Showing posts from June, 2010

Happy Birthday Billy Christina!

Yesterday Billy Christina was 22! Twenty Two!!! Yes I know that's not old but I can hardly believe it... the time has flown by (to coin a very well worn phrase)... but it's so true and everyone over the age of 25 or so will totally understand what I mean. The years rush by and we don't seem to take the time to 'stand and stare' (another well worn phrase... a poem I think but I can't remember which, or what or who by... must be old age lol!) So.... are you going to have a wild day BillyChristina? Well... she replied... there is going to be some extreme tea drinking.... and some pretty wild cup-cake decorating.... What we have been known to call 'Armageddon in the kitchen!' Nothing short of an explosion in a sweet factory really! But very tasty!

In my Garden This Week

I was late starting everything this year, but with the help of some kind friends who donated veggie plants and some hard work preparing the ground, I think I have now pretty much caught up. Of course some plants simply grow on their own with no interference at all from me.... (these are the ones I like the best!) The Lovage is reaching nearly seven foot this year! I haven't used the leaves much this summer but will be collecting the seeds later on for sprinkling on my home baked bread. The vine is promising lots of grapes this year - but to put this into perspective.. we have had the vine nearly 15 years and have never yet got a single ripe grape from it... the birds or the wasps have beaten us to it every year! I am growing a couple of outdoor cucumber plants in an old crate, I've never grown cucumber before so to hedge my bets, I've also put some into the allotment as well. I have some potatoes growing in a sack that will be ready soon. Not enough for more than a


Well I'm back... quite rested, but not entirely ready to resume regular posting, but at the same time itching to tell you what I've been doing over this last month... but simply have to start with what I did today... you see the Elderflower are in bloom here and I didn't want to miss out... and since they are so easy to cook with (and free usually!) I thought I would share with you a recipe so you don't miss out either. Sambocade PERIOD: England, 14th century | SOURCE: Forme of Cury | CLASS: Authentic DESCRIPTION: Elderflower cheesecake ORIGINAL RECEIPT: 179. Sambocade. Take and make a crust in a trap & take cruddes and wryng out þe wheyze and drawe hem þurgh a straynour and put hit in þe crust. Do þerto sugar the þridde part, & somdel whyte of ayren, & shake þerin blomes of elren; & bake it vp with eurose, & messe it forth. - Hieatt, Constance B. and Sharon Butler. Curye on Inglish: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth-Century