I never thought i would say that sentence once…let alone twice! How surreal! After my recipe was picked as a winner in a recent competition I got to travel to London to meet Kirstie AGAIN!
Me and mum travelled down to London on Wednesday and arrived at The Bloomsbury Hotel around 4.30pm. Knowing dinner wasn’t for another 3 hours we set off to find either The Hummingbird Bakery or The Primrose Bakery.
Well, if I had been by myself I may have worried slightly as we got more than a little disorientated. We ended up doing a huge circle when we only needed to have turned left out of the hotel instead of right! For the film buffs amongst you I had Run Fat Boy Run blisters, I’m not joking.
That is what you get from wearing 5 inch heels on a trek round the capital! Oh that darn thing called vanity! Whilst searching we came across the cutest bake house. Ellas Bakehouse and the girls were lovely, cakes were so cute and i couldn’t resist picking up some mini ones for the boys!
Back at the hotel and I chose… Scallops with Foie Gras for starter, Salmon steak with potatoes in parsley and creamed cabbage for dinner and Millefeuille with raspberries, fresh cream and white chocolate ice cream…to say I didn’t finish the dessert makes me sad!
The taxi picked us up at 10am and we headed off to Divertimenti cookery school where we were met by PR upstairs. We were all introduced and led downstairs to the school where we met Kirstie.
I was first through the door and she literally doubled over laughing saying how unreal it was and how she couldn’t believe it. I did ask her if she was going to get an injunction which i think made the laughing worse!
It was fabulous and as though we were friends if that makes sense. She is such a lovely laid back lady with a fabulous sense of self that she makes everyone feel comfortable straight away.We baked banana muffins,fudge and strawberry cheesecake pots then had photographs taken – Kirstie even suggested to the PR people that we work on something together! I am definitely going to follow that one up!
One photo of us both looking at different cameras –and one where it looks like I’m in Madame Tussauds! (she really is that flawless!)We were given these gorgeous spotty refrigerated bags to take home all our goodies in as well as another cloth bag with Nestle Carnation goodies inside!
Kirstie had to stay at the cookery school to do all of the cookery again for the press in the afternoon, while the rest of us headed off upstairs and next door to Strada for lunch. When i say lunch, it was bruchetta with sundried tomatoes and goats cheese, spaghetti ragu and for dessert panna cotta with warm fig. To say the diet went out of the window is an understatement and I am still full now!
All of the ladies who won were lovely, there were 3 other ladies who brought with them a mix of mother, son and friend so it really was a good mix. I hope we all keep in touch one way or another and hopefully we will come across each other again. We all have each others winning recipes to try so I will post pics on here when I’m done.