The three greatest show-offs in my garden
at the end of May are
this small Polemonium
or Jabob's Ladder
Friko's very own Papaver
or Scarlet Poppy
and the Trollius
or Globe Flower
(grown in a tub, because it wants boggy ground
to be really happy.
Two examples of the popular teabreak
These you will find growing in the garden at any time
For those bakers amongst you who like to show off, here is the recipe for the Whitsun cheese-cake, traditionally baked today, on the 28th May:-
Take twelve pints of milk warm from the cow and turn it with a good spoonful of rennet. Break it well and put it into a large strainer, in which roll it up and down, that all the whey may run out. Then break the curds and wring it again, and more whey will come. And so break and wring till no more will come. Work the curds exceedingly with your hand in a tray, till they become a short uniform paste. Then put to it the yolks of eight new laid eggs, two whites and a pound of butter. Work all this long together, for in the long working consisteth for working them good. Then season them to your taste with sugar finely beaten, and put in some cloves and mace in subtle powder. Lay them thick in coffins of fine paste, and so bake them.