Homegrown harvests are good for the soul and this week they are purple. After a really busy term, including a month of GCSE examining, where I was tied to a pc for 10 hours a day,I am more than ready for whole days spent out of doors in the garden, which, I admit was somewhat neglected. Yesterday I cut back some of the lavender to allow the eldest son to get his road bike out more easily.
Some of this will be used to make lavender sacks to stow inside pillows to aid sleep when the nights are hot and sticky.
Some will be stored in the pantry to make lavender scones.
The odd sprig has found its way into a homegrown posy.
The rest will be added to homemade pot pourri . It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Early in the week we gathered a bumper crop of black currants from our two garden bushes which resulted in a tasty black currant fool and a delicious cordial. Fruit fool is one of my faves of high summer. I don’t use a recipe but combine about 100g sugar with every half a kilo of fruit to make a purée – sometimes strained through a sieve, sometimes not and then stir some of it through equal amounts of whipped cream and natural yogurt. Chill and serve in pretty glasses.