Dear readers, if you are looking for the giveaway, here it is!
Something is cooking in our little corner of the world.
There have been many sweet dreams of desserts.
Rich Fig and Almond Pudding, The Duchess's Pudding,Quince and Pear Doublecrust Pie, Lemon Posset, Icky Sticky Toffee Sponge.
I could go on.
And I will!
Did you know that Richmond Maids of Honour, which are little almond-flavoured curd tarts, were great favourites at the court of Henry VIII in Richmond Palace, particularly with Anne Boleyn? Henry is said to have named them after her when he saw her eating them while she was maid of nonour to Catherine of Aragon, his first wife.
And that Blancmange is mentioned in some of the oldest cookery books? Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales, describes it as a mixutre of 'minced capon with flour, cream and sugar'. By Elizabethan times the dish had become a mixture of cream, sugar and rose water, thickened with egg yolks, the meat was by then omitted. By the 18th century it had become a kind of jelly, stiffened with isinglass or hartshorn and flavoured with almonds and rose water. By the early 1820s, arrowroot was being exported to Britain from the West Indies and became the thickening agent. It was set in elaborate moulds and seasoned with cinnamon and lemon peel.
This book is fabulous. Every recipe I have sampled has worked a dream. If you are tempted click here .
I have called this dear nineteenth-century nightdress 'Devonshire Junket'. Junket, which dates back to the 13th century, was a rich confection of cream which was flavoured with rose water and was eaten alongside jellies and flummeries at the end of a meal. It is especially good with fresh strawberries.
Which is a good thing.
The nightdress may be worn with the pantalettes...
and marries beautifully with the Strawberries and Cream dress.
But to whom does it belong?
Not her, obviously!
Now dear readers, here is the catch. These clothes are destined for a Nursery Rhyme character (who is in the making).
Can you guess which Nursery Rhyme it could be?
The name of the dress and pantalette outfit is the only clue I will give you.
To the person who finds the Nursery Rhyme in question I shall offer another Never Not Knitting pattern shortly after my first giveaway closing date (September 11th).
I cannot wait to see your answers!
What has caught her eye?
A polkadot ladybird, of course!
These photographs were taken between heavy showers and bright spells.
I really, really wish to spill the beans here and tell you that every single photograph you have seen on this blog so far has been my dear husband's work.
I also want to express how touched I have been by the generosity of so many fellow bloggers who have kindly mentioned my giveaway on their wonderful blogs. I owe you all a huge favour!