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Friday, 7 September 2012

Friday flowers and old bakeware ...

Time for a deep autumnal shade for my flower selection this week.  A good range of chrysanthemums were available, but I am not quite ready for a full blown seasonal change in my flower choice just yet.  This is probably because the weather has been glorious this week and apart from cold feet at night you would not know we were heading for autumn.

After a walk along the promenade and a visit to the local library, we called into one of our favourite haunts for what turned out to be a most enjoyable meal.  Whilst waiting to be served we thumbed through our library books which included COOK EAT SMILE by Bill Collison who set up Bill's Produce Store & Cafe in Brighton, which I note has now expanded to a number of additional locations including Cambridge, hopefully expansion has not affected the vibe which seems really positive.   However, I can confirm that there is nothing quite like flicking through a good cookbook to get the digestive juices going.   

The meal was so good that I had tucked into mine before I realised that I should record the moment for posterity.  As a result I only have a photo of my beetroot and horseradish slaw which fortunately colour coordinates with my weekend flowers.

As you can see our side orders were served in traditional enamel pie dishes.  A few of which I also own, having picked up a lidded enamel roaster at a boot fair for a £1 and the stallholder looking so delighted he had found someone enlightened, or maybe mad enough to buy it threw in the pie dishes for good measure.  Not knowing what to do with them, they have languished in one of our recycling boxes ever since.  Tonight they will be reborn and allowed into my kitchen as perfectly good serving dishes. 

The meal was rounded off with homemade stem ginger ice-cream which was divine, and no there is no photo because a woman should not be delayed when there is great ice-cream around.

Happy Friday xxx


  1. Lovely flowers! Yummy food! Have a great weekend! Ada :)

  2. Tee Hee - I'm with you completely on the ice crem thing!! Flowers are gorgeous and dinner sounds delicious :-)
    Happy weekend,

    1. Yes it was good. The salad was the freshest and prettiest, if that can be possible, I have eaten in a restaurant. What makes it even better is that it is independent and supports the local community including the allotment scheme.

  3. Hi, I just found you through a mutual follower. I love meeting new bloggers, making new friends and sharing ideas. Please come over and visit. I would be honored to have you following my blog, too. Have a great week, Connie :)

    1. You are most welcome Connie. It is great to get a different perspective from 'across the pond'!

  4. Hi there,
    Thanks for your comments. I am totally baffled as to why Hoots Cove has disappeared all I get is a message to say her blog has been eliminated. I had posted a comment on her last post too. Strange!

    Mother used to have loads of those enamel dishes they must have all gone in the dustbin when the house was sold...what a shame I would have had them. tch!
    The meal looks really yummy never had ginger ice-cream before but I'd give it a try!!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for following at least I think you have as my list has just come up 1 more but I can't find your icon yet.
    Anyhow I'm your newest follower :-)

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

    1. Welcome Amanda, my mother also has an aladdin's cave of vintage or old tat as my husband refers to it.