Summer Dinner from River Cafe London

No 1. Scallops with Sage and Capers

1 tbsp salted capers

olive oil

24 medium scallops trimmed

1 bunch of fresh sage leaves

juice of 1 lemon

(serves 6)

Put the capers in a sieve and rinse under cold water. Leave to soak in cold water for 40 minutes, then rinse again.

Coat a skillet with a little olive oil, to prevent the scallops from sticking, and place over a high heat. When smoking, add the scallops, season with a little sea salt and black pepper, and cook for 2 minutes on one side.

Turn the scallops over and immediately add the capers and sage leaves to the pan, plus a little extra olive oil so that the sage leaves fry. Cook for a further 2 minutes shaking the pan constantly. Squeeze in the juice of the lemon and serve. 

No. 2 Spaghetti with Lemon

1/2 pound (250g) spaghetti

juice of 3-4 lemons, preferably Amalfi lemons

2/3 cup (150ml) olive oik

5 ounces (140g) Parmesan, freshly grated

2 handfuls of fresh basil, leaves picked and finely chopped

finely grated lemon zest (optional)

(serves 6)

Lemons, olive oil, basil... the only other ingredient needed is sun.

Cook the spaghetti in a generous amount of boiling salted water, then drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice with the olive oil, then stir in the Parmesan- it will melt into the mixture, making it thick and creamy. Season with sea salt and black pepper and add more lemon juice to taste.

Add the sauce to the spaghetti and shake the pot so that each strand of pasta is coated with the cheese. Finally, stir in the chopped basil and, some grated lemon zest.

Five Year Anniversary Cocktail

"'s about summer, bare feet in soil, pulling fresh carrots out of the ground, red clay topped tennis courts, drinking aperitifs on a bistro table midday..."
-note from creator Caylon Hackwith.
Refreshing, vibrant, and just in time for summer. Cheers to five years!
Dirt Candy

2 oz carrot

1.5 oz gin

.75 oz sherry

1 oz salers

dash red clay**

shake over ice
serve up  
**French red clay or bentonite clay optional.
Clay will add density to the cocktail.

Reflections On Mother's Day

In my experience, becoming a mom has been a dichotomy. It is a beautiful experience.  Dark and magical— all at the same time. It’s given me a fuller understanding and appreciation of my own mom. What an important undertaking. 

 -Hillary Brue


On Children

by Kahlil Gibran

    Your children are not your children.

    They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

    They come through you but not from you,

    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

    For they have their own thoughts.

    You may house their bodies but not their souls,

    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

    You may strive to be like them,

    but seek not to make them like you.

    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


    You are the bows from which your children

    as living arrows are sent forth.

    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

    and He bends you with His might

    that His arrows may go swift and far.

    Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

    For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

    so He loves also the bow that is stable.

yesterday i was the moon

“art doesn’t ask

to be perfect



it asks to exist

to breathe

to be

This is what it has always been about”

From the book of poetry: yesterday i was the moon by Noor Unnahar

Artwork by Rachel Schultz

Cabin Respite: Playlist / Packing List

From Hillary: A mix for a cozy weekend away. Listen to this mix on the road, sitting by the fire, or while sipping tea. Take time to replenish. Rest and regain energy for whats to come... 

Listen here.

Wondering what to bring for a cabin respite? Discover our packing list HERE...


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