To be blackberry, or not blackberry, that is the question

This week has been a bit crazy with a awe-inspiring theatre visit, poorly grandma (who is thankfully better), a wedding that turned out to be a Uni reunion and a fantastic weekend with friends.

Wednesday was my trip to see David Tennant playing Hamlet at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford. To say I was blown away by the performance would be an understatement. I was entranced for the whole 3.5 hours and it has reignited my passion for theatre. If you ever get the opportunity to see Hamlet or another play at The Courtyard Theatre grab it with both hands. The atmosphere and intimacy of the theatre is unlike any any other theatre I’ve been to.

Saturday afternoon good friends R & N came to stay. While dodging the rain showers we went for a walk and managed to come across a hedgerow laden with juicy blackberries. We spent a good 10 min tasting all the different berries. Most were succulent and delicious, but we did pick the odd tart one that made Hubby pull a face!

That night we had all good intentions on having a BBQ, but it wasn’t going to be due to the wet weather. Anticipating the appalling weather I decided we could have steak as this could be done both on the BBQ or griddle pan in the kitchen. I don’t know if it was due to my post-theatre delusion, but I didn’t realise until we sat down to a dinner of steak, corn on the cob and crushed new potatoes that I had loaded each dish with herbs. The steak had been marinaded in herbs and soy sauce, the potatoes had mint and I made herby butter for the corn on the cobs…hmmmm. Thankfully my dessert of boozy crème brĂ»lĂ©e , this time with blackberries rather than cherries, came to the rescue.

It was all washed down with some lovely pinot grigio blush and Sugar Plum’s Pink Raspberry Sangria made with some delicious organic raspberry beer I found in Sound Bites. We didn’t realise until this morning how much we had drunk between the 4 of us. However none of us were hungover…may be something to do with the over-consumption of herbs in the main course!

Many thanks to both Beth and Nilmandra for giving me the Arte Y Pico award. Now I should pass this on, but you’ll have to give me a couple of days to think about who I’m going to pass it on too. Thanks again.

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