Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tiptoeing back in

My, it's looking a little dusty around here, where has the time gone? I did not intend to be away so long and now my voice feels rusty, after a blog absence it can be daunting to step back in, I find I need to test the water gently. A tiptoe if you will.

A few words today and more tomorrow.

These last few weeks have been heavenly though. The sun has shone here in Suffolk, the wisteria drips purple blooms from the kitchen roof, the bluebells fill the woods. There have been meals taken outdoors, bicycle rides, A&E (that boy, that boy!), chocolate eggs eaten and weddings celebrated.

And I have added a new cake to my baking rotation.

Orange & almond, my new favourite cake, baked twice in the last fortnight. I used the recipe from How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (Cookery), one of my most useful cookery books. The recipe makes an excellent cake - damp and almondy, perfect with morning coffee, evening tea or even a glass of wine. A grown up sort of cake, understated and simple, it gets better with age. I will experiment though, my bookshelves and the internet reveal many variations upon the theme, it is important to ensure that I am not missing an even better version.


Blogger Susan in the Boonies said...

That wisteria is absolutely breathtaking! I love the color contrasted with the color of the picture at the top of your blog as well. Lovely!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 1:14:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

Oh good, you're back! And with tempting cake too - even better!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Ann said...

I have missed you! I know it is time consuming to produce such a lovely blog - we are grateful whenever you do! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger Helen Philipps said...

Your wisteria pictures are just soooo beautiful, I loved seeing them! I can't wait for the one we planted last year to flower, just have to be patient. The cake looks really delicious too.
Helen x

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:16:00 pm  
Blogger Cybèle said...

Orange and almond, that sounds like a perfect combination. I'm not a huge fan of Nigella but sounds like this book might be worth searching out at the library.
Love the colour of the wisteria against the wooden boards.
And hasn't the weather been glorious? Wind has been deceptively cold though - it was too cold to drink tea outside in the garden yesterday and we had frost this morning in Norfolk!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Helen in Switzerland said...

Your wisteria is absolutely breathtaking - and I have the book and shall try the cake. Also, as it isn't chocolate, there is a chance I may get to eat some of it!¨

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 3:36:00 pm  
Blogger dottycookie said...

Welcome back! It's a lovely cake, that one. And hasn't it been a wonderful spring for wisteria? We thought ours was giving up last year, but it's done us proud this spring.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 4:24:00 pm  
Blogger Pomona said...

It has been a good year for wisteria, definitely - I have seen some beautiful ones. I have always been a bit scared of the pruning, so have never dared plant it!

Pomona x

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 4:41:00 pm  
Blogger harmony and rosie said...

What absolutely beautiful wisteria photos, and the cake sounds a goodie too!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 5:01:00 pm  
Blogger Dotty said...

Beautiful wisteria and oh so tempting cake:D

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 6:00:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

Welcome back! The wisteria is beautiful. I so wish the sun would shine here. Maybe tomorrow...sigh.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:06:00 pm  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Each year I hope my wisteria will look like this !!
Your pictures are so beautiful .
The cake looks divine too !!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:44:00 pm  
Blogger kristina said...

Oh the wisteria is lovely. And the cake looks scrumptious! Not sure you need to try any more recipes--that one looks perfect. K x

Thursday, May 05, 2011 8:23:00 am  
Anonymous Lucy said...

With the sun out more and more, it is totally acceptable to miss being on the computer! Your Wisteria is AMAZING!

Friday, May 06, 2011 12:42:00 pm  
Blogger Shelley in SC said...

Wisteria, delicious cake, and a few bloggy sentences from you. Great way to start the day. (Thanks for tiptoe-ing back!) : )

Friday, May 06, 2011 2:48:00 pm  
Blogger Emma said...

I have an 8 year old wisteria that doesn't flower. I therefore have absolute envy of yours. Thank goodness you have offered me some comfort with that cake.

Saturday, May 07, 2011 1:59:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Beautiful and yummy... the perfect post! xo

Saturday, May 07, 2011 3:19:00 pm  
Blogger Robin said...

You've been missed. And the wisteria is glorious!

Monday, May 09, 2011 3:06:00 am  
Blogger Linda said...

Your wisteria is gorgeous, and that cake looks so nice. I must try it. I have been baking a cherry and almond loaf from Nigellas recipies that goes down a treat too.

Monday, May 09, 2011 12:56:00 pm  

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