Saturday, 14 June 2014

Watermelon and Feta Salad - summer on a plate...


We've had a little warm weather in London lately. I mean, warm enough that I've been wearing dresses and plimsolls and cycling around on my new bike with an exuberant joie de vivre that, frankly, I just don't get in the pouring rain.

My little corner of London is resplendent in the sunshine - the balcony has struggled into life with orange marigolds and red geraniums, I haven't managed to kill the herbs yet - there's even been talk of making Mojitos from our mint plant. The view from every window is transformed by the sunshine.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Tea and French Madeleines



There is something about Madeleines which is just tres chic, non?

Maybe it's the dainty size, or the pretty scalloped shape. Maybe it's the convoluted, French method which shames my go-to all-in-one sponge recipes with its airs and graces and whipping, whisking and melting. Maybe it's that any recipe which contains a stage that says 'whisk until mousse-like' is clearly a cut above your everyday cake.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Butterfly Madness


And so to the Natural History Museum. Possibly the most amazing building in London. LOOK AT IT. It's so Victorian (it is Victorian, right?!). They built good stuff. They were all about the grandeur, the Victorians...

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sunshine Sunday: Meringues & poached peaches with raspberries and elderflower




Once, when I was a child, my Granny had cooked lunch for all the family. She had poached a huge bowl of peaches and put them in the fridge, covered with clingfilm. Overnight, the Elderflower Cordial on the shelf above leaked, making a little pool on the top of clingfilm. Ever resourceful, she simply poked a hole in the film and stirred it in. A delicious mistake has become one of my favourite summer dishes.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Matisse Matisse: Paintings straight from the French Riviera


The Tate Modern has been open since 2000 and I'd never managed to get there. I can't quite bring myself to love a line of pencils in a glass case, entitled 'Pencils' (I have actually seen this...). Or large pieces of concrete in abstract shapes (seen this too...).

But Matisse? Matisse I can do.