Fabulous weather in Essex today! I had my parents over for