Cowboy breakfast, dairy maid supper and Chilterns sunset

Last weekend was a bank holiday and, for once, there was a little sunshine.   Woken up early by the birds and the sunshine, we decided to eat our breakfast outside.  In Granny’s Corner.  We planted this corner in memory of Granny who loved lavender and roses.  We were accompanied, naturally, by Aggie and Milly.  Milly was poised for breakfast…

Milly awaits breakfast

Milly awaits breakfast

Breakfast was made from polenta, bacon and eggs.  The polenta was used to make cornbread.  The recipe came from a programme called Saturday Farm on ITV.    Apparently the cornbread, along with baked beans (which I didn’t make) is a classic cowboy food! For those interested, the recipe can be found here:   http://daylesfordorganic.com/about-daylesford/saturday-farm-at-daylesford/            It includes a smidgin’ of maple syrup and some bacon.  I used our usual bacon which is from a ‘kindly lived, kindly killed’ place.

Cornbread with eggs

Cornbread with eggs

 

During the afternoon, I had my first ever go at making cheese – curd cheese in fact. Very easy to make. Basically you take milk; bring it to the boil; add lemon juice; it separates.  You leave it to cool and then sieve it through muslin (or a tea cloth in my case) – clean of course!   I added a bit of salt and pepper. And some chives.

Curd cheese wtih chives - you'll need at least 5 pints to produce this much...

Curd cheese wtih chives – you’ll need at least 5 pints to produce this much…

 

The chives are grown ‘au naturel’ in the gravel of our patio area.   Things like to grow there – including wonderful rocket – so if  that is where they like to be, fine by me.

The chives grow where they will - in the gravel!

The chives grow where they will – in the gravel!

 

We took the cheese, had a lovely late afternoon/evening cheese and wine and homemade sourdough bread session at a friend’s house (he made the bread not me).

We ended the day watching the sunset over the hills behind the house.

The sun set at the end of a beautiful and productive day

The sun set at the end of a beautiful and productive day

 

Magic…

 

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