You Bring Me Flowers In The Pouring Rain


Blossoms, originally uploaded by jaxies.

So before David left for Canada he was growing some wonderful vegetables in his garden in London, including some beautiful little zucchini flowers. I had great plans for these flowers, I was going to stuff them, batter them, fry them, bake them – you name it, I was going to do awesome stuff with them. However, David’s flowers got heavily infested with black fly and, sadly, then were unusable by me, so my plans were put on hold.

That is until a family friend, Dee, rocked up with a basket full of zucchini and pumpkin flowers for me. She has an allotment and grows vegetables in abundance, many of which end up being giant monstrosities that she then carts in a wheelbarrow to my mom’s church at Harvest time. I’ve never had much of a green thumb, so I think people who can grow amazing things like that are really rather remarkable. Or maybe it’s not so much that I don’t have much of a green thumb as never having really tried. Maybe that should be my project for next year – growing my own veggies. Anyway. Flowers. I was determined to do them justice. How do I do that? Deep-fry the heck out of them.


Spinach & Ricotta, A Heavenly Combination


So last night’s dinner party was a real hit. The chicken was delicious and crispy, the roast potatoes weren’t as crispy as usual, but the inclusion of sweet potato was definitely a good idea, and the roasted carrots and zucchini were delicious. Dessert were the aforementioned brownies, a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a handful of raspberries. In fact, it was all so good that I didn’t manage to take any photos before it all got vacuumed up. So next time. Until then you’ll just have to take my word for it: it was good.

So tonight’s dinner was created out of a handful of things that were leftover in my fridge and store cupboard. I’m that girl that can make a meal out of anything. I had butter, flour, milk, spinach, ricotta, some leftover salad from last night which I dubbed the Mediterranean Salad, some Serrano ham and some lasagne sheets. Hello Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne.