I had an amazing summer! I took the whole summer off for the first time to spend it with B and my family. I feel so lucky to have been able to do it! We rented a house in the south of France which was perfect. We had fruit and vegetables growing in the garden, which we ate from most days. It was really exciting to go and pick things and then prepare lunches and dinners from our little harvest!
We visited St Tropez, which I love. Also John and I stayed at La Colombe d’Or for a special treat, what a beautiful place where the food was incredible! We had a lovely time.
I love France and speaking French and it was lovely to have involved all the children with the buying and the cooking of food…and speaking a bit of French too! We had friends and family to stay in staggered visits…we did yoga every day and read our books. We played in the pool. We cooked and ate. A lot. The weather was beautiful and it was so good to sit back and really relax. It really was wonderful summer.
I came back and got straight back into work. I did two brilliant food festivals at Nottingham and Bolton, which were both great fun. I love doing the demos and meeting such lovely people, also meeting up with old friends from the “food world”.
I have just got back from a week in Pembrokeshire. I was filming “Coastal Cottage” for ITV’s This Morning and it really was one of the best shoots I’ve ever done. I enjoyed every minute. I will tell you more when I can as I don’t want to give too much away! I will say that Pembrokeshire is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, I will definitely be returning in the near future, especially for the wonderful horse riding experience!
This week I am working with Hotpoint, I love working with these guys, they’re great fun. I have been in the booth doing lots of radio interviews and we are coming up with recipes to cook with the family and with children which will be available on the Hotpoint website soon.
It has been a very exciting week in our house as John’s book came out! Obviously you will say I’m biased but the book is beautiful and brilliant and I just couldn’t wait to cook from it. I made Indonesian Fish Curry first and then the Mango and Passion Fruit Steamed Puds at the weekend. Both were absolutely delicious and really easy too! I asked John a couple of times if I was doing it right but he told me to just pretend he wasn’t there and follow the recipe! They worked a treat, both recipes were very easy to follow and tasted wonderful!
Here’s a link to buy My Kind Of Food , I highly recommend it! It is packed with great recipes for friends and family, plus loads of little helpful tips too!
I have posted the recipe for John’s Indonesian Fish Curry here, a real treat and a sneak preview if you haven’t already got the book! There is currently a competition over on John’s website to vlog a recipe for the chance to win John cooking a meal in your home. This curry is one of the recipes you can choose to make…
In other news, I have reached 99,500 followers on Twitter and 11,200 on Instagram! I can’t believe it! I wanted to thank you so very much for all your support. Please continue to send me photos of the recipes you make from my books, I absolutely love to see them! Especially form Tea and Cake! If you don’t already follow me my Twitter handle is @lisafaulkner1 and it’s @lisafaulknercooks for Instagram.
There are some dates in the post below if you want to come and see me and say hello! I love the food shows and meeting people!
Hope you have a lovely week
Lots of love