Cookies and Cupcakes at Duke of York Sq. Food Market
If you’re in west London on Saturday check this out! And leave room in your belly to try a few things on offer. I had this mini-cupcake which was delicious.
Baker and Spice in Belgravia
Perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Drinkable coffee and a good selection of breakfast things. I had muesli with greek yogurt, honey and fresh fruit - really hit the spot. My friends had eggs benedict, croque monsieur and poached eggs with avocado salad and grilled mushrooms. Afterwards you can walk around Chelsea and Belgravia checking out all the beautiful architecture and interesting antique shops. One has an ejector seat from a 1920s plane…
At the National Botanic Garden of Wales
Beautiful walks and gardens filled with flowers and shrubs all year round.
I just hope they use the veggies in the veg garden in their cafe - I saw a lot of very large, abandoned marrows… They should be made into soup!
The race against the squirrels is on; who can get to the nuts the fastest?
The squirrels so far, but we picked up a pretty good crop today. It’s a two man job really, one climbs the tree or a ladder and shakes branches (or you can use a stick to reach them) and the other scans the ground for the walnuts and tries to avoid direct hits to the head. The wind also helps shake the nuts down. The nuts fall from the tree, shedding their green, fleshy outer cases on landing; and out rolls a walnut - looking deceptively like a stone. You have to sort of fine tune your eyes to finding them amongst the leaves, get your eyes onto the right wave length for walnut sightings.
We’re leaving these in the greenhouse to dry off and will sell them at the local market or save them for cakes in winter.
Things that give me hope - like organic veg boxes and nice bike rides in Berkshire.
A salad from the garden in July
Using a mix of all the lovely leaves on offer in summer, with steamed beetroots leftover from the night before, chopped up and mixed with yoghurt and fresh herbs (dill and chives this time). Whacked a boiled egg on there for protein, and some fresh chilli because I’m addicted (and it’s healthy!)
Hamy Ham Ham
Hamy is a vietnamese cafe near Hermanplatz and Hasenheid in Berlin. Very popular, and sniffed at by most Berliners because they’ve been there sixteen thousand times and it’s too obvious. Still, it’s totally yum, has a small menu (essential!), tasty drinks like this watermelon thing and mango lassi pictured, and is fast, cheap and easy!
It’s slightly more elegant brother is Monsieur Vuong near Weinmeister str. in Mitte.
Beautiful wildflowers and grasses at the Harris Garden at Reading University. Makes me think of Impressionist painting.
My lovely potatoes
In flower last June.