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Friday, 23 June 2017

Elderflower Cheesecake

I mentioned a week or so ago that Elderflower Cordial can be used in cheesecake so today I thought I would give you my recipe for this. It is a very easy recipe and actually originates from a restaurant in Kendal. The Moon restaurant was a great favourite in the 80's and 90's. It was the first place that I ever tasted Sticky Toffee Pudding. I have two little books that they produced at this time. I see the date that I have written in the front of  "More Recipes from the Moon." is 1st  September 1990.

Somewhere in the back of mind I feel I may have already given you this recipe so I apologise if I am repeating myself.

Biscuit Base (I double this bit)
2oz Butter
4oz Crushed digestive biscuits.
1/3 pint double cream
10oz cream cheese ( can use low fat)
2oz Caster sugar.
4 fl oz Elderflower Cordial
1 dessert spoon lemon juice.

1. Melt the butter and stir in the biscuit crumb.
2. Press the mixture over the base of a greased 8" loose bottom shallow cake tin. ( I use a flan dish of about 10".)
3. Using a hand mixer beat together all the ingredients until smooth.
4. Spread over the base.

I decorate this with fresh soft fruit although this is not what the recipe suggests. They suggest 2 tins of raspberries brought to the boil with arrowroot and then cooled before pouring over individual slices.

An easy but tasty dessert which it suggests you could try different cordials. I haven't done this but I would imagine that ginger would be tasty with a ginger biscuit base. I will let you know when I have tried it!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Take Three Thursday: Domes Inside and Out

 The remit for Mary - Lou's Take Three Thursday is to post three photos that have come to one's attention and that all follow a theme. This week I have chosen one of the items on the list for the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. I have chosen No. 13 A Dome.
 Yesterday I had a couple of spare hours in Cardiff while waiting for my daughter. I decided to head to The National Museum partly to get out of the heat, also because it is free but also because it's large range of exhibitions was sure to have something of interest. I spent a few moments admiring the exterior and the adjoining building which is the Cardiff City Hall. It soon became obvious that this was a good opportunity for a dome!
You may recall from yesterday that my camera has gone for a bit of a MOT so I only had my iPhone with me. I really am not very good at taking pictures with this but sometimes needs must! So taken with my iPhone are 3 buildings with domes in close proximity viewed from Cathays Park.

1. The ornate dome above Cardiiff City Hall topped with a sculpture of a Welsh dragon.

2. Cardiff National Museum with it plainer but still majestic dome.

3. Seen through the trees to the left of the City Hall are two domes which are part of Cardiff Crown Courts. I believe they are matching turrets.

Anyone who knows me will know that I find it hard to stick to the rules. Today I have 3 more domes for you. Inside Cardiff National Museum the interior is quite impressive. This view from the first floor gallery looking down on the foyer below the dome gives an indication of its grandness. This was the venue for a ball that my daughter recently attended.

Then here are the interiors of three domes within the museum.

1. The interior of the large dome.

2. and 3. Two domed windows at the museum.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Free Range

 Yesterday I took my camera in for a bit of a once over to see if they can get the marks off my sensor. I'm feeling a bit lonely already without my camera. I do have my phone and can borrow one of my daughters cameras so I am sure I will survive.
Meanwhile here are a couple of photos of the hens enjoying their liberty to roam. It's good to,see them out and about. 

You can see they don't take much notice of Monty.

They are not so keen on this very hot weather preferring to stay in the shade. Pretty much like most of us really.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Fabulous Colour

The farmer bought some lily bulbs that he brought on in pots. I planted some of them into the garden and two of them are now in flower. The colour of this one is particularly striking.

Then there is a vibrant yellow one.

There seems to be quite a lot of yellow and orange in the garden at the moment including this iris.

And this pretty rose.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Hot Chick

The temperatures have soared over the weekend with every person and every animal heading for the shade.

It's also affecting the baby birds. It's not uncommon for swallow chicks to fall out of their nests in this weather. There are 12 nests in total on the farm and their nests are close up to the hot roofs. The  chicks are getting big and they spread out to get cool in their over crowded environment and whoops! Out they come. Several were found on the ground yesterday and returned by means of a ladder.
I haven't really said much about the swallows this year but they have a nest in the stables close to the one I followed last year. Yesterday they had all flown the nest except one.

Watching from a safe the parent birds did not seem coming to feed this little one but I could only leave it for them to return. Three times later in the day we found a little swallow on the ground. The parent birds were swooping down but were cautious of coming right down. After two attempts at putting it on the wall where it flew a little way I finally I resorted to the roof where the parents came down to it. I have no idea this morning whether it recovered enough to join it's little family. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Sundial

I have taken photographs of the sundial at Tyntesfield before but on this visit it had been decorated with an array of flowers. This also could be a possibility for No. 22 A dial for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt.
Here are a few views of the dial.
From the seat behind.

Looking back from the kitchen garden.

A close up.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Season of Growing

This time of year is an important time of year for the crops. The warm weather we have been having is helping the crops to finish growing and mature.
The other day I took a walk alongside one of the fields with barley growing.

I cannot really create the waving effect of the wind waving the heads.

It has still some way to go before it will be ready to harvest.

The potatoes are also looking good and have benefited from both the rain and sunshine.

On looking closer the potato flowers are just coming out although obviously it is what is out of sight underground that is most important!

Fingers crossed for a good crop.