Spring

Orange Cake and Lemonade

If the weather holds this weekend this cake is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny garden afternoon. A rich lemon mousse, sweet whipped cream and crushed raspberries drizzled with Framboise, sandwiched between two layers of orange scented sponge. The combination was arrived at by accident. Surplus filling, begging not to be wasted, from our Easter lemon tart (I had made a 20cm case rather than the 25cm indicated).

 Serve with fresh lemonade (recipe below), iced coffee served with a dollop of the coffee ice-cream, or posh tea (lady grey with a slice of lemon).

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Wild about Wild Garlic

snail on wild garlic

You are not the only one who loves Wild Garlic!

If you go down to the woods today…….. you may be lucky enough to hap across an oasis of pretty green and white foliage. Wild garlic or Ransoms, to give you their official name, grow in dappled shaded woodland areas. A member of the Allium family the wild garlic leaf is broad, tender and vibrantly green. The flower, which is also edible, is a cluster of pretty star shaped white petals.  An olfactory identification (they smell strongly of garlic) will alert you to their presence often long before you see them.  The season for  Wild garlic begins in early spring and often you will find them interspersed with wild bluebells. If we have warm weather they can arrive as early as March and they are good until mid May when the odour gets a bit strong and the leaves lose their tenderness. Continue reading