Feeling a little lacklustre this morning (a rainy dull day often has this effect I find) I now feel instantly restored after eating a bowl of home-grown beetroot soup accompanied by my little blue jug of anemones and the promise of a teatime treat. If I’m honest beetroot isn’t my favourite vegetable unless eaten tiny and raw as part of a salad but I had a sack of carrots that needed the fly cutting out of them so decided to make a carrot and beetroot soup flavoured with fennel seeds which turns out to be rather delicious.
I wouldn’t normally eat cake at lunchtime but as I was investigating other ways of using up my beetroot harvest I thought I’d give Beetroot and Chocolate Brownies a whirl. I used a River Cottage recipe and followed it to the letter and having made a batch of my usual Nigel Slater chocolate brownies only last week for my son’s birthday I know which recipe I will be using in future. Nigel’s brownies are good but Hugh’s are better and the method is easier. Melt chocolate and butter (250g of each), beat caster sugar (250g) and 3 eggs in a separate bowl and mix together, add beetroot and mix carefully and finally fold in self-raising flour (150g). Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. The recipe is available on-line. Who would know there was 250g of cooked and grated beetroot secreted into the mix? I cut mine into 16 squares and 10 have already found their way into the freezer for another rainy day.
Back to the flowers and I’m afraid they are more of the same. I think I may be heading for a record with the Anemone coronaria Sylphide which I’ve been cutting since June. There are four flowers in the little blue jug picked from the allotment on Saturday with still more to come. Dare I hope for fresh anemones for my birthday, for Christmas?
And in the green pint size jug there is a cheery bunch of cosmos and calendula to brighten the kitchen table.
I am hoping for a little more variety in my Monday vases next year, but in the meantime what has cheered you this lunchtime?
I’m popping over to Cathy’s blog Rambling in the garden for more cheeriness and to find out.