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Summer Skin Food Salad with a Zesty Tahini Dressing

Sommer Pyne

The lovely and multi talented Erica from Naturally Nourished London joined me to create an everyday recipe tailored to promote healthy glowing skin for the summer months ahead. We came up with this very aptly named beauty and really hope you enjoy making it as much as we did creating it! You can follow along on IGTV and all the details are below.

This salad is absolutely loaded with nutrients that are especially beneficial to health of your skin. The broccoli, spinach & strawberries all provide you with plenty of vitamin c, which is essential for collagen production, keeping those wrinkles at bay! The butternut squash gives you a little hit of beta-carotene, which contains UV protective properties and prevents free radical damage caused by pollution and sun exposure.

Not only does this salad give our skin a little extra love, it’s also bursting with flavour and texture. The salty grilled halloumi works especially well with the creamy avocado and sweet tangy strawberries. You can do most of the prep work the day before and throw it all together in minutes.

Brimming with vibrant colours, this salad makes the perfect addition to your summer picnic. You and your skin are going to love this one! Enjoy!

Prep time: 30 minutes    make time: 10 minutes    serves: 4 


1 x 225g block of halloumi ~ sliced

120g baby spinach

140g/1 cup strawberries ~ sliced

200g/1 cup butternut squash ~ cubed and roasted

175g/1 cup broccoli ~ lightly steamed

140g/1 cup beluga lentils ~ pre cooked

1 avocado ~ sliced

½ cup walnuts ~ roughly chopped

Few sprigs of coriander ~ roughly chopped

1 Tbsp avocado oil (can also use olive oil)


For the tahini dressing

Juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp tahini

4 Tbsp filtered water

1 clove of garlic

½ Tsp Himalayan salt

Pinch of black pepper



1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

2.    Toss the butternut squash in the avocado oil in a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Arrange the squash on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven for 25 minutes, until lightly brown and tender.

3.    Lightly steam the broccoli florets for a few minutes until they start to turn bright green, remove from steamer and set to one side to cool slightly.

4.    To make the dressing, place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse a few times until it reaches a smooth consistency. You can add more water here to loosen it up.

NOTE: steps 1-3 can all be done the day before for some pre prepping!

5.    In a pan on medium heat, add a small amount of avocado (or olive oil), allow it to heat up a little and add the sliced halloumi. Fry on each side for a couple of minutes until they turn a golden brown colour. Remove and set aside.

6.    Next you can start to layer up the salad. Take a large serving dish and add the spinach, lentils, broccoli, butternut squash, sliced strawberries, sliced avocado, halloumi. Drizzle over the tahini dressing and then add the walnuts and coriander. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve up and enjoy!



Broccoli, spinach and strawberries are all rich in vitamin c and in addition to it’s antioxidant properties, vitamin c is essential for collagen production in the body. Collagen is needed to keep our skin firm and well supported and overtime it can will breakdown and degrade so it’s important ensure we have optimal levels of vitamin c to provide extra support to synthesise more collagen.

Vitamin C also protects our skin cells from UV radiation and supports skin barrier function

Broccoli is also part of the cruciferous family and can aid in liver detoxification, helping to remove toxins more efficiently from the body. Our skin is also a route of elimination therefore if our liver is a little sluggish and we’re not providing it with the correct nutrients, our skin can pick up the slack!


Butternut squash, spinach and broccoli are rich in beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant and precurser to vitamin A. Beta-carotene has been widely studied for it’s skin protective properties such as:

~ It has photo-protective properties and has been shown to protect against sunburn development by inhibiting free radials and suppressing our cellular and tissue response to inflammation.

~ It also prevents premature aging of the skin. Studies have shown it to prevent wrinkle formation by decreasing the activity of the enzymes (MMP) responsible for collagen degradation.

~ In the epidermis (outer layer of skin), b-carotene is deposited and works to fight free radical damage caused by UV exposure. It is also protective against the development of skin cancer.

Walnuts are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are incorporated in to the epidermal layer (skins outer layer) and help to lock in moisture and hydration. Omega 3 is also anti-inflammatory and can help with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Omega 3 also has the ability to inhibit UV-induced skin inflammation and hyperpigmentation. It is protective against photosensitivity disorders and conditions in which abnormal reactions to UV exposure occur.

It can greatly improve skin barrier function and a deficiency in omega 3 can cause increased water loss through the skin causing it to become very dry so if you’re skin is feeling a little on the dry side, omega 3 can certainly help.

Avocado is also rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, working to slow down aging of the skin.

So if all of the above does not provide you with a good enough reason to make this salad then I rest my case!

Erica x



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Happy Hour - World Gin Day - Grapefruit Collins

Sommer Pyne

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We’re celebrating World Gin Day (8th June) with our twist on a Tom Collins, super refreshing using grapefruit and a rosemary infused simple sugar syrup. We recommend pre-making the simple sugar syrup and store in the fridge. Follow along with Sommer on IGTV for all the tips and tricks.

Simple syrup infused with rosemary

Simple syrup infused with rosemary

Serves: 1 Tall Glass
Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Simple Syrup

Prep - 5 mins

Cook - 6 mins

Ingredients for simple syrup :

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup rosemary leaves


  1. Combine water, sugar, and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.

  2. Pour the syrup into a sterilised glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove rosemary leaves; let cool.

