Posts Tagged ‘Pimm’s’
Happy moments, in love, do not need huge bouquets of red roses nor expensive restaurants. Is Valentine’s commercial? Of course it is. Of course romance should be spontaneous. But I like the idea of a set day too – it’s so easy in the daily marathon to be taken over by routine, work, tiredness. One day, one evening to stop, listen, remember. Sometimes it’s just nice to stay at home and forget about the chores. Cook something nice but more refined than usual, snuggle on the sofa, sip a cocktail. You do not need to be a mixologist – often a shaker is enough, and I favour recipes that can be adapted to your taste rather than set quantities. It brings a lot of complicity and often a few laughs!
Remember, last summer, I told you about the new Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower. Gorgeous purple, juicy berries and a honeyish floral note. How about using it for your cocktails? I tried an exotic version: pear juice, a few fresh litchees, fresh mint and champagne for that nice frothy finale, irresistible. 50ml Pimm’s is enough to get that bright colour – leave to infuse for 30min before adding the champagne, it tastes even better. This proves a good base for a fruit salad too. You could add roasted plums, star anise, lemongrass, lime, fresh pears, verbena…
Do try… the Blackberry Bliss (Pimm’s blackberry and elderflower, ginger beer, lime, ginger cordial), Apple of my eyes (Pimm’s blackberry and elderflower, maple syrup, apple juice, lemon juice) or the Blackberry Decadence (Pimm’s blackberry and elderflower + apple juice, warmed, a little double cream on top for a white layer, chocolate curls on top).
Taste of London opened its doors yesterday for 4 days dedicated to your tastebuds.
THE place were most London foodie lovers will meet.
I resisted a long time before buying my ticket. £23.50 to get in. Once there, you still have to buy. Oh, and wait. You have to get the festical currency – the crown – which you will not be able to exchange back to crowns if you are left with any. I am left with the uncomfortable impression that they are doing quite a margin on bothe visitors and restaurants. The idea, financial issue apart, was quite clever. You will of course see and taste the new trends. Even better though is the selection of key restaurants presenting signature dishes – smaller portions meaning smaller prices. All this in Regent’s Park setting - wonderful on a sunny day but do bring your wellies if it is a rainy one.
Why did I go? I’m French. Good food is like a magnet to me.
But mostly to listen to Paul A Young, one of the most famous British chocolatiers. A guy who can make you fall in love with Marmite truffles when you originally are more hate it than a love it. His boutiques (the latest opened in Soho this week and is ever so buzy with customers) are a temple filled with pepper, lavender, chai, lemongrass, passionfruit… treats.
His specialty? Daring. Rose petal masala or Stilton and porto – you’re always in for a delicious surprise.
Like Trish Deseine, this sweet creator is close to his public – a simple and friendly approach, an excellent sense of humour and a wonderful way of teaching. His book, Adventures with chocolate, is meant for everyone. Are you more Cadbury than Vailrhona? No worry. He gently introduces you to basics, will make you drool in seconds, can convince you that good cacao is, yes, good for you and will give you tips to make the recipe successful while not spending 3 hours on a desert. he can also take you on a culinary safari: add a little salt to chocolate or why not add it to your salad dressing?
Quite an artist, really. He loves to play with textures too. He presented on Thursday a lovely twist to his famous brownies (voted the best in London by Time Out). To modernise them, he proposed a lemon, white chocolate, goats cheese and rosemary icing. Wow. The chery on the cake? Dig a small well and add a spoonful of basalmic caramelised syrup.
Rush to taste his Pimm’s chocolates too (whether at the Taste of London stand or in one of his boutiques). the crunchiness opens on the lightest chocolate mousse, concentrated in top quality cacao yet fragrant with the summer aperitif. The perfect cocktail-sweet to keep in your handbag for tough days…
What a dream, it does feel like summer ! T-shirts and beach dresses are out. You’d better eat those Easter chocolates quick or they’ll melt before the hunt has begun…
Put that suncream in your bag and pick a few ideas:
* Are flashmobs dead? Not at all! Meet tomorrow (Thursday, April 21) at Pierre Garroudi‘s gallery at 16.00. Him and his 20 models wearing bright red creations will take London streets as an amzing catwalk stage. Arrival planned at Trafalgar Square between 17.00 and 18.00.
* Southbank opens on Friday a huge festival, inspired by the 1951 and meant to celebrate the British culture. Over the next 4 months there will be a beach atmosphere, Indian street food, a fun fair and each week-end will provide animations on different themes…
* Every year, the British Museum and Kew Gardens work together on a themed garden. Australia is the new guest of honour.
* St Georges Day may not bring an extra day off but it is no reason not to celebrate!
* Blue sky and bright sun usually mean great thirst. Why not cheer the weather with a royal pub crawl? Alternativerly, get a beard and a toge, it’s all for a good cause and your pint will taste even better for it.
* Trafalgar Square is so trendy that even Jesus will stop there this week-end. No kidding.
* Do you live in east London? There’s plenty of chocolate your way.
* Don’t forget your camera on Sunday: Easter Bunnies will be skating through Hyde Park!
* Royal wedding cakes are all the craze. Go and see this free exhibition that recreates the most amazing ones, including a Buckingham Palace made of sugar.
* Discover the keys ceremony at the London Tower.
* Hendrick’s will mix new cocktails at Selfridges, served in teapots: gin-champagne-elderflower liqueur. Cheers, my dear!
* You can now enjoy Pimm’s on the London Eye.
What about you? London or countryside escape?