Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Summer vegetables

Who is a clever girl then! Picked in my garden today - in fact, we picked a bucket load of greengages (more correctly, George picked them because I am allergic to wasps!) Forgot to put some of my tomatoes in. No sewing done - I had to make cakes this morning because the Book Club met at my house and home made cakes seem to be the requirement! Sorry, Gina, I didn't take a photo before the big cake was cut into and it looks very sorry now, but it was a lemon & ground almond sponge with marscapone & apricot filling and was delicious. The scones were a bit hard, I find them temperamental. Any tips?

We discussed Engleby by Sebastian Faulks - we gave it 8/10 - it was a very dark book but quite compelling and I liked the fact that it was mostly set in Cambridge. We sat out in the garden under two big umbrellas, it was perfect.

Now I am going out to lie on the table in the garden and watch the shooting stars!


  1. Tempted by the sound of that cake... can I come round for tea?
    Scones that work: Mix 1/4 tsp each of salt & baking powder into 8 oz self raising flour. Stir in 1 oz caster sugar. Rub in 2oz cold butter. Mix together with 4 fl oz buttermilk to form a soft dough (may need to add a little extra milk) Roll to 2 cm thick, cut out and bake for 12 mins at 220 deg C. I think it is the buttermilk that makes them light!

  2. Ooh, it looks as though Gina's giving out top baking tips!

    Lovely lovely harvesting you've been doing and I'm very excited about the delicious-sounding cake. I hope you saw lots of meteors. We only saw one!