I’ve been really enjoying my return to knitting, and was delighted to receive a copy of Keep Calm Cast On: Good Advice for Knitters by Erica Knight from Quadrille to review.
As a child I loved the 1944 film version of Jane Eyre with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, and of course a very young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Jane’s tubercular childhood friend, Helen Burns.
I am more of a bikini person that a swimsuit one, but being of a certain age now *cough* I’ve decided that maybe a one-piece would be more appropriate, especially during my fat belly moments (we all have them don’t we?).
Well I’ve found the perfect swimsuit, from the fabulous Lingerie Please, who were kind enough to send me one to try: the Sunseeker Solids Cross Body Bandeau Swimsuit. I’m sorry you are not going to see a picture of me modelling it, but here is my body double on the Lingerie Please website:
This week I have mostly been … making my own drinks – thanks to this great book by Susie Atkins, How to Make Your Own Drinks
I’ve been poring over (no pun intended) this wonderful book for a few weeks now, and dreaming of all the refreshing summer drinks I would make from its pages, only to be thwarted by an almost holy grail-like search for citric acid – one of the ingredients in many of the recipes. I finally tracked this elusive substance down by asking the owner of my local Asian food store, who looked at me very suspiciously before producing a packet from behind the counter.
And so to work …
Is there anything nicer on a hot summer’s day than sipping ice-cold home-made lemonade? (Ok, some might say sipping ice-cold lemonade with a generous shot of vodka in it, but that wouldn’t be me!) The recipe for lemon cordial in this book requires just one lemon, sugar, water and citric acid, and in a few minutes you have a big jug of cordial ready to steep in the fridge overnight …
… which only needs to be strained and bottled the next morning. A little amount of cordial topped up with sparkling water, ice and a slice of lemon and sprig of mint is so delicious, and takes me back to holidays in Weymouth sipping home-made lemonade in Sibley’s on the seafront.
There are so many more drinks in this book that I want to make. I am considering Blackberry wine, but it takes over six pounds of fruit, and that might leave me a few crumbles short over the autumn – I will see how well my brambles do this year before I decide! But I will definitely be making cucumber gin, which looks and sounds delicious:
I really love everything about this book – the recipes are beautifully presented, with wonderful photographs, and lots of useful and interesting sections, such as those on the essential kit needed, matching drinks with food, and on packaging drinks as gifts – watch out friends, I’m liking this idea!
There are over 70 recipes for homemade drinks in this book – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Like the lemonade, it’s really refreshing!
Thanks to Octopus Books for sending me this review copy free-of-charge – but the opinions are my own and no payment was received to write this review.
Always room for another notebook chez Molly! This week I am delighted to be reviewing the JOTTRR classic.