Subtle little Game of Thrones reference in the title there. Anyone else as obsessed as I am? I was a late starter and binge watched seasons 1-5 before catching up on the latest season but am now completely gripped. How is it the season finale tomorrow and what am I going to do when it’s all over. Suggestions on a postcard please.
I’m totally team stark. Do you like my spoon?
Anyhoo, we’re not here to talk about Game of Thrones.
June 20th saw the official start of The Great British Summer. Not that you would know it. I’ve been wearing jumpers and slippers at home and having to revert back to wearing a coat when I go out. My poor kitty got stuck out in a thunderstorm last week and came back looking like a drowned rat. A very grumpy drowned rat.
Despite the soggy start to the summer season I am looking forward to the coming months. As always, my thoughts turn to food. Strawberries eaten outside, the warmth of the sun making the fruit even sweeter, served with cool cream and a sprinkling of sugar. Marinated meats seared on a hot BBQ, the smell of the smoky wood getting into your hair and stinging your eyes. Rushing out of the house with your purse as you hear the sweet sound of the ice cream van, pushing in front of the snotty nosed kids to get your 99 cone. Picnics enjoyed in the park with wasps buzzing around you and ants taking over your blanket. Nothing makes me think of summer more than eating outside whilst feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin. Or at least the prickle of slightly warm rain.
Summer isn’t all fun and games though. Us women have to get our game on and tackle the effects of a winter hibernation. It can take hours to carve through the forests that have taken root on our legs and don’t even think about looking at our toenails until we’ve had a pedicure. Hey, they’ve been stuck in winter boots and fluffy pink slippers for months, there’s been no need for nail art here. The thought of ditching the tights and going bare legged fills me with the same level of fear as a human sized spider crawling across my face. Likewise, getting into a swimsuit for a summer holiday proves to be the most anxious event of the year. Would I have it any other way though? I love the change of the seasons, each one bringing with it new challenges and new things to look forward to.
Here’s a little summer recipe to get us all in the mood for summer fun and frolics.
Strawberry and Lime Cooler
Make a sugar syrup by boiling 150ml of water with 100g of caster sugar and stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Leave this to cool and store in the fridge for use in cocktails and the like.
In a blender, combine 5 chopped strawberries with 2-3 tablespoons of the sugar syrup, the juice of half a lime and a large handful of ice cubes. Add a generous splash of water and whizz up to make a lovely cold, frothy summer drink to enjoy in the garden. Or do like I did and sit next to a vase of flowers for the ultimate summer setting whilst the rain trickles down your window.