|Traditional Victoria Sponge|
The Diamond Jubilee Weekend is now over and whether you braved the weather and battled it out to the Thames for the Jubilee Pageant or were lucky enough to celebrate in the sunshine with a street party, I hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
Back to the Roots celebrated this historic British event in true foodie style, with a small gather, lots of bunting and even more food!
Gin and Pimms washed down some delicious home made treats including: Victoria Sponge, cupcakes, Eton Mess, lemon drizzle cake, honey roasted ham, minted Jersey Royal potatoes, and a sausage pin wheel that went a bit wrong! With a little help from my friends, including the wonderful guest blogger for Back to the Roots, Ruth Dawson, we threw a perfect celebration in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
|Enough to feed about ten people!|
|My giant black pudding and sausage roll|
|Fresh summer salad with minted Jersey Royal potatoes|
The buffet went down a treat, the star attractions were the honey roast ham and surprisingly my giant black pudding and sausage roll. The roll was supposed to turn out as pinwheels, but during the rolling process, the pastry broke and I felt it wasn't strong enough to hold the meat contents. So instead I just threw it into the oven as it was, and out came a rather ugly, but very tasty dish.
The night before I boiled a piece of ham for a couple of hours, glazed it with a mix of honey, soy sauce and maple syrup, which then crisped up nicely in the oven. The best thing about cooking your own piece of ham is that it will make sandwiches for a good week or so afterwards - so much cheaper than shop-bought sliced ham.
|Gorgeous cupcake on a Jubilee cake stand - |
I couldn't contain my excitement!
|Lemon Drizzle cake from my lovely friend Ruth Dawson|
Happy Jubilee indeed!
|I loved how brands like Cadbury's Dairy Milk got in on the celebrations - |
Kingsmill also changed its bread to Queensmill for the occasion!
|A cool and refreshing gin and tonic|
For those with a sweet tooth, we had plenty of options to choose from. In fact I had so much cake that weekend, that I doubt I'll be able to go anywhere near sugar for a good couple of weeks!
Hendricks gin accompanied Pimms for liquid refreshments - a perfect summer mix, as I discovered during the Royal Wedding bank holiday last year
One of my favourite desserts (and by far the simplest!) was the individual Eton Messes. The recipe is perfect if you have some strawberries that are just about to turn a little too ripe...
|Individual Eton Mess|
Quick Eton Mess recipe: Chop up some British strawberries, mix with a good helping of icing sugar and layer in a bowl. Pour over enough Pimms to cover and leave in the fridge overnight. Drain off the sweetened alcohol into a glass to drink later ,and then pop the strawberries into the bottom of individual ramekins. Layer some crushed meringue and a dollop of whipped cream, finishing with a halved strawberry for decoration.
|Rob Ryan designed bunting, courtesy of Stylist Magazine|
|My friend, Grace, sitting among the flat clad with bunting|
|G&T and a flag - can't go wrong!|
I had a great weekend with my friends – two extra days off, great food, lots of pimms and a chance to wave a flag? Who wouldn’t get caught up in the spirit? I even got to whip cream in my new Jubilee inspired Mason Cash bowl! Here’s to the next 10 years Ma’am!