Sunday, 2 September 2012

My neglected blog

I am sorry to say that my growing antics have been stalled because of work commitments that has totally taken over my life in every aspect.  I am up most days at 6am and back home at 10.30pm.  I really don't find a moment to myself, except surprisingly today as plans to go out somewhere today did not go ahead.  So I thought I would commit a little time to my much loved and recently neglected blog.

I do have a lot to share - some highs and lows, but today I will just give a little up-date.  Firstly regarding the garden vegetable plot and what I had planned to grow this year.  Early this afternoon, I hovered in the garden for about 40 minutes, pulling out weeds and my goodness there are so many of them.  I barely harvested my own homegrown broad beans which have turned black like tamarind pods and everything else such as the brassicas, the pods and so on, never got transplanted into its growing space, except for the tomatoes many of which are still green and baby carrots in hanging pots. and some blueberries that I have frozen  Everything else has spurted or gone to the slugs of which there are many here, due to the wet summer rain.  I am really disappointed and totally gutted as I was so excited to have begun growing again and so looking forward to some homegrown produce, especially the likes of Rainbow Chard.  Also the seeds sent to me with much love and heart by some garden friends have been lost to the slugs due to work distractions. I hope my garden friends will forgive me.

Onto cooking and baking: well as you can imagine I have been cooking and baking a lot, especially as it is now part of my new accidental career. I have made lots of salads, sorbets, pies, pastries, savoury and sweet tarts and plating them up beautifully, but sadly I have not been getting round to taking photographs and sharing the recipes with my much loyal readers.  However, here is one recipe I have been making the past month, pretty much on a weekly basis and that D managed to snap a picture for me a couple of weeks ago.  It is Rhubarb and Rosewater Bread.    
I have been making individual loafs.  You can find the recipe here if you wish to make it home.  It really is a lovely cake.  Almost like a digestive biscuit cake.
Well I hope not to leave it to long for the next time I blog.  I do have lots to share, but maybe next time.  I off now to spend a little time today to play catch up on some of my blog reads.

35 comments:

  1. Bless you, I hope you are enjoying working so hard. Enjoy your much needed day off.

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  2. Good to hear from you and glad that work is going well. That looks like a lovely cake, thank you for the recipe xxx

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  3. Wow, you really HAVE been busy. Never mind about the gardening: things may become more settled after a while, and I'm sure your enthusiasm for growing things will return as soon as the opportunity arises. Is the business thriving then? I hope you now have as many regular customers as you have Blog Followers!

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    1. Thank you Mark, Like builidng the blog I have to build a reputation for myself as a cook and the cafe. So lets hope.

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  4. Being busy must mean you're work is going well, right! Hope you're enjoying it!

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  5. Welcome back. I would like to think others of your followers (in addition to your truly) would like to hear more about your cooking for professional purposes - when you have the time.

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    1. Thanks Stephen. I would lve to share more and really will when I have more time on my hands.

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  6. I too am guilty of a neglected blog, so much to do and so little time ! I intend to resume again shortly :-)

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  7. I had a rubbish year for veg too (as did my super-gardening Nana) so don't feel too disheartened! My tomatoes are still a lovely bright green and my potato plants died back too early leaving about 20 tiny spuds for us! The cabbages and beans are doing ok-ish but that's about it.

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  8. Oh that looks wonderful Shaheen. I am so glad you are following your dream and I am so proud of you. Wish I could visit your cafe :)

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    1. If I was in Scotland I would have def. been part of the Scottish Bloggers meeting :( Good luck with it all.

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  9. Haha! Welcome to the world of entrepreneurial overload! I hope the business is humming along! These little cakes look wonderful, incidentally!

    Word of advice - make time for yourself! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Susan. Your right I do have to make time for myself.

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  10. Oh that looks delicious - so glad that you are busy as that means your project is doing well.

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  11. Welcome back! Boy you have been busy. Love the cake recipe, thanks and remember to 'smell the roses'.

