got that jubilee feeling

jubilee

we might only be half british here at peanut buttered (andrea is an aussie) but we still share the same queen and goodness me aren’t we excited about the jubilee. here is our edit of the best ways to celebrate the weekend…

you should drink…

selfridges exclusive three litre pimm's

selfridges three litre pimm’s

nothing says british summer like pimm’s, and as this weekend is a rather special occasion, why not really push the boat out with selfridge’s exclusive commemorative jeroboam three litre bottle?

only 150 of these have been made to mark the diamond jubilee.

yes they’re £150 a pop, but think how many jugs you can get out of that bottle.

come on, we know you’ll be able to finish it!

you should use…

we’re not so enamoured with the tacky union jack paper plates and napkins that will inevitably end up on every picnic table this week, but this cheeky tea towel from the delightul henry holland has us tickled! too cute to be cleaning up with, pb will be hanging this on our front door with pride instead!

henry holland

house of holland tea towel

you should munch…

if you can’t be bothered baking up some sponge cake, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth in patriotic fashion. montezuma’s have created chocolate bars inspired by some of the great british puddings. our favourites are eton mess, spotted dick and treacle tart – delish!

montezuma's great british pudding chocolate bars

montezuma’s great british pudding chocolate bars

you should treat yourself to…

why not make yourself beautiful while still celebrating all things british with this adorable beauty box by elemis. the cute-as-can be set contains six must-have products; pro-collagen marine cream (which is particularly amazing), melting cleansing gel, tranquil touch indulgent bath elixir, tranquil touch body polish and wild lavender hand lotion.

elemis best of british collection

elemis best of british collection (rrp £45) available may 31st, call 0117 316 1888 for stockists

you should paint…

now that you know just how to achieve the perfect stripes thanks to our handy guide (if you haven’t already you can read it here) then why not try some of the designs which have been created by rimmel (see left).

there’s plenty of ideas to choose from starting with an easy block colour all the way through to some bunting if you have the steadiest of hands. for a white varnish use a french manicure nail tip polish.

rimmel nail varnish from £2.40 rimmel.rimmellondon.com

hunter boots

you should wear…

if weather forecasts are to be believed then we will be without the glorious sunshine over the weekend and into next week.

so why not treat yourself to a pair of these special edition hunter wellington boots.

not only will you be ready to fashionable whatever the weather but these bad boys will also serve you through the summer festival season and beyond.

hunter boots £125 available from hunter-boots.com

you should go to…

if the flotilla isn’t your thing, and you want something a little more low-key than field day, try these events on for size…

if you are itching to get your party on this weekend but want to avoid the screaming children of your own neighbourhood’s shindig, the book club are throwing a more adult version in east london.

the book club jubilee street party

the book club jubilee street party

the shoreditch hangout’s royal wedding festivities saw 5,000 revellers party into the night, and similar scenes are expected this year at the free event. dancefloor fillers from the guilty pleasures dj’s, sips from the london fields brewery and a spread put on by local favourites lily vanilli and bukowski.

advanced wristbands are all gone, but they’ll be letting in walk-ins on the day, so get down early!

june 3. leonard st, ec2a, 12 – 8. (free entry) more info: the book club jubilee street party

god save the clam bake

god save the clam bake

for something a little less traditional, god save the clam is will be a ‘punk style’ clam bake taking place across four days on a rooftop on london fields. brought to you by bbq masters pitt cue co and seafood offionados rock lobsta, expect lobster rolls, beach huts, an ice cream bar and beats.

may 31 – june 3, émigré studios rooftop, e8, (£39) more info: god save the clam bake

and if you haven’t planned anything for the jubilee weekend or the weather ruins your party, remember…

 (pictures: selfridges, browns, liberty, the book club, god save the clam bake, rimmel, hunter, elemis)

summer bites – ceviche

one of my favourite restaurants in london is peruvian eaterie ceviche in soho. mouth-watering fresh sharing plates and delicious pisco sours… what’s not to love?

on one of my recent visits i decided that it really can’t be so hard to whip up some delicious fresh ceviche at home, and for a fraction of the price. and it isn’t!

ceviche is raw fish that is ‘cooked’ in citrus acids. the ingredients list is brief and depends on the freshest fish, citrus and herbs possible.

my local fishmonger recommended cod for my dish – any fresh white fish will do and a lot of recipes call for halibut or snapper, but cod is just as good and not as pricey.

ask your fishmonger to slice your fish for you. you could do it yourself, but why bother? they’ve got better tools than you and i find they love to shower you with helpful tips of the trade for the perfect herbs to use and cooking methods.

you can either slice finely or dice the fish for ceviche, but you don’t want great big chunks. slender is the key to fast and fresh.

you will need:

500g white fish (cod, snapper, halibut etc), sliced finely or diced
half a red onion, chopped finely
1 large red chilli, chopped finely
3 lemons, halved
3 limes, halved
1 tsp kosher salt
pinch black pepper
handful of coriander, chopped

place the fish in a large mixing bowl. squeeze in the lemon and lime juices and stir in the chilli. cover mixture with cling film and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours, giving it a shake to mix it up occasionally.

when the fish has turned opaque, drain the juices. add the onion, salt and pepper. place on small plates, add a final squeeze of lemon juice and garnish with coriander.

this dish is perfect for a hot summer’s night. light, fresh and healthy, and so full of flavour. eat in the backyard with a crisp glass of wine, a traditional pisco sour or our summer cocktail.

stripe stripe

i’m feeling the two-tone nails at the moment, have you noticed? it’s the perfect solution when you just can’t decide on a colour. with summer finally here, i was in the mood for something light and fresh, and what’s cute than nautical white and blue?

add stripes to the equation, and you have yourself some seriously dainty nails.

stripe manicure

i picked up this little trick for creating perfect, thin stripes a while back from a brilliant blog called the beauty department.

it is far easier to cut a straight line than draw one, and messy nail art with shakey hands is not chic. this method achieves perfect, clean lines – by using sticky tape!stripe manicurestripe manicure

start with two coats of your base colour, in my case a pure, clean white. paint a piece of sticky tape with your complementing colour – i chose a pretty sky blue – and allow to dry completely so you can handle it.

carefully cut strips, as thin as you like (i wanted 1mm narrow stripes, which is easier to achieve with nail scissors than your standard kitchen ones) and place on your nail however you like. stripe manicure

i combined simple off-centre stripes with some cute criss-crosses. snip the excess off with scissors and file the edge for a clean finish.

finish with a top coat to secure the tape and prevent it from peeling. i won’t lie, it is so much easier if you have a friend handy to help you place the tape on your nail. i had a good few wonky attempts before i managed to get them straight one-handed.

stripe manicurestripe manicure

et voila! stripey goodness, and no fussing about with messy nail pens and shakey hands.

grab a friend, and choose your favourite colour combo. if you want to go advanced, try lots of stripes, or criss-cross the whole nail to create a patchwork. once you’ve mastered stripes, get crazy with some cut-out shapes … and send us pictures of your results!

stripe manicure