Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Evening Walk

One Sunday evening whilst we were on holiday my mum asked me if I wanted to go for a drive. It was wonderful just to get lost, to choose the road turn by turn, driving towards the sea with vibrant hedgerows and green fields on either side. At every turn you get a new display of the work of our amazing Creator God! We stopped off in a lay by and I perched on top of the car to take pictures of the gorgeous panorama: cow field, hedgerow flowers, wooded valley, green fields, the coast, rainbow, sky and clouds.

Walking towards the coast we were awed by the beauty of the sun beginning to set against the cliffs and shimmering water. Sometimes its hard to make out the horizon between sea and sky! It's funny how you don't always notice clouds, but that evening they added so much drama to the landscape. The tiny detail and bright colour of the wayside flowers is beauty on a different scale, but they too fill me with a sense of wonder and excitement.

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvellous display of His craftsmanship." Psalm 19 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Holiday pictures

However many drafts I have in my post folder I just never seem to get around the adding the finishing touches in time to schedule posts, hence the long absence of posts as I have been on holiday. I was in beautiful Cornwall for two relaxing weeks, it was such a great opportunity to practise with my camera! I've also got a recommended recipe that I tried out in the big farmhouse kitchen, but I'll test it again and try to take some better photographs.

I thought I'd write a post sharing some pictures from the holiday, but there are so many it was difficult to choose! These ones are from a walk up a big hill called Roughtor which was really beautiful and wild scenery. There were sheep everywhere, and loads of boulders and piles of stone, which are the remains from an ancient settlement. More holiday photo posts will be coming soon!

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post, it's really nice to hear from readers! I wasn't able to reply as usual because of being on holiday. Also sorry this post was so late, but I hope you enjoy the photos!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Strawberry Shortcakes {recommended recipes}

The day I made this recipe was filled with some of the best bits of summer. In England the sunshine definitely worth waiting for, because it brings strawberry season, and trips to Garson's Pick-Your-Own Farm. Last year we went in September, and came home loaded with punnets of soft, sweet, juicy plums. This year they had raspberries beginning to be ripe, perfect gooseberries, broccoli, spinach, and delicious sugarsnap peas. Strawberries were the main crop, the huge field filled with neat rows of ripe strawberry plants.

This year my little sister was old enough to enjoy what was going on and she loved pulling carrots and picking gooseberries and strawberries. Imagine her surprise when she pulled up a plant from the ground and found a carrot! Everyone gets pretty excited actually, to see so much growing and to pick some, especially as our own gardening efforts haven't gone too well. 

As we picked we talked about what desserts we would make, gooseberry cream crumble, raspberry roulade, strawberries and cream. When I was searching for what to make that evening I decided, on a whim, to find out what strawberry shortcake was. There were a lot of big cakes, but Nigella's recipe had perfect little individual scone-like shortcakes with crushed and fresh strawberries, plus cream.

The dough is made with cream and it's very soft, producing a shortcake that with heavenly lightness. For me, they were a definite improvement on scones. Half the strawberries were mushed with sugar and balsamic vinegar (absolutely delicious) and put under the fresh strawberries. It's great to see the strawberries growing, pick them, and then 5 hours later to eat them. Cream would have been an improvement, but they were delicious without. I would totally recommend this recipe, it feels like the perfect celebration of summer!

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Now I am getting a little busy to do so much blogging, I thought I'd start a new series. {recommended recipes} will be reviews and photographs of recipes from the internet that I've successfully made. See all of them here. Enjoy!