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Obrigado Senhor McGregor!

Garden Of Plenty, Rocking Dog

Garden Of Plenty

After a day working with Young Carers it was lovely to find a wicker basket of loveliness at the Rocking Dog kennel. Again it came from Mr McGregor’s Patch. This time its contents were gathered together by the handsome Aderbal who has been lovingly helping to tend the vegetable plot this summer.

The fragrance of the sweet peas was so beautifully characteristic of an English country garden. With vintage china awaiting its journey back into the cellar after being hired for a tea party, I spied a teapot, just perfect for sweet peas!

As for the edibles, the beetroot, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and beans, I will enjoy putting them to work in the next few days. Delicious!

Also in the basket, an intriguing list of ingredients written in Portuguese. The Kilner jar it transpired contained Feijoada, Brazils national dish. Traditionally this stew is made using a mix of salted, smoked and fresh meats including every part of the pig including ears, tails and snouts. Jerak beef is also mentioned in many recipes, Aderbal will need to enlighten me! Using Google I managed to translate the ingredients for my Brazilian neighbours stew. It includes pinto beans, bacon, smoked sausage and chimichuri.

Chimichuri (I love this word!) is a Central/South American marinading sauce for meat. It can also be used as a condiment, think South American pesto! There are many variations but parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano and oil are common ingredients.

As I have an empty basket to return, it will be good to see Mr McGregor’s patch sometime soon. Vegetable gardens and allotments are a real passion of mine together with washing lines! I will need to think up something very foodily British for my Brazilian neighbour.

In the Young Carers kitchen we were cooking up Veggie Enchiladas and Shortcut Meatballs with Roast Sweet Potato Wedges. Puddings were Roasted Peaches with Raspberries, and Pineapple with Garden Mint. These young ones were definitely well on their way to getting their 5 a day!

Thank you or should I say Obrigado Aderbal so much for your veggie kindness.

Flower Vessel, Rocking Dog

Flower Vessel

Perfect!, Rocking Dog

Perfect!

So Lovely!, Rocking Dog

So Lovely!

Recognise These Sr Rodrigues?, Rocking Dog

Recognise These Sr Rodrigues?

Summer Nights & Summer Food

Sorrel's Magical Meringues, Rocking Dog

Sorrel’s Magical Meringues

Beautiful summer nights, perfect for gorgeous summer food. It’s been a busy weekend for the Ferguson family with summer parties near Derby, a surprise party in the Rocking Dog garden and finally a lazy Sunday lunch.

I couldn’t resist including photo’s of Sorrel’s baking. A family party led her and Pete to Derby with the most stupendous of celebratory sausage rolls, and the prettiest of meringues, thanks for the recipe Yotam! Sorrel’s sausage rolls are by all accounts legendary, and this one was the piece de resistance with the hosts’ names written in poppy and sesame seeds. The meringues meanwhile were given a sprinkling of pistachio’s, crushed rose petals and gold leaf, very decadent.

Meanwhile in Bristol there was a surprise party afoot. The Rocking Dog garden was commandeered for our lovely neighbour Symon’s 40th. We had about two hours to hurriedly string the garden with bunting and fairy lights, to set up deck chairs, a bar, and to place tea lights. I rediscovered a beautiful old Indian wedding arch in a cupboard last week, and used it to decorate our entrance gates. It is embroidered with beautiful brightly coloured cows, elephants and a host of other creatures and Indian symbols. I’d love to find out more about it.

Symon seemed to have a thoroughly wonderful time, and the evening was positively balmy. Food, live music, happy children and cake will hopefully help to make wonderful memories. One of the guests made a lovely comment saying that the garden was really romantic. Twilight, fairy lights, bunting, soothing music and a generous glass of bubbly obviously took away from the fact that the garden is devilishly weed filled!

The weekend ended with a lazy late lunch in the garden. Skye Gingell’s Chicken salad with roast bread & sour cherries, cheese and summer fruits were followed by coffee and chocolate (in the most divine packaging). Jugs of foaming Pimms and a couple of bottles of Prosecco made the lunch feel very luxuriant and summery.

Lovely friends, lovely family and gorgeous sunshine.

I hope the week starts well for all. Love Rocking Dog x

Garden Bunting, Rocking Dog

Garden Bunting

Indian Welcome Arch, Rocking Dog

Indian Welcome Arch

Summer Nights, Rocking Dog

Summer Nights

Foaming Pimms, Rocking Dog

Foaming Pimms

Sweet Endings, Rocking Dog

Sweet Endings

Chaource & Cheddar, Rocking Dog

Chaource & Cheddar

Icing On The Cake, Rocking Dog

Icing On The Cake

Skye's Chicken Salad, Rocking Dog

Skye’s Chicken Salad

Sorrel's Stupendous Sausage Roll, Rocking Dog

Sorrel’s Stupendous Sausage Roll