Weekly Love: Week 178

Why is it that every summer America stops all of our favourite TV shows so that there is nothing to watch over the summer? I’ve solved this by binge watching current shows that I never got around to starting, and re-watching some old favourites. At the moment, I’m really into Blindspot (I’m a sucker for a good FBI drama. A woman with absolutely sick combat skills is found naked and tattooed in a duffle bag in Times Square with her memory wiped, and the tattoos lead to crimes), and I have been re-watching Bones right from the beginning, which, given the absolute, blast from the past shocker in the season 11 finale, was a very good call of mine.

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1. A Cucumber & Elderflower Collins on the (cloudy) Granary Square terrace of The Lighterman in King’s Cross. | 2. Pork belly and prawn stuffed giant crispy pancakes with lettuce wraps, herbs and Vietnamese dipping sauce for lunch at Little Viet Kitchen in Islington – review to follow next week! | 3. Oh, and did I mention that the interior of the restaurant is absolutely dreamy? | 4. The only tomato salad recipe you’ll ever need, again, something else that will be appearing in the blog next week. | 5. For a healthy treat that uses up the end of a can of coconut milk, whizz it together with a handful of raspberries and some vanilla bean paste before freezing in a lolly mould. | 6. My weekend greenhouse haul.

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7. This pretty little house near my office is always beautifully in bloom every year and really puts a smile on my face whenever I pass. | 8. Wonderfully smooth and clear peach bellinis with fresh strawberries from the new brunch menu at The Ambrette – full review coming soon! | 9. Monday night beer and hot dogs (I’m obsessed with Marks & Spencer’s Posh Dogs) with a very special delivery I recently received from Heinz – their new New York Deli style mustards are amazing – they’re in all good supermarkets now, and I’m particularly enamoured by the honey one! | 10. Folkingtons juices have launched some new summer sparklers, they sent me a few over, and the ones I’ve tried so far are both delicious, and are wonderful over ice with gin. | 11. Throwing a round of my Barbecue Chicken, Bacon & Honey Mustard Skewers on the barbecue. | 12. Frankly awesome chocolate dosai’s from The Ambrette’s new brunch menu.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m making Brazilian chicken lime chicken on the barbecue (finally time to break out the new Cabana cookbook) and American ribs, and I am very, very excited about it. There is something about trying new, long form recipes in the summer that is somehow more exciting than making an all day casserole or homemade pasta and bolognese in winter.