Sunday, 20 September 2015

September 2015 Favourites List

Summer is struggling to have a last shout here in the UK. We haven’t quite had the Indian Summer we had hoped for after a pretty wet August. So I am using this opportunity to share some of my last Summer flower pictures in this Favourites list.

Of course, September is a big month in the educational calendar, marking the commencement of a new academic year. Schools reconvened a couple of weeks ago, with new uniforms, pencil cases and timetables. Universities are now following suit.

My new students arrive on 21st September, their registration day. I am looking forward to meeting them and getting to know them over the coming weeks. Wish us luck as we embark on a journey to take them from being academic lawyers to practical, problem solving ones.

To anyone in education, whichever side of the classroom you are on, I wish you a happy and successful academic year.

Now to my favourite things for the month of September.


From Diana Henry's Bird In The Hand book, a chicken thigh salad with avocado, spinach, spring onions and fresh coriander:

Very simple and quick prawn rice noodle salad for when you need dinner fast:

A foolproof way of making caramelised onions, using a slow cooker:

Cherry tomatoes, herbs, white beans and chorizo in a sunshine-on-a-plate salad for what might be our last Summer day:

Pasta with bottarga (compressed fish roe) from Ms Marmite Lover, Kirsten Rodgers:

I love Paella but find the proper way of making it time consuming and a massive faff. I'm very tempted by this cheat's version:

This walnut, and anchovy and herby pasta dish has a name suggesting it is from the Amalfi coast. A wonderful part of the world, with fabulous food:

Sweet corn prepared with Thai flavours and aromatics and a fennel gratin from Thomasina Miers. Inventive veg dishes:

Articles/Know How:

Want to understand the sometimes bewildering topic of Japanese Sake? This is a clear, easy to follow guide by Kavita of Kavey Eats:

Helpful guide to pasta - A Pasta Primer from the Pasadena Chef blog:

The latest list of UK Michelin starred restaurants:

If you keen to "de-bug" and clean your salads and veggies, you might like to try this:

High time we had a Gothic/Fantasy round to the Bake Off! Who wouldn't want to see a baked Alien (from the famed Alien "Quadrilogy")?

"The soup of stupid peasants? Excellent choice, Sir." Hilarious, rude and frankly mystifying menu translation fails.

What you might have missed at Snig's Kitchen:

Very pleased to have had Snig's Kitchen named as one of the 50 best food blogs in the UK!

And over at Snig’s Classroom:

Essential Summer preparations for Wannabe Barristers:

How to survive the first two weeks of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), by the students in the know:

Part Two of how to survive the BPTC by my brilliant former students:

Registering for the BPTC is only the beginning, having coping mechanisms are vital:

Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.

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