Weekly Love: Week 135

I know that I am very, very late to the party but I feel that I need to talk about True Detective. For some reason it slipped through my ‘new shows’ radar right at the beginning, and then nothing I heard about it made me think that I ought to jump right onto the bandwagon. I’ve got to that dead time before mid-September when all the shows start again where I have nothing to watch as I’ve caught up on everything, so I thought that I’d give it a try. The first two episodes muddled me up a bit, but I had nothing else to watch and I’m a bit of a sucker for Southern drama, so I hung on. When you start to get into it, and all the pieces fit together? And the acting? It is honestly the best thing I have seen on television in a very, very long time. The presence of Matthew McConaughey doesn’t hurt, either. If you’re into clever crime drama, this one is for you. 

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1. Required reading (the Boden Autumn Winter catalogue) with a steaming cup of raspberry tea. You can find the items I’ve put on my wish list over on my Tumblr. | 2. Sweet Peas from the vegetable garden for the kitchen window sill.  | 3. When in doubt, choose either Milk or Sea Salt Green & Black’s (2 for £3 at Waitrose at the moment!) | 4. A little preview of a dish inspired by my Polpo meal that will be up on the blog on Monday. | 5. A few little treats from L’Occitane on a little shopping trip to Canterbury. You don’t want to know what happened in the Jack Will’s sale! Left to right: Angelica Exfoliating Face Gel, Special Edition Frisson de Verveine Fresh Shower Gel, Lavander Foaming Bath, Rose Shower Gel. | 6. My Cucumber Mint Lemonade recipe, adapted from The Lemonade Cookbook is fantastic with a good dash of gin in.


Last Thursday I spent the day in London, and after morning meetings and dinner at Polpo in Notting Hill, I popped around the corner to meet up with my favourite bloggers at Bubbleology. Aside from the fact it was lovely to catch up with Michelle whom I had not seen in forever, the fact I got to meet her lovely sister/ photographer for the first time, and to meet Amy for the first time in real life, it was great to get to know a bit more about my favourite bubble tea brand. When I first tried Bubble Tea as a 17 year old on my first trip to Camden Locks (teenage hang out!) I could not stand the tapioca pearls, preferring fruit juice filled boba instead. However, I tried the pearls again, and it turns out I do rather like the chewy little spheres mixed in with my usual order of peach tea and lychee boba. Next time you grab a cup, be sure to give them another go if you were not already a fan! Photo of us living up to the blogger stereotype by Tom Joy.

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7. Country walks after lunch to clear my head. | 8. Barbecuing during a British Summertime. | 9. Lovely scallops cooked in their shells with garlic breadcrumbs at Chapman’s in Canterbury. They do half price lobster on a Thursday, too. Great service, solid food, but don’t mention any problems with the booking system to the owner unless you want attitude! | 10. Friday night in with Pretty Little Liars and homemade strawberry ice cream. | 11. Whole trout cooks fantastically on the barbecue. | 12. The Heirloom Tomato, Basil Vinaigrette & Fleur de Sel salad from The Lemonade Cookbook is fantastic, especially with home grown tomatoes, but I honestly can’t stress how obsessed I am with the vinaigrette enough. I’ve been having it over salads and caprese. Best salad dressing I’ve ever made, hands down.

Finally, I wanted to leave you with one of the most hauntingly beautiful visions of Los Angeles I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched this so many times since I stumbled across it in the last week or so, and while I know lots of people have a love/ hate relationship with the City of the Angeles, I honestly can’t see how you can’t find at least some beauty and wonder in the city that I’m truly, madly, deeply in love with. 

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the long Bank Holiday weekend? I’m just planning to spend it at home with my family, hopefully trying out some final Summer recipes I want to cook just because, rather than recipes I have to do for ‘work’.