Pottering and a posset
Hello! Hope you have had a wonderful Easter weekend. Hasn't the weather been spectacular? Much chocolate was scoffed here, and there is still a mountain of it to get through. We did very little on Sunday and Monday which was just what we all needed. Sometimes it's nice to do nothing other than potter round the house and garden.
We've got a super busy few weeks ahead of us with weekends away and weddings to attend. So I have enjoyed taking it easy. I stayed in bed for a good long lie in on Sunday morning as waking up at 5am everyday makes me appreciate these moments so much more. We caught up with some great television - Poldark, Better Call Saul and Inside no9, snuggled under our Kantha and drinking endless cups of coffee.
All of my daffodils wilted before Easter Sunday - typical. I had some cheap pink roses from the supermarket too and they were still doing well but looked a bit plain on their own. Thankfully our garden provided some Spring flowers - clematis armandii, daphne, forsythia and viburnum tinus. My flower arranging skills are rather haphazard but I kind of like the thrown together approach. The smell of the daphne is incredible, it's such a beautiful shrub at this time of year.
I also bought the most amazing new cookbook - New Feast by Greg and Lucy Malouf. It's a vegetarian middle eastern inspired recipe book (lots of vegan/vegan adaptable ideas) and full of stunning flavour combinations. I find a lot of these books are full of fancy and difficult to get hold of ingredients but this is simpler and most things can be found at the supermarket. Last night we tried Aubergine Pilaf with zhoug (ha! love this name so much - makes me think of Superman and 'kneel before Zod!', No? Just me then....). For your information, zhoug is delicious - it's a hot green chilli and coriander sauce. And to finish, one of my absolute favourite puddings of all time, lemon posset. Super easy and unbelievably good. Recipe is below if you'd like to give it a try.
Hope you all have a great week. Today we are off out with friends which I'm very much looking forward to.
I'll hopefully be back soon but lots to do and hardly any time to do it! x
Lemon Posset - adapted from 'New Feast' by Greg and Lucy Malouf.
^ Grated zest and 120ml of lemon juice. (I used nearly four lemons to get the juice, but only used two for the zest).
^ 125g caster sugar
^ 450ml double cream
^ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
^ Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice and the sugar in a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
^ Pour the cream into another saucepan and add the ground ginger. Keep whisking and heat gently until it comes to the boil.
^ Pour in the hot lemon syrup and return to a simmer, whisking all the time. Simmer for about 20 seconds then remove from the heat.
^ Cool slightly, then strain through a sieve into a jug.
^ Pour into glasses and chill until set.
Serve with a thin shortbread biscuit (ideally the fennel shortbread ones in the book, although we totally cheated and bought some!).