Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Indian Summer

What a joke. I remember as a teenager being surprised when it snowed as late as February. This year it snowed on Easter Day!

The daffodils, crocuses and fritillary have not blossomed in the garden. For that matter, neither has the blossom. But it looks like we might have some tulips in a month or so – provided it doesn’t freeze again.
The tulips that I grew in pots and brought indoors have done well. The tall, orangey-yellow ones are called Indian Summer. The luscious pink and white ones are called Innuendo (what a great name), and smell very sweet - there's a whoosh of scent when you open the door to the porch, where they sit. The small lilac and yellow ones are Lilac Wonder, and the small red ones are called Humilis.

I made an orange, spiced brioche wreath, from the Bake Off book. It was supposed to be for Christmas, but it suited Easter, I thought. It took a long time to make – brioche dough is sticky and messy, and there are a few stages of resting in the fridge and kneading – but it was worth the effort.