One of the gardeners' great laws of attraction~
If you have peonies in bloom..surely it will rain~
Today was a deluge..a fierce downpour this morning..lasting most of the morning.. ..around 2.30 the sun peaked out....but amidst dark ominous clouds..
only for it to disappear..and the rain began again..
Like the Itsy Bitsy spider song;)
After a day of rain..some peonies start to droop...but the others..perk up and are so striking in a garden..like huge cotton candy balls♥
I know they are fleeting..like lilacs..like everything we love..in a garden..almost.
Some things stay longer..
thank goodness for them;)
I made little Sablés Nantais for tea today..
half a recipe again;)
they are easy ..here is the full recipe..if you want to make half like I did just halve the proportions w/ a scale..the egg? Just mix up..weigh..use half..a scale is a must in a baker's kitchen.
I wanted to try this particular recipe for the coconut addition..I had never tried.. with coconut..
250 grams of flour
50 grams shredded coconut
120 grams of butter
150 grams of sugar(I use my vanilla sugar)
1 egg plus 1 yolk for the glaze..(I use my caramel syrup I made)
1 tbsp milk
1 vanilla bean(I used my vanilla sugar)
zest of one lemon
1 envelope of baking powder..Dr
Soften the butter in the microwave..mix in butter until creamy and homogenous.
Add flour..coconut , baking powder and finely zested lemon rind
Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds..incorporate them in your mixture
Add egg and milk and combine with your hands untilyou have a smooth dough..if your dough is too dry..add a bit more milk..(I did not need any more milk..in fact my dough needed a bit of flouring when I cut my cookies)..
Make a disk..wrap in cling..refrigerate an hour..
Roll out to 5mm..brush the egg yolk that you have mixed wih some milk for the glaze..(I made half w/ galze..half w/out)..place on parchemnt..(I freeze mine for a few minutes to retain shape and printing..)
bake in a pre-heated 200C oven for 15-20 minutes..keep an eye on the browning of the glazed ones..
I would not hesitate one moment to add a bit of coconut flavoring..as I found the coconut was almost imperceptible.
Father's Day weather announces poorly:(
Really ,so far this weather ..this June weather..has been.. well wet.
The boys football has been rained out so many times~
I chopped my very mature 4 Korean Lilacs..that intersperse yews and hydrangeas ,down to about 2 feet..in front of our porch..
it will take some getting used to until they branch out ..from lush and lovely to bare branches..the new roof..metal..makes snow slide down..the heavy snow had broken a few branches..and the blooms were less substantial..every time we cut back things..they really GROW back..hopefully these will..looks so different:(
next..the magnolia..is going..:(
and a whole patch of hydrangeas and lilies..for garlic I think~
in the plans at least.Just so backbreaking these projects!~
Grateful to be able to do it though~Always full of gratitude for what we can do.
So Korean Lilacs..Miss Kim..very different from reg lilacs..
PS Re the lilacs I cut ..chopped ..
This is the side back garden one and I can't get to it this year..so I won't trim and see what happens..usually I clip every bloom.The 4 front ones..are chopped to the bare bone bottoms.
That's why my fingers are crossed..The voids they make unreal.