Friday, 2 May 2014

Weekly Love: Week 128

Yesterday I got back from a hyper-productive week in France where I finished off all my university essays, and my dissertation! I'm off to hand it in on Tuesday after the Bank Holiday. Most of my time in Brittany was taken up writing and editing all day, but I did fit in a fair bit of wine and a lovely countryside walk, too. I also had a nice two days for it all to sink in once I'd finished before arriving back yesterday. I read David Lebovitz's My Sweet Life In Paris (which I would 100% recommend if you're interested in Parisian food and culture) and as far as September in The Kitchen Diaries: II which was great for a good healthy dose of inspiration. 
1. Lunching on some of the first produce of the year out of the vegetable garden. | 2. Picking up my new favourite French language food magazine, Saveurs (I have so many new recipe ideas from it) and some skincare essentials from the French pharmacy. | 3. Feeding my tulip obsession en-route to a meeting in Islington. | 4. Enjoying the crisp Spring weather on one of my favourite country walks in the Brittany countryside. | 5. Sampling a few bottles of white for my '4 Really Good White Wines Under £10' feature. | 6. The only sunny day in Brittany, a simple outside lunch of local prawns, fresh bread, chilled rose and a strong French seafood sauce.

Lockshen4 Mama &  Rachel, 1 day old
One of my favourite food websites where I head for recipes, food history, how to's and to ask questions about my cooking and baking queries or when I can't work out where something is going wrong of their hotline is Food 52. So, I'm very excited to share with you my recipe writing debut for the site, where I've written about my memories of my Mama's take on a traditional Jewish Lockshen Pudding. She passed away about a month after I finished school, so it means a lot to me that my first recipe for such an amazing site I read every single day is one of hers. You can read my article, and find the recipe here.
7. Yet more tulips. | 8. Testing out a few lunchtime salad recipes. This number of early baby lettuce with avocado, cucumber and spring onions, tossed in a soy sauce, mirin and sea salt dressing was lovely, but just did not quite hit the spot. | 9. A real life #throwbackthursday visiting my old school to borrow some books. | 10. Going retro mixing up a classic prawn cocktail starter for my Dad's birthday dinner. | 11. Champagne picnic lunches at Charing Point to Point. | 12. My new favourite aperitif; fresh French bread cut with anchovies preserved in olive oil laid on top, drizzled with a little of the oil and topped off with a tiny bit of local Brenton Fleur de Sel. Served with ice cold aperitif wine.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Today I'm covering the first day of an exciting food and wine festival on Southbank I can't wait to tell you about tomorrow, while I'm off meeting a fellow food blogger for brunch. Then I just plan to catch up with friends over drinks and lunch for the long weekend, before heading home Tuesday.

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