Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Tour of Dorset

Over the last couple of days, the bump and I have been on a tour of Dorset. This was a trip I have had planned since January and I was not going to miss out just because I am pregnant. The aim of the trip was to see as many gastronomic delights of Dorset that I could. I am slightly restricted on what I can eat due to limits on what you can eat while pregnant and a slightly decreased appetite.  However, I was determined to see and eat as much as I could. There will be more about the food that I experienced on Jo’s Kitchen over the next couple of days but I would like to tell you about where I went and how I was affected by being pregnant (if I was).

My first stop was the The Wild Garlic restaurant in Beaminster, which is owned and run by 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas. I have met Mat a couple of times before at the BBC Good Food Shows and I talk to him on Twitter too. I have wanted to go to his restaurant for ages so while Stuart was away on a golfing holiday, I seized the opportunity to go. I stayed in the apartment above the restaurant and had a fantastic meal in the restaurant. I asked Mat to surprise me with the food as at the moment, I am having many problems deciding on what to eat so as I knew all food would be fabulous and that he would take my pregnancy into consideration when choosing my dishes. I am not going to go into too much detail here but I may develop a craving for Mat’s licorice ice cream, as it was so good, I could eat a bucketful of it! 🙂

The next morning after a very restful night in the King sized bed in the apartment, the bump and I headed to Lyme Regis to see the sea and a have a walk around. We saw seagulls and had a lovely walk in the sunshine and built up our appetite for the next stop.

After Lyme Regis, Bump and I headed to Axminster, the home of the River Cottage Canteen,  another place I have wanted to go for ages.  Unfortunately, while I was there having lunch my pregnancy diet limitations and appetite let me down. Most of the menu had things that I either did not like or could not eat so I ended up choosing on what I could eat without asking them to change the dish. I ordered Spicy Lamb Koftas and although they were lovely, I did not really fancy them so I ended up leaving most of it as I was quite full too. I should not have really had a pudding however as I had 160 miles to eat at the canteen, I had a short break between courses and was able to eat a very delicious Rhubarb Fumble (a cold crumble with cream). I think Bump definitely likes his or her puddings. Lets hope this continues throughout the pregnancy!

I will definitely return to the Canteen when after the baby is born as I would like to enjoy the food fully.  While I was at the Canteen, I brought my first baby oriented purchase: The River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy. I have only had a quick look so far but it looks very useful as it talks about everything from Breastfeeding to Baby -Led Weaning. I highly recommend it.

That’s it for today. Bump and I will be back with more adventures soon 🙂


A Bun In The Oven!

Well, I can’t believe it. I am 12 weeks pregnant today. Bump is due on the 8th November. One day after my dad’s birthday. I have wanted a baby for so long. I still in a bit of shock, too be honest that it is actually happening. However, Stuart and I are both really happy and cannot wait to meet her or him. I had to miss two periods before the pregnancy test was positive. My periods had been very irregular for a while so missing one was not really a big deal. Missing two was though!

Pregnancy has not been too bad for me so far. I have been tired for what seems like ages. I have been feeling off since February but thought it was due to working too hard, instead of pregnancy. I had two weeks of really awful morning sickness (its actually all day sickness but they don’t tell you that!) where even going to work was a challenge. At the moment, I still feel tired all the time and am waking up two or three times in the night but otherwise I am OK.  I have a little bump already and have been in maternity clothes since I was 8 weeks pregnant. The picture below was taken on Good Friday and shows what my bump looks like now.

I was not at my thinnest before I got pregnant and I am a little bit anyway (I am only 5ft tall!) so that is why I think my bump has shown really early. My friends and work colleagues teased me that it could be twins, especially since they run in Stuart’s family. When we went for the dating scan, I did ask them to check it was only one. I would like to thank my family, friends and work colleagues  who knew for all their support so far. It is much appreciated 🙂

Thanks to you as well for reading my first post on this new blog. I do hope you will be back for more. Bump and I will 🙂