Thursday, 23 August 2018

Autumnal days are here ....

Don't know how it's with you, but over here there's a definite nip of Autumn in the air.
Though I've still got some (french) sunshine coming my way,
 I'm quite ready to embrace it.
I'm sure this has a lot to do with the wonderful Summer we've had so far.

Eating every possible meal in the garden was almost a rule.

You can find the Rustic Hanging Bottles here 

You can find the Wooden Scandi House here 

This year I was very late sowing and the heath wasn't very helpful either,
 but there still were enough flowers to fill my Jugs.

Both Hogben Jugs are available on our website and can be find here

A lovely customer gave me the idea for this display, 'love in a mist' in an Espresso Mug

For the third year in a row my 'Cafe au Lait' is flourishing, 
even after I left the bulbs hibernate in my border during Winter

The pond was the most popular spot for all wildlife this year

But also my Buddleia

Trying to hang on that Summer feeling I like to preserve all its produce in a box

You can find the Wooden Window Box here

Now the days are drawing in, I like to cook meals that have to simmer
or bake cakes.
Any excuse will do and this time it was the youngest son
coming home from a holiday trip on Ibiza.

You can find the Wooden Cookbook Stand and Tea Towel here

I saw the recipe of this cake on Facebook at a friends profile 
and because the men around this house love coconut I gave it a go.
I dare say with success.

I already shared this photo on my Instagram and there were a lot of requests
 to share the recipe, so here it is.

This is what you need for the Coconut Cake:

       *For the Cake Base:

- Sponge Flan Base 200gr

*For the filling:

                                                    - 30 gram Cornflour
                                                  - 480 ml of Cream
                                          - 3 Egg Yolks
                                                - 150 gram Sugar
                                                             - 55 gram grated Coconut
                                                       - 2 tablespoons Butter

Put the 480 ml Cream in a saucepan and add the Cornflower. 
Whisk until the Cornflower has completely disappeared.
Then whisk the Egg Yolks and sugar in its total through.
Put the fire on medium heat and bring to boil while constant stirring.
Once it boils, take it off the heat and stir in the Coconut and Butter.  
Pour the mixture over the Cake Base, cover it with Cling Film
and put in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. 

     *For the Topping:

                                                     - 180 ml of Cream
                                                             - 3,5 tablespoons Sugar
                                                                       - 1,5 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
                                                                             - 40 gram grated Coconut roasted

Whisk the 180ml Whipped Cream, 3,5 tablespoon Sugar and 1,5 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
at medium speed and spread over the Cake.
Sprinkle the grated Coconut over the Cake and after being in the refrigerator
for at least two hours it's ready to serve.
The Cake can, provided it's covered, be kept for several days.

Right now I'm busy packing for our break in the Provence.
I'm still very behind with my monthly Embroidery subscription
so I made sure to pack the 'essentials' 😜

Basket available here

Leaving my garden in the capable hands of my lovely neighbor,
I can't wait to see my Wisteria (which is full of buds) flowering for the second time.

And of course meeting you here again!