Pretty Things: April 2017
- Jamie Oliver: Raw Spring Salad. Shaved asparagus takes one of the most elegant vegetables (in my opinion) to an even higher level. They look like silky ribbons, and a really light, lemony dressing is perfect for this little salad.
2. Martha Stewart: Lillet Spring Rose Cocktail. Have you tried Lillet? It’s heavenly, citrusy and sweet, but not too sweet. I used to hate gin because I thought it “tasted like Christmas trees.” Oh, 21-year-old self, what a dummy I was. The juniper berries are what gives gin the “Christmas tree” flavor, but nowadays I like to think of it as herbaceous and grassy. It goes really well with fruity drinks if you don’t want them to be too sweet (which is exactly how I like my drinks– a little sweet, but mostly herbaceous). Of course the edible flowers are optional, but they do look very pretty.
3. How Sweet Eats: Coney Island Cheesecake. I have been dying to share and make this for months now! I just didn’t think it was appropriate for the winter months. I love How Sweet Eats so much; it’s one of my top 3 favorite blogs. When I was looking through some archives late last year, I saw this rainbow-y, carnival, fantastic cheesecake. And peanuts, ice cream cones, and animal crackers make the crust! I’m just waiting until I have a reason to make this.
4. Sweet Paul: Pesto Bread in a Jar. This pillowy pesto bread is something I could get used to seeing. You know the parts inside are fluffy and yeasty, ribbons of pesto running through, and a crusty top. How soon can we make this happen?
5. Williams Sonoma: Pasture Bunny Table Settings. Bunnies are very in right now. Every time I go to a home store (which is a lot), I see these types of settings, very Beatrix Potter, very old fashioned English, and I love it. Kids love them, too.
6. Kirbie Cravings: Rose Champagne Gummy Bears. Aren’t these so cool? First of all, grown up gummy bears. Second, champagne extract? They look like little jewels and would be really cool at a girl’s lunch or dinner, or as a gift.
7. Martha Stewart: Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint. This is all about aesthetics. The different shades of green are really speaking to me. I’ve been trying to notice what I like about pictures of food in my journey to become a better food picture taker (I don’t think I can say photographer yet). This is a perfect Easter side dish, almost monochromatic, but the mint really pops with a different texture, and I can’t stop looking at this photo.
8. Tutti Dolci: Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake: I admired this recipe and this specific Bundt pan for a while now. Nordic Ware has a ton of really cute and different Bundt shapes, but this one (called Heritage) is my favorite. I have a Bundt cake recipe coming soon, and this colorful one from Tutti Dolci was definitely my inspiration!