This summer, I have been sharing a quick, easy, Italian inspired pasta dish each month in collaboration with the Italian pasta brand Barilla over at Great British Chefs, and this month we're featuring a twist on my favourite pasta dish to make whenever I first move into a new flat with minimal kitchen equipment or in summer holiday rentals: Mezze Penne Tricolour with Roasted Summer Vegetables and Walnuts. You can find my recipe for Spaghetti with Mussels, which was published last month here.
1. Sun-drenched weekends playing tourist in Canterbury. | 2. Treating my family to Byron burgers in a show of support for my favourite burger chain. No business should suffer and be vilified for upholding the law. | 3. Monday afterwork garden cocktails by way of Fentiman's Rose Lemonade with Bloom Gin. | 4. The last of the hydrangeas. | 5. More picture perfect scenes from Canterbury. | 6. My favourite healthy weekend breakfast: a dry fried egg, roasted home grown tomatoes and some of the zesty chicken sausages the team at Heck were kind enough to fill my freezer up with.
- This is how to make fresh pasta without any fancy equipment (read: how I do it).
- There's also a convincing argument for organising your cookbooks by colour (also how I do it!)
- Fashionista schools us on the fascinating history of getting a tan.
- Here are the Into The Gloss staff's carry-on beauty essentials for summer.
- We should all be eating our watermelon slices with salt and pepper.
- One Los Angeles sommelier has crafted a one page wine list that changes daily, and his argument for why this is a very good thing is rather compelling.
- In other interesting American bar anecdotes: in the Midwest the Beertini is a thing.
- Christopher Ross on how the Bloody Mary absolutely lost its mind.
- I wish that I had attended this Mexican style summer party.
- This conversation on what it is like to be a food writer right now poses some interesting, broader questions, especially for those of us who don't just write recipes. (via Amy)
- Here is what you need to know about the first update the Macbook Pro is getting since the retina display was added four years ago (aside from the fact I need one!)
- Here is the formula for the ultimate summer salad.
- If you are visiting Porto in Portugal, here are 10 experiences you don't want to miss.
- Joy schools us, step by step, with photos, on how to frost a three layer cake.
- Laurie has reviewed the food at Circus, already one of my favourite London bars.
- Anne-Sophie has put together a (delicious) one day itinerary if you're visiting Osaka in Japan.
- Also, the evening Angie met a Geisha in Kyoto.
7. The obligatory Liberty London flower shot. | 8. Fruit picking with out of town friends on a sunny Saturday morning. | 9. Sunday bath time. | 10. An alternative, much more desirable Sunday roast. | 11. The end of the Kent cherry season in abundance on Deal High Street. | 12. Discovering these amazing Vineyard Candles, scented with wines, spirits and popular cocktails in old wine bottles at Queen Bee Home in Canterbury.
- Note to self: until I've cut into them, cucumbers should not be stored in the fridge.
- The Kitchn schools us on how to make a (beautiful) DIY citronella candle.
- A brief history of how beauty subscription boxes have changed how we shop for makeup.
- This PUNCH writer goes on a fascinating journey trying to discover how on earth a bottle of wine that only costs $3.50 in Whole Foods could be produced on that margin.
- Here are 27 side dishes to go with barbecued steak, because you can never have enough.
- Sam visited Chinatown in Johannesburg. Can I please do my weekly grocery shop there?
- Lucy takes us on a rainbow tour of Lisbon.
- Some online controversy around a simple tomato and hummus sandwich sparked a really interesting debate around what classifies a 'recipe'.
- This is how best to make sun tea (and why you actually shouldn't).
- Refinery 29 schools us on the best sunburn remedies, because it happens to all of us at some stage no matter how diligent we are with the sunscreen!
- 7 insider tips from a dating app employee.
- The Glitter Guide shares the ultimate girls weekend getaway guide to Martha's Vineyard.
- Food 52 asks who has the right to capitalise on a cultures cuisine. Also, they have uncorked the mysterious (and fascinating for the business minded among you) world of wine distribution.
- So, there is actually a hack to get ketchup out of the bottle built into the design by Heinz.
- Mani visited a Japanese hydrangea festival.
- Here are 25 ways to do Paris like a local.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? This weekend is the weekend of my usual summer party, and I will be putting together a South of the Border themed feast in honour of the Rio Olympics, serving up some Brazilian, Mexican and Caribbean favourites. (You can see the pictures and recipes from my Ottolenghi themed dinner in 2013, and my Provence themed party in 2014 here.)