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June round-up

Well, it’s July 1st (Canada Day to those of us so inclined), and that means another month has gone by. This June in London was one of the warmest on record, and I spent my time cooking, reading and scouting the best foodie-related design.

 

kitchenist

My focus at Kitchenist this month has been on fresh, local produce from the market. Feeling a touch nostalgic for last year’s summer holiday to Cinque Terre, I spent a lot of time indulging my love of Italian food. I re-created a recipe for Trenette al Pesto, made Stromboli, and even tackled my own Homemade Orecchiette

stromboli

The sweet treats I’ve been baking got a lot of attention, too. Most notably, my Ricotta Tart with Chocolate Crust, Homemade Oreos and Danish Pastries were all crowd-pleasers. 

oreos

 

kitchenisms

My design blog Kitchenisms grew by leaps and bounds in June. In terms of decor, I’ve been having a lot of fun scouting images of beautiful kitchens. I started a new Colour in the Kitchen series, covering green, purple, red and blue in the past month. Also featured were some great ideas on decorating with plates and giving your fridge a makeover.

plates

Products haven’t gone ignored, either. I’ve rounded up my favourite finds from shops as varied as the V&A, Jme by Jamie Oliver, Garden Trading and RE. Not forgetting independent designers, I loved discovering the work of British designer Kathleen Hills

kathleen hills

Etsy and Flickr continue to be sources of information. From the former I’ve found some great eco products, as well as a newfound love of Milk Glass. From the latter, beautiful images of inspiration that have become series on things like Morning Light and Kitchen Sinks

sink

 

kitchlit

I managed three reviews over at Kitchlit in June. I’m beginning to think that aiming for more is too ambitious- I want to make sure I read and use the books thoroughly, after all! 

I love the message behind Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, and encourage anyone remotely interested in planet-saving to read it. Having cooked many of the healthy recipes it contains, I can vouch for their deliciousness.

food matters

In terms of beautiful photographs and evocative writing, though, the prize of the month goes to Tessa Kiros’s Falling Cloudberries. I recommend this family history of food to anyone who enjoys a good armchair travel. 

falling cloudberries