Weekly Love: Week 140

Well, I now have somewhere to live in London come September! That is really the most exciting thing to happen to me over the past two weeks; I’ve literally been rushed off my feet. The only break I’ve had were the couple of days I spent accompanying my Aunt on her errands while she was in town, a few dinners out I’ve had with friends for catch ups and birthdays, and a few lunch break quick lunches out just so I could get away from the rush. I do love being busy, but honestly I can’t wait for an opportunity to slow down a bit! 
1. My starter of absolutely divine, melt in the mouth scallops on slices of black pudding, topped with pork belly and with a tomato jus over a fantastic catch up dinner with old school friends at Deeson’s in Canterbury. | 2. The shallot harvest from the Pilgrims Nook vegetable gardens. | 3. The most popular photo I’ve ever uploaded to Instagram; my Dad barbecuing, British style in the pouring rain! | 4. The new Smashbox counter in my local Boots reminding me how far away I now live from Santa Monica Beach. | 5. One of my working lunch pick me ups at The Cider Works, just across the road from Pilgrims Nook. | 6. Another working lunch, this time at Tiny Tim’s Tea Rooms in Canterbury. This was their ‘Puffkin’ which I would really recommend  a puff pastry wrapped meatloaf, topped with a poached egg and served on a bed of baked beans. The ultimate British comfort food.

One of my longer standing readers, Dizzy Tea all the way from Turkey has written a lovely post about what she’s been eating recently and gave my post How I Am Not The Size Of A House: My Food & Eating Philosophy a shout out. You really should head over and check out her blog, it is full of so many fantastic snapshots. 

Staying on the topic of delicious food, I’m very excited to be able to let those of you who do not already know this that my favourite contestant from last years The Great British Bake Off (side note: who here is excited for the new series?!), James Morton is back with a new book, Brilliant Bread that is going to be released on August 29th. Honestly, I’m still mentally stuck on how awesome the passionfruit chocolate ganache truffles he made to decorate a torte (?) in one of the earlier episodes were. I’m looking forward to my copy arriving from his publishers so I can have a play around with some of the bread recipes and let you all know what I think about them, but for now as I know you’ve all also missed having James on your screens I thought I’d post this video of him making the delicious looking focaccia from his upcoming book. Honestly, I think the only problem with it is he is not wearing a Fair Isle jumper. 

7. Sherin enjoying her 25th birthday celebrations late night at The Diner in Covent Garden. Her necklace is in case she forgets the name of the blog she has been writing for the best part of four years!  | 8. Another pick me up at Tiny Tim’s, this time a hot chocolate fudge cake sundae with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. | 9. Mummy and I decided to cook something special for dinner on Tuesday night; we made pan seared venison with home grown potatoes and home grown carrots balsamic glazed using this recipe from one of my favourite food blogs, Spoon Fork Bacon. | 10. I pre-ordered The White Princess from Amazon ages ago as Philippa Gregory has been my favourite author for years, but I feel my friends and family are in a conspiracy to interrupt me whenever I sit down and try to read it! | 11. Enjoying the Strawberry Mousse Cake I made in collaboration with The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark. | 12. Watching one of my all time favourite shows (after Scandal, of course) The Newsroom.

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What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m just spending time at home with my family this weekend, but I might start making ahead the things that are safe to stay in the freezer all week like the gateaux I’m making for my Summer Party next weekend tomorrow, and on Sunday Mummy and I are cooking Sunday lunch for my grandmother who is visiting for the day.