So wonderful to have an extra hour of brightness in the evening each day and to be able to enjoy the delights of Spring. Winter seems very far away now and long summer days are en route. Our guests are always delighted to have a stroll around our city garden, so wonderful to have this oasis in the middle of suburban Dublin.
Our gardener, Jimmy, has been busy preparing our wonderful city garden after the long cold winter and it is fabulous to see the buds starting to shoot up everywhere.
We are looking forward to seeing our fuchsia bushes and our fragrant lavender in bloom again this year.
I love this sunny spot in the garden, great place to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.
A rose by any other name…..
The scent of this flowering jasmine is amazing when the sun is shining!
Our neighbours, The Aviva Stadium, looking fabulous in the sunshine.
How pretty are these edible pansies on our cake stand featuring our ever popular vanilla melting moments! We are always asked for the recipe so here it is for you to enjoy at home!
Vanilla Melting Moments
For the biscuits: (makes 24 single biscuits/12 sandwiches)
175 g self raising flour
125 g corn flour
50 g icing sugar
225 g butter (cut into pieces)
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the vanilla butter icing:
50 g butter (softened)
125 g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
Whizz the self raising flour, corn flour and icing sugar in a food processor for a second.
Add the butter and vanilla essence and mix until a dough is formed.
Roll the mixture into small balls and place on a baking tray with a little room in between.
Dip a fork in cold water and press down on each one to flatten slightly.
Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
Remove carefully and cool on a wire rack.
Mix all the icing ingredients until they come together.
When the biscuits have cooled, spread the icing onto half of them with a warm butter knife before sandwiching together.
Till the next time! Happy gardening and baking!