Friday, April 18, 2014

Wisteria

Another spectacular year for the wisteria on the morning walk.







Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

More strawberries



More yummy things to do with strawberries.

These are delicious and a nifty hostess gift - just warn the recipient that they should be consumed quickly.  Fortunately, this is not usually a problem. 



While I use this chocolate although I´m sure fair trade, organic would be better.  I do have some really dark stuff, but  don´t want to overwhelm the strawberries.  I used just two sections of this bar for this batch.



Melt in the microwave using short blasts, or over a double boiler.  It doesn´t take long in either case.

Dip your clean, dry berries, holding them by the green leaves.  It´s important that they´re dry, the chocolate will seize if you introduce much water.


Place on paper and put in the fridge to set.  Eat!  Quick, easy and delicious.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pinterest picks - Potagers


Spring has sprung and my thoughts turn to gardening.





So much work to be done and no way to get started.

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So I page through Pinterest, living vicariously, mentally selecting this climbing rose,


and that raised bed,


and that other garden gate,


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and the tool shed way over there. 

Patience is a virtue.

Friday, April 4, 2014

What shall she put in her pocketses. . .


A summer dress for V´s littlest niece.


Still getting to know the machine, moments of tension, going from hesitant to galloping away from me completely . . .



I debated a long time about pockets.


But the seashells, stray blossoms and other treasures of summer beg for a place to be tucked away.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Strawberry season


Hello Spring!  Strawberries are in the shops again.



Despite the recommended plunge in water with vinegar, they always seem to deteriorate too soon, so  I stewed them up with a sprinkle of sugar, some lemon peel and a dash of vanilla.

I also did a batch of the very first rhubarb I´ve ever laid eyes on in Spain.  They were in the window of a frutería downtown and I decided I had to have some on the spot.  Turned out they were imported from Holland and priced at 9€ a kilo!

Note to self - immediately plant rhubarb.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Holy Grail?


There´s a book coming out that proposes the ¨Cáliz de Doña Urraca¨ housed in the San Isidoro Museum in Leon is actually the Holy Grail (so anxiously pursued by Arthurian knights and Indiana Jones)! Torres y Ortega del Río presented their work Los Reyes del Grial, detailing the investigation yesterday.

In theory, the grail was housed in the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem until 1054 but traveled as a gift from a powerful Vizir of the Fatimid Caliphate in Egypt to the Emir Denia in Spain, who in turn gave it to Ferdinand I of Leon, as described in documents discovered in Egypt. Ferdinand´s daughter, Urraca had the chalice decorated with her own jewelry to signify its importance.


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The chalice is in fact two cups, joined by gold work and gems in the middle. The upper half is the supposed grail, made of a Qumran ceramic typical of Palestine at the time of Christ. Also, researchers have claimed that when Saladin gave permission to move the Holy Grail, he demanded a shard, and one of the scrolls found in Egypt suggests that the chalice of Christ is missing one, as does the Cáliz de Urraca.


How interesting! And they didn´t even need the holy hand grenade.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sneak peek

This just in. . .




Stay tuned for more.