Puddings and Desserts

Pistachio and Raspberry Financiers

The sum of wet outside plus spare egg whites in the fridge equals a cosy afternoon of baking.  Actually, I  made  Brown Sugar Pavlova, but since the recipe is  already  posted I thought I’d search out another treat that uses up surplus egg whites.

These little bite-sized financiers  are versatile – if you don’t have pistachios you can use just about any sort of ground nut that you have in the store cupboard. They can be made small to eat with coffee or as a petite fore, or made into a dessert by piping the batter into a ring mould.  Enjoy .

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Sloe Time and Worth the Wait.

sloes in sieve and blackthorn branch with wild dyed cloth

Ripe Sloes and Blackthorn Branch

The Sloe is the fruit of the capricious blackthorn. As early as march bride-like veils of  white gossamer appear to billow and waft along the length of the hedgerows and field margins. An illusion created by the densley packed floral display of this early flowering  bush. The blackthorns small, delicate, lacey white flowers appear well before its leaves have even thought about getting out of bed for spring. This apparition, and the wonderful accompanying scent always stops me in my tracks, a happy acknowledgment that warmer weather and spring sunshine are on their way before too long. Continue reading

Sugar on Trial – villain or useful ingredient? Plus – two, low-sugar, summer fruit recipes.

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We love a food villain don’t we? Something that we can point a finger at and blame for our personal or national health-ills and expanding waistlines. Its easier to blame an individual, like fat, rather than a generic group, like ‘refined foods’, and so now, from this ‘group’, sugar has been singled out and put in the dock for sentencing and general humiliation.

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