so, i bet you all want to know how little Bruno, our new puppy, is getting on in our house. and the answer would be, wonderful! he is a little terror most of the time, eating my trouser legs and chewing the new carpet. but he's learning how to sit though, which is brilliant. i can't wait to take him walking - only 1 week and 6 days to go until his vaccine's cleared, yahoo!
so, as i was figuring out what my next post should be about, i came across a bunch of summer food photos that i hadn't already published, and they were too beautiful to not document on this here blog:
♥ raw chocolate coconut truffles - i found the recipe on kimberley snyder's blog (i love her blog, it inspires me to be healthier), and realised i had all the ingredients in the house, so made them straight away! and my family couldn't tell the difference between these and regular truffle centres...
♥ summer breakfast with loganberries (grown on the allotment - these 6 were about a third of our total gathering!) - milk, oats, apple sauce, cherry compote and sultanas. and probably linseeds and cinnamon if i had anything to do with it...
♥ i ate out friends houses quite a number of times, which was lovely. and i am so thankful to have friends who can not only cook, but cook healthy, tasty food. here is a sampler: potato wedges, chicken, bacon and avocado salad with hummus and rice salad. Kim really knows her spices!
♥ then i ventured into creating my own tortillas - really easy and very quick to do. they cost a fortune to by ready made, so i decided to have a go at making my own with this recipe and i was so pleased. there's now a permanent supply in the freezer, ready to go at any moment
♥ the joy of tortillas is that you can fill them with leftover vegetables from the fridge, a few slices of chorizo and a little mayonnaise and they taste fabulous, mmmmm
♥ i also had the pleasure of being lent a book called the garden cottage diaries, which was a brilliant look at life in the eighteenth century. i created one of the recipes from there which was most talked about - barley bannocks. they were actually quite delicious with a pretty good flavour, not at all like the cardboard slices i thought they would be.
♥ my favorite dish of the summer - spanakopita. i made these a lot and froze them for quick lunchtime snacks - perfect compliment to a tomato salad or just lovely by themselves followed by an apple for dessert.
what a random mix?! oh well, these are at least some of the highlights of my summer eats. i will miss summer food, but i am such a soup/stew/pumpkin/squash/apple fan to not want autumn to keep rolling in...
just fyi, if you are a UK food blogger or you would like to take part in a cookie exchange, the lovely salad and sequins is organising one - so check out her blog for more info.
currently listening to: islands by the xx