Brunches & Blood Oranges

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Today’s post is a sunset-hued citrus extravaganza. Blood orange season is short, so I love to make the most of it. This time it’s with a beautiful blood orange brunch.

Fresh blood oranges are sweeter than standard oranges and, of course, they have a gorgeously dappled ruby colour. Whatever you can do with an orange, you can do with their crimson cousins, but with an added dash of colour and aroma. For brunch, I made a fruit-studded yoghurt platter served alongside freshly squeezed juice. For something a little heartier, I made Blood Orange Marmalade and syrup to serve on toast or pancakes – just wait until you see the deep red colour! Continue reading

A Cozy Winter Picnic Lunch

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Ah, January. The weather is miserable and we’re all aching for warmth and comfort. Enter the Indoor Picnic Table Lunch Party to lift our spirits!

To transform your dining area into an incredibly cozy nook, all you need is… a picnic rug used as a tablecloth! Lay it on the table and, all of sudden, you’ll have visions of warm summer picnics dancing in your head. With the addition of a few steaming dishes you’ll be all set until Springtime! This is what I served up earlier this week, for a casual lunch in the office. Read on for my favourite warming recipes and simple styling tips. Continue reading

Jenni’s Table x Roger la Borde: A Christmas Lunch Party

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For this blog post, you’ll be joining the Roger la Borde team for our annual Christmas lunch! It’s great fun when my day-to-day life as Creative Director of Roger la Borde overlaps with what we do here on Jenni’s Table.

While many of our posts feature decorating ideas and vignettes we’ve styled up for you, this post features a real party in action, complete with table decorations, food and drinks…and friends! For our party of 15, I kept things simple and colourful. With a magenta table runner as a backdrop, I added clusters of pink and white flowerheads and sprigs of festive red berries. Lots of tall candles and brightly coloured glassware made the table feel rich and warm, while a handful of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments sealed the deal. Continue reading

Humpday Happiness

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This was the dreamiest, creamiest and fluffiest three-tiered pavlova! Summer is on its way (regardless of the colour of the sky!) and I’ve got berries and whipped meringue on my mind. Find a similar recipe here.

Humpday Happiness is a new weekly feature on Jenni’s Table. Think of it as a little Wednesday treat to help you through your week!

Petal Power: Using Lavender in the Kitchen

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The flower pots on my balcony are heaving with fragrant purple petals – much to the delight of local bumblebees! – and I’ve been thinking up ways to use my flowers in the kitchen.

Today I have a trio of beautifully simple lavender treats which give a floral touch to baked goods and cocktails: Lavender Sugar, Lavender Infused Gin, and Lavender syrup. If you grow lavender at home then I suggest you give these a go (and if you don’t, I hope I’ll inspire a trip to the plant nursery!). Enjoy!

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Wine & Washi Tape: A Taste Testing Party with a Twist

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What’s your favourite wine? Perhaps you have a preferred grape that you find yourself reaching for whenever you’re buying a bottle. Many of us claim to have a favourite, but a lot of the time we stick to old habits instead of experimenting with something new. I thought it would be fun to shake things up by throwing a wine tasting party…with a twist! At this party, the taste testing is done blind. Each guest brings their favourite bottle, which the host disguises so that no-one knows which bottle is which. It’s a simple idea and it’s a great way to enjoy some of the best things in life: Food, wine, and good friends.

My party was organised for six guests and, consequently, six bottles. (You’re not necessarily expected to finish the wine, ahem.) Read below for details, but the basic premise is as follows: Each guest has six glasses in front of them, one for each wine.  Guests are given a score card to record details about each wine. At the end of the evening, scores are tallied up, and the winning wine is revealed! You could even have a prize for the guest who brought the winning wine – perhaps a fabulous corkscrew. Continue reading

The Best Pancakes In Town

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Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day! My family doesn’t need an excuse to eat pancakes and we can be found frying-pan-in-hand on many a Sunday morning (yesterday included). Whether you’re eating in or dining out, we’ve got you covered. See below for the best places in London to eat pancakes, crepes and waffles, as well as some deliciously different recipes to try at home. Continue reading