I had such a brilliant time on the road with Boden last week. Kate, Kristabel, Carrie, a bunch of journos and I hopped on a flight down to Newquay for two days of fun in the sun on the Cornish coast. Basing ourselves in the picturesque town of Padstow meant we were right by the sea, making us perfectly located for exploring the surrounding countryside and coastal areas.
We stayed in the serene rooms above Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, which were decked out in a calming nautical style, and many of them overlooked Padstow bay and harbour. I loved how my room had a mini library area with two armchairs so there was space to relax and work away from the bed. In fact, Rick Stein has somewhat of a monopoly in Padstow with multiple shops and restaurants throughout the town. My highlight was the fish and chips we ate for lunch on the first day – literally the best I’ve ever tasted! That night we dinned in his famed Seafood Restaurant, ahead of a day learning how to cook seafood in his renowned cookery school. We also managed to find time to go foraging for edible blooms and vegetables across Trerethen Farm, so it was a packed but super inspiring few days. Thank you to the charming team at Boden for being perfect hosts! I’ll let you soak in all the beautiful hues I spotted from my two days exploring the Cornish coast. How fun are my new blue suede shoes? Perfect for Mr. Bazaar! Have you ever been to Cornwall? What inspires you about the seaside?
// Photography by Will Taylor
1. I loved how the Steven Alan Stripe bedding was styled at West Elm London on Sunday.
2. You can tell British summertime is here when the union jack bunting starts appearing!
3. This front door charmed my pants off because of the door colour, window box; in fact – because of everything.
4. This industrial store fitting caught my eye on Saturday.
5. I liked this apple crate display I saw at the deli.
6. Experiencing sunset in a wheat field is like seeing golden hour on heat!
7. Enjoyed cooling down with frozen yogurt on Sunday.
8. Loved this sunny yellow bloom.
9. I had to have this typographic notebook the moment I saw it in Paperchase – so cool.
10. Loved this blue and brass combo I spotted in Westminster on Sunday afternoon.
Of late, my weekends seem to have been just as busy as my week days, so I was keen to discover a brunch recipe that didn’t mean I had to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen, but also didn’t squeeze on the health factor. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick this year. From eating better to working out, I’m trying my best to treat my body with more respect. With so much travel as part of my job it meant I found myself eating quite badly when on the road (I took over 50 flights last year!) so that’s a lot of eating on the go! All the more reason for wanting to eat – and generally live! – better in 2014. Et voila! This brunch I whistled together last Saturday ticked both the ‘healthy’ and ‘quick’ boxes, plus it had a great reaction when I shared it on Bright.Bazaar’s Instagram, so I figured it would be worthwhile sharing the recipe. Here’s how I made it:
Ingredients (for two)
- Wholemeal muffin x2
- Lean bacon slices x8
- Eggs x2
- An avocado
- Handful of spinach
- Chilli flakes
1. Poach an egg in gently simmering water with a dash of white wine vinegar.
2. Cook the lean bacon slices on a griddle.
2. Meanwhile, toast a wholemeal muffin and slice an avocado.
4. Once cooked, drain the egg and bacon on some kitchen towel.
5. Layer the ingredients onto the wholemeal muffin as follows: spinach, lean bacon slices (x2 per slice), a few pieces of sliced avocado, the poached egg and then shatter with chilli flakes and a pinch of pepper.
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Do you have any favourite brunch recipes? Are there any other breakfast ideas you’d like to see in my Bright Bites series? Have a great weekend, folks! Happy bright brunching!
// Photography and styling by Will Taylor