The view through the window on a slightly overcast July day, rather typical of the summer so far. We’ve stopped cutting the asparagus and let it grow, the Jerusalem Artichokes have grown like weeds (I’ll dig them up to make Fartichoke Soup) and those beans that the slugs didn’t eat are just beginning to wind their way up the canes.
Dried orange peel. I dry our orange peel because it makes an excellent fire lighter. In the winter it gets used up every day, but now we aren’t lighting the fire it gets saved in a big jar. I know people think it’s a strange thing to do, but it makes lighting the fire a doddle.
Bread. I’ve been trying to make at least one sort of different bread each month. These are made using Paul Hollywood’s Iced Fingers recipe. I never understood why people bought Iced Fingers from the supermarket as they always seemed to be rather boring bread rolls topped with a thick splodge of icing but then I watched the contestants make these on The Great British Bake Off and was converted. These buns taste good if simply iced but when filled with jam and cream they are utterly delicious.
Kitchen dresser. Most things on my kitchen dresser are functional; it’s a handy place for jugs and jelly moulds but too much clutter (phone chargers, opened mail and a roll of parcel tape to name but three things currently residing there) annoys me. Breaking my rule, this jug and glasses are purely decorative. Bill won them in a raffle when he was a boy and I love the colour and unevenness of them. We bought the plate behind when we were on our honeymoon and it makes me smile.
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