Threat of frosts over and the soil temperature is on the up, time to get sorted with my seed sowing. My over-wintered lettuces have been great, but suddenly they want to bolt but they make a delicious if vivid soup for lunch.
Every year when this honeysuckle flowers in my garden I am bowled over by its strange beauty. Pale glaucus-green leaves and twining stem, creamy, intensely perfumed flowers stacked in unlikely cupped layers, something you'd imagine in Alice in Wonderland not Shropshire.
I adore fresh chilli but even for me I thought I'd slightly over done it. Still it was wonderfully fragrant with fresh kaffir leaves and ginger and a small drop of coconut milk as well, but with the chilli kick of a mule. Korean sticky rice - 3 grains, one black, one white long grain, one white sticky type together making beautiful purple colour, nicely chewy and nutty taste.
I still can't give up the porridge yet. Jumbo oats cooked for 30mins with muscovado sugar on top, giving that lovely warm feeling inside.