Sunday, 24 April 2011

happy easter

A chocolate feast and a wheel barrow ride round the garden!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

turner contemporary

We were very excited to go along to the launch of the new Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. Poor old Margate has been heading steadily downhill since the advent of cheap package holidays, but I do believe this new gallery could be the start of an upward trend. Already there's lots of regeneration going on in the Old Town with cafes and galleries and shops where there were only bordered up buildings before.

The building is designed by David Chipperfield and looks out to sea making the most of the amazing north light that so impressed Turner.

What with all the canapes, speeches and Betty to chase after we didn't get a chance to look at the work properly but we'll return soon for a another look.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

gorse flower cordial

The smell of the coconutty gorse in full bloom has been heavenly on these warm days we've been getting recently. I remembered to take a plastic tub with me on a walk yesterday and filled it with flowers. (Forgot gardening gloves though and got a few sore fingers). Last night I made some cordial. There are various recipes on the internet. This a hybrid of a few of them....


4 handfuls of gorse flowers
600ml water
250g caster sugar
juice and zest of 2 lemons

Rapidly boil the water and sugar for 10 minutes to create the syrup. Take off the heat and add the lemon zest and juice and the gorse flowers. (I spread these out on a tea towel before hand to let the insects crawl away). Leave for 3 or 4 hours before straining through a muslin cloth and sealing in sterilised bottles. Makes about 500ml. Delicious diluted as a drink, as a syrup on ice cream or other desserts or made into a granita.

Other variations include the addition of orange or grapefruit juice and if I was to pick 10 pints worth of flowers I could make wine from this River Cottage Gorseflower wine recipe.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

suspiciously quiet

It went suspiciously quiet in the living room whilst I was making lunch....