I love this time of year.
Summer tunes, the smell of sun cream, extra freckles, sandals over socks, and sitting down to dinner outside and praying that the big black cloud just about visible on the horizon passes us by.
Yes, when they weather offers up an opportunity to dine outdoors, I'm going to grasp it, even if it means wearing several layers and being prepared to quickly gather everything up and run indoors.
The garden is looking incredible at the moment (the roses have gone crazy over the past couple of weeks - you're hit by the scent as soon as you walk out of the door), so I want my table to be equally as pretty. Because the wood's a little worn and in need of some TLC, this means beautiful linen, stylish cutlery and gorgeous glasses. But the crockery? Plain white plates are always a winner in my eyes. Although, I do like brighter serving dishes and water jugs.
I'm going to tell you more about the beautiful botanical-themed linen in another post (it's all hand made ... I took a break from decorating to reacquaint myself with my very dusty sewing machine) but today I want to draw your attention to the Ferm Living glasses from Amara (a favourite of Mad About The House too, so you know they're truly amazing) and share a delicious simple summer supper that you can knock up in mere minutes.
The new glassware collection from Ferm Living is just stunning, don't you think? The ripples catch the light beautifully. I have the tumblers and the long glasses and my drinks have never looked so good. I mean, water with ice and a simple slice of lemon - it's not normally a drink you'd covet but it looks so pretty:
Of course, no dining table of mine would be complete without the (admittedly, fleeting) appearance of a gin and tonic. I'm not saying that I instructed Paul to pour rhubarb gin in order to match the blush pink napkins but ... okay ... that's exactly what I did. You've got to set the scene, right?!
If you're serious about the perfect g&t (and aren't we all, nowadays), take a look at this uber cute tipping measure, also from Ferm Living. It measures up to 30ml, includes measurement lines at 10 and 20ml (just ignore those) and is so handy for easily measuring and pouring your favourite gin (Forest, in my case) into a cocktail shaker or glass. I think it would make an amazing little gift for anyone who loves a home bar as much as I do.
Stir with the matching long spoon and you've got cocktail perfection!
I shared this simple summer supper over on the Laura Ashley blog last year but here it is again because it remains one of our favourites (minimal amount of ingredients, minimum fuss to prepare, maximum flavour):
For the salad:
180g baby leaf salad
Either two large peaches or four small
Six slices of prosciutto
One ball of buffalo mozzarella
For the dressing:
Six tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
One pinch of sea salt
One pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Juice of half a lemon
Although it hardly needs any explanation:
Scatter the salad leaves over your prettiest serving dish.
Chop the peaches into eighths (or quarters if you’re using smaller ones) and place them randomly on top of your salad.
Tear each slice of prosciutto in to two or three pieces and add to the salad.
Tear the mozzarella and layer on top of your salad, too.
Put all of your dressing ingredients into a jam jar.
Put the lid on it, shake to mix and then drizzle all over your salad.
Now, all that remains, is for the sun to keep on shining. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Not least because rain would water down our drinks, hey?!
A huge thanks to Amara for gifting me the gorgeous glasses and barware to use in this post.