Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Garden Updates

Another back-breaking garden project
laying membrane and aggregates over waterlogged bedding

before
after

dug out some stones from the woodland area surrounding the old wells behind the house


bought two whiskey barrel and planted ornamental dwarf japanese cherry trees in each






waiting for the explosion of colours
herbaceous borders always look dead in winter and early spring
they evolved to survive harsh winters by dying right back to the ground 



poor Lolita...
she's recovering from a nasty viral infection
just got her appetite back after 4 days of not eating and drinking
got us all worried sick

Monday, 30 March 2015

Macaron in a Hurry


I am a rebel
I love breaking the rules (within reasons)
I don't incline to slave over tedious procedures
and making macarons is one of them

The last time I made them was more than 3 years ago ( I hate sticky fingers)
Yeah, you can say that I'm out of practice. 
But I decided to make them for a reason.

 So what didn't I do that you would normally do in making macarons, I hear you ask?
Well, for a start I didn't age the egg whites as normally prescribe - I used fresh egg whites
and the almond was not processed to a fine meal nor sifted as I don't really need the extra washing
No matter
though they didn't really come out a perfection, they tasted superb
especially coupled with the rich chocolate truffle innards




 
 I told you before I made them for a reason
and the reason is this...
My baby girl came home for her spring break!
and she loves macarons
even the wonky ones!



Wednesday, 25 March 2015