Early Birthday Treats

My birthday isn’t actually until next week and I do know you aren’t supposed to open presents early, but I have never been especially patient.  So I went a little mad on Amazon and picked up a few titles that have been on my wish list for a while.  Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries is a cookbook I know well, having extensively flipped through it at various friends’ houses and in bookshops (much to the frustration of friends and shopkeepers).   However, I’ve never actually owned a copy- until now.  I don’t really know how I managed without it, it’s absolutely gorgeous, packed with ideas and beautifully written.  A proper treat. 

But then I went out to a dinner with friends only to be presented with another birthday delight- take a look at this beauty!

Massive thanks to the herd for this amazing gift, I’m quite blown away.  I can’t wait to start experimenting, the only problem is what to go with first- mojito sorbet?  Ricotta and honey ice cream?  Brown bread? Lemon and thyme? Popcorn and salted caramel? Who wants to be a guinea pig?


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