Yesterday we had a bbq with the borders knitting group people - lots and lots and lots of cakes and a few sausages! I didn't get a good pic of them all together but check out Laurence's post to get an idea of things. I sort of had an idea that doing 3 desserts myself would end up being too much but I was in the mood to cook so never mind. I made a rhubarb trifle (thanks again to Dave for the excellent rhubarb), some lemon tarts, and choux. Being English, I call anything made out of choux pastry and in a small blob shape a profiterole, but I know they should actually have ice cream inside to be proper ones. Mine had a lightly coffee flavoured pastry cream inside (made with cornflour, sugar, eggs and milk), then chocolate on top. Laurence arrived at just the right time to give some much needed French input on the state of the pastry dough, and then she did a great job of stuffing them too.
At the same time, Diane got busy with an old fork to tackle the weeds on the patio - look, no weeds or moss! Andrea also joined in later on and between them they've made such a huge difference to it, it looks miles better, thanks guys. I also have a fab new patio pot which was a pressie from Sheila, and in the team colour of the knitting group too, everyone's very into nice springy green things. Thankyou!
Lots of people went to great efforts in the kitchen - we didn't put much on the bbq but instead enjoyed a huge selection of lovely bread, cakes and hand made chocolates. A big thankyou to all for the contributions. Next time we'll drop the bbq and go straight to dessert maybe :)
The highlight of the afternoon was having Laura and Peter's van parked on my drive full of lovely stuff from Twist Fibre Craft Studio. My own personal knitting shop right outside the house, very exciting! They had a test run at setting up a mini shop in the van, and we all very much enjoyed looking at what they brought.
My stash has grown quite a bit this weekend. I bought some nice soft dk (I'm not sure what for yet) and also some sock yarn. All of it's very colourful, I must have been in a bright mood. I think maybe I'll have a go at making some socks while I'm travelling about this summer...
PS the recipe I used for soda bread a few posts ago can be found here. It's an oaty one, so the texture is quite interesting.