November round-up
December 1, 2016

November gone already – I know, I always say the same thing. This month has been a bit weird. Our cat died on Bonfire Night, which may sound slightly silly and not important but to me it really was.

It kind of puts stuff in perspective I guess. What you ate for dinner just doesn’t seem all that important when something – even if it’s a pet – that was so central to your daily life suddenly disappears.

Having said that, Jamie and I also experienced firsthand the healing powers of food. Not physically, but the ability of a decent meal to provide the backdrop for the talking, crying and laughing that can heal us inside.

And that, ladies and gentleman, was the ‘Mushroom Dinner’ at The Cross in Kenilworth. It’s the next post you’ll see on this blog. But first – here’s what you missed in November. As usual, some of the meals might have been had in the previous month but I’m gradually catching up on the backlog so they’re not that long ago.

First up was the Hollybush Inn at Priors Marston, where we discovered the best jus I’ve had in ages and some rustic but well-executed dishes. Apparently the kitchen’s changed around a bit since we went so I’ll go back and check it out again for you soon, promise.

Beef fillet at the Hollybush Inn, Priors Marston

In a slightly different post from the usual restaurant reviews, I headed back to Leekes in Coventry – where I saw John Torode last year – for a demonstration by the one and only Ken Hom, king of stir fry. In what felt like the quickest hour going, he whipped up three classic meals whilst regaling us with his anecdotes.

Ken Hom at Leekes, Coventry

Continuing on the ‘slightly different’ theme, I got my hands on a new cookbook back in October – Spanish Made Simple by Omar Allibhoy, the father of Tapas Revolution – and actually met the man himself.

If you haven’t checked out the blog post on this little tapas experience, it’s a nice little mix of trying some of the dishes served up at Tapas Revolution in Grand Central and then me creating a little Spanish feast at home using some of Omar’s recipes. And rather good it was too.

Chicken livers with sweet sherry wine and spices

Don’t worry, it’s not all cooking (or my lame attempts). I may have missed the first birthday of Nosh & Quaff, but I managed to make it back with a few family members in tow to see how it’s changed. There are a few additions to the menu but the old faves are still there, so get yourself down soon for lobster, burgers and general messy food.

Burger at Nosh and Quaff, Birmingham

And the last post you may not have caught is ¬†little Sunday lunch idea you might not have thought of before. I don’t know about you but when someone says Sunday dinner I automatically think of country pubs or rural locations. But what about a city centre stop-off?

Well, if you’re in Birmingham, you could try Malmaison. We were invited to try their Sunday lunch offering including unlimited hors d’oeuvres, delicious roast beef, and some indulgent puds – all for a pretty reasonable price.

Sunday lunch at Malmaison, Birmingham

And that, folks, is it for this month. I know, there haven’t been loads of posts but it’s still plenty to get your teeth into (lol, pun absolutely intended!). Away from the blog, I’ve been writing plenty of other stuff – lots food related, whether for Yahoo or The i or my monthly Belle About Town blog.

Oh, and there’s loads more coming up here on Eat with Ellen – the wonderful mushroom dinner at The Cross of course, as well as a few other little treats and FINALLY the write-up of our Tuscany trip in October.

So make sure you check back, follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, and let me know where you think I should try next!

Some of the meals included on this blog were complimentary. Please see each individual blog post for full disclosure.