Monday, 9 February 2009

The First Snowdrop

We have lived in this area for 18 years now and this is the longest lasting snow that we have seen here. It has been wonderful, but today it has been raining steadily all day.

A last dusting of snow on the clematis

and on the couple embracing near the patio door.

Dirty footprints

Maurice finally made it outside!
The snow is gradually melting away to reveal the aconites again
and the first snowdrops appear.

I spent the weekend at home, warm inside knitting, baking and finally getting some housework done. I made some of Jay's favourites - boiled fruit cake and these currant buns that are also my Dad's favourite. This is my Mum's recipe and my Dad always had one in his packed lunch when he went to work.

Currant Buns

Makes approx. 15

4 oz soft margarine

4 oz granulated sugar

8 oz SR flour

2 medium eggs

4 oz dried fruit

a little milk

Preheat oven to 190'C and place paper cases in a bun tin.

Cream together margarine and sugar.

Beat in eggs, with a little flour if necessary.

Fold in flour and fruit.

Add a little milk to form a soft dropping consistency.

Fill bun cases 3/4 full.

Bake for approximately 12 minutes.

The dessert this weekend was apple and mincemeat crumble with custard.

I'm going to have to exercise more!!


Anonymous said...

My favourite book is Maurice and I think it's so cute that your cat has that name! *gives him a little chin rub*

We have had rain all day too. I am glad really, as my tutorial last weekend was cancelled and I could really have done with it. I want to get back to normal now. Mind you, more snow is forecast apparently.

thesnailgarden said...

Maurice is named after Terry Pratchett's Amazing Maurice. They were rescue kittens and we knew that there were two of them. I had planned on getting just Ella, but the night before we went to look at them my OH named the male Maurice, once named I had to have him! That was OH's plan!! Pj x

Rowan said...

That baking looks good! The snow looks lovely when it first comes but it's outworn its welcome here, my garden is still under frozen snow and our footpaths are lethal - it can't thaw soon enough for me!

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

Apple and Mincemeat crumble - what a brilliant idea - I have several jars of homemade mincemeat and my boys don't like it "neat" in mincepies but I reckon they'll love it with apple in a crumble.

Rosie x

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

I made the apple and mincemeat crumble and it was a great hit. Now I have to decide whether I prefer the crumble or mincemeat cake which is also really yummy ..... or I could just make more mincemeat and make lots of both!!

Rosie x