Tentatively we may just be entering some kind of summer, we can finally put away our umbrellas and turn off the heating. Bindweed and brambles are covering the garden, having rejoiced in the relentless seesaw of rain and sun. A few of my home-grown tomatoes have begun to ripen but many of them have blight- a kind of fungus, think of it as a plant-based thrush or candida.
I recently attended a cooking class at Eataly in Liverpool Street. This is a vast emporium celebrating Italy’s food and wine, with products that are difficult to find elsewhere, as well as a selection of restaurants, cafés, dessert counters and coffee bars (nobody makes coffee like the Italians. The French are surprisingly bad at coffee, overpriced and bitter). A visit here will have to do for my foreign holidays this year.