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Hope you had a good May day!

The arrival of spring (we keep hoping for slightly warmer weather) means peas! And I love this description of eating them straight from the pod in a mad gust. Plus the recipe looks delightful.

Discovering a Ghanaian heritage through food and cooking.

I love this series from Olia Hercules on starting to grow on an allotment. Plus a list of books to read for advice and/or inspiration.

Ideas of how a shorter working week would be beneficial.

Saving your local library. (Ideas from Teen Vogue nogal).

Too many cookbooks.

Swimming in Scotland.

Bring on ice-cream season. Thanks.

‘Baking is handwork, and for me, all that is joyful, comforting, gratifying and even magical about this work is packed into the simple act of making biscuits. I practice a kind of meditation while I make them’. I love love love Dorie Greenspan, and I love this little essay. I find this is true for me too – baking is a form of meditation. For non-American readers, biscuits here refer to those baked goods very akin to scones. (We even had a debate about biscuits and scones whilst on holiday on Skye recently. These are the kinds of conversations that are had when you have inter-continental friendships.) My Ngonu’s recipe is still my favourite. After asking for it about once every few months, my mother finally sent me an email copy of the recipe, so I can access it wherever I am…

A quiche recipe from Violet Cakes. I love quiche. I should make it more often.

A recipe for preserved lemons.

A reading list from Orangette. I’ve already bookmarked most of these.

This past week, I visited the Science Museum for one of the ‘lates’.  It seems to me basically an opportunity to fully geek out, wander freely around the museum, and do all the sorts of cool things children get to do normally. Plus there is alcohol. (There is something infinitely pleasing walking around a museum while drinking. It feels like you’re breaking the rules. Even though you totally are not.) The theme was food and drink so we decorated cookies, made sugar mice, played innuendo bingo and an aphrodisiac board game, and got to dance our hearts out underneath the rockets as part of a silent disco. Thoroughly recommend if you’re in London – last Wednesday of every month.

Science museum

Have a good week folks! I’m in London briefly, and then on a writing retreat.

x

Reading List (25/4)

Canterbury

On book hoarding. I am very familiar with this problem. At present, there is a stack of unread books by my bedside and more mounting on the shelf in our bedroom. So many lovely books.

Pistachio cake.

Has the wellbeing cure gotten to individualistic? Should we be looking for ways to build community, rather than focusing on our individual wellbeing as the world burns?

Anna Jones’ recommendations for food and coffee in London.

Advice on getting rest (and why you should do this).

Food in books.

Spring pasta ideas.

Spring

Have a good week! x

 

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Sea view Skye

I have been away this past week so I don’t actually have a very long list. (And this is also why I am publishing this so late today!) I’ve read a few things on The Guardian and The New York Times but I’ve mainly been reading a book called An Enchanted April, which I have just loved. It is, quite frankly, an enchanting read. (See what I did there?) The story has made me smile, sigh, and wish for Italy in springtime. I have loved the writing enough to seek out another of her books – Elizabeth and her German garden – to read this week.

Kitchen envy.

Christiane Amanpour’s favourite books.

It’s all about sleep people. As someone who loves to sleep, and is appreciative of at least 9 hours a night, I am all for this trend.

A new exhibition at MoMA on women artists.

I want to read this book. A review of Tartine All Day, yet another cookbook I want to read.

Oatmeal fudge bars. Please. Also, these almond cookies.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (11/4)

PhDs and mental health.

Cynthia Nixon reading Emily Dickinson.

Easter and Passover ideas for feasting from Ottolenghi.

Easter baking. That chocolate pistachio cake. My god.

On creativity.

A disappointing restaurant experience in Paris.

Bunnies!

Cookbooks from chefs.

Apple beignets. This just reminds me of the Princess and the Frog.

We’re currently on the Isle of Skye for the week. I am reading Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own which I am loving. (Thanks WhatsApp bookclub!) It is all about living along as a woman in the modern world, written by someone who has five female writer gurus. In essence, it is about how to live a good life, alone.

 

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Spring bulbs

Hello April! It has felt very much like spring the last few days. It has been more sunny than not. It is warmish during the day (although still quite cold in the evenings). And the days are long! It is light when I need to get up and stays light so far into the evening that we have been eating dinner after 8pm. Spring and autumn are truly my two favourite months but spring might just win out. I love the light. The blossom on the trees and bulbs flowering on every street corner. I love the warmth.

Blossom

Words of advice from female chefs.

Cooking and the senses.

Learning to make stone tools, and understanding prehistory.

Claiming back religious traditions, through food.

For Mom: Anna Wintour’s Wild Garden. I love this garden. I love the wistful meadows and rambling roses. And the colours. I think it would be rather wonderful to spend a summers day meandering until slightly lost, lay a rug and read a book in parts of this garden.

I baked this weekend. For the first time in ages. I made an orange almond cake that walks the tightrope between a cake and a pudding. It is very bitter so I find it best served with yoghurt and a little honey. Good for breakfast too.

Orange almond cake

Fairytales.

McDonald’s is switching to fresh beef.

For when you are in need of perspective: a video of the known universe.

Food writing for everyone.

I’m still obsessively listening to Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series. I find Ruth is like an old friend and I’m catching up on her life. I particularly love listening to these books on lazy weekends, when I’m pottering about the house. I can knit, bake and hang up washing all whilst on the Norfolk salt marshes, solving mysteries. I’ve read these out-of-order because I started in the middle reading books 6 and 7 first and have now gone back to read 1, 2 and 3 in quick succession….

Have a good week! x

Reading List (28/3)

Margate sea

Grilled cheese.

I love this description of seeking the sun in the British winter.

Benedict Cumberbatch reading Sol LeWitt’s letter to Eva Hesse. Advice, fairly simple but good.

For Louisa: chicken-fried steak!

Yet more reasons to go to Paris. Jen/Ali/Lucy: maybe this could become part of #dessertskitastic2018?

On writing and teaching children’s literature, or books with magic. (Jess, read this!)

Creative projects in libraries.

Food and memory loss.

I’m busy reading The Little Paris Bookshop, which is lovely. All about a bookshop on a barge, love, literary remedies to life…

Morellis ice cream

Have a good week! x

 

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Jack Russells are just the best dogs. Here is some evidence.

The Two Fat Ladies. I used to love this show. Did you?

Being a mother and working in the food industry.

A woman in farming.

I am listening to Reader, I married him. It is a collection of short stories edited by Tracy Chevalier. All the stories are inspired by Jane Eyre. I am loving them. I don’t normally go in for short stories – mostly because I become attached to the characters and then don’t want to let go (it is a thing). But these are so wonderful and arresting. I particularly loved Grace Poole, Her Testimony by Helen Dunmore and Reader, She Married Me by Sally Vickers. But all the stories have been superb.

A round up of the weekend’s food news and recipes.

Peanut butter brownies.

Lucky Peach is closing.

Persian New Year. I also listened to the Bon Appetit Foodcast talking about Middle Eastern foods. After listening to talk of cooking rice, I finally managed to crack out some decent rice at the weekend, for our vegan cookbook club. (More on that hysterical experience another time.)

This picture of Viennese desserts. Plus the accompanying article.

Omelettes!

This is a beautiful piece of writing that makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Sketching the restaurants of NYC.

A library across borders.

Listening to podcasts is stress-relieving…

Swimming in Snowdonia.

Which bodies can go where‘ – reflections on travel writing. (There’s a number of articles in this series now up.)

Woman, dog, sea

Have a good week! x