Monday, 12 August 2013

lazy summer days by the sea

summer days, drifting away.

i've loved our heat wave this year in england. for so many reasons. but mostly because it makes everyone cheery and smiley. i can walk around my little city suburb and feel a buzz of energy. creativity and ideas spark, and very little can be wrong when the temperature is peaking at 30c.

of course, nature is stunning, the garden is full and fresh produce is glorious now too.

here are some of my latest eats and journeys...

porridge with quinoa, topped with ground flaxseeds, St Dalfour marmalade, cinnamon and raisins, as well as a drizzle of homemade almond cream.

we visited the seaside on a sunny weekend, trampling across rocks, stumbling across British summer fêtes, taking water taxis and breathing in the beautiful fresh sea air. 

chickpea pizza is both filling and light, and perfect with fresh asparagus. it's a regular staple in this house, and is always made with different toppings every time (i still love the florentina).

pasta and summer go together perfectly. i was addicted to tortelloni at university, and it was lovely rediscovering it this summer. perfect pre-cycle food for Pete, and a lovely treat for me, especially with homegrown basil, ground black pepper and extra virgin olive oil.

more pea and pesto soup for lunch, with feta and dukkah and sesame crispbread...

looking forward to the rest of our summer days. more lazy weekends, time in the gardening, reading outdoors and picnics in the garden...

how are you enjoying your summer?

currently listening to: wonderful by angel


  1. I've loved the recent hot spell too. Spending more times outdoors has been great this summer. We have just got back from a lovely bike ride in the countryside which was fab!

  2. How pretty! I spent a day and half in Harwich in the spring and it was so pretty and nice, that is what your pictures remind me of. It was so nice to stay right by the water and walk around and explore. I stayed at the Pier Hotel it was so cute and the service was wonderful. The pizza look so delicious I have never seen chickpea pizza before you should post your recipe :)

  3. Lovely photos! Let's hope the warm weather continues so we Brits can enjoy more alfresco dining and trips to the beach!

  4. The plating looks so pretty - I miss these usual lazy summer days! I was in Spain for a month in August, and now I'm here in Buenos Aires. Traveling never ends!


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