I have to admit, I get really stumped and slightly stressed when I have to make food for other people. Last week, we were going to a BBQ and other than knowing I wanted to make something sweet (I love sharing my sweet creations with other people so that the two of us don’t have to eat a whole cake, tray of cookies or tons of cupcakes in their entirety) I wasn’t sure what to pull together. I decided to go through the archives of some of my favourite blogs and landed on a blueberry and lemon cake from Green Kitchen Stories. Not only did it look delicious but I had tons of blueberries and lemon sitting around, so it was pretty much a perfect treat.
Last summer, when we went to London, we went to a bar called Bourne & Hollingsworth. It’s one of those places that I had very fond memories of and wanted to bring my boyfriend to see. It’s a tiny place down a set of stairs. It’s extremely easy to miss. The small space is decorated like a grannies house and a lot of their drinks are served in teacups. If you manage to get a table, sitting listening, to the random music from the 90s is a treat. The best part about being there though it watching the bartenders make the drinks. They don’t put on a show of it, but they are meticulous in what they do. Each ingredient is carefully added, muddled or squeezed and the results are original and amazing. Given the price tag of the beverages, we only tried one drink each, but there were so many on the menu that looked amazing, and I’ve remembered a couple of them ever since.
Pink drink of the week #2. The first time I had a lychee-based drink was the night after the mammoth bike ride that I did last year. It’s definitely not something that you see everywhere, and it caught both of our eyes as something we definitely wanted to try. It was delicious. Lychee has a very distinct, sweet and refreshing flavour that translates really well in a cocktail. The second time I had a lychee based cocktail was last month in London at the cocktail shed at Dalston Street Feast (more about Street Feast here). We bought a jug of a grapefruit, lemon and lychee cocktail and the tart citrus mixed perfectly with the sweetness of the lychee. The moral of the story: this juice can easily become a very delicious cocktail, but for now, it’s just juice.