Last year, I missed the deadline for planting bulbs. Having kept them in my shed over the winter, I decided that I would have a go at planting them in… March! All the books say this is not good – that keeping to timetables is important. I tend to agree. But I also come from the school of thought of ‘what’ve you got to lose’. So… And this is where we are now with them:
The garden needed a bit of a haircut. We have a third of an acre (including the house on it). Front is productive (the road runs along the front so we rarely sit there); the back is ‘relaxing’. Kind of unless you are the gardener – ie me! Along the back of our house is a small railway line in a cutting but the trains are not that many and they are also quite quiet – with not many carriages. And these days I hardly notice them. So we sit out the back a lot. Especially under ‘Granny’s corner’ – the pergola which is planted with roses and lavender.
Amazing how much nicer the garden looks once it has had a haircut. A bit like us!
To reward us for our hard work, and to celebrate success with the bulbs after NOT following the instructions, I dipped into Miss Reeve’s Recipe books and decided I’d make the lemon chicken. You are supposed to marinade the chicken overnight if you can but I didn’t – only for an hour or so.
First the recipe:
Really easy to make. Very crispy skin (bad, I know… but a little of the bad things is fine by me). And as we never buy our meat from supermarkets, it was a decent one with very thick meat and a good strong taste. Kindly Lived, Kindly Killed is the only criteria I have for eating meat. And the taste reflects that.
So, a good recipe, a good result despite ignoring instructions and a good going over of the garden grass! A good day then.