The weather here is deceptive. Bright sunshine and a Westerly wind, but step outside the door only to find that that wind is bitterly cold and certainly not conducive to a spot of gardening.
We have a garden stall on our Friday market and he was doing a roaring trade on Friday - as I said to my neighbour in the waiting queue 'the triumph of hope over experience once again'.
I love pot geraniums (pelargoniums) and always buy lots to plant up various and tubs and planters. I could only carry nine of Friday and aim to get those planted before next Friday so that I can buy my next lot of bedding plants. It was to be my afternoon's job after giving Tess a bath, but it is too cold so it can wait for a warmer day. Then I shall take out the tete-a-tete daffodils from the wall manger under the front window (which faces due South. Geraniums love the sunshine) and fill it with my nine plants.
Then before next Friday I shall survey other planting spots and decide what to buy next. Any of my readers who blog with folk in the US will read that gardens are blooming, hay is being cut, veggies like cauliflowers are off to market - our veggies in the garden are just pushing through the ground.
Interesting that Barbara (Homestead Hill Farm) speaks of selling garlic curls on her Farmers' Market Stall. These are the long green shoots from garlic bulbs, which must be cut off in order to prevent the garlic bulbs from beginning to make seed. She says they look rather like scallions (spring onions) and of course have a really strong taste. She says they are very popular. I wonder how long before they begin to arrive here.
Asparagus is in full flow here. All the way back from Suffolk and through Lincolnshire we passed stalls on the roadside selling it. I absolutely love it, although the farmer can take or leave it. Asparagus, melted butter and brown bread and butter is a meal in itself.
Finally, a recipe for you. Yesterday I went into town with friends W and E and we had coffee (and a delicious scone) and were rather late back. I made a rushed macaroni cheese and it was the best I have ever made.
Handful of chopped chesnut mushrooms.
4 chopped spring onions.
6 slices of snipped good streaky smoked bacon.
Handful of tiny broccoli sprigs snipped from a large head.
Jar of macaroni cheese sauce.
Generous quantity of finely grated parmesan.
Pack of fresh spinach macaroni (always available at our local deli
and quite delicious, only needing 2 minutes cooking)
Fry bacon for a couple of minutes, add chopped mushrooms, spring onions, finally add the broccoli sprigs and keep stirring for a minute or two until everything begins to colour.
Meanwhile cook macaroni in boiling water for three minutes and drain. Amalgamate all and put into a greased dish and cover
with the jar of sauce. Stir well and then cover the lot with as much grated parmesan as you can find. Pop into the top of a hot oven to heat through and brown. Absolutely delicious. Enjoy.