Ingredients for the cocktails :

  • 50ml Gin

  • 100ml Grapefruit juice (even better freshly squeezed)

  • 30ml Simple syrup infused with Rosemary (recipe above)

  • Club Soda

  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

  • Wedge of Grapefruit , for garnish


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously to combine.  

  2. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice.  

  3. Top with soda and garnish with rosemary sprig and wedge of grapefruit.


Sommer Pyne


Summer officially starts this month and we are loving the warmer weather. People are descending to parks and BBQ’s are making an appearance. Summer in London is on another level and the happy vibe is infectious. We truly appreciate the warmer months because we know it won’t hang around for long ;) We’ve pulled together some of our favourite hits in the capital this month, enjoy. And please feel free to share your hits this month below in the comments x

1st June - Lavender Fields - Mayfield Lavender Farm.

Picture this: it’s a gorgeous summer’s day, and the wind gently ruffles your hair as you wander lazily through a field of lavender. Does that sound like perfection to you? If the answer is yes, you need to get yourselves down to Mayfield Lavender Farm. (If the answer is no, you clearly need to rediscover the joy in life, so head there anyway.) This perfectly purple paradise reopens for 2019 on June 1, and it really is the place to be this summer. For more info and to discover the best time to visit click here. Words by

7th-8th June - Field Day Festival

Field Day 2019 takes place in a groundbreaking new festival venue, The Drumnsheds, with state-of-the art production and the loudest festival sound system in the capital. Open until 3am, their new home features 10 acres of outdoor space and four gigantic interlinking warehouses. See the likes of Skepta, Jorja Smith, Diplo, Jungle, Pusha-T, Bonobo (dj set), Octavian, Death Grips, Earl Sweatshirt, The Black Madonna, Deerhunter, HOMESHAKE, Mahalia, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Todd Terje and many more! Sample sensational food from some of London’s finest traders in the Street Food Arcade, check out 10 independent breweries in the Beavertown & Friends Beer Market, take a Photography Masterclass with the Guardian, be part of Boiler Room’s first live festival broadcast and much, much more. Then experience the first-ever Field Day Late Night after parties when the likes of George FitzGerald dj, LEON VYNEHALL, Modeselektor dj, Nocturnal Sunshine, Denis Sulta, HAAi, Mella Dee and Tiga take over the main warehouse space and keep the festival alive until 3am! For ticket and more info just click here. Words by Field Day Festival.

8th -9th June - Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights some of the best gardens and green spaces that make up the rich tapestry of London’s green infrastructure, but there are many others – just as valuable to their communities – which are in decline or under threat of development. For one very special weekend in June, London's hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore a huge variety of gardens which are usually closed to the public - and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family. For more info click here. Words by Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Instagram  @zipnowevents

Instagram @zipnowevents

12th June -15th September - Zip Now London

The world's highest and fastest city centre zip wire returns to London this summer. Zip Now London is setting up camp in Archbishop's Park in Lambeth for a third consecutive year, with a 225m-long zip line to keep the capital's thrill seekers happy. Climb to the 35m-high launch platform (that's about 10 storeys high and — sorry — there's no lift), and enjoy the view before launching yourself off the platform and across the tree canopy below. Previously, three lines ran parallel, but this year, a fourth has been added, meaning you can add an extra mate to race. And once you've reached the other end, there's a further treat for adrenaline junkies, with the option to take part in a free-fall Mega Drop to get back to the ground, stairs are also an option, if you've has enough excitement for one day. For tickets and more info click here. Words by Zip Now London.

Boa Borough

Boa Borough

Now Open - Bao Borough

Looking for a restaurant experience with a difference, then why not try out the latest offering from Bao. Cult Taiwanese favourite Bao has launched its third site on the edge of Borough Market. A prevalence for fun is exemplified by BAO KTV, the gang’s first karaoke room, which is bookable for up to 12 guests. For reservations and more info click here. Words by Bao.

Taste London

Taste London

19th-23rd June - Taste London

Popping up twice a year in June and November, Taste of London is the highlight of the foodie calendar. Each June, over 50,000 people flock to London’s Regent’s Park for an alfresco summer feast like no other. Sample signature dishes from London’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants, as well as off-menu items they've created exclusively for Taste. For tickets and more info click here. Words by Taste London.

Merchant Square - Paddington

Merchant Square - Paddington

19th - 20th June - Water Zorbing

Water Zorbing is back to Merchant Square for the ‘Summer of Fun’ programme! Walk on the canal on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June with all your friends from 12PM – 8PM each day. If Water Zorbing isn’t for you why not try paddle boarding or Yoga at Merchant Square. There is so much more to checkout throughout the summer. All activities are free to partake in and bookings can be here. Words by Merchant Square.

Instagram  @fulhambeach

Instagram @fulhambeach

Now Open - Fulham Beach at Neverland London

Escape the city, tucked away by the Thames, Fulham Beach provides guests with a stylish and multifaceted venue consisting of the brand’s signature beach, an large indoor jungle themed pergola, two pop up restaurants, two bars, live Dj's, weekly events and games for all to enjoy. Other offerings include, bottomless brunches, Rose Saturdays, yoga sessions on the beach, cocktail masterclasses, glitter artists an outdoor cinema on the beach, showing cult classics every Tuesday! For tickets and more info click here. Words by Neverland.