Sunday, 14 October 2012

Hat trick...

I've never really had to budget before. I've thought I have. When I was in my twenties and I lived in a little flat in Truro I was forever running out of money to put in the electricity meter. It was always half past seven on a Sunday night when the lights would go off and I would be left reading with a torch with my duvet up to my face (I also would never have enough money for heating!) But it was mainly because I'd spent all my money on gin and tonics the night before and magazines and takeaways. But now I share a bank account with the other half...a business account. Everything has to be recorded and checked and justified and we can't really justify a splurge at Topshop as a business expense. But I've actually enjoyed it. We hardly spend anything that isn't related to the business and I haven't really missed it. It's meant in January we can have our first holiday in 5 years (and it will be our delayed honeymoon.) To top it off we haven't had to pay to get to the mainland. Anyone who has ever visited Scilly will know the biggest expense is the flights to and from the islands. (The boat doesn't run in the winter.) At Bryher Fete this year we won flights and you have never seen two people more excited!

We also recently found out we won two nights and dinner at The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth which means we can finish our season here and go and enjoy two days of pampering in one of our favourite hotels. To top it off we won lunch for two at the Hell Bay Hotel in a coffee morning raffle so we went there to celebrate our luck and the end of our first season. 

Brown and white crab with passionfruit mousse and crusty bread.

Chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream.

Bouillabaisse. The best ever.

* Please excuse the fact the courses are mixed up...I can't work out this new blog thingy!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Tresco and Bryher Food Festival

These are just a few snapshots of the Tresco and Bryher Food and Drink Festival I helped to organise in September. Everyone on Bryher showcased just how great the food is here. Bryher is famous for its cakes but it has so much more to offer...delicious fish and chips, seafood, fudge, vegetables, fruit.

This is Bryher Shop's famous Tattie Cake. Prince Charles took some home with him when he visited the island in July. 

Bryher Shop has a fantastic bakery so we can get fresh bread everyday. 

These were the pain au chocolat and croissants we sold on the Samson Hill Cottage stall. 

Fraggle Rock Cafe showcased lots of their local drinks and amazing cakes and meringues (below).

There were lots of free samples of cheese and wines for people to try. 

And the Hell Bay Hotel made a constant supply of crab and lobster ravioli. It was the best I have ever had. 

The next Tresco and Bryher Food Festival will be on September 14th and 15th 2013. Come along and enjoy!