Tête-à-tête, Frogspawn and Garden Vandals
At last - I finally have a daffodil that has deigned to open – albeit a miniature one – but at least it is progress. Each day seems to include the four seasons at the moment - snow, rain, fog, frost and sunshine - not very promising, considering it is nearly the end of March.
As to the vandals in the garden – Sparrows and Badgers. The sparrows have taken a liking to the Primulas and have been hopping around pulling the heads off – chirping away as if all is well with the world. Good game good game they are calling. This is fun, come on let’s do it some more. Then there are the Badgers who have decided to dig up my tulip bulbs, maybe they are looking for worms, or maybe they just fancy tulip for dessert. Whatever it is it has me tearing my hair out. Who says gardening isn’t stressful.
A Dish to Make
|Chicken, Leek and Potato Layer|
A Cake to Bake
A little booklet came with the Daily Telegraph on Saturday – featuring Paul Hollywood's recipes from his new book 'Bread'. I saw Oatmeal Parkin and remembered that my mother used to make it when we were kids, so I thought I would give it a go. Disaster. The recipe was faulty. After I had followed it to the letter I thought, that doesn’t look right, it looked more like a Flapjack mixture. So I pulled out my mothers' old Bero baking book but Parkin wasn’t listed – then I pulled out a war- time recipe book, 'We'll Eat Again' - no, it wasn’t listed in there either. Thank goodness for Google - I eventually found what I was looking for – Mr. Hollywood’s recipe didn’t include flour – no wonder it didn’t look right. Rather than waste all the ingredients I just added the flour to the mixture in the hope it would turn out alright. Let’s just say it is not as good as mother used to make. So if you have the booklet, beware, check the recipes first.
A Book to Read
|What if you had the chance to live|
your life again and again, until
you finally got it right?