Feb 21 2012
I had a lovely day ‘off’ yesterday even if it did mean an early start with lots of baking involved.
Along with the lovely Imen McDonnell, Pat Whelan and Ella McSweeney, we trotted along to the gorgeous Village at Lyons for a picnic photo shoot. ‘Picnic!?’ did you exclaim? ‘In this weather?’. The lovely boutique hotel had a fabulously heated conservatory which kept us toasty warm as we looked out at the rather dreary day.
The brief was to bring quirky picnic food of a ‘peasant chic’ nature along with a story to tell. Plus, of course, there were the practical aspects of making something that is transportable and doesn’t fall over the place in case you have to make an emergency stop.
I brought a quiche in my fabulous Greengate pie dish (note the pie dish is fab, not necessarily the quiche although most of it was consumed there!), a jar of homemade raspberry jam, a bottle of elderflower cordial that was made last May and had kept perfectly in the freezer (it was the last bottle so that was lucky!), a spot o dick and clotted cream.
The spot o dick is one of the fruit breads that always goes down particularly well for those ‘high teas’ for silage men or for bringing to the hay field. Think Famous Five with lashings of tea and scones and cream.
Last year the BBC ran a series of programmes based on the Edwardian way of life and in one of the episodes, they made clotted cream. It was something I’d put on my ‘to-do’ list so last week I decided to have a go and it was gorgeous with the jam and fruit bread.
We will be featured in the new Irish Country Magazine which will be on the shelves on 29th March.
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