Summer has been punctuated with more cold and rainy days than usual this year. But on the few actual sunny days we got, it was the occasion to quickly whip out salads and barbecue dishes before it all went away once again. This year, I have been particularly fond of chilled soups. There are so many delicious ingredients to use during Summer time that I tried my hand at various options and came up with my own recipes that I will be able to use the next time we get some warmer weather (hopefully sooner than later since I am headed somewhere nice and hot soon).
I remember having courgette soup (usually mixed with a bit of creamy cheese) during the Summer back in France. It was usually served warm and I thought it would be a good idea to have it cold instead as a more refreshing option.
Here is another edition of a London trip, after the ones in 2014 and 2015. For once, I am illustrating this entire post with iPhone photos. My camera was actually brought over with the rest of my equipment as my main purpose for this trip was a food photography job for a client. So it stayed safely in its bag and I whipped out my phone instead when it came to capturing some memories of meals and visits with E. (who came along) and our friends.
We arrived a couple of days before I started my work so we could spend some time with our friends K. and M. over the weekend. Let's just say that the weekend mostly revolved around food (and the occasional drink here and there).
It was the June bank holiday weekend and time to unwind in the countryside of Ireland, in the little village of St Mullin's in County Carlow.
Time to relax properly.
Time to disconnect from phones and social media (with the help of a total lack of network in that area).
Time to make and eat good food.
Time to grab a book and read it until it is finished.
Time to catch up with friends, go for walks along the river and share laughs over a meal, a glass of wine (or two) and board games.
Time to breathe.
Scroll down for more images of the long weekend in St Mullin's.
Ten days ago, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I met with my lovely friend Ketty and her fiancé by the Grand Canal in Dublin. Since their big day is fast approaching (le mariage - Ketty has a couple of foodie wedding inspiration posts to prepare for it, check them out on her blog!), we agreed on a day that would suit for a mini photo session so they would get used to me taking their photos.
The day turned out to be warm and sunny which brought out a very cheerful mood and allowed for really happy moments.
Do you know what is in season this month? Strawberries! I have already had plenty of strawberry tartines but to me, this also means there are plenty of fabulous fresh desserts to be had. The ultimate delicious dessert to have with those wonderful berries for me is a simple strawberry tartlet with a thin buttery crust and pastry cream made with really good vanilla.
Another thing I love in desserts is chocolate and more recently, tonka bean (I am resisting the urge to sprinkle it on every sweet thing I eat). So, why not mix those flavours with a lovely strawberry tartlet?
There is something really enjoyable about walking into a boulangerie (bakery) in France and leaving with a bag of freshly baked chouquettes in your hands. Reaching for one, biting into its sugary goodness, grabbing a another and another and... just like that, those wonderful puffy clouds of deliciousness are gone, leaving behind a few pearls of sugar in the bag and a very satisfied gourmand(e).
I recently told you on the blog about my trials and errors with making choux pastry and shared with you a delicious recipe for gruyère and rosemary mini gougères.
Today, it's all about the sweetness with delicious chouquettes.