Winter in the garden is quiet and cold, the crab apple trees, the smoke bush, the roses are leafless, but I love the bright yellow of the lemon fruits. The black birds our faithful visitors were there, in fact I saw from the kitchen window they were enjoying themselves.
It is cold outside, but it is good to be spending time with the loved ones, I like the quotation of -Edith Sitwell: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
Winter Trees-Crab Apple and Silver birch.
There are not many colours and flowers in the garden, the white begonia and nasturtium flowers were destroyed by the frost, but the orchids give me a lot of hope. My orchid collection is doing alright, the winter flowering is colourful, from bright pink, pearl white, soft pink, to red.
The largest pot has seven stems, but the rest of the plants which are in flowers, have only one or two flowers. Over all the orchids are good, but could be better.
Does cut orchids stay longer in a vase ? A question that I would like answers, time will tell, it is for the first time I have orchids display in a vase, usually I have the flowers from its plant.
Citruses are ready to be picked, the lemons are yellow ready to harvest. Pomelo fruits are larger this time and taste much better than of the previous year.
I must keep them properly in a dry place, the longer they are kept the sweeter flavour is going to be. The flesh (the pomelo) is thick, but the bitter flavour is still there at the moment. Pomelo grows better in the tropical country, I have sweet memory about it, I used to have a large and juicy pomelo. The mixed tropical fruits with the palm sugar dressing was an afternoon treat for us kids. It was almost a ritual the way the fruit salad was served, it was a delight.
The vegetable patch is empty, only some lettuce and self sown vegetables are growing. I am pretty pleased that I could manage to have masclun salad and nasturtium from the garden.
Fresh garden green salads are always there for the family, we have cooked vegetable as well, having a dish without a salad or cooked vegetables is not a complete meal.
Winter Baking and Winter Warmer
Moist chicken wings, stuffed with mushroom, mince chicken and herbs were baked. To make the best of the oven, another baking took place. It was savoury crackers with cheese. How easy it’s to have home made savouries which benefit us all, as the salt and spices can be controlled.
The best winter warmer is soups, you can serve it in a bowl or a cup, hold the cup and sit close by the fire. From vegetables soup to smooth roasted pumpkin, this winter my family enjoy them thoroughly.
Winter cooking involving baking, roasting, long braising, in my kitchen, but no recipe to be shared in this post, hopefully it will be next time.
It has been a good Winter, and I am looking forward to Spring, the next season.
People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov
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