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  12. These look great - definitely pinning this one. What a shame your garden has gone to seed and slugs. Maybe next year when you have more of a routine, you surely need to have a home work balance? Keep well.

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  13. From our limited experience, and that of friends, your disastrous attempts at growing anything this summer are pretty much universal. I'm afraid we gave up fairly early on. Still, there's always next year!

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  14. We all get times when we are busy and blogs are quite a big commitment to keep going! You have been incredibly busy with your new venture and its great that its going so well! These little loafs look and sound delightfull!

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  15. I think we have all missed your posts Shaheen - but on the other hand it is so great that you have been flat out busy. Others have been enjoying your gorgeous baking skills instead. Well done, you must be so pleased (and tired) with it all!! cheers Wendy

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  16. I miss your amazing recipes, just as I am sure your garden misses you too! Hope the cafe is going well - just saw your photo of the watermelon and blackbean curry on your hunky dories blog and really wanted some

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  17. the slugs have been terrible this year, I'm sure your friends will forgive you. Your bread looks amazing!

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  18. Sounds like you are working very hard, Shaheen, in the cafe. It is a commitment, but a labor of love, much like gardening. Shield bugs have plagued mine this year, but now they are under control. Love the tea bread recipe! Thought you might like to see the tomato taste-off I did with my neighbors:
    http://pojonews.co/Rg4LTF

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  19. Hi Shaheen, It's good that you are so busy but it gets a bit frustrating doesn't it when the gardening has run away with itself or those pesky slugs have come and eaten everything! Of course the weather has been the main problem for everyones gardening it seems so don't be too hard on yourself, after all you've created a new career for yourself and your staff which is brilliant going. I'm sure we can all appreciate there are not enough hours in a day to run the cafe and photograph and write up for the blog at the speed you used to. Thank you for showing the Rosewater & Rhubarb bread, it looks amazing and I hope to give it a go one day.
    Take care, sally x

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  20. Beautiful bread!
    I can totally understand your frustration over your plants, I also was trying to grow something on my balcony, but failed :( Maybe next year.
    I love your other recipes, as well!

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  21. Hey, i was wondering what the thing on your picture is (the one on the top of the blog) they look really delicious, and you have so many recipes that it would take forever to find them

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    1. If you type in laverbread mushroom pies in the sidebar search engine, the recipe will come up. Also, thank you so much for choosing to become a follower. I am truly humbled. Thank you.

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  22. Hey, nice to see you back. Hope your become more active again. Hey we just got our first allotment and started a blog, be nice if you come check us out. www.thedutchallotment.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi Shaheen,

    Many, many congratulations on your cafe. Having eaten there now on several occasions I must say your food is fantastic!!

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  24. if your blog is neglected because your new business is thriving I'm happy for your absence. Be sure to get some rest on those precious days off!

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  25. Busy is good and sounds like the cafe is doing really well. Sorry you can't blog as much as before but this is a new chapter in your life and you are to be congratulated on your success! Bravo Shaheen.

    Thanks for the link re seedy gifts.. there is always next year to grow!

    Enjoy your precious days off.

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  26. I haven' t read all the comments in case someone has already mentioned it and I know there is no time but I think you should consider a recipe book!!
    You could do one to sell in your café. I know you can't give all the recipes away but a few maybe.
    Do you know the Café in Hereford All Saints in the church? It used to be one of my faves.

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    1. Thanks Jane, I've been thinkign of a book for a year or two, just not getting round to getting it to publshers. Maybe next year now. I have heard of the All Saints Cafe, but not been there.

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  27. I'm so glad to hear things are going well. You definitely have gone from one extreme, no work, to a lot of work...Enjoy a well-earned day off!

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  28. Hi Shaheen,
    Thought I would just check out your blog as I haven't seen any new blog posts pop up from you for a while. Gosh, you sound busy. I do hope all the hard work will pay off for you very soon. You deserve it - your recipes always look and sound so delicious. I will be making the lovely tomato tart.
    Take care and try and give a little time to yourself if you can... easier said than done I know!
    M x

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