A little dinner in July

I love sweet peas, the most fragile of flowers; it seems as soon as you pick them with a waftof glorious perfume the petals fall and are gone. We’ve tried growing them but to no avail, our plants are spindly, attacked by creatures and the few blooms seem to be fragrance free. Maybe we should try again. My uncle had an allotment and grew rows of sweet peas; once after a visit, he filled my car boot with flowers,wrapped in damp newspaper. When I got home and opened the boot, I was enveloped in glory!

In my ninety year old cookery book, there is a section of suggested menus for each month. As you can imagine for July, salmon and lamb are there, with new potatoes, and followed by gooseberry pie.

Appetites in July often need tempting for summer days are not conducive to eating. But few could resist the little menu we offer.

For each ‘little dinner’ there is also a suggestion for how to decorate the table:

Sweet peas – shall they be pink or the spiritual mauve? Shades of one colour with little fairy like greenery make a gracious centre-piece.

I have no idea who wrote this book, I have tried to find the author – maybe it was just someone commissioned to fill the gaps between recipes. Whoever it was, I love the way they wrote what could have been dreary little intros!

Sadly I don’t have any pictures of sweet peas… but here for my featured image is a summer scene.


  1. David Lewis

    We have sweet peas by our pergola in the back garden with pink flowers that grows about six feet and smells lovely. My favorite tho is the clematis that grows all the way to the top and covers the whole pergola with shade. Too bad summer isn’t year long but you have to look forward to something in January I guess.

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  2. David Lewis

    We are growing kale this year and I was wondering how many times we can harvest the leaves and yet still have more grow back? Have a funny zucchini story as well.

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    1. Lois

      I never quite like kale but I really want to… it just never tastes very nice no matter how I cook it!! So what is your funny zucchini/courgette story?


  3. David Lewis

    A new garden center opened up near us a few years ago and a nice Italian lady talked us into planting zucchini seeds from Italy. They took over a lot of the garden and then started to grow up our cedar tree to a height of about 12 feet.They hung on our tree like Christmas decorations and I needed a large stepladder to harvest them all while singing Christmas songs. We gave away most of them and gained new friends.I love deep fried Zucchini sticks and zucchini bread. We grate it and keep it in the freezer for all year.

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    1. Lois

      How wonderful!! What a great story!!! Did you get any photos? I love zucchini in every way, raw, pickled, cooked, fried in batter, in stews… love them, but they are quite expensive over here which is strange when you think how easily they grow… as in your story!


  4. David Lewis

    Sorry Lois no pics, didn’t think of it! Zucchini sticks are cut about an inch in diameter by six inches long. Flower them and then an egg wash and bread crumbs. Then deep fry till golden brown.We usually have them with chicken fingers and my favorite several dips like bar- b- que or ranch etc. I know for a fact your hubby would love them. Tonight were having white fish we got from an Indian friend, yum.P.S. He said to say hi! to Princess Lois.


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