Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Warm Cakes and Cold days

Jam doughnut muffins, the recipe is courtesy of Nigella Lawson who says she has to stop herself from making these. I can quite see why, they are excellent and one could almost be satisfied by the smell alone (almost I said, but not quite).

Finally we are having some lovely cold weather, sharp morning frosts and brilliant winter sunshine, no rain, hurrah. The weekend was beautiful and we all spent lots of time outside (wrapped up). I made a tour of the garden, it is looking sorely neglected but I did find some burried treasure in the vegetable patch. I had forgotten all about these, planted so long ago when the days were long and warm.

Jerusalem Artichokes. I adore them but can never find them in the shops around here, they have a reputation for causing wind which may account for their lack of popularity but they really are tasty and I couldn't possibly comment on any side affects. We had them with Sunday lunch, baked in cream, parmesan and lemon, very good indeed.

My investigations in the garden also uncovered some rhubarb unfurling, I am so looking forward to tasting that, luckily all the family love rhubarb crumble.

Since Sunday the beautiful crisp, cold days have continued and heavy snow is apparently on the way. I shopped early this week in preparation, the cupboards are full so bring on the snow..... I do love a snow day and living in the sticks means that a decent snowfall should see us cut off from the roads for a day or two. There is something so magical about being blanketed in snow and housebound for a short while, obviously by day 3 the novelty has rather worn off and we are eager to escape but the weather usually turns by then in any case.


Blogger Willow said...

I love the plate under the buns! Did you make it? It looks like sand on the shore.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 4:35:00 pm  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

Can we please swap some muffins? Yours looks so delicious!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 5:29:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

haven't checked my rhubarb yet--now i'm going to check my garden and see how its progressing (not!)can you point me in the direction of that jam bun recipe or email it to me? looks so yummy! i'll be thinking of you enjoying the snow, knitting that lovely sweater and licking your lips with jammy buns...lucky you!
the yarn that you asked me about is Dive Autumno--lovely stuff!
sorry for this long entry but am at work and can't do my usual emailling....

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 6:05:00 pm  
Blogger Willow said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. If it ever snows here in Los Angeles, the whole city will shut down.
When I lived in Oregon, I had a large rhubarb patch. MMMM, I miss it and all those rhubarb pies.
BTW, I loved the gray sweater you just finished! I'm considering what color I want to knit the same pattern.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 6:56:00 pm  
Anonymous heather said...

It has been a fabulous week hasn't it ? I'm hoping for snow too - mainly because I'm on holiday for 11 days so I won't need to struggle to work but can just enjoy it :0)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 9:47:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

The muffins look so wonderful! And the photo of the rhubarb coming up does my heart good - it is bitterly cold and lightly snowing here today. :0)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 10:59:00 pm  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

That Nigella Lawson is a dangerous woman, as I know only too well!
The fact that you can actually see your garden and that things are actually Alive in it makes me incredibly jealous. We are still in a nasty snow covered deep freeze. Not enough to be snowed in; unfortunately we are still expected to go about our business. I do not like February.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 4:33:00 pm  
Anonymous carol said...

Yum, thanks you again for the recipe tip. Fished out my Nigella book last night and made some too. None left already - the boys just wolfed them back.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 4:44:00 pm  
Blogger Arianwen said...

i will have to look up the nigella books. I hope I have the book with this recipe. I havent looked at my rhubarb yet maybe need to force mine.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 5:01:00 pm  
Blogger Arianwen said...

Ok got the book out - and me my kids and my childmindees are inspired to have a go next week. I need to go and buy the right muffin tin!

Thursday, February 08, 2007 5:12:00 pm  
Blogger Steph said...

Do you use the Jerusalem artichokes like a potato? I see them at my farmer's market all the time but never know how to prepare it.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 6:50:00 pm  
Blogger Karen said...

A productive garden and a kitchen worth being in on any day, let alone a snowy one!

Thursday, February 08, 2007 8:58:00 pm  
Anonymous marjorie said...

Those look scrumptious. I looked up the recipe and it's now on my list to make soon. I can't see anything in my garden but snow and ice, dangerous to walk on and showing no signs of melting. I'll have to see if I can find Jerusalem artichokes around here.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 9:29:00 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

There is something I must know.....just how do your cakes look so PERFECT? I bet they taste perfect too.

Please can we have a really proper snowy photo?

Thursday, February 08, 2007 10:41:00 pm  
Anonymous Maggie said...

Do you watch Nigella's cooking shows? I love her! Those muffins look awesome and you have made me very hungry so I am off to order a pizza!

Thursday, February 08, 2007 11:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Jane said...

Those look fab.

And I have to tell you that 'flooziness' has now entered my vocabulary.

Friday, February 09, 2007 5:34:00 pm  
Blogger weirdbunny said...

Loads of snow here in South Wales !! Hor-ray. We went out walking across the mountain yesterday, but today I stayed inside all nice and warm.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 12:00:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

relax and enjoy

Saturday, February 10, 2007 11:30:00 pm  
Blogger Frankie said...

I love jerusalem artichokes too. They make wonderful soup.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:41:00 am  
Blogger Tami said...

Doughnut Jam Muffins, those look delicious, I always get the erge to bake after seeing what you have made.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 5:51:00 pm  
Anonymous ali said...

How funny, I've not been to your blog before (I've enjoyed reading it :)) and you've made the Jam doughnut muffins that I was reading about today! I'm going to make Roxanne's Millionaires Shortbread tomorrow - yum!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:03:00 pm  
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