Summer Colour

This past week and so far this week too have been warm. Hot even. And it has been lovely to actually feel like summer is here.

A burst of colour is all around and I had to take a few photos to remind me that summer can eventually turn up in London – it just takes a long, long time!

And my favourite colour at the moment?

Orange! Which means red isn’t too far away now.

~ Pru

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Espresso Granita

Only someone enjoying very warm weather and a pool in her backyard would choose an iced dessert for Martha Mondays! That’s right, it was Lyndsey’s choice this week and Granita was the task. I quite like granita, but usually when it is hot. I was tempted to take a plane and join Lyndsey for granita in her garden wearing a summer dress, SPF 50 and some funky sun hat, but alas, Father’s Day kept me in the UK! Beware Lyndsey, if the weather doesn’t warm up soon I may soon land on your doorstep! ; )

Okay, so granita. I was a bit naughty. I looked at the recipes and then I decided to do something with cherries (didn’t have a recipe for that) and then we ate the cherries. So I decided to do an Espresso Granita which is on the website, but I didn’t print it out or write it down, so I made up my own (I really was naughty this week – but I think the recipe is pretty much the same as what I did).

So, my recipe. Two cups of espresso and four tablespoons of sugar dissolved into the coffee. Put in the freezer. Let your mum spill half of it into the freezer. With a fork break up the ice every hour until it is frozen.

Now, despite me sitting here in a jumper, slippers and contemplating putting a blanket around my shoulders, I am waist high in work at the moment, so the granita whilst freezing cold was a great pick up.

Thanks Lyndsey for a great pick.

~ Pru

Martha Mondays – Strawberry Shortcakes

It was my pick for Martha Mondays this week and in the hope of keeping the warm weather around I chose Strawberry Shortcakes. I swear it started raining as soon as I sent the email through to Brette with my pick!

Yep, the true British summer is with us. Out are the t-shirts and skirts and in are cardigans and umbrellas. The fire is even on in the living room.

Still. I don’t care. There were shortcakes, cream and strawberries to look forward to. Okay, now I thought that shortcakes would be different to a scone, more biscuity or something. But they are like a scone. They are fiddly to slice, and I did use a cutter for mine instead of doing the very un-Martha-ish thing to do and just cut them into eight squares. If a recipe doesn’t call for a couple of bowls, every measuring cup, at least four different spoons and a tape measure then it just doesn’t seem like a proper Martha recipe but the shortcakes only required one bowl. It was incredible.

Okay, enough with the chatter. Our verdict? We loved them. I would use this recipe again instead of my usual scone recipe. I liked that the strawberries had softened in the sugar. It was a winner.

I hope anyone else who made them liked them (and that you enjoyed them in warmer, dryer weather!)

~ Pru