late in bars the Sunday (my actual birthday) saw us slightly worse for wear and looking for a good brunch to bring us back to life.  Maggie May’s did the trick and as you can see from the pictures we did not hold back in the slightest.

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I even went all out sugar rush with this hot chocolate (hey it was my birthday)…

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A short walk around the Botanic gardens and then it was back home to Glasgow.  All in all a fantastic trip, I think we struck the right balance of site-seeing, shopping, eating, drinking and absorbing the culture without being completely done in.

Belfast I feel this is not the last time you’ll be seeing me…

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Pum x

Pum reminiscing…Graduation

For my second graduation (becoming a chartered accountant) I had a great day in Edinburgh with my family.  The ceremony was lovely and it was really nice to see my work friends with their proud families and also catch up with a few old friends too.

However looking back for me the food and drink completely made my day!

In the morning I headed through early with my mum, stepdad and big sister biff (keeks still in New Zealand was missed!) to get some breakfast before heading to the ceremony.  Through biff’s recommendation we went to a tiny little place called Milk.  There are only a few tables and luckily we managed to squeeze in.

From memory we all had coffee and eggs and I’m sure I managed a brownie too!

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I love going out for breakfast.  The menu choices were great and the food was so fresh.  We had plenty of time and weren’t rushed away.  All in all a great little find!

After the ceremony we had a little bit of time to kill before our lunch so stopped in at Tigerlily for a cocktail.  I have no idea what the others had to drink but I do remember that mine was a ‘Cherry on Top’ because I absolutely love cherry cocktails!  It was delicious!

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Fully refreshed we headed on to lunch at Wildfire.  Oh my goodness such a lovely place I’d highly recommend.  I had chicken liver pate, seafood gratin and then ice cream with butterscotch sauce and I’m sure the other 3 all had steaks.  No complaints from us at all everything was so tasty.  I can’t wait to have an excuse to go back!

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After lunch we moved on to the Queens Arms pub for some more drinks.  This wasn’t a day for holding back or thinking of the diet so I really went all out and had a couple of my favourites…

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…yes I am a girl who likes her ale!

By early evening we were feeling the effects of a long day and headed for the train.  But not before my mum purchased some refreshments for the journey.

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You are allowed to drink alcohol on public transport I promise!

Days like my graduation make me realise I never want to be so completely restricted by having a healthy diet that I can’t enjoy the special occasions.  That day wouldn’t have been the same if I hadn’t been completely relaxed and ordered what I wanted.  I worked bloomin’ hard to make it to that day I wasn’t going to let any diet stop me from celebrating!

Pum x

Pum reminiscing…Nippon Kitchen

This is just a mini-post as I’ve just returned from a fabby dinner!  I was meeting my friend Emma from my old job after work and we were going to grab a bite to eat.  Sometimes I want to go all out when I’m having a meal in a restaurant- I’m talking starters, sides, desserts the lot!  Why not it doesn’t happen every night right?  But this week I just didn’t want to have a midweek splurge (sometimes that really throws me off a good week) so suggested a Japanese restaurant in Glasgow city centre called Nippon Kitchen.  Before going I had a quick browse of the menu…Emma and I would be having an overdue catch up so I didn’t want to be caught off guard and order a deep fried sticky saucey noodley dish because I simply didn’t get a chance to have a proper read of the menu!  So I was well prepared with my menu choices.

Anyway here’s what I had…

Miso Soup

Miso soup and green tea (tea was unlimited refills)

Japanese Seaweed Salad with wafu dressing

Japanese Seaweed Salad with wafu dressing (it was massive)

Maguro (tuna) temaki

Maguro (tuna) temaki

Sake (fresh salmon) sashimi

Sake (fresh salmon) sashimi

All delicious and I now feel full but not guilty.  Fat Fridays not Fat Wednesdays! 😉

Pum x