A Chaotic Week

Where to start? Well, as you can see my blog is a wee bit late as it should have been published last week. However to say last week was chaotic was an understatement. On Tuesday I was in South and West Cumbria most of the day and on Wednesday I spent the day in Kendal. Both of these days were to do with the day job. On Thursday I spent the morning in New Cumnock as part of the Rural Leadership Course. Then at 3am on Friday I set of for Birmingham for the yearly Theo Paphitis #SBS event. I returned home at 16:30 yesterday and I am now sitting on a train to York as I am in York all day tomorrow for meetings in regard to my day job again. Thankfully this type of a week doesn’t happen very often but when it does I end up exhausted! Hopefully this coming week will be a bit more relaxed after I return from York.

The one good thing about my time away is that I returned yesterday to see that I had lots of chilli seedlings. In fact out of the first batch that I planted, there are now only three varieties left to germinate. I do  love this time of year and seeing the start of new growth.



The highlight of the crazy week would have to be a trip to the House o Hill last night. This is one of our favourite places to go out for a meal and we had been lucky enough to receive a gift voucher for the hotel, for out Christmas. I’d noted during the week that they were running a special valentines menu for this weekend.


Though not romantic at all, last night was the only night that my husband and I would be spending together so we decided to book a table. As per norm the food was fantastic and we decided to mix and match the special menu with the regular one. We went with the sharing platter for our starter, with him choosing the Haggis Bon Bons and the Deep-fried Brie Wedges. I chose the Vension Lollipops and the Duck Spring Rolls. Apologies for the lack of photogrpahs but the plates were empty before I had realised. Next we chose the Pie of the Day and I had the Flat Iron Steak. I had the steak before Christmas and I loved it. I’ve never had an egg with steak but this works perfectly. Then unusually for myself I actually had a sweet and chose the Chocolate and Orange Ganache Tart. Oh my was I glad that I had. It was like a giant Jaffa Cake but ten times better. So if you live nearby and haven’t planned anything this evening, I would highly recommend booking a table (if there are any left) and heading to the Hoose.

We had a lovely relaxing evening at the Hoose and it was just what I needed after my eventful week. If only Scotland had won their rugby match  yesterday then it would have indeed been one of those perfect days!

A celebratory week

Well, I’ve did it!! At the beginning of the week I turned 40 but have to say it has made no difference whatsoever to me except having a lovely day.

Anyhow prior to celebrating my birthday I headed to the House o Hill Hotel on Saturday night to celebrate that great poet Rabbie Burns with my husband and friends. This is the third year that I’ve managed to get tickets for this fantastic evening and if you are in the area or are a local then I highly recommend going next year. Not only is the food fantastic but so is the company but be warned you will be in tears with laughter!


Monday was the day that I did indeed turn 40 and as both my husband and I took the day off work, we decided to head out for lunch. I had planned to head somewhere new to eat as there have been a number of new establishments that have opened in the area in the last six months. However when I looked them up I discovered that not a single one was open on a Monday. I was indeed disappointed but not to be beaten we went to one of our favourite places and headed to the Selkirk Arms Hotel. We arrived rather late as joined the A75 at the same time all the traffic appeared from the Irish ferry but we were optimistic and got there with ten minutes to spare. As well as the Selkirk having their normal menu they also had a 2 course lunch for £12. This menu will change on a regular basis as it’s an opportunity to try some new dishes ahead of the next full menu launch in March. Two meals jumped out at me straight away from the 2 course menu which was the  BREAST OF PHEASANT with pomegranate & lemon cous cous, orange & apricot sauce and then the BRAISED OX CHEEK with mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage and red wine jus. I love pheasant but have never had Ox Cheek and I was not disappointed by either. We had a fantastic meal and can’t wait to return to try other dishes on this menu. A great choice for my birthday lunch!