I have taken quite a long break from blogging during the 6-exam/1-week plus dissertation title submission period, but now I’m back and summer is officially underway!
Above you can see my lovely new little vintage picnic basket that I found in a charity shop for £2! I have been wanting to introduce it to you for a while, it’s adorable. It’s the perfect size to take with me – I didn’t mind taking around London for the whole weekend, it’s light and just big enough for lunch without feeling like you’re lugging your kitchen around with you. Plus my new shoes – just cheap ones to replace the blister-inducing-torture devices I accidentally wore – which are cute and flowery!
We went to Kew gardens – my first ever trip there – and I have to say they are beautiful. Expensive, but it’s like all the best parts of being outdoors (lakes, ponds, giant trees, Japanese gardens etc.) all in one place – it definitely merits another visit when we have more time and perhaps on a slightly less hot day.
For now I have a little recipe to share with you, for all you sausage-eaters out there, and perfect for picnics! Does anyone else hate the shop-bought sausage rolls you get, with their soggy pastry and nasty chewy bits? Well I decided, after having bought far too many sausages on offer, to make my own.
Here’s what you need:
All I did was to take the sausages out of their skins (I had chipolatas), and mix the meat with some of this really lovely spicy meatball mix. Then I sliced up pieces of tomato and rolled them up with the meat in pastry, and baked them in the oven. Really easy but delicious compared to the shop bought ones – it’s also a good idea if you fancy a lighter, less stodgy dinner than something like sausage and mash.
For now I’m preparing for a week in Rome – a fantastic end-of-exam reward! In fact we’re leaving the day after we get our results, ooh-err :-S. Over the next few days I have a few fun snippets from things from the last month that you have missed out on due to exam commitments… such as my art exhibition and life-drawing classes. And perhaps I’ll even be able to do a bit of baking sometime soon! Can’t wait…