So much to tell you! I'm still reeling from the incredible open day at the art school in Weißensee (I meant to just peep in then stayed all afternoon), still drying off after a damp but happy hour at the Freie Internationale Tankstelle's pop-up Biergarten. But let's start with this morning, shall we?
Sunday morning shortbread seems slated to be a new tradition. When Clare brought me a box of homemade lavender lemon shortbread on a flying visit last month, it set my mental wheels racing. It was the perfect thing to have around the house: fragrant, satisyfing, undemanding, the perfect late afternoon pick-me-up for myself or unexpected friends. The shortbread was incredible, of course, and simplicity itself. She had used Delia Smith's recipe, adding a teaspoon of dried lavender blossoms and a bit of lemon zest. And that made me wonder what else I could add. This morning it was rose petals (I used the ones that Sonnentor sells). What next? Black pepper and orange zest?
Recipe notes: I can't quite understand how Delia bakes her shortbread for over an hour; mine was done after twenty minutes. I also couldn't see the point of rolling out the dough when patting it in worked just fine. And sprinkle your sugar on while the shortbread is still warm, as it adheres better that way.
PS: Clare, her husband, well-behaved dog and small daughter are moving back to Berlin in October. They're looking for a flat with at least three rooms, ideally in Prenzlauer Berg as that's where their daughter will go to nursery. Send me an email (click "Email me" in the sidebar) if you know of anything!