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The weather in London has been insanely beautiful the last couple of weeks, so we’re short on blog posts, but I’ve been making cakes and pies to welcome summertime. So if you need something patriotic for Memorial Day back home today, or for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities next week, this strawberry upside down cake is a goodie. The original recipe called for blackberries, but they weren’t available, so use what’s local, what you can find.

INGREDIENTS//  2 1/2 cups (12 oz) strawberries, halved / 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar / 1 cup
all-purpose flour / 1/2 tsp baking soda / 1/4 tsp salt / 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened / 1 large egg,
at room temperature / 1 tsp vanilla extract / 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk

INSTRUCTIONS//  Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 175°C/350°F. Butter an 8×2-inch round cake pan and line bottom with two rounds of parchment paper, then butter top piece of parchment. Dust pan with flour, knocking out excess. Arrange strawberries in one layer in pan. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of sugar. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat together butter and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer (paddle attachment) at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix at low speed until just incorporated. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in 3 batches, scraping down sides of bowl between batches, mixing until just incorporated. Spoon batter evenly over berries, smoothing top. Bake until top is golden and a wooden toothpick comes out clean from center—about 35–40 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife around sides of pan, invert a large plate over pan, and, using pot holders to hold plate and pan tightly together, flip cake onto plate. Peel off parchment and serve with vanilla ice cream. Adapted from Gourmet.

The view from our front door. Snapped these two pics since the sun’s been peeking out here and there this week, though it’s still jacket weather. Our flowers and plants are growing like crazy (geranium in foreground is a metre tall), but we’re hoping for slightly more from our vitamin D source. Hopefully this weekend! I feel like a ghost. A friendly one, but a very pale one.

Wishing all grandmothers, mothers, and motherly-like friends (especially ours, across the pond) a very happy day today—thank you for your mama bear hugs. And for those no longer with us, we remember you dearly. Happy Mothers’ Day with love. Above: Glamour shots of our young mothers / 2-year old M with mom / 4-year old K with mom & sister

Monday we took the train to Brighton on the coast. The rain only ceased as our day came to an end, so our photos are a sun & rain mix. Ate some tasty mushroom and stilton soup, lox and beetroot salad, chips, brie / bacon / onion sandwiches. Explored as much as we could, but unfortunately didn’t get too far—the seagulls didn’t mind the rain, though. Looking forward to going back when it’s sunbathing weather. Lots of great shops and places to explore yet, our favourite so far is Utility.