Three weeks of events finally reached a finale this weekend and what a beautiful few days. Sunshine late in to the evening and in my mind a perfect temperature. I managed to catch some of Wimbledon on Friday evening as I sat cleaning samphire for three hours!!!
Like most things this year, the samphire season started early, so whilst it is delicious right now, some bits can be slightly woody - hence the marathon session to find the most tender shoots. Lightly sauteed in some olive oil and nothing beats it, the saltiness of the sea, the crunch of slender asparagus - love it!
The Sicilian came up trumps as always on Saturday evening, delivering a delicious supper to 40 guests and then first thing on Sunday morning he was off to Thyme & Tides deli in Stockbridge for a tasting event. Luckily for me, there was a slice of semolina cake and a fragrant and intense strawberry salad later that evening. He drizzles the English strawberries in some nero d'avola jelly and leaves them to marinade, resulting in the most beautiful sweet syrup carrying undertones of the fruity Sicilian nero d'avola grape.
And today, well at last we can enjoy a moment at home recovering and regrouping. I've picked some flowers from the garden - roses, calendula, nasturtium, cosmos and astrantia - so much for my palette of white and purple!
The nasturtiums self-seeded, luckily all over the Sicilian's vegetable garden, as did the gorgeous orange calendula. When confronted by an array of such beautiful blooms, even the control freak within me lets go just a little bit. Nature has a wonderful way of charming you out of your preconceived ideas of perfection! Oh, and I couldn't resist crocheting a little white cotton coaster for my bud vase xxx
ps. If you're still hankering after your very own apple cosy, there are spaces on my 'beginner's crochet' course on the 5th and 17th July.