For us, living in this peripherical part of London called Wimbledon, the end of June is the most exciting time of the year. This otherwise forgotten corner of London, where families move to stay out of the crowd and enjoy the green; where rich people found an antidote against their otherwise hectic lives in the city; and where it takes a long tube journey to get anywhere nearly exciting – this part of London called Wimbledon is now ready to shine.
The worldwide known tennis competition has started, attracting the crowds and bringing some life to the neighborhood. People gather in pubs and cafés. They all seem to be in a cheerful and relaxed mood, and the locals are happy to join in. It’s all about the tennis, of course, but it is also so much about the glamour and the atmosphere. Wimbledon might not be Ascot, but the village is very pretty, elegant and still considered quite posh. Admittedly, it feels good about sitting outside in one of the restaurants, eating some very Wimbledon-style fare while doing some proper people-watching.
Strawberry and Cream French Toast
1 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with some parchment. In a bowl, mix the strawberries with sugar and lemon juice, then scatter them on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
1 tbsp butter, for frying
In a large pie dish, whisk egg, buttermilk, vanilla until combined. Place the bread slices in the batter and let them soak for a few minutes on each side. When completely soaked and soft, squeeze the excess of liquid out of them and place them on a separate plate until ready to use. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter. When hot, add the bread slices and fry until deeply golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
a drizzle of maple syrup (optional)