Weekly Love: Week 134
It is another one of those Weekly Love posts where I have some killer true crime recommendations for you to binge on next week. For your daily commute, download the second season of the In The Dark Podcast (though the first season is pretty good too if you’ve not heard it!) for the story of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried for the same set of murders 6 times and is still sentenced to die. It raises some interesting questions about all white jury selection and racism in the judicial system in the American South. Then, when you want to curl up with Netflix in the evenings we’ve just finished The Staircase; another documentary about a court case where someone is being tried for murder, another where there has been prosecutorial misconduct, and this time raises the question of bias against bisexuality in a Southern jury. Both are gripping, and very fascinating.
1. A solo lunch of asparagus with soft boiled eggs, parmesan and pine nut aioli, burrata, peas, olive oil, Aleppo chilli and lemon verbena, a passion fruit shrub and a crisp glass of white waiting for my train at Caravan, King’s Cross. | 2. My publishers Ebury sent me the new Berber & Q barbecue cookbook to review which I did over on Instagram Highlights. Here we have Cumin Lamb Chops with Anchovy Butter & Lemon Yogurt Dressing, and Charred Romaine Lettuce with Anchovy & Pepper Dressing. Get your copy here! | 3. Getting overly excited about all the beautiful fragrant sweet peas my Mum has been growing in my favourite dress of the summer (great for smart and casual) from Mint Velvet (check it out here!) | 4. My current favourite gin of the summer was sent to me by Haymans – it is a really traditional London Dry made to a historic recipe, great for G&T’s on Parsons Green! | 5. Sipping Hugos in my local with my new favourite The Curators Sriracha Beef Jerky. | 6. Getting overly excited when peonies are on special offer in Waitrose for my mantle.
- Everyone should read these 15 things this writer would tell her 25 year old self.
- Over at Glendon Studios I’m comparing the best monetisation apps for Instagram influencers.
- The Everygirl has some great tips for summer shaving.
- Also, they have some great, free downloadable tech backgrounds for July!
- This is how to make traditional, Southern Sweet Tea.
- Anthony Bourdain’s first editor on how Kitchen Confidential came to be.
- Cupcakes & Cashmere have some great tips for creating a ‘green ceiling’ at home.
- Also, they take us behind the scenes on a photoshoot for their online store in Malibu.
- Carrie went to South Tyrol in Italy, and perhaps I need to spend less time in France?!
- Also, looking at more of her pictures I never knew rural Italy was so beautiful!
- America? The Kitchn has compared fruit and veg at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods to find the best value produce for your food shop.
- Also, here are 20 wines under $20 to enjoy this summer.
- A Couple Cooks found the best views in Big Sur, California. Also, they have put together a great guide to visiting Sonoma wine country, with a baby in tow!
- Claire has taken a fantastic looking trip to Aberdeenshire.
- As a freelancer who works for herself and is constantly told I don’t have a job, I want everyone to read this post of things people with unconventional careers are tired of hearing.
- Erica has pitted the internets most loved brownie recipes against each other and I now want her to do this for every single baked good I’ve ever pinned.
7. Celebrating national rose day by my parents pond with my favourite French rose makers Mirabeau and one of the bottles they sent me to enjoy this summer. | 8. Getting overly excited to listen to Diana Henry talk about her latest cookbook, How To Eat A Peach and about the pressures social media puts on young food writers at the Wealden Literary Festival – full post from the festival coming soon! | 9. Pub suppers with big glasses of wine. | 10. Pro-tip: if you live near Pergola in Paddington or The Prince in West Brompton you can get a free frozen margarita at the moment by signing up to their respective mailing lists and showing your conformation email at the bar! | 11. Catching up with my favourite Kentish condiment makers Mighty Fine Things and their fantastic handmade liquor company Coxy’s at Wealden Literary Festival – do check them out! | 12. Getting more than slightly obsessed with GBK’s cook at home burgers (from Waitrose) and Smoky Chilli Mayo (from Sainsbury’s) putting together a sponsored Instagram post for them.
- Molly takes us behind the scenes of filming Girl Meets Farm for The Food Network in her kitchen. It is like a cookbook behind the scenes post, but so much cooler!
- Excitedly spying Student Eats in Liv’s kitchen tour.
- Stephanie has taken the hit and made a guide to the best Udon in Tokyo.
- Here are five easy to fix, common mistakes people make when making burgers at home.
- Kristabel has put together a bright, colourful guide to spending 36 hours in Valencia, Spain.
- Julia has some great tips for international travel, from electronics to personal safety.
- This is how to make your own Chinese Five Spice at home.
- Yaya and Lloyd have put together a roundup of the best curry houses in London.
- And they have scouted the 7 best places to view the Niagara Falls.
- The Kitchen poses the question of what to do with cookbooks written by chefs that have been exposed by the #MeToo movement as being abusive to their staff.
- Rachel visited a peony farm and I’m very, very jealous.
- Mani went to the 21st Biennale in Sydney. I swear the Aussies do better art than us!
- This is everything you should be eating in the Austrian alps.
- We all need to start devilling our avocados.
- This is how to pickle literally any vegetable in the fridge.
- Food 52 has put together a handy primer to lots of different types of curry paste.
- They also have some fantastic tips for keeping your home cat hair free, which actually work!
- Jess has some great tips for how to wash your hair less.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m staying home this weekend to shoot some upcoming freelance features, but I’m off on a Harry Potter cocktail experience on Sunday! For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter (and get my free Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes eBook) which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook and restaurant reviews, and other updates.