It has been another lousy year in the garden. Partly my fault and partly the weather. And there appears to be an all-you-can-eat evening cafe for rabbits that has set up business at the allotment.
But let’s not focus on the negatives.
Let’s celebrate the positives. There is much to be grateful for but I admit I am struggling a bit at the moment. I am in the doldrums and I haven’t a clue why (so unlike me).
I aim to combat that with knitting and baking bread. I had a book token (I know, how quaint!) so treated myself to Dan Lepard’s The Handmade Loaf. I like his Short and Sweetwhich I received for Christmas so I’m hoping this will be just as good.
It was published a while ago and should be just the ticket for making fancy pants bread. It’s subtitled Contemporary European Recipes for the Home Baker.
I’ve also been enjoying the first strawberries from the plot and the first sweet peas from the garden. Everything seems so much later this year but all the more sweeter for it.
Lunch is my favourite meal of the day. It’s important that wherever you are at lunchtime, you make time to show show yourself some love by having a lovely meal.
And I’m not talking about a sandwich.
Huge salads, home-made soup, noodles with veg and home-made peanut dressing, wraps with roasted peppers, onions finished with ham and feta cheese – all of them are lipsmackingly lovely.