We had a power cut yesterday evening. The whole village was plunged into darkness, which meant torches were grabbed, candles were lit and all the surrounding houses had a warm glow coming out from behind the curtains. It looked so cosy that I was almost disappointed when the power came back on!
Lots of neighbours were popping next door to check on people, which made me feel really happy to be living in a village that has that kind of community feeling where we all look out for each other.
It did of course mean we had to create our own fun, so out came the ukulele and I played the only two tunes I currently know, until I was finally asked to stop! Hehe
We now need to try and figure out how to reset all the timers on various kitchen equipment, and catch up on the new series of The Apprentice!
My Dad is still staying with us meaning we have had dish after dish of gorgeous home-cooked food;
Ribs (which were left to marinate and tenderise in a brine before being cooked until they were literally falling off the bone)
And Chicken Cacciatore, a lovely Italian dish
It is lovely to be able to come home after a long day at school and not have to worry about cooking, although his services don’t include the washing up!
Today’s quick recipe is for a summery punch, and it also meant I got to use my new stripy straws for the first time!
I can see myself making this cocktail time and time again over the summer. The pomegranate is sweet, yet crisp, and mint adds a refreshing element to the drink. I made this sans alcohol, but I plan to experiment with adding dashes of vodka and amaretto to it too.
Sparkling water or lemonade
A teaspoon of sugar (optional)
How to make it
- Begin by picking sprigs of mint and tearing them to release their sweet flavour
- Put the mint in the bottom of the glass or jug and fill it roughly two thirds full with pomegranate juice then top with the sparkling water
- Add the sugar if needed and give it a stir
- After a few minutes, the mint will start to infuse so enjoy over ice, with pretty straws and preferably in the sun!