Preparation, 15 minutes; chilling, at least 45 minutes

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice Finely grated zest 1 lime

3 tablespoons gin or vodka 2-3 tablespoons lime or lemon marmalade 450ml well-chilled double cream

To serve

Sprigs of mint; shortbread biscuits

1 Chill 6 glass coupes in the coldest part of the fridge. In a cup, mix lime juice and zest, gin or vodka and lime or lemon marmalade. In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the well-chilled cream until just fluffy. Stir in the lime mixture. Spoon into glass coupes and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before serving.

2 Decorate each coupe with a sprig of mint, and serve with shortbread biscuits.


I had no idea how small a baby is at 31 weeks. The baby websites and comparisons to different fruits didn’t prepare me for the true size of the baby growing in my belly. It was good motivation for me to follow my OB’s orders. After my son was born I was very grateful for taking the opportunity to tour the NICU early in my admission, as he went into respiratory distress minutes after birth and ended up spending 13 days in the NICU. During my tour, the nurse clearly explained how the unit worked, the nurse to baby ratio (which depends on their medical issues), showed me some babies, and introduced me to the medical team. If I hadn’t have taken this tour I would have been worried about where my son had been taken when he was born as it was hours before I was able to see him due to my own postoperation complications. Thanks to the tour, I knew he was in great hands and could even visualize his room. This allowed me to relax and focus on recovering from my general anesthetic. Welcome these opportunities to ask questions of the medical team, tour the NICU, and learn what you can about your birth plan that your medical team is developing (which is much different than a low-risk pregnancy birth plan which is often created by the mother). Also, if allowed, venture out of your room to the common room on your floor.


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