Weekly Love: Week 168

The tail end of 22 has been all about doors closing. Some ends have come naturally, some doors have come by way of opportunities where I have had to make the decision to close the door myself, and some doors I’d rather not have had closed on me, and I have just had to learn to live with. Totally unexpectedly, I’ve realised over the past few weeks that at some point I became a ‘grown up’, and I’m not quite sure when that happened. If something bad has happened to you this week, or you’ve had to turn down an opportunity you wanted because you just knew that right now, you wouldn’t be able to make it work, sit down and think about it for a moment. I promise you you’ll be able to find a silver lining somewhere. I have. 

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1. Taking a long country walk with my Mummy for Mothers Day. | 2. Homemade Victoria Sponge and Bloom & Wild blooms (get 15% off using RACHELBLOOMS) for Mothers Day afternoon tea. | 3. Brightening up a cloudy day with Cajun Shrimp Tacos. | 4. Picking up my 23rd birthday present from my parents at the Apsinal of London store in Covent Garden. | 5. Munching on avocado toast with the Sainsbury’s team, learning about the delicious heritage tomatoes they’ll be launching this Spring for British Tomato Week, and checking out a awesome new design spice pots they’ll be rolling out soon, that I’m a little obsessed with. | 6. Tracking down Bergamot Lemons in Waitrose of all places to make the Seriously Lemon Lemon Sorbet from Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries III.

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7. Attending a baking masterclass with Paul Hollywood, learning all about his new range of baking mixes. I’m actually really impressed with the brownie mix. | 8. Trying courgetti for the first time (c/o Sainsbury’s who gave me a bag of their ready spriralised courgette), made with a ‘whatever I have in my fridge’ version of Rose’s Pad Thai Salad. | 9. Going on a gin tasting adventure thanks to the guys at Flaviar, by way of a Short Southside Fizz. Full review (and cocktail recipe!) to follow soon. | 10. Mixing up a ‘Iago’s Cona-I-Kaze’ (inspired by one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, Othello), from Shakespeare, Not Stirred, a great little book full of Bard inspired cocktail and canapé recipes, and Shakespearian literary criticism I was sent to review. It is literally the perfect gift for someone like me (English Literature graduate with a love for quirky books and 5 o’Clock cocktails!) | 11. Sunday brunching with a Smoked Salmon Bagel Breakfast Casserole. | 12. One of the recipes I’ve put together for my month long #MyVita collaboration with Ryvita, Hummus, Pomegranate Seed & Pomegranate Molasses, a combination I’m super addicted to at the moment!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend?