Monday, 15 September 2008

Parmesan Custard with Anchovy Toast

The Sock has spent a delightful weekend in London and the title refers to Rowley Leigh's famed dish at the Café Anglais where the Socks dined out on Friday night (instead of doing her duty and reporting on GW). The Socks fortified themselves for the busy weekend ahead with champagne cocktails, said custard, grouse (which was well gamey!) and suckling pig washed down with more than a few glasses of wine. Marvellous.

Saturday morning and a few coffees and the excitement of the Royal Horticultural Society's Flower Show at the Inner Temple to look forward to and the hangover and digestive trauma soon wore off.

The Sock was very much looking forward to the Balcony displays designed by various celebrity gardeners and that fellow who used to do the Blue Peter garden. Unfortunately they were pretty rubbish really with one notable exception and one complete tragedy.

The former was loveable grandad Peter Seaburk who presented a luscious balcony with vertical planting no doubt soaked in plant enhancing chemical products which had clearly worked a treat.


But then tragedy!!!! Someone had stolen all the plants from Matthew Wilson's balcony leaving only two lonely sparsely filled pots!


Worse was to follow when the Bedsock spotted that whoever had nicked all the plants had left a price label on the caryopteris!





Still the good news was that the lack of plants made the balcony design even more sustainable!




More cheering news was found in the show tent - a lovely display of pink cactus dahlias bought to mind gardening poppet Chris Beardshaw. If you look closely at the picture or click on it to enlarge you will find they have named a pink dahlia in his honour!

7 comments:

VP said...

I was so blown away by the Dahlia display, I even joined their society!

Was the exhibitor absolutely shattered? He was judging at Harrogate the day before, having got up at 2 in the morning to do so.

Arabella Sock said...

Hi VP - They were pretty stunning! I bought a Bishop of Dover later in the weekend - a little more subdued than the pink ones! I didn't even know they had bishops in Dover.

I just had a look at R. Pete Free's blog and noticed that she had the same idea about the Wilson balcony. Ha ha!

I must stop playing with the bloggywog and get out and plant up some of my horticultural haul - we stopped at Wisley shop on the way back yesterday. More on that later.. And then I had better do my duty and watch the new horticultural hero Toby Tumnus do his stuff... although I will have to catch up on missed Corrie episodes first..

Fat Rascal said...

After seeing the photo we had to have boiled eggie and Marmite soldiers for lunch.

It was the nearest I could get!

Arabella Sock said...

I absolutely love boiled eggie and marmite soldiers!! And guess what? - I can no longer eat marmite. The Bedsock keeps his own secret supply which he only has when I am not around so as not to make me jealous.

the cycling gardener said...

It looks from the pic as though Matthew's Caryopteris cost £2.50. What a bargain! A case of 'less is more' in every sense.

HappyMouffetard said...

Mmmmm....dahlias....

R. Pete Free said...

Ah that's what you've been up to. I was so hoping you'd done an image capture of Toby and that cucmber at the end of last week's GW...