Weekly Love: the one where I turned 27 in self-isolation
1. Sunny scenes across the open fields on my daily walks through the countryside. | 2. A Forced Rhubarb Tart made from the rhubarb my Dad forced for me at home under a black bin (I know, right? I’ve put a video up on my Instagram story!). Recipe from Gluts & Gluttony. | 3. More beautiful sunshine at my parents house in Kent. So forever grateful I have somewhere so peaceful, open and isolated to self-isolate. | 4. Vox by Christina Dalcher (ad) is the best book I’ve read so far in 2020, and I’ve posted a full review over on my Bookstagram. One kick ass formerly working mother takes on a new society where women are controlled by a Government who only allow them to speak 100 words a day. It is also only 99p (!) on Kindle at the moment! (ad) | 5. Sharing a snap of beautiful florists flowers back in London for Mothers Day. | 6. A little ray of sunshine in these dark times: a massive thank you to everyone who donated to Project Lamington, we raised $10,552.07 AUD so we can give just over $2,000 to each of the five charities supporting Australian bushfire relief.
- London? Ed has put together a brilliant comprehensive list of top restaurants who have pivoted to delivery and restaurant wholesalers who are now selling their goods to the public. He’s also put together a list of a load of London restaurants still going with delivery if you want to lend your support.
- Love & Lemons have put together a great guide to freezing lots of different types of fresh fruit and veg. Also, they’ve also put together the ultimate guide to cooking dried beans from scratch.
- Kate has written a great storage guide to help your fresh produce last longer.
- Kent readers? Produced In Kent have produced a brilliant map to help you support local Kent food businesses during this crisis. #helpkentbuylocal
- In case you need reading material, the Cupcakes & Cashmere team have put together a huge list of 37 binge-worthy books they could not put down.
A few evergreen reads from previous Weekly Loves you might have missed but are perfect to read with a cup of tea!
- David Lebovitz has put together a great behind-the-scenes of the making of Drinking French, his latest cookbook. I’m ordering a copy today for some self-isolation happy hour ideas.
- Especially great for right now: how Leslie learned to stop saving things for a ‘special occasion’.
- A map of all of London’s Tube station related hauntings.
- In case you’re using cleaning to fill the time: this is how you can use a dishwasher tablet to give your oven a deep clean.
- A detailed history of jackfruit, before it became a vegan super food.
- Here are eight great substitutions if you’re out of soy sauce.
What have you been finding small pockets of joy in this week, and what have you been up to at home to stay active and occupied? I’m making sure I get my daily walks in while the sun is still shining, and I’ve been making a real effort with what food we’ve got in the house to make lovely meals (including desserts and cocktails) for everyone as I’m a firm believer in food as a way to nourish the soul and lift the spirits! 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! Stay safe!