The Perfect Day…

It’s the most glorious day outside.  After some frosts earlier this week the sun has finally returned and when working in the garden this morning, I had to stop, as I was too hot in my long-sleeved t-shirt!

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From my last post list, the following are happily growing.

Tomatoes Brandywine, San Marzano, Tigerella & Ildi

Aubergine Money Maker F1 & Slim Jim 

Sweet Pepper Topepo Rosso, Jumbo Sweet F1 Hybrid & Worldbeater

Chilli (I used some seeds we got for free from a restaurant – no idea of the variety)

The Artichoke and Cape Gooseberry have refused to germinate – boo!  The tomato seeds, as nearly always, all germinated (I put two per jiffy) so I removed one of each.  In past years, I have been weak and have often potted these up, ending with an insane amount of plants and nowhere to put them.  I’ve learnt from that mistake 🙂

Today, I have planted direct:

Radish French Breakfast, Sparkler & Cherry Bell

Beetroot Pablo & Bolthardy

Carrots Yellowstone, Rainbow Hybrid, Purple Haze, Healthmaster & Sugarsnax

Lettuce various varieties

I have so much more I had hoped to get started, but I forgot to buy soil yesterday – oops!

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The spring flowers are doing really well, in the borders we’re moving on from anemone ‘blanda blue-flowered’ and aconite Eranthis hyemalis ’ to grape hyacinth, snake’s head fritillary and narcissi plus the tulips are also about to give their show, which is always a pleasure.  As always, there are anemone in the cutting patch and loads of hellebore dotted around the borders (as they are one of my favourites).

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I picked the first rhubarb today, to make bellinis for Mother’s Day.  I am home alone with the boys, but I have some mini prosecco bottles in the fridge so why not?  I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe found here, only I cut the rhubarb really small as I quite like some little bits of it in the bottom of the bellini glass to nibble on once the drink is gone.  Oh and I also made it in the microwave, as all my pans were in the dishwasher.

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Sorry of you read both my blogs as this is a repeat, but as I know I wont be getting anything for the day itself (poor me – ha ha) I bought myself some chocolates which I will, of course, share with the boys.

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As always when I’m on my own (my husband works away every so often) I plan food ahead.  For tomorrow’s Sunday lunch I’ve just made the ‘gravy’ for sausage casserole using this Delia recipe as a base.  I’ve actually used beer and stock for the liquid, not red wine and I have to cook the bacon lardons on the side as my youngest is vegetarian (he thinks eating animals is mean, and I respect his view even though the rest of us do eat meat).  I’ll also cook the sausages separately tomorrow, again so Charlie can have his favourite vegi ones. For tonight, we’re having homemade pizza, so the boys can choose their own toppings.  I just did a quick Delia Toasted Sweetcorn Salsa to have on the side, as I love it and if I leave the tabasco and tomatoes out the boys will eat it.  I am sooo far ahead, we’ve even finished topic homework – go me.

Right, I’m off to get the pizza base started 🙂

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5 thoughts on “The Perfect Day…

  1. Today has been the most beautiful weather hasn’t it 🙂 good for you Beth getting ahead with the meals, me and H make a lot of homemade and freeze it so we have meals to go too, helps a lot. Ive currently got a pasta cheese bake in the oven, wish I grew my veg though, must be do satififying when its your own. Where are your chocolates from Beth? They look amazing and I have to admit I have been eyeing them up! Hope your weekend has been lovely so far, sounds like it has been 🙂 safxxx

    • Hiya Saf, oh it is lovely out there and I read it’ll be similar tomorrow. The chocs are from http://artisanduchocolat.com/ and I will confess, they cost a bomb, which might be why I accidentally forgot to say where in the post. I used to work around the corner from their Pimlico shop and it was such a treat to buy them as gifts for friends, I’ve never bought them for myself though as it’s always felt indulgent, they are the most amazing chocolates you’ll ever taste. I think I got an email from them with a Mother’s Day nudge and figured, what the heck, it’s all I’ll be getting so sod it and bought some. Very naughty 🙂 Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a good one! Bxx

      • Thanks for the tip off Beth 🙂 I think you defiantly deserve the chocs so don’t feel guilty! Good chocolate is worth paying for , I also love ‘The Grenada Chocolate Company’, lovely dark chocolate! As you can probably tell, I am a complete chocoholic! I shall defiantly try this artisan du choc stuff! I love the box yours came in, how pretty. I hope you enjoyed your mothers day and got your lie in after all 🙂 Safxxx

  2. So happy to read about your garden progress! Not much going on here except the early irises.Looks like you’re off to a fascinating start. And as always your food look and sound so yummy. -Lillian

    • Hi Lillian,

      It’s been fairly quiet around here, but I love the bit where everything suddenly springs back into life and that has well and truly started in this past week. I’ve never been so ‘organised’ in that my beds are weed free and ready, I just need to make sure I get it all planted up in time, as I do tend to get distracted. I hope your garden gets it’s spring face on soon! Beth 🙂

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