The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower

Rebecca Raisin has written a new book. THANK GOODNESS! I have been waiting for what feels like ages. It was in fact only October last year that her last book came out, ‘The Little Bookshop on the Seine‘ and the observant amongst you will remember that in May the cover of this latest book ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’ was revealed. I haven’t ever read a Rebecca Raisin book I didn’t like love and I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the fact that they connect, all the stories from the Gingerbread Cafe,  the Bookshop on the Corner and the Maple Syrup Farm, in Ashford, Connecticut to Paris and this treasure of an Antique shop with its mysterious owner Anouk all are linked in some way. They stand alone but the real magic is in having read them all.

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Mille Feuille

Ah, mille feuille, my love affair with these started in Geneva, as all good love affairs should. Actually, I lie, it was just over the border from Geneva in a little village called Prévessin-Moëns, France. I was there with a friend, spending the week at CERN on “work experience”, as all good physics nerds do. My gosh we had THE BEST week: the walk each morning through the fields, over the French-Swiss border, looking at Mont Blanc in the beautiful October sunshine and ending the week with a chocolate fuelled tour of Geneva. Take me back.

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Our walk to and from work, pictured here in the evening light.

 

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Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Summer is here! I’ve seen glimpses of it in between the rain! I promised more strawberry recipes, I’m finally about to deliver on that promise. I already have one delicious (sour cream) strawberry ice cream recipe in my arsenal (I would never order strawberry ice cream when out but you can’t beat it home made with delicious fresh strawberries), but then I spotted this recipe in BBC Good Food magazine (June 2016 issue). The original calls for white balsamic, whilst the idea of it excited me, I didn’t want to go hunting shops to find some and ordinary balsamic would surely work fine (it did). The combination of strawberries with balsamic vinegar is divine and I’d urge you to try it if you haven’t. I took this to a family BBQ and it was a big hit.

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Strawberry and Basil Jam

Strawberry season is here, wooohooooo! I vowed at the beginning of the year that this year I would make strawberry jam, once the season was upon us. Get ready for a selection of strawberry based recipes. It is no secret that I loooooooovveeee the combination of strawberry and basil; basil MIGHT be my favourite herb but it has serious competition from coriander and rosemary, oh and mint. What is your favourite herb? It’s like choosing between children right?!

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Butterscotch Pecan Cheesecake

Baked cheesecake, my current baking battle. Have any of you won at the baked cheesecake battle? I have not. I mean this one was delicious but it wasn’t quite cooked enough for my liking, I wanted it to hold a little better when cut. I made a summer fruit cheesecake the week after but that one was too cooked. Too cooked to even share with you,weep. I mean, we ate it but the edges were too cooked, the middle wasn’t too bad though, phew, at least we ate something. I made it when we had people who I’d only just met for dinner, why do things never pan out like you’d planned when you are trying to impress?!

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The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower – Rebecca Raisin: Cover Reveal!

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It is no secret I LOVE Rebecca Raisins books, her books never fail to bring joy to my life and lift me when I am having a bad day. I am a sucker for her lovely stories of friendship, food and love. I also love how her books are all connected in some way, a world you really can get lost in. Of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of her cover reveal blog tour!

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Spring Vegetable Soup

There are many soup recipes in the world but whenever I am searching through my cook books for a good one that uses the ingredients I have available, it is usually Gwyneth Paltrow that has the answer for me. This soup is what I like to think of as a kitchen sink soup, i.e. shove whatever you have left in the fridge at the end of the week in it kind of a soup. This soup was so refreshing and far tastier than I had visions of it being whilst I was stirring it. The idea of adding a spoonful of pesto to it was a stroke of genius, thanks Gwyneth. I’ll definitely be making versions of this soup again and again and again. Substitute whatever vegetables you have available, that’s the beauty of soup.

Spring soup

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