18.06.17: “Light Up the Darkness”

Simply Stunning: Wild at Heart Peonies

https://wildatheart.com/

London, Always & Forever

Simple Summer Salad

A very simple tomato and olive salad here comprised largely of end of week leftovers. I suspect it is crying out for some feta or halloumi drizzled with lemon juice but alas…needs must. x

22.05.17

Le Weekend: Nina Food

http://ninafood.com/blog/

I am absolutely loving this book by Chef and high-end caterer Antonia Parker! As you may know, I have a strong connection to the South of France so was instantly drawn to this book. I am happy to report that I have not been disappointed. The recipes are refreshingly simple yet classically French in provenance.

Those requiring a little more hands on instruction should head to Nina’s YouTube channel for wonderful recipes filmed in equally beautiful locations.

Mostly Lovin’: My Black Hair

There’s an old adage that we truly only appreciate something when it is no longer attainable, this I have learnt much to my chagrin is most certainly true. Take for example my black hair (and by black I do not mean the texture or the style) but merely the beautiful jet with which it sits.

When I was growing up, I would often bemoan the fact that as a black girl I could generally only have jet black hair. This struck me as being somewhat default in nature and I wanted to be more individualistic shall we say…

Now as a woman of a certain age I can truly say that I both miss and yearn for my unequivocally jet hair. No compromise, no shades of grey, just beautiful black hair. Try to look up a synonym for the word “black” and you are met with terms such as “murky” “obscure” “gloomy”…this was not my jet black hair. It was uncompromising, strong but most importantly it was I now realise quite simply the essence of me.

Homemade Soda Bread

www.gordonramsay.com

Flax-Seed Soda Bread

Every now and then I wake with an overpowering desire for warm, buttered bread. Most of the time I can take or leave bread but on these rare occasions I like to knock up a batch of my hearty soda bread. When I say my soda bread I do of course mean Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for a no kneed bread.
I like to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe by adding a hefty table spoon of flax-seed to the mix and supplementing the wholemeal flour for organic Splet flour. Enjoy!

To make you will need:

350 grams plain flour, plus extra for dusting
150 grams wholemeal flour or Spelt Flour
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar or Stevia
450 ml buttermilk (if you can’t find butter milk just squeeze a lemon into 450 ml of milk and leave to stand before adding)

Sun Days…

http://www.visitsussex.org/

Edward Enninful for British Vogue

Image Courtesy W Magazine

As you may know British Vogue has announced its first male editor-in-chief as Edward Enninful. I for one am incredibly proud and excited to see just where this visionary takes the magazine.
As we tip our hats and bid a fond farewell to Alexandra Shulman I would like to say well done British Vogue for innovating beyond the page.