Playing it cool

Yippeee for Friday – for everyone out there not working the weekend😉

Unfortunately, I am indeed working the weekend and I think mucho coffee will be required as this week has been good but busy.

So busy in fact that I’ve been left with a hamstring injury and can’t run at the moment – apparently carrying 45lbs of kit up stairs and countryside all week isn’t fun for the legs.

I have to admit I’m a little frustrated – I spent months getting by with very minimal workouts due to stress and now I’m in a mental place to get back in the game, I can’t.

Still, let’s move away from the downsides and on to the up, skipping straight back to Tuesday when something pretty awesome happened.


Any River Cottage fans here?! Both of my arms are up in the air waving manically because I have so much time for the food, the ethos and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall himself.

So Tuesday’s job of interviewing Hugh and visiting River Cottage was a pretty good one – I even managed to play it cool when he said “Hi Claire” and shook my hand on my arrival.


The farm itself was absolutely gorgeous, just like you see on the television shows and I loved walking through the garden, which has 60 different species.


I had the pleasure of chatting to lots of people from River Cottage, including the chefs instructing people on cookery courses – I was very envious of the students!


Of course, a real highlight was interviewing Hugh himself, he was so passionate about sustainability and looking after the planet – something I can relate to on a smaller scale.

As I was leaving the interview, Hugh asked if I needed anything else. Another reporter joked “well, a cup of tea would be nice” and so this was brought to us:


I was definitely grateful for the coffee, unfortunately our cheeky hinting didn’t result in a free lunch haha!

It was baking hot and the walk up to my car was a bit brutal, though I was kept company by seven adorable Oxford sandy and black piggies, who followed me up the hill.


After I finished work, I drove home to meet my Mum and treated her and James to a meal out at Cote Brasserie, which had lots of good options for the sugar detox. I went for a gorgeous grilled chicken salad with avocado, green beans and salad, with some very garlicky olives on the side. Delicious!

The rest of the week has been a little less jolly work-wise, with a deeply upsetting murder case on Wednesday and another court case yesterday.

I’ve also been struggling with food, I packed my usual salad with eggs, beetroot and olives for the first two days of the week but it’s been so hot it turned to liquid in the car.

One thing I have managed to do is make portable banana pancakes! They take the heat well and last all day in a sealed tupperware in my bag so I can whip them out whenever.



Coffee and pancakes at 4pm? Perfect! The trick is to lay them out on a piece of kitchen roll and let them completely cool before spreading almond butter on and boxing them.

The heat has also been tiring me out this week, I’m waking up exhausted though one coffee per day sees me through fine. The gorgeous skies almost make it worth it!



Right, I’ve got to dash away so I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

* Are you a River Cottage fan?

* Have you ever met one of your food heroes?

About Flake And Cake

I'm a reporter based in Bristol who loves to wear stripes, write in shorthand and attempt to make great strides in running.
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14 Responses to Playing it cool

  1. AnnaTheApple says:

    Wow wow wow, your job is so cool! I love that you got to interview Fearnley-Whittingstall! And he sounds just lovely; polite and attentive. I love it when celebrities are like that, down to earth and almost normal.
    I would die to meet Jamie Oliver. I have an absurd crush on him and love his food and basically everything about him. Slightly weird, I know.

    • I love Jamie Oliver! He makes cooking fun, inventive and less serious -thank goodness!
      Hugh was great, he was especially sensitive to noise so my interview wasn’t ruined.

  2. dgobs says:

    I was thinking “What an awesome, fun job!” as I read about your River Cottage adventures, but then the less jolly stories happened. I suppose it’s part and parcel of being a reporter, but still a bummer😦

    That sky photo is gorgeous!

  3. chris says:

    Portable banana pancakes sound awesome. Great blog:)

  4. I would have been so excited to meet Hugh! I would still love to meet Jamie Oliver one day. Hope you are able to squeeze in some chill time over the weekend, have a good one!

  5. Love the idea of portable pancakes!
    Lucky you for meeting him, although I am terribly starstruck by anything (even meeting Minnie Mouse) so I would be useless asking questions!

  6. Sounds like such a good day at River Cottage! Good idea with the pancakes.

  7. WOW I am a major fan, I am very jealous! and he bought you tea! *swoon*

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