As we eagerly await the official arrival of Spring, I start to realise that Mother Nature is the true story teller here. Winter may well be ending soon, but she has decided that Spring needs to make a stunning appearance in our garden right now!
Is it because we're still coming home in the dark? Or is it because we leave the house in the morning in such a rush?.....but I'm sure these weren't here yesterday! What a welcoming bunch of happiness!
The jonquil's and daffodil's always seem to be the front runners for Spring, along with the snow drops, followed closely by blues bells.
It's wonderful to see the transition of seasons here in the North West of Tasmania, and depending on where you live, your garden can be flowering earlier or later than someone else's that lives less than 10 minutes away.
The winter rose - the hellebore, is still front and centre looking amazing in all their dark and moodiness.
Thinking about warmer weather, I start thinking about all those spring and summer fruits that will appear. So I thought I'd make a raspberry cobbler from some of our last years raspberries. We only grow a small batch of them, just enough to make jams and yummy dessert or two, and the rest are bagged up and popped into freezer to be enjoyed all year round.
Recipe: Raspberry Cobbler
You may have noticed that my cast iron fry pan gets used quite a bit. I love it because you can stick the whole thing in the oven! I don't have many pots and pans.....but I could never be without my cast iron fry pan. I've found a great supplier of these and will be getting them in the shop very soon.
1/2 cup butter
4 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries or blackberries or any berry!
1 cup sugar, plus more for spinkling
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180c. Melt butter in large cast iron fry pan or you can use a large cake tin. Pop it in the oven to heat up and to melt the butter.
Place your berries in a large bowl. Gently squash your berries with the back of a spoon to release their juices. I didn't need to do this as my berries were frozen, they come out all squished anyway. If they're a bit tart, sprinkle a little sugar.
Grab a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add 1 cup sugar, milk, and vanilla extract; mix well until combined. Remove fry pan or cake tin from oven, pour melted butter into flour mixture; stir to combine. Pour mixture into fry pan and then add berries and their juices to the centre.
Pop the fry pan back into the oven and bake until top is golden brown, use a cake tester to check if cooked - approx 1 hour.
While waiting for the cobbler to bake, I spend just a little time looking through some books, planning a little makeover on the garden beds at our back door. I love foxgloves, so they'll be there, and maybe some bush roses too!
Monday's are my Sunday's, so I enjoy spending this day at home, catching up on some chores. Mucking out the chook pen, making sure my girl's & rooster boy are ok. Ambling around the garden, pulling a weed every so often. Staring at a corner of the garden and trying to imagine it looking differently......daydreaming pretty much.
I think I will always have a garden, I love creating so it goes hand in hand....this is my space, for me. Have a wonderful Sunday - oh sorry, Monday :) x Julie