Weekly Love: Week 180

One of my favourite things about summer is not just the sunshine, longer days and fantastic, bright, vibrant food, but that friends seem to all manage to have time off at the same time as each other. This means we can spend lazy, sun-drenched weekends lazing around each others gardens, go out for big brunches outside of the city, and barbecue all together with our families on Monday evenings after those of us who live outside of the city have finished work for the day. The world always seems so much brighter when you’ve had the opportunity to spend plenty of time with the people you love that you don’t get to see every day.

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1. Celebrating National Rum Day with cocktails at The Rum Kitchen on Kingley Court. I wasn’t eating, but the food looked fantastic and my drink was wonderful, so I’ll be sure to head back to do a review sometime soon! | 2. Mastering the art of the perfect pitcher Mojitos to drink over lazy Sundays in the garden. Oh, and I’m now officially in love with this perfectly sized jug from Emma Bridgewater. | 3. Sunday brunching at The Pop-up Cafe in Deal. | 4. Breaking down and barbecuing a rack of lamb, marinated in lemon, olive oil and rosemary. | 5. Mid-afternoon weekend feasting on a side of citrus poached salmon (with Kewpie mayo!), homemade garlic bread, boiled new potatoes, and a garden salad with a homemade honey mustard dressing. | 6. Exploring new gins with classic gin cocktails at The London Gin Club in Soho.

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7. Building a tabletop bar on the patio for my Road to Rio South of the Border inspired summer party. | 8. Enjoying drinks at my favourite cocktail bar in London, Reverend J.W. Simpson on Goodge Street. | 9. Early evening walks along the beach at Sandwich Bay. | 10. A speedy supper of wholemeal spaghetti tossed in garlic oil and parmesan, topped with fresh mozzarella, roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. | 11. A plate of everything at my summer party. | 12. Finishing off the meal with Brigadeiros, traditional Brazilian truffles.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m looking forward to trying out some new recipes and ingredients I have been sent recently, and just generally enjoying one of the last proper weekends of summer at the end of what has actually been a bloody long and hard week.