June

The delights of June have been many and varied, planning new projects, enjoying the garden, customer feedback and entertaining friends and family.

It's not been the fine summer weather we all hope for yet, but there have been a few moments of sunshine to enjoy a tea break in the garden, or a sunny few hours with friends, despite being well wrapped in cardigans!

I've had success with a few plants this year that are usually nothing more than stubble after the slugs have spotted them, without the use of slug pellets, just raised them off the ground a bit higher! The Chives have excelled themselves and have given a beautiful display. The Redcurrant bush looks stunning with a mass of bright, glossy red berries and I'm so pleased that finally, after several years of virtually no fruit, the Gooseberry has come into its own, covered in big berries and I can't wait to make a Gooseberry Cobbler and some Gooseberry ice cream when they are ready to pick!

A lovely customer recently bought porcelain buttons from my Folk Art range, and sent me a photo of the finished garment with the button attached. It's wonderful to see my buttons on your knitted and crocheted work. At Wonderwool I often have customers visit my stall wearing something they have made with the buttons that they bought from me the previous year, it really makes my day!!

There are plans here at Stone Hens Ceramics H.Q. to collaborate on a new project with a fellow maker, it's secret stuff at the moment and a new method of work for both of us, but they say variety is the spice of life so we are both excited to get started in the next week once we have completed our shopping list!! If we have success you will be the first to know!

This is the time to make the most of the garden and light evenings, so an evening with friends, playing Boules last week on the lawn was fun, a simple game made much harder on our bumpy lawn!
I made some easy snacks, summer fruit skewers, chocolate dipped strawberries and Lemon Posset, a sublime dessert that is so delicious and simple to make, everyone asked for the recipe!
Here it is if you would like to try it....

 

Lemon Posset

Serves six

Takes about 10 mins to make plus 3 hours chilling time.

600ml double cream
150gm castor sugar
3-4 lemons, juice of

Pour the cream into a medium sauce pan with the sugar and heat until sugar dissolves, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon.

When sugar is dissolved slowly bring the cream to the boil, continue to stir and boil for 3 minutes.
Take pan off the heat and add the juice of the lemons. (I used 3 large lemons for this quantity of cream)

The cream will start to thicken with the lemon juice added.

Add more lemon if you want it a little more tart. It's very smooth, should taste sweet, lemony and creamy!
Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before pouring into six ramekins or small glasses.

Cover each with cling film and chill in the fridge for 3 hours on the day or overnight and it will set like thickly whipped double cream.

Serve with butter shortbread or Lavender Shortbread, there's a recipe for this in a previous blog!

Enjoy!