Sunday, 17 April 2011
Cherry blossom, flower-pot bread, and more good things from the farmer's market
The magnolia petals have almost gone, but there is more blossom unfurling in the front garden, on the cherry tree that reaches up to the sky. This weekend I've been weeding -- rooting out the bindweed before it chokes the roses -- although all the other self-seeded plants in my beds are allowed to stay (forget-me-nots, bluebells, and red valerian for the butterflies), as are the sprinkling of daisies and buttercups in the lawn.
No need to venture much further than the garden on a sunny Sunday, except to the Farmer's Market up the road at Alexandra Palace, where there were fiery red chilis, delicious Polish cakes and brownies (the best I've had for years; so good I've searched for the source online, and discovered them here, at the Cakehole Kitchen), and bread baked in flower-pots from the Honest Carrot stall. The farmer's market also yielded sausages, which I'm cooking for dinner with onion gravy, mashed potatoes, and plenty of peas. Heaven...