Weekly Links: Strawberry + Rhubarb Inspiration

Early summer fireworks

I went for a walk this evening to listen to the new Sigur Ros album and smell the lindens. The parks are jungles right now. Lush and moist, the weeds totally taking over everything in sight. Soon the heat will beat back everything to a more restrained pace, but for now the rain is fueling growth so fast you can practically see the plants growing. And everywhere the tantalizingly sweet scent of lindens.

Last weekend was full of visiting – on adventures and over good food, with friends from here and from home. On Sunday we made a trip out to Govenor’s Island for a picnic. It’s a cool place that’s reachable by another free ferry (and you know how I love those) and you can bike or walk around the whole island, which is full of decommissioned military buildings, mostly brick, in varying states of abandonment. It’s one of those very New York parks. There are buildings with trees growing out the smashed windows but 100 feet away are dozens of picnickers enjoying a view of the Statute of Liberty.

The sad thing about our picnic was the lack of dessert. But Sam and I had some pretty ace rhubarb berry pie one night and I made some roasted strawberry buttermilk cake. The cake was so-so but there’s 5 million other strawberry and rhubarb recipes out there. I’ve linked a few goodies below in case you were feeling similar urges to mine.

ALSO. DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND, GUYS. The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant sounds epic. And Nigel has suggested a very British trifle you could serve whilst watching the flotilla on the BBC. Right, sorry, back to the strawberries.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble two ways – Traditional or Sophisticated

Rhubarb Snacking Cake

Strawberry elderflower sorbet (cause I went to Ikea and stocked up on elderflower cordial)

Strawberry banana cream pie

Or make some biscuits, whip some cream and macerate some strawberries (cut them up and let them sit in a few tablespoons of sugar until they get all juicy) for shortcakes!

The prettiest strawberry macarons

Honey custard with poached rhubarb or creme brulee with roasted rhubarb

Rhubarb and raspberry crostata (but you could probably switch out to strawberries, just decrease the sugar)

Love this combination of clematis (‘Betty Corning’?) and rosa glauca

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