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Bees in May and June

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Brood frame with open larva and capped brood 

During May I traveled but before leaving, made sure the hives were shaded and the covers weighed down should any high winds blow. Also left instructions for the containers surrounding the table legs the beehives rest on filled with water daily, in case ants visit and create havoc inside the hive. Continue reading

In My Kitchen August 2017

In my kitchen this August… homely cakes are a favorite and this fresh raspberry, yoghurt and lemon loaf cake goes perfectly with a nice cup of tea.

A cherry pitter is a handy gadget that easily removes stones. You can now buy ones with splash guards, I don’t intend to up-date mine (unless by mistake, I throw it out with the stones), I just wear an apron. It’s also good for removing stones from olives.

Using up my dwindling supply of last years dates and lining tart tins and a mini patty tin with date and nut pastry… easy to make and intend posting a recipe soon.

With overripe bananas I usually make a banana cake and bake it in one of my nordic bundt pans…this time I used the cathedral cake pan, they always look so impressive when turned out.

I’ve been successfully making kombucha these past few months and once you get into the routine of making this fermented tea, it’s pretty easy. The tart-sweet taste is very refreshing and you can make all sorts of flavors using herbs and fruits in the second ferment. You can see an aerial view of my scoby, a gelatinous disc of bacteria and yeast that covers the entire surface of the jar its grown in. The book “living tea” has lovely recipes that would inspire anyone who loves making this fermented drink. Pear and ginger, plum and thyme and apple mint cooler… will test some of these recipes soon.

Baking bread is so gratifying and I especially love homemade brown breads. Delighted when I came across einkorn wholemeal flour in one of our supermarkets. I had a recipe in one of my cookbooks which used this particular flour, so I snatched the last bag. Really gorgeous bread that makes fabulous toast and delicious when spread with Amy’s homemade lemon curd. Now, the waiting game until the supermarket stocks einkorn flour once again.

The “In My Kitchen” monthly theme host is Sherry, from sherryspickings.blogspot.ie If you would like to know what’s cooking or see some kitchen treasures, head over to Sherry’s blog and check out all the other IMK participants.

Smoky Aubergine Dip with White Chocolate

aubergine with white chocolate-5211-2The smoky flavour of aubergines is one of those gastronomic delights you won’t forget when you taste delicious middle eastern dishes like baba ganoush and moutabel. Continue reading

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