Dinner And A Movie

Tuesday night I was treated to dinner and a movie. We discovered that Pizza Express do the most yummy salads.¬†I had¬†Warm Vegetables with Goats Cheese and James had the Bosco… amazing.

We then went to watch Looper, good film, really different story of time travel, very harsh plot and a couple of disturbing scenes. But worth watching… glad we ate first!

Food Glorious Food

Last week I found out that I had made it through to the regional heats of a new TV show called Food Glorious Food. The show is searching for a new dish to be sold in M&S stores.  The heat was held at Knebworth House on Saturday. I chose to make a faux chicken and mushroom pot pie and served it in a little dish which I customised with my own little doodle and message which is revealed after you finish eating the pie.

 My customised dishes
 View from my workstation
 Judge Stacie Stewart from the Beehive Bakery
 Judge Anne Harrison Vice Chair of the WI
¬†Judge Tom Parker Bowles, Chamilla’s son and food writer
 Judge Loyd Grossman from the pasta sauce jar
 And the lovely Carol Vorderman

Museum Ludwig

Whilst in Cologne I visited the modern art gallery,¬†Museum Ludwig. Which¬†includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism and has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. I loved seeing the work¬†of Roy Lichenstein, Andy Walhol and Picasso¬†close up… so close you could see the brush marks, cracked paint and sometimes the drawing underneath. I also saw, for the first time, some of the mad and marvelous work of Claes Oldenburg, I especially loved his collection of ray guns and things that look like ray guns.

Me and Andy

 Picasso close up
 Me and Pablo
 One of Claes Oldenburg crazy kistch collections

Cologne Cathedral

Our Hotel was right in centre of Cologne and right next to the stunning Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. Inside was just as stunning as the outside and I even attempted to climb the 533 steps up the 475 feet tower. Sadly my fear of heights kicked in at about step 490 and I started to shake and had to slowly work my way back down.

Photokina

Thursday and Friday¬†I was in¬†Germany for Photokina, a huge photographic expo held in Cologne. It was so massive… there was so much to see; equiptment, accessories, cameras, talks, workshops and random models… everything. I was thrilled to see a large Lomography display, showcasing some of the great Lomo cameras that I’d love to own. And saw some great exhibitions of work, my favourite was a large collection of work by Uwe Ommer & Regine Feldgen of Teens & Families in Europe..Amazing!

It was¬†so exhausting, I’d been up since before¬†5 to catch the plane, then after travelling we walked the 2 miles to the exhibition and then spent the next 5 hours walking around all the stalls before embarking on the¬†walk back to the hotel… It was so worth it though.