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Edibles Trough, Spider and Supper

The trough outside the kitchen is flourishing – the lettuces are doing well, the Violas ready for salads and cakes, the borage seedlings all coming on well and the chives beginning to flower.

What a pretty little white spider on the Californian poppies.

Supper was a kind of deconstructed lasagne, to save baking time. Pasta with the ragu (from the freezer)  and then the cheese sauce (from the freezer) on to tagliatelle, took only ten minutes and was delicious.

 

Nelly Moser, Risotto and A Stranger

Our Nelly Moser is quite magnificent this year.

The lovely Mr S made us a very tasty Pepper and Pea Risotto with Crispy Chicken for tonight’s meal.

We have a stranger in the garden!  He reminds me of Darth Vader each time I catch a glimpse. It’s our  sculpture  covered up after sanding and prior to re-oiling to protect against the rain.

 

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Kindness, Bee and Cake

I read this lovely story today and thought I would share it with you.
“Sorry, I stole your car. Saved my family!” – an incredible story from a resident of Kyiv.
“I left the bomb shelter and saw a car with keys in the ignition near the store. I watched it for two hours, waited for the owner – I didn’t wait. I took my family, got in the car and drove to Vinnitsa to visit relatives. I found a phone number in the glove compartment and called the owner:
– Sorry, I stole your car. Saved my family.
– Thank God, don’t worry, I have 4 cars. I took my family out in my jeep. The rest of the cars I filled with fuel and left in different places with the keys in the ignition and the number in the glove compartment.
I received calls back from all cars. There will be peace – see you. Take care of yourself!”
There is kindness in the world! Ukrainians are heroes!
Taking a photo of the rain inside an iris flower, I saw the bee and it stayed still long enough for me to get its portrait.
We had blueberries that needed using up so the lovely Mr S suggested a Blueberry Cake. Here it is with a delicious cream cheese icing, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/blueberry-soured-cream-cake-cheesecake-frosting.
 

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Cakes, Salad and More Cake

I had a busy baking day yesterday, making Coffee cake for today’s cake stall at Redruth Butter market (and a tiny one for us) and a cake for today. Friends whom we haven’t seen for years came for lunch in the garden today and we have talked for hours and hours and hours! I made  Salad Nicoise served with some locally made sourdough followed by a truly delicious Lemon Polenta Cake with raspberries.

 

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Birthday Bouquet, A Special Song and Supper

We made a birthday bouquet from our garden for a friend who shares her birthday with Shakespeare.

A week or so ago my choir recorded a beautiful piece to be played at a funeral of a Mum who had been one of our stalwarts in the audience. It is such a lovely piece I thought you might like to hear it here – The Shoshone Love Song. Please press play even thought it seems to show 00.00. It does play! This is for Helen.

Supper tonight was delicious – a new recipe for Cod and Chorizo Stew.

 

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Baking, Playing and Planting

We decorated the cake

Exploring caves at Chapel Porth – photo by LR

Fun on the beach – photo by LR

Cousins running down the lane to the allotment

Planting flowers brought by their aunt – to be visited every year, we hope.

 

 

Planting, Spring Flowers and Baking

LiveWire No 2 spent the morning at the allotment with us being very helpful indeed – in the photo watering the broad beans he has just carefully planted.

On the way back home we spotted this pretty accidental planting under a hedge.

LiveWire No 4 arrives tomorrow (as do 5 and 6!) and it was just her birthday so this afternoon, LiveWire No 3 and I have baked a Chocolate Fudge cake to be the birthday cake.

T stirring the butter and chocolate mixture

Pouring the batter into the cake tins, photo by T, LiveWire no 3

 

Ice Pattern, Blue Sky and Pudding

Looking out of the bedroom window this morning, the pattern in ice on the car was strikingly lovely. That’s our first real frost this year and it’s April!

It has been a gloriously bright day with unbroken blue skies – lovely and warm in the sun and still very cold in the shade.

We cooked  rhubarb for the first time this year today, our favourite Different Every Time pudding.

 

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Lily, Camellia and Supper

Down at the allotment today to check on the planted onions and nearby was a beautiful lily.

Camellias are even more lovely as they are dying and fading.

Another delicious, new veggie meal this evening, Root Vegetable Boulangere, enough here for two dinners. It’s another Tom Kerridge recipe..

 

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Onions, Allotment and A Sunflower

Here are the last few of the onions we grew last year. We are going to have to buy for a few months until the ones planted today, more than last year,  are ready for harvest.

Last of last summer’s harvest

Heat treated sets arrived by post

Planted out today

For Ukraine

 

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