FInally I’m back with apologies and summer favorites..

So…where to begin?

Apologies firstly and a little explaining..It has almost been 6 months since my last post and a lot has happened in that time for myself and my family.  Briefly, so as to justify the lack of blogging – baby number 4 on the way! A surprise (shock!) conception and terrible morning sickness, the first reasons for slackness with the posts. Due in just 7 weeks now and surprisingly a little girl bump after 3 boys so an exciting addition to the family.

Also we have moved our family from London back home to where I grew up on the Central Coast of NSW Australia. So, packing, and shipping, living in empty and borrowed kitchens for over 2 months has been another factor to the time out of blog world!!

Anyway, it has been nearly 8 weeks that we have been in our new house now, and we’re pretty much settled.  Still a fair amount of sorting and I haven’t unpacked all of my lovely work props but life is returning to routine.  A new routine but nevertheless starting to get back to life in general.  There have been so many changes, and so much more to come as we miss our friends and community in London and slowly discover that here in Australia.

It still feels like we are just here holidaying, like we have done for the past 6 years while living in the UK but I’m sure slowly we’ll start to feel more and more at home and who doesn’t enjoy a holiday! New places to discover and enjoy, fresh inspiration for food and fun and summer! Sand, surf and sun have been a refreshing change to the grey cold skies of London.

With all this change has come a new excitement for this blog.. I’m not going to be working for a while now that we will have a new arrival to fuss over so hope instead to spend time creating a few changes around here and cooking lots of delicious food to share with you all.

Here are a few favourites for the last month… msg me if there are any recipes that I haven’t listed and you like the look of and want to try. I will try and blog something at least once a week so start to keep checking back in here again!

favourites from summerClockwise from the bottom left:

  • Living close to the beach feels like such a treat after being in London so far from it.  Beach walks are such a good activity for the whole family.  Simple entertainment for all.
  • Strawberry Icing- I love being able to use berries in summer.  A great way to use up some strawberries on their way out is in a simple cupcake  icing.  Just make a puree with the berries and fold through a simple butter icing.  The fresh berries make a plain cupcake so fresh and yummy.
  • Still using my left over egg whites to make meringue, have also tried my hand a souffles this summer, delicious with berries or stone fruit.
  • Lemon cake is a favourite of my boys.  This sticky lemon cake did not disappoint.
  • Grain salads make a perfect meal in summer.  This recipe comes from a book I styled before leaving London.  Its very simple and super delicious.  This one is green beans, asparagus and mango but its easy to make your own by adding a simple vinegarette to some cooked grains with some greens, fresh herbs and a fruit..
  • Peach Crumble Cake – This recipe from Donna Hay has been my go to this season when I have some stone fruit that needs using up.  Simple vanilla sponge with the fruit and a crumble topping. Yum!
    185g butter
    1 1/4 cups caster sugar
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    3 eggs
    2 1/4 cups plain flour ( sifted)
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 cup milk
    5-6 peaches (or other stone fruit), stoned and thinly sliced
    crumble topping
    1/3 cup plain flour
    1 1/2 tblsp caster sugar
    35 g cold butter

Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer.  Gradually add the eggs one at a time and beat well in between. Sift flour and baking powder over the butter mixture, add milk and continue to beat. Grease a 20x30cm shallow cake tray and line with baking paper.  Spoon in the mixture and arrange the fruit in one layer over the top.
To make the crumble topping combine the ingredients in a small bowl and use your finger tips to rub the butter into the flour sugar mixture.  The mixture should begin to resemble large breadcrumbs. Sometimes depending whats in my pantry its nice to add some coconut or chopped nuts into the crumble topping too.
Sprinkle on top of the fruit and bake for 45-50 minutes.

  • The Grounds has been on my list of ‘ must go to’ since living in London when I saw  this post from the lovely ‘What Katie Ate’. Very pleased to have been able to visit and it did not disappoint.  Will definitely be visiting again soon…

6 thoughts on “FInally I’m back with apologies and summer favorites..

  1. Welcome home! I’m 6 months in to my transition back from NYC and life feels normal again. I’m loving the quiet country life compared to the craziness of the city. I hope you settle into it nicely too. Congratulations on the imminent new arrival!

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