The Grandiflora Magnolia is one of the finest trees. It stands tall and majestic outside our front door shading us in the heat of the summer and sending out a firework display of enormous fragrant flowers for months.
There is an abundance of figs this summer and I like to serve them quite simply quartered. The best way to showcase them is on a large platter, I really like the depth of the green one here, it adds an earthiness to the ripe darkness of the fruit.
I have always loved reading, there is nothing to beat the powerful, magical world that a good book provides.