Regular visitors to this blog may recall that my sleek silver South Korean automobile is called Clint. On Thursday, Clint kindly whisked Madam Pudding and I to England's capital city. This afternoon he brought us home again - safe and sound. It took us just three hours to get home. We brought Princess Pudding with us to attend an old friend's thirtieth birthday party.
Mostly we were in London to attend the full launch of "Bish Bash BOSH!" at the old Trumans Brewery on Brick Lane. This was the venue for a monthly event called "Vegan Nights". There was a wide range of vegan food outlets, a long bar selling expensive alcoholic drinks and a stage from which loud dance music was being emitted. And we were surrounded by vegans, hundreds and hundreds of them.
It was as if we had landed on Planet Vega. Take me to your leader!
And then Ian and Henry were on stage. Ian demonstrated the cooking of four recipes from the new cookbook while Henry DJ'd and the inhabitants of Vega grooved to the music. I found myself dancing with a former "Blue Peter" presenter called Andy Akinwolere who is one of Ian and Henry's London chums.
Later the lads signed copies of their book and had photos taken with fans and followers. It was a helluva night.
Friday was a more leisurely day for Madame de Pudin and I. We used underground trains to get to Sloane Square from where we walked the short distance to the Saatchi Art Gallery. (I will blog about this tomorrow or on Monday)
We spent a couple of hours in there perusing the exhibits before having a late lunch in the humble Piccolo Sandwich Bar on Sloane Road. Then we headed down to The River Thames after passing The Chelsea Hospital before wandering along the riverside then up to Pimlico. Soon we were back on underground trains, rattling home to Wood Green.
Top - The old Battersea Power Station under development
Second - Mural near Brick Lane
Third - Henry and Ian groovin' & a-cookin' at Vegan Nights
Bottom - Food van waiting for Vegan Nights to begin
You are so lucky to be sharing this experience with your son. And I believe it's a testament to your closeness as a family unit that he wants to have you folks along for the ride. That's not a given in all families.ReplyDelete
I love the "and they're damn tasty" tagline on that food van!!
Risotto Balls sounds like a medical condition suffered by gentlemen of a certain age. And I must admit that I had never thought about your first point Jenny. Thank you for that.Delete
Congrats to your son. I love risotto balls but here I call them arancini balls. Very yummy.ReplyDelete
Until Thursday night I was unaware of the word "arancini".Delete
Way cool! I know risotto balls as a Sicilian specialty by the name of arrancini, but they are not vegan but contain a bit of sauce bolognese in the centre as well as sometimes mozzarella.ReplyDelete
Very good pictures, especially rhe first one.
Shirley and I had some later. They were delicious.Delete
Glad you enjoyed your visit to the metrolops. You could have called in for a cuppa.ReplyDelete
I rang your doorbell several times ADDY but you were either not in or you were luxuriating in a warm bubble bath in your lovely new bathroom.Delete
What fun you've all been having! And you still have an upcoming wedding to look forward to as well. 2019 seems to be a magical year for the Pudding family!ReplyDelete
Could something go wrong? I hope not.Delete
How special to be able to share in Ian's success! It sounds like a lovely trip. Planet Vega with hundreds and hundreds of Vegans. I'm glad you're not a carrot!ReplyDelete
I am glad I didn't wear my leather jacket! The Vegans may have stoned me!Delete
You certainly have been having a busy, but fun...lots of fun time...a time filled not only with fun, but much pride. It all sounds terrific. Clint is serving you well. :)ReplyDelete
You know who Clint is named after don't you Lee? A certain political prisoner.Delete
This is all just so exciting. I love it. And I think that what jenny-o said in the first comment is as true as can be.ReplyDelete
I really had not considered that before.Delete
You are having a great time with the cookbook. It's good that you support your son.ReplyDelete
Inside the book there are two pages of "Thanks" which include "Mum & Dad". That's a nice feeling.Delete
What a great time you are having courtesy of your boy! Come and see us for a cuppa next time you are passing. ( I guess you must use the M1 ?.....we are only about 10 mins from J10 !!)ReplyDelete
Do you live at Whipsnade Zoo Frances? Perhaps you are an exotic bird!Delete
Only echoing what everyone says, learnt a little about risotto balls though;) Why is my rice too soggy for balls?ReplyDelete
Ladies don't ask such questions Thelma!Delete