I absolutely adore asparagus and love that throughout May we get to eat spears that have been grown in British soil. I also love that I can buy it for a reasonable price from the market, wrapped with a paper label and secured with an elastic band. It's a little bit weird to admit that I actually daydream about this vegetable, its bizarre how much it occupies my thoughts at this time of year.
My favourite way to cook it is to oven roast it - drizzle the spears with a little olive oil and use hands to shimmy it all around and get those spears completely coated in oil. Place them in a single layer in an oven proof dish, season well with salt and pepper, then pop in a hot oven (210 C / 400 F ) oven for about 12 mins or until lightly golden and tender. If I have feta cheese in the fridge, I like to crumble a little of that over the asparagus before it goes in the oven. Eat immediately whilst piping hot, I like to eat mine straight from the oven dish with my fingers, I can't even seem to wait to get this veg onto a plate, I love it so much. I am drooling as I write this.
May is definitely the month of green greenery, everything is so lush and fresh-looking and there are new leaves everywhere I look. I walk past this beautiful beech hedge many times a day and those vibrant leaves always beg to be touched and admired, they are so showy-offy!
The bluebells are here, yiipppeeeeeeeee! Such beauty in the woodlands, we went on a family walk last weekend to immerse ourselves in the glorious colours, it was so lovely. I went a bit bonkers with my camera and took a shed load of pictures - every image filled with green and blue and sunshine and shadow. I'll share them with you in a day or two...
Oh my Harmony blanket is giving me so much pleasure, it also occupies my thoughts a huge amount (competing with asparagus and bluebells and fresh green leaves!) I am on the home-stretch now and this afternoon I'm hoping to finish making the last of the 126 squares. I cannot wait to get myself on The Edge of this beauty (a Harmonious Edge), I am very, very, very excited about that prospect.
We have had a terrific amount of rain this month, we are sloshing around in puddles almost every day it seems. Occasionally the dark grey clouds briefly chase away and we are left with a spell of clear bright sunshine, it feels like such a treat. Our school run is delightful at this time of year, the light is magical when the sun decides to shine. I took this photo on Friday last week - today we were back to puddle-jumping with heads down against the rain :(
I have really, really enjoyed the blossom this year, just as I do every year. It is pretty much all gone now, the pavements and pathways are covered in petal confetti. I wish the season lasted longer.
Raindrops on alchemilla leaves stopped me in my tracks this morning as we dashed out the front door on our way to school......
....as did this snail. It's amazing the things that make us late for school, raindrops and snails and baby ducklings being this week's culprits.
I am busy working in my studio again this week, with beads and yarn, camera and computer. Crocheting and photographing and writing patterns and tutorials.
I loved your enthusiasm for the little Solid Squares in my last post, ((thank you)), you lot are just wonderful and you make me happy. So I've been photographing a tutorial for you this morning, using the wide windowsill in my studio which has been pretty much perfect for the job. I need to make up a bunch of squares now so that I can show you my joining method, hopefully I can get that done in the next day or two. It's on my mind to make a glorious little patchwork cushion with these squares, I can picture it, can you??