Small Delights (II)


Flowering currant, flowering.


Cupboard swap. The plates and glasses are now where the groceries were. Much better. Children and husband are getting to grips with it.



Laundry drying in the sunshine. Always a delight.


The Quince Tree is unfurling her leaves.


The granola tin has been replenished.


Beautiful packaging.


Sardine butter destined for sandwiches with cucumber but also good in a baked potato or stirred through pasta. Mash a tin of sardines with a lump of butter.



A new and successful supper dish. Mashed potato mixed with slow-fried onions, chunks of Brie in the middle baked until melting.

And the sun, at last the warm sun.

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  1. What a delightful post Sue. Today I found Wood Anemone at the side of a road, they looked perfect in the sun.

    I have tins of those Sardines, good old Waitrose. I frequently have pasta with potted shrimps stirred through but had never thought of doing it with sardines, thank you for the idea. Your mashed potato dish looks unctuous, I must try that.

    I hope that the Quince tree keeps her blossom this year so that you may have fruit.

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  2. The packaging on those sardines is too beautiful, I have a real fascination with clever and artistic packaging. I too am loving haning my laundry in the sunshine and gentle breeze,what a difference it make x Penny
    Look forward to see how your Quince tree changes.

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  3. My mouth is watering looking at that supper dish :)

    Fingers crossed the frost keeps its icy fingers away from the quince tree this year.

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  4. I really love this list of small delights. It's really these things that 'quicken the heart.' I am keen to try the potato, onion, Brie dish.

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  5. It's the Granola that made my mouth water!

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  6. Your supper dish looks delicious. I also like the look of that sardine butter, it sounds really good. Also, your shelves are so clean and fresh-looking, much nicer to photograph than mine would be!

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  7. And I'm intrigued by the sardine butter. I love sardines. I usually mash them with a bit of mayonnaise and a squeeze of lemon, but I like the idea of butter. That's lunch sorted for later this week. I feel sure that we can't be in for a repeat of last year's rain — like your quince, my neighbour's crab apple crop was completely wiped out by the rain; we are now down to the last jar of jelly, which I made back in August/September 2011.

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  8. I'm not sure which dish looks and sounds most delicious! And I agree - there is something heartlifting about washing on the line, isn't there?
    Jo x

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  9. I've got those sardines in my cupboard (which is much more crammed and messy than yours)! Sardine butter for lunch tomorrow it is, then.

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  10. Any recipe that starts with mashed potato gets my vote, but then to add fried onion and then meltingly wonderful Brie...Oy Vay! I think I would add a dollop of my newly discovered wild garlic pesto - I've been experimenting in the kitchen and adding wild garlic to everything this week - which would just be the icing on the cake. In fact we are having pork hocks for Friday's dinner and I am going to make this dish to go with it. Job done! Thank you!!

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  11. I've just lost a big long comment somehow, but anyway. In short, lovely and yum.

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  12. Stunning photos! I love the sardine tin... and am going to try them with butter too. Always looking for new sandwich fillings!

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  13. Beautiful flowering currant, I haven't seen one for ages, the colour is stunning. It takes my other half about eighteen months to reprogramme himself when I move things. In the meantime he puts things away in the wrong place anyway.

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  14. Like the sound of that meal, shall have to try that.

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  15. Sardine butter sounds lovely, will definitely give that a try.

    And I love flowering currants. One of my 'one day' plants/shrubs. There's something very 'Darling Buds of May' about them...

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  16. What a lovely list of images to gladden the heart.

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  17. Yum....I'm drooling at the thought of your potato dish! I do something similar with onions, bacon and grated cheddar....absolutely defines "comfort food", a dish like that.

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  18. Ha. The family is getting used to the cupboard switch. I have a similar swap on my to-do list and am just waiting for the strength to cope with 'Where is the...' from BigBean. Thank you for a delightful glimpse into your day of loveliness. Ax

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  19. Always enjoy sharing your delights. The sardine's face is truly engaging.

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  20. I could quite happily eat sardines for breakfast, lunch and supper. I've never thought to try them with pasta.

    Heather x

    PS. The colours in your Ravilious blanket are a joy. (The unravelling not so much but I would have done the same.)

    PPS. Prettiest glass. Is it CK?

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    1. Yes it is Cath Kidston but it's not a glass, it's a plastic beaker -Katie bought it for herself, £3.50 I think it was.

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  21. Well, there I was, scrolling along, admiring your excellent close up photographs and wicked wit (the cupboard switcheroo,) and then I arrived at the lovely sardine tin and your recipe suggestion. I stopped I made a mental note (will follow up with pencil on paper) and thought that I would definitely be buying a sardine tin tomorrow.

    And then, I came upon those potatoes and made another note.

    Sue, it is such fun to visit here! Hoping that your quince tree will have a fine 2013.

    xo

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  22. you'll never convince me sardines are good. NEVER.

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  23. "Mash a tin of sardines with an lump of butter."

    Now THAT'S a well-written recipe.

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  24. Hmmmm, sardines..... you have to be in the mood for sardines, and nowadays I find I never am......

    My mother used to halve hard-boiled eggs, mash the yolks with sardines, and pile them back in the whites. Oddly palatable, as I recall.

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  25. Discovered a tin of those same sardines in my cupboard where they have lurked for a very, very long time. As I bought some wonderful sourdough bread yesterday, that's today's lunch!

    I also noticed the first bluebells yesterday.

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  26. Yes, at last the sun. Sardine sandwiches always take me back to my grandmother in West Hartford, Connecticut. We would sit in her very old fashioned kitchen (huge porcelain sink with porcelain surround, built-in seating area with wooden benches, painted pale yellow). She would serve them mashed up with mayo on white bread with a little butter. I loved them!

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  27. I visited all the latest posts of this blog and I find very interesting things here ! I like the photos you take !
    Nice week end !

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  28. Sue, I love this post. Beautiful, simple photography to capture the small delights that bring pleasure to everyday life. I love to celebrate these little things, and you've reminded me that it's months since I did something similar.

    The packaging on that tin is wonderful. I buy things in the supermarket just for the packaging and especially love the (rare!) opportunity to browse in a supermarket abroad and look at all the pretty tins and packets for things I'll never use. x

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  29. Love the sardines packaging....
    Your granola looks so nice. I have been checking your recipe for it and I think I am going to make it. Have you ever tried using Agave Nectar instead of Maple syrup? I wonder whether the taste would be very different...We use it here for porridge (even though I tell my kids it is golden syrup :-)) I believe it's meant to be a healthier substitute to Golden Syrup but I think cheaper than maple syrup...
    Pati x

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  30. Sardines were Sunday tea fare. Every Sunday. I think that tin might persuade me to give them another go.

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  31. It's just those simply things that make it all the worth while...though I think mine would have a fit if I even thought about rearranging things.

    Nina x

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  32. No sun here yet worse luck!

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