I don’t usually talk about work on my blog, but I’m breaking that rule today because there’s a very good connection to food… A couple of weeks ago we took a day out the office to visit the gorgeous hamlet of Bines Green in the West Sussex countryside in between Ashurst and Partridge Green. If you haven’t been to the area, you really must. It’s stunning, just a 45-minute drive from central Brighton and there are some charming pubs to while away the hours in.
We spent a day planning what sort of PR team we wanted to be, talking about the things we wanted to improve and looking at each of our superpowers (strengths) and kryptonites (weaknesses). That may sound cheesy, but it was actually a really interesting and useful exercise, which taught me lots about the team and who to look to for particular strengths.
It was a long day, but we were well-fuelled by Rachel, Nicola and Julia (our hosts) who supplied us with mouth-watering spreads for breakfast, lunch and tea breaks. So much so, that by the end of the day I was too full to even contemplate dinner.
Our breakfast was a basket of warm pastries and croissants with tea and coffee. Lunch was a spread of homegrown salad, cheeses, home-baked bread, spicy slaw, Italian meats, alongside homemade chutney and hummus.
My favourite dish from the day was the tomato and mozzarella salad. The red and yellow tomatoes were beautifully sweet and complemented by the peppery basil, black pepper and soft mozzarella cheese drizzled with olive oil.
Not only was the food delicious, healthy and homemade, the presentation was a work of art too! There’s serious potential for these hosts to get into catering full time – and I hope they do!