Local Heart, Global Soul

July 11, 2013

Look How Your Garden Grows! …We Finish Up With A Delicious Mess (Eaton Mess That Is!)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last week I posted about the novelty and luxury it is for us to be able to sit in a private garden.

Since we went back to Veere for a second visit last weekend, I am able to update you on how much can change in the space of two months.

The temperatures have risen drastically in the Netherlands in the last week enabling us to swap our winter jackets for light shirts and a sun umbrella,  the flowers around the seating area have burst into bloom.

Due to Himself’s hard work the hedge has had it’s energetic growth chopped back into trimmed neatness, and we can enjoy  drinks and and al fresco lunch in a beautiful setting.

Our friend is a fellow Foodie so produced a delicious home-made salad.

Later in the early evening it was decided that we should eat before the journey home, so we polished off the leftover salad with a new accompaniment of  “veldsla”  and sliced chorizo and some excellent cherry tomatoes that our friend bought locally at a roadside stall.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Since I’ve never eaten veldsla anywhere else except The Netherlands, I have to confess I had not idea what it might be called in English. A Google search tells me it’s called “lamb’s lettuce”, so I’ve just added something new to my culinary knowledge.

We indulged in ice cream after lunch (no photos,  rapidly melting ice cream in 27 C heat begs to be eaten not photographed) but after dinner our friend brings out a surprise: He’s made a Mess. (Eaton Mess to be precise).

Eaton Mess is an English recipe whereby pieces of meringue are mixed into freshly whipped cream, and summer berries, in our case, strawberries and since our friend fancied a little experimentation with the recipe: pomegranate seeds. He only added half of  the seeds whole, the rest he made into a juicy pulp and mixed in to give extra flavour to the cream.

It was a perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day and I busted my healthy-eating-low-sugar- diet for a day so that I could enjoy it without guilt. I was however back on the no-sugar wagon the next day.  A little indulgence in a beautiful setting…  and the ironic thought that the garden was no longer a mess, but what we were enjoying at the table certainly was. A very tasty mess indeed!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Little Mr. took this photo of his “step” (I think you call it a “scooter” in English)

(photograph © Little Mr.)

Our friend has these little leaded weights that clip onto the tablecloth to stop the wind blowing it off… I liked the mix of form and function.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Little Mr.)

Eaton Mess…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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