Here we are in June, my second favourite month of the year (after May) but I have been struggling to get into the summer season. The weather has been ridiculous……..and not in a good way. Are we in for a truly soggy summer, who knows? The garden and the allotment seem to enjoy this rainy onslaught. But we are fast approaching Wimbledon season, so I would like some sun please and lots of strawberries and cream to celebrate the one sporting event of the year that I watch without fail!
Last year I planted two big pots of strawberries and forgot about them over winter. The plants have re-appeared this year and are growing fruits happily with very little attention given to them by me. When I realised they were fruiting I did give them a dose of tomato feed and will carry on with it until they are ripe and hope the birds and mice don’t get to them before I do.
Feeding fruits and vegetables is good practice and I do it whenever I remember. I do like to think it gives them the opportunity to grow and taste their best. The trouble is keeping up with how quickly they grow at this time of the year, just like my 3 children…….all shooting up before my very eyes. What I should be doing is setting aside a day a week just for the garden and the allotment……..Hmmmm nice thought!
I have added my first ever batch of elderflower cordial to this ice cream, made using Karen from Lavender & Lovage’s recipe HERE. It tastes of a British summer, beautifully floral and aromatic and so refreshing.Thanks so much Karen for allowing me to share your recipe! The strawberry ice cream recipe came from Nigella Lawson HERE. It is my first attempt at a custard based ice cream, a method I am fully embracing. Fruity, rich, silky smooth and best of all not too sweet even with my addition of elderflower cordial.
This also happens to be my entry into Kavey Eats “Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream” challenge. This month the ingredient is FRUIT. Kavey also has a great prize for the winner this month and I love her own entry for Avocado Ice Cream HERE.