One of the problems with doing things at the same time each week is that it makes the weeks go by so quickly - and they go quickly enough as one gets older without any help from that.
Coffee day in Penley's Bistro with 'the gang' (only six of us this morning so less noise than usual), was followed by a quick look round the market. What I love about the market is the way it reflects the seasons. This is particularly true of the greengrocery stall - Carricks - which is an absolutely glorious array even in the depths of Winter. Gradually more and more produce emerges as the days lengthen. Forced rhubarb (a bit of an acquired taste which the farmer doesn't care for) has appeared and I think looks rather tasty. I have bought some today and intend to serve it for tea this afternoon -warm with custard.
That reminds me instantly of rhubarb and custard lollipops - the lollipops of my childhood. They were like giant humbugs on sticks - transparent red 'boiled sweet' on one side and creamy yellow 'custard on the other. Do you remember them?
And sucker and dabs, a bag of yellow lemonade powder and a 'dab' on a stick - a flat toffee for dipping in the powder. And 'tobacco' a bag of toasted coconut which tasted absolutely delicious. I could go on - there were so many to choose from - and no thought of what they were doing to our teeth. But back to the greengrocery stall.
The new season's broccoli, tiny stems fastened together with elastic bands, steamed in under five minutes and eaten at lunch time today with fried potatoes and a hot pork and apple pie. Rather than go on at length I have just thought - next Friday I will endeavour to take a photograph of the stall, weather permitting.
Sufficient to say that the said broccoli was absolutely delicious and I am pretty sure the rhubarb will be too. Now I am just eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first asparagus - then it will be out with the thin bread and plenty of butter.
What about you, dear readers - do you have favourite Spring foods after the rather boring casseroles and soups of Winter? If so, please do share them with us.