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Almanac, Biscuits and Planter

We have a delightful little book. Every month has information about the moon and the tides, bird of the month, what to plant and what to harvest , a recipe and a folk song for the month. It is really lovely. I looked ahead to July and found a recipe for Flower Biscuits..

So, I made some! They are  a bit shortbready and have the edible flowers pressed into the biscuit before baking and a lemony glaze when they come out of the oven.

I planted up a tub with purple, white and petunias this afternoon once it was cool enough to work outside.

 

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Open Studios, Lunch and Coffee Crown Cake

It’s Open Studios week in Cornwall and this morning we went to visit the studio of one of my favourite local artists, Sasha Harding, one of whose beautiful paintings we bought twelve years ago. Today we bought two small ones which I will show you when we have hung them. This is one wall of her gallery, taken with permission, of course.

A lovely sunny day called for a proper summertime lunch with homegrown leaves.

I’ve made a coffee cake for tomorrow’s market as I do almost every month. I decorated it to be a crown and sprayed the points with edible gold as a nod to the jubilee celebrations.

 

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Colours, Brownie and A Poem

I love the colours on the plot next to ours in the allotment.

I made Brownies this afternoon.

Today’s poem in A Poet for Every Day of the Year is this delightful one by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Love’s Philosophy”.

 

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Blueberries, Postbox Topper and A Cardiologist

I  read a new recipe on Facebook and it sounded so good, I had to make it – Blueberry Crumble Bars. Here’s where you can find the recipe. As I often do, I made a few (healthy) changes which I can tell you about if you ask in the comments.

 

Another postbox topper has appeared in our street, to celebrate the upcoming Jubilee. I consider my self to be a citizen not a subject and I am not a Royalist but I do admire the skill and dedication that has gone into making this beautiful piece. The maker knows I am putting this on here today.

Today I read about Dr. Helen Taussig, the founder of the field of paediatric cardiology. She was born on May 24th 1898 and had to struggle to become a Doctor. You can read more about her here   Dr. Taussig was one of the innovative cardiologists in history and developed a medical procedure that saved the lives of tens of thousands of ‘blue’ babies. It is because of another cardiologist that we have our son who as a baby had to undergo three heart operations, at 13 days, 6 months and 18 months.  The cardiologist and the surgeon have our everlasting thanks.

 

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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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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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Suffragette Garden, Ingredients and Cake

One side of our front garden is full of yellows, pinks, white and green – all bright Spring flowers. The other side is my Suffragette Garden – all purple, white and green in honour of my Great Granny, Mrs Wiseman.

This week’s Feast supplement in the Guardian on Saturday had a recipe on the Rachel Roddy’s Tales from an Italian Kitchen page that I just had to try . Here are the ingredients should you wish to put them together ready!

Here are the first two slices…….  Absolutely delicious!.

Sponge Cake with a Heart of Lemon Custard – Rachel Roddy

 
 

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