a taste of summer

Is it just me or is there a proliferation of buttercups this year?
The meadows round here seem to be have an abundance of these sunny little flowers.
So good to see.

And on the kitchen windowsill, these little seedlings which with a bit of nurturing, will hopefully produce lots of delicious Butternut Squash later in the year.

On the allotment, the artichokes are growing well. I'm hoping they will be an improvement on last year's harvest.

It seems a little early to be picking them, but they are already quite big.
Not sure what to do. Any ideas?

Self seeded Sweet Williams from the allotment and cornflowers, scabious and roses from the garden.

And finally, a delicious summer lunch using English asparagus in a creamy filling on puff pastry.
The recipe is from Kellie at Food to Glow. Her blog is a real treasure trove of inspiration and information.

The recipe can be found here.

I loved the addition of capers in the filling and dressing, which gave a lovely hint of acidity.



  1. Mmm, looks delicious. I saw a big field of buttercups the other day as well, they were so pretty. Your jug of flowers is divine, I do love flowers from the garden, especially the earlier ones. I tend to pick my artichokes at that stage, and sometimes even before. Such a delicacy, glad yours are doing well now. CJ xx

    1. Thank you CJ. I will go ahead and pick my artichokes. Fingers crossed!!

  2. It certainly does look delicious, sadly I am not a lover of capers. Love to see your stunning jug of flowers, I have to admit to been a tad envious. It is shop bought for me of late.

  3. Oh dear me. You have just reminded me that I put my unprotected butternut squash out this weekend only for them to be hit with storms, wind and, by now, a heap of slugs and snails. As for the strawberries...I'm not optimistic. At least the artichokes might be ok but, like you, quite mystified as to when they'll be at their best.

  4. Such beautiful inspirational photographs xx


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