Friday, 30 May 2014

Weekly Love: Week 130

I'm a bit listener of podcasts, but I don't have many that I actually subscribe to. The top of my playlist is always the latest episode of The Joy The Baker Podcast, but recently I've really been loving a new podcast called Elise Gets Crafty. Every week Elise sits down to chat with a creative running their own business about their different strategies. Some of my favourites so far have been episode 006 where she chats with Amy from Lemon & Raspberry about creating an affiliate programme for your small business, and episode 008 where she sits down with Emma and Elsie from A Beautiful Mess to talk how they manage their team. For anyone in anything small, independent and creative Elise Gets Crafty really is a must listen, and this is coming from someone who loves to listen to podcasts, but does not actually subscribe to many at all!
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1. A little Instagram outfit post before a chilled weekend pub lunch with my parents. My skirt is Milly for Banana Republic skirt from last years collaboration, but what I really wanted to show you (again!) is this fantastically versatile chambray shirt I've been practically living in c/o Banana Republic. Mine is petite, and it fits perfectly. | 2. Grilling some steaks to kick off this years barbecue season. | 3. The Tarte aux Fraises avec crème pâtissière Mummy and I made for family Sunday lunch; we were rather proud of it! | 4. Evening swims before bed. | 5. So, it tuns out that my Marinated Mozzarella is amazing tossed with salad greens. | 6. One of the little luxuries I always enjoy are my L'Occitane deliveries. In my last one I had my new favourite bubble bath, Lavande, my usual Lemon Verbena shower gel refill, and a new bath ball to try. Because I ordered online on a certain day with a code from their newsletter, I got a big 500ml Ultra Rich Shea Butter Hand & Body Wash which I've been using in the shower, and is rather indulgent.

Leftover Bread & Tomato Soup
Last week was British Tomato Week, and to celebrate my second recipe of the month over on the Borough Market Blog was this surprisingly summery Leftover Bread and Tomato Soup topped off with lots of fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. I've used so many different things to thicken my tomato soups over the years, and leftover bread that would otherwise be thrown away has proven itself to be far the best option. Also in this recipe, I've shared my great, quick an easy alternative of how to replace tinned tomatoes for fresh in recipes. 
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7. Celebrating my Mummy's birthday with champagne at Wallett's Court. | 8. The stand out dish from her birthday dinner, poached egg with local asparagus and pea shoots. | 9. Beautiful evening skies over Ballaugh Shore, Isle of Man. | 10. Enjoying the first cucumbers of the year from the Pilgrims Nook greenhouse. | 11. Family walks on Ballaugh Shore. | 12. The beautiful roses my Dad gave Mummy for her 26th birthday blooming up the side of our house.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Sherin is coming to stay with me here in the countryside over the weekend, and along with Kathryn I'm looking forward to some girl time and a nice long country pub lunch!


  1. Thank you for including me - I'm very honoured :)

  2. No, thank you for writing such a great blog! x

  3. Thank you for including me Rachel! you're so sweet! I love the Joy the Baker podcast, it's hilarious! Have you listened to Jess Lively's podcast? they are really inspiring and she's had some great guests,

  4. Thanks Jenny, I always enjoy reading your posts, so it is nice to give back once in a while!

    And I've tried listening to Jess' podcast, but unfortunately I can't seem to get into it.

  5. I never fail to love all of the things you link too, I really think if I met you in real life we would get on so well. I seem to adore everything you do xx

  6. Thanks Gem! If you're ever in London next, or I'm in your neck of the woods, we need to have lunch or something xx