Should you find yourself In London..
near what will be the new extension to Tate Modern is a restaurant and deli called Albion where we had a great lunch.
It's new, and trendy (in a good way!) with excellent service and moderate prices.
Tables outside but under cover, good landscaping.
Big scale scuptures stand up to the big scale buildings.
It's all very vibrant with pop up furniture shops and a great art bookshop.
I liked the sturdy planting of white bark birch, rubus, japanese anemone, grasses and ferns.
Alas it's not just the buildings and the sculptures that are big.
Prices (for apartments) from £1.25 million to £6 million!
One of the logos on this board says Native Land - a bit ironic since most of the natives of this land can't afford them....
Bread and water while I save up....
I'm in training for a trip to London!
I had two good walks today,
one of them very steep!
Inside, more stairs.
And wonderful ferns.
A recent restoration project
at Benmore Botanic Gardens.
See more about the Fernery here.
I ate well too. Breakfast - an egg. Lunch - soup. Dinner - salmon, brocolli, carrots and a very small potato. And two shots of Akvavit after loading 15 paintings into the car. Yoga before bed and I'll sleep well, feeling very righteous. And a tiny bit fitter.
simply get fit enough for a week in London!
I am feeling very sluggish lately and was telling a friend how much energy you need to go to private views, art fairs and the Ballet Rambert and see all the museums you want to see and ..and.. I was inwardly wondering Am I up to this?
I have four full days and a day of travel before I hit the capital so I am thinking what can I do in four full days. Well I shall eat really well (basically that means for me NO SUGAR) and I could go for at least one decent walk each day and do a little yoga each evening.
Do you think that will make a difference?
Watch this space....
This lemon dressing is delicious and, surprisingly, not too tart. One clove of garlic, crushed, the zest and juice of one lemon and a dash of white wine vinegar. We had it drizzled over tuna, beans, tomatoes and watercress. So fresh!
Some honey could be added if you find it tart.
First you have to invite the friends..
Have you put it off? Never got round to it somehow? You think you haven't got time, it's too much work, you don't know what to cook?
Planning in advance is the answer to easy and relaxing entertaining. I either get things out of the way early in the week and leave the day itself to concentrate on preparing, or do a bit each day. Either works but I don't get anxious if I have a plan. We live a long way from any shops so I have to think ahead about the food at least (and I write it down then try not to change my mind!).
Once you have found a menu that works (see yesterday's post) don't be afraid to repeat it with other friends (I try not to repeat it with the same friends but that may well have happened - but if it's good food, who minds?)
As to the house - open the windows for an hour or two, whip round the dining room putting the 'pile' of papers and clutter in another room, fresh towels and soap in the bathroom, candles and flowers - any kind - tea lights and wild flowers in jam jars, whatever. I think you get away with a lot if you have candles and flowers.
So lift the phone and make that call. Enjoy! It is one of life's greatest pleasures.
(If I invite you round for dinner any time soon, you know what you are going to have, don't you....)
Oh, an important PS:- ALWAYS ask if anyone has any allergies/dislikes/spicial requirements. I had someone lactose intolerant and another who was diabetic at the same meal - all the more reason to PLAN.
Healthy, sugar free, guilt free and easy ice cream!
It's a Zoe Harcombe recipe. Freeze some sliced banana and some strawberries and put in a blender with some orange juice to make a thick smoothie. Add live yoghurt, tip into a dish and freeze - you can give it a stir, but you don't have to. We had it frozen but not frozen solid. Absolutely delicious and a lovely texture.
I wonder if you can skip freezing the fruit first....I'm looking forward to experimenting with different fruits, and for a special occasion using cream instead of yoghurt.
More good weather forecast. Yay!