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May Day

May 1, 2012

Today the weather was beautiful – blue skies, sunshine and warm. Very fitting for the first day of May – the traditional day for casting off winter and welcoming the summer (or for celebrating workers’ rights, depending on your perspective).  Over the years I have watched my children perform in numerous May Day dances at Dartington Primary School, but they no longer do them there. Seems a bit of a shame, but I can say that in retrospect.

The seal was in the river again by the weir and Arlo and I spent a lot time waiting to catch glimpses  of him – or her. I had my camera, but the seal was too busy fishing so I took a photo of Arlo instead.

I was wondering what to cook that would celebrate May Day. I thought about a protest cake, but we still have some of the “doesn’t hang around cake” left to eat and more cake seemed too much of a good thing.

Asparagus is in season, but it’s a terrible price at the moment. So I turned to our garden which is looking very lush (that’ll be because of the drought), but there’s not much we can eat yet apart from herbs. Since I haven’t harvested any herbs yet this year I thought now’s the time.  I picked some fennel leaves,  lemon balm leaves, marjoram leaves and a few chives –  a very few – with a view to using them in a salad, but then I found some new potatoes in the fridge.

I chopped the herbs up small and put them in a jar with two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and a smidgen of sugar, shook it up and poured the lot over some freshly boiled  Jersey Royal new potatoes. Delicious! Seemed the perfect early summer food. We had a big green salad too (rogue bits of beetroot crept in making it a “bistro” salad according to the Coop) with some chopped marjoram and some kidney beans with mushrooms in a smoked paprika and tomato sauce and some vegetarian burgers I found in the freezer. The potatoes were the best bit, but it was all quite good in combination.


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