Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wedding No 3 - Luke and Lauren

Quirky and fun is how we’d describe their wedding. With a 50’s theme, the bride giving a speech and button bouquets it was quite different to any wedding we’d been to before. The wedding highlighted their love of music with each table named after a favourite band, the cupcakes had little icing records on the top and a 50’s band played in the evening, plus there were Indian themed canapés and a hog roast in the evening. They had both worked to hard to make their day special and I heard Lauren say her day was perfect, exactly as it should be.

L and L 1
L and L 2
L and L 4
L and L 5
L and L 6
L and L 3
L and L 7

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Rhubarb Flan

Our 2 rhubarb plants have gone mad this year, so I’m trying to find new things to do with them. This recipe is so easy to make, the rhubarb and vanilla are delicious together and the flavour reminds me of rhubarb and custard sweets. The only problem is when its cut, it looks like a dogs breakfast, so show the flan to your guests before cutting it. It’s so much more delicious than it looks.

Rhubarb Flan 1
Rhubarb Flan 2
Ingredients Method
Shortcrust pastry either homemade or bought.
400g Rhubarb
2 Eggs.
200ml Double Cream.
200g Sugar.
1 tsp Vanilla extract.
Preheat oven 200c/400f/Gas 6Roll out the pastry and line a flan dish, pricking the bottom all over.
Chop the rhubarb into 2cm pieces and scatter over the pastry in a single layer.
Mix the eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and pour over the rhubarb.
Bake for approx 40 minutes.
Serve with crème fraiche or ice-cream.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

At Least we have Raspberries

And by the bucket load. After our blight problem and loosing our tomatoes its been lovely to pick over 20 kilos of juicy raspberries with more still to come. Most have gone in the freezer but I’ve made raspberry jam, twice, as my brother-in-law Graham couldn't get enough of it and raspberry jelly. There’s some redcurrant jelly too, made with the fruit from our neighbour, Veronique's garden. All delicious on top of crusty bread, on a scone or with cheese. Thanks to my sister Natalie for the photo of Veronique and myself redcurrant picking.

Me and Vero

Sunday, 10 July 2016

What we spent in June


The beginning of the month went fine, then we went on holiday where we spent way to much, and most of what we bought came back with us and into the freezer. Then my sister and hubby came to visit, so we did another shop before they arrived, but as we ate out a few times and ate well, most of that stayed in freezer too. But we still didn’t spend more than our original budget, but there were no pennies over to pop into my envelope. But we now have plenty to see us through July along with our garden produce. The beans, courgettes, cucumbers and lettuces are steadily being harvested along with the rhubarb and raspberries.

My sister loves asparagus and luckily we found a few spears for her to munch on. When we moved here and were clearing the fruit garden of weeds, I dug out worm looking roots. Having no idea these were asparagus roots, I threw loads away, Doh!! But why would you plant an asparagus bed under raspberry canes??

Friday, 8 July 2016

Where did 10 days Go

As soon as Natalie and Graham arrived we just seemed to eat, eat and eat. With our walkers meal on Wednesday, our neighbours round Friday night, the village meal all day Saturday and a BBQ at our friends on Sunday evening we were so full that breakfasts were forgotten and dinners got later. One things for sure, they didn't go home hungry. We had a great time but 10 days went by so fast. Most of it was spent chilling which is exactly what they wanted, enjoying the peace and quiet and having time to relax, but not before we had them helping us dig up our spuds. It had been 2 weeks since we’d cut off the blighted leaves so the spuds had to come up. We really appreciated the extra help which made light work of all the digging. Thank you both for all your help, Rogers Just Brazils and my Liquorice Comfits plus all the other goodies you brought. See you both soon x


Walkers meal.

N and G 3

Preparing the redcurrants.

N and G 1

Redcurrant hands.

N and G 2

Digging up the spuds.

Nat 1

Nat preparing the tomatoes for the village meal.

Nat 2

Cherry earrings.

Village Meal

Denis, Roger and Graham enjoying the village meal.

N and G 1

Taking a dip.

N and G 1

Snoozing in the shade.

Photo Friday - Green Beetle