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This is a Hollywood fantasy of a cocktail – it’s almost too deep vivid red to be real, too set-decorated with lime and mint to be true, and yet, happily, it is.
The farm stand on the way back to New York was groaning with peaches, and these muffins seemed like the perfect way to recreate a sunny holiday memory in the bustle of the city.
Here’s what the gourmet farm shops of the world would probably prefer to keep secret: making peach vinegar is really easy.
Lillet grapefruit gin cooler - a more refreshing, summery cocktail you couldn’t hope to find.
This is a showstopper of a dessert, and it’s easy to make – bit of a win win really.
Gin elderflower and tonic jelly - my new obsession
The proportions are what’s important for lemonade. For every cup of lemon juice you want 3 cups of water / soda water, and ¼ to ½ cup sugar syrup to taste.
In the spirit of French romance, I'm making this summery goat cheese peach tart.
Frozen watermelon lemonade - the perfect antidote to the summer heat.
Salmon lemon and zucchini, grilled on a skewer with a fresh homemade pesto - the perfect summer bite.
The submarine cocktail - and a tale of an illegally parked submarine on a Dubai beach.
It’s best to make this homemade crackerjack on a day with fairly low humidity or the caramel will stay sticky on the corn.
This trifle serves 6 – 8 people, and is easily doubled for a crowd. It can be made in glasses if you prefer individual portions – though that’s less dramatic than a glorious billowing bowl.
This recipe is adapted from Le Petit Cafe’s pear clafouti recipe. It’s a little cakier than some other recipes which is why I love it.
These are a little gourmet – the kind of ice pops you can serve to your friends on a hot day at the end of a BBQ and feel very cool about yourself.
The salty dog - a perfect cocktail for an evening by the water.
Linguine with lemon and créme fraiche for an easy summer dinner.
A chocolate swirl is cooking for its own sake. Pure frivolity and adornment. Or the purest form of art. Discuss. Preferably in French.
Gin chicken - this is so easy to make, it’s almost not a recipe at all. The gin gives the meat a lovely herbal hit, and makes for a fragrant pan sauce.
Rhubarb vodka takes some patience, but it’s absolutely worth it in August, when you’re drinking rhubarb vodka tonics with ice on a hot sunny day.
Bourbon with spiced apple - the kind of comforting, warming drink that perks up a spring evening of lashing rain, thunder and lightning
Tart, tangy rhubarb pickles are delicious with some sharp cheddar or some cold grilled chicken, but I think I love them best on top of a turkey burger fresh from the grill.
Pizza with vodka sauce - inspired by Rubirosa.
Chocolate pots with jelly worms - a little pot of squirming delight to lighten the end of any dinner party.
The Tom Collins - always a classic
Pineapple, Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake - a little slice of tropical heaven in a cake.
Frozen mint juleps - this is the version that I prefer to drink. Extra frosty, extra minty, with no annoying mint bits in the teeth.
There are several different versions of recipes for a Maiden’s Blush, not including all the ones you’re thinking of right now that have nothing to do with cocktails. This one comes from the bar of the Ritz Paris.
Brown sugar raspberry meringue nests - great as a full dessert, or really cute as miniature canapes.
Vanilla almond cake is a very satisfying cake to eat – with yogurt and honey from breakfast, warm with a cup of coffee any time, or with berries and cream for dessert.
Lillet rose. Gin, grapefruit and lillet - an elegant drink for any evening.
The grenadine was a huge plus for me, also the name, which sounds terribly Victorian Era Music Hall Dancer – did you see Wild Irish Rose last night at the Palladium?
Lemon bars, the perfect gift to balance out a karmic debt or just for eating on the balcony in the sunshine.
Campari and orange, a herbal and slightly deco drink, can instill any evening with a touch of glamour.