Weekly Love: the one where I’m hiding away working on a top secret project!
1. Eating all the deliciousness at Taste of London – I’ve put together an Instagram story of everything we ate here! | 2. A wonderful autumnal bowl of homemade pasta and butternut squash at The Drapers Arms in Canterbury – full lunch review coming soon!| 3. My easy Sausage Bake with Gnocchi is now up on the BBC Food website. | 4. Beautiful autumn leaves in Dulwich Park. | 5. Another one of my wonderfully seasonal recipes on the BBC Food website, my 5-Ingredient Tomato, Chickpea & Pasta Soup. | 6. Celebrating my best friends birthday in a wonderful Fentiman’s gingerbread hut at Skylight in Tabacco Dock.
- Michelle has written a great behind-the-scenes post from the writing of her cookbook that explains what your cookbook editor actually does, and the stages your manuscript goes through in editing.
- Maggie schools us on all the different ways eggs are used in Chinese cookery.
- The Everygirl have some great tips for moving in together.
- Kristabel has put together a great St Lucia guide from her recent trip.
- Tania talks about her year long journey to become a holistic healthy coach.
- On a solo trip to eat and write in Italy, Eric discovered a wonderful regional pasta that is basically cookie ravioli, showered to cheese, which actually sounds quite amazing.
- Kelly reviews The Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa in Cornwall.
- She’s also put together a great guide to the Algarve.
- Liv has put together a great guide for just 12 hours in Edinburgh (you can find my Edinburgh picks here!)
- Rose has put together a brilliant post as a new mum with everything you know about visiting your friend and the new baby after she has just given birth, as well as some great gift ideas for them both!
- Lindsay has but together a brilliant list of props she uses for her food photography.
- I found this article about the almost-forgotten recipe for Southern Butter Rolls fascinating.
- Also, this personal essay on Indian railway omelettes is equally as enjoyable.
- The Kitchn have a great tip for checking for hot spots in your oven with a pan of granulated sugar.
Something a little different at the end of this edition of Weekly Love. I started boarding school at the age of 9. I was not supposed to go away to school that young, but I was getting so badly bullied at my first school, it seemed like the best thing for me to start boarding at my new school, which was a bit too far away from home to do the drive every day. I had no friends, and aside from one other girl who was also new, I was the youngest girl in the boarding house every evening. Zoë – that other girl – was my first real friend, and it was so long ago only now I’m starting to remember the little details, like how we used to say goodnight to our teddies together where the bigger girls could not hear. We grew apart as we got older, but I’ll never forget when it was just the two of us.
Zoë died in September from a very rare form of leukaemia. Over the next 10 months her brother will be swimming 5 marathons befoe swimming the Channel in her memory to raise money for Bloodwise. I know among the food and the parties we tend to forget that Christmas is a time for giving. If you’re planning to give a little this December, you can find his Justgiving page to donate to Bloodwise here.