In My Kitchen – June 2015

Yesterday, after a gloriously hot sunny day for Open Farm Sunday, I decided that Summer Had Arrived and it was time for the Seasonal Wardrobe Changeover. Winter jumpers and thick socks were put away and summer clothes brought out, although some of the summer clothes were immediately consigned to the recycling bag as for some reason the unsightly stains hadn’t miraculously disappeared over winter.

This morning I retrieved a winter jumper and put my socks back on as summer appears to have deserted us already. I checked the weather forecast to see if it would be back tomorrow, but was rather disheartened to read that tonight “temperatures could still dip low enough to give a patchy rural grass frost”.

elderflower and rose for cordial

Therefore, it’s more in hope than expectation, that in my kitchen this month I’m making Elderflower and Rose Cordial. With luck, we’ll be able to drink it in the sunshine.

broad beans fresh from the garden

Also in my kitchen, the first tiny broad beans from the garden that were cooked with a couple of mint leaves and then roughly mashed with butter and seasoning to spread on a slice of sourdough toast.

rhubarb cake

The rhubarb is still going strong so this week it’s been used in cake. I have a limited cake repertoire. I use just a few recipes and adapt them, which seems a good deal easier than endlessly trying something new. This week the raspberries in the Raspberry Loaf Cake were replaced with rhubarb. A successful adaptation. In fact, so successful that there is no cooked photograph because it was sliced and eaten when it had barely cooled.

the view from the kitchen window in June

Through the kitchen window, the vegetable garden is slowly coming to life. There is even more anti-guinea fowl netting, which has now been supplemented by anti-all bird netting on the cherry tree.

What’s happening in your kitchen? Is it full of summer sun?

Once again, I’m joining in with Celia’s In My Kitchen series at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial as we tour the world to see what everyone has in their kitchen this month. If you have the time, check out some of the different blogs that are listed on Celia’s page

50 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – June 2015

  1. Annie says:

    My little north facing kitchen isn’t full of sun, but until today the garden has been.

    I’m liking the sound of the mashed broad beans. There’s wild fennel pesto in my In My Kitchen post, no pics though I’m afraid, because of my dark kitchen.

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  2. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch says:

    A very lovely and very neat vegetable garden with great raised beds. Very practical. Those baby broad beans are so cute, tender and delicious, and great with mint. Come to think of it, most summers my cardigans never get packed away.

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  3. Sam says:

    Mashed new broad beans on sourdough – yum! And the elderflower and rose cordial AND the rhubarb cake. It’s good to have a few adaptable recipes. Thank you for this taste of summer on a distinctly chilly evening.

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  4. Gerlinde says:

    You have a lovely garden and I would love to get my hands on some of your Elderflowers. Your mashed up broad beans sounds like something I woul like.

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      Just lightly mashed with a fork makes a few broad beans look a bit more of a helping! The elderflower season doesn’t last long so I shall be making the most of it.

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  5. theclevercarrot says:

    Summer has also deserted us. We’re drowning in rain. I have to say, I have a limited cake/muffin repertoire as well, and I’m more than content to adapt what I already know. Don’t you feel more accomplished that way? x

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I’d never thought of it that way – but yes 🙂 So much easier just glancing at the recipe and remembering what to do than having to check everything. Mind you, sometimes I don’t remember it quite as well as I thought.

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      A couple of years ago we got three new guinea fowl who have developed a liking for the veg garden – the old one never bothered before but have now been led astray.

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  6. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe says:

    So that’s what you do with broad beans – I don’t use them enough but than again I don’t have them fresh from the garden. Glad you have had a taste of summer – hope it returns soon. I am always after trying new cake recipes though I do love tweaking old ones too but there are so many new recipes tempting me online. And your garden looks so gloriously green!

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      Usually I pod the broad beans, blanch them and then slip the outer skin off to reveal the bright green inside but it’s a lot of faff and much easier to mash the whole bean.

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  7. Julie says:

    We have winter jumpers back on here and feeling a little short changed by the weather. Really lovely photo of rhubarb replacing the raspberries, I am going to give that a whirl, your raspberry version has been made several times here, also with the last of the frozen blackberries. Pigeons had a field day with my peas this year but otherwise things are slow to get going with the cooler temperatures.

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I’m glad the recipe works for you (so much easier than all that whisking and beating). I thought I might add some white chocolate chunks next time, though that may be a step too far. Wretched pigeons! Let’s hope summer is just around the corner.

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  8. Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Elderflower and rose cordial! What a wonderful combination! Do you simply replace some of the elderflower heads with rose petals and use the same method as for plain elderflower cordial? If not, please post instructions – I want to try this! It’s a shame summer’s appearance has been so fleeting so far – I’m afraid it’s rather typical. I do hate wearing winter stuff in June. Hoping the sun and warmth will return soon. E x

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I just threw in a couple of roses as well as the elderflowers – my recipe is a little vague on quantities. It needs more rose though so I’m making another batch with more rose and using darker ones so (hopefully) the cordial will be pink.

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  9. thecompletebook says:

    Elderflower and Rose Cordial – ooo, now that sounds fabulous and all so pretty to start with. Our winter has arrived and I am not happy. I would much prefer summer the whole year.
    Your garden is fabulous. Think I shall ask my Pete to build me a few bed boxes so I can get cracking with some veggies.
    Have a super day and hope your summer weather is just around the corner.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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  10. tiffinbitesized says:

    Those broad beans are making me very envious. Legume jealousy. I too have just a few cakes in my repertoire that can be trotted out or primped with the requisite topping or filling. Life should be this easy!

    Always interesting to see what’s happening xxx

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  11. choclette says:

    Snap, I have rose cordial In My Kitchen too – no elderflower in it though. Very envious of your lovely walled garden – so neat and tidy. I think we might have to get similar netting up down at the plot as we have a visiting pheasant who is reeking havoc.

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  12. fergie51 says:

    Oh this all looks sensational! Elderflower with rose petals, must try that.Love the way broad beans have their own little sleeping bags, thanks for reminding me to plant some. No summer sun here, just the winter barren time when things are sleeping. I do love this time though. Love the walled garden, so romantic 🙂 Thanks for bringing me to your garden, very comforting!

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      My children used to sing a song at school about “the broad beans are sleeping in their blankety beds” which I always think about whenever I pod the beans.

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  13. Jane says:

    Gorgeous. Pretty ‘frosty’ here – we had a tonne of firewood delivered this morning – but in actual fact there’s no real frost on the Adelaide plains in mid-winter! Elderflower and rose cordial sounds so civilised. With I nip of gin, I hope 🙂

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  14. Maggie says:

    Rhubarb cake sounds divine! My sister’s grandmother in-law (yep that’s a mouthful!) often gifts elderflower cordial to us. It’s so good. I can imagine adding rose would only enhance it!

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  15. Brian Skeys says:

    The veg garden with the raised beds looks very organised and productive Anne.
    The broad bean recipe sounds interesting, will have to see if ( Chef!) will give it a go.

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  16. emmabarrett1508 says:

    I am very jealous of your rhubarb. There is a great recipe for rhubarb cake on my blog if you are interested. I hope you get round to checking out my IMK. Take care. Emma.

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  17. Kim Bultman says:

    Anne, what a lush looking post… green and vibrant! (Even if you have to dip into your winter attire now and then.) I’m trying to figure out what to pack for my upcoming trip to Minnesota (hot & humid during the day — coooold at night) and can totally relate to your wardrobe woes. Your broad bean spread sounds fantastic (simple & basic) and so does your “re-do” of your raspberry loaf cake with rhubarb!

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  18. e / dig in hobart says:

    we are right into thick jumpers and socks mode here in Hobart… and the garden definitely is not full of summer sun! I so enjoyed seeing that last photos of your garden – so neat and ordered and inspiring.

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  19. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur says:

    Your garden is beautiful Anne! Aren’t Guinea Fowl annoying? I love open veggie patches but we’ve had to roof several of ours as it’s just not practical to grow beautiful lettuce and other veg for the Guineas to enjoy!
    I love the look of your broad beans – I’m growing some for the first time this winter and am looking forward to trying different recipes with them.
    Your cake baking method sounds excellent!

    Sarah x

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  20. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial says:

    I have a limited cake repertoire as well. Do you know, if you put those elderflowers and rose petals in a bowl in front of me and told me they were a salad, I reckon I’d eat them. They look amazing! Hope summer makes up its mind (and decides to be hot) soon! xxx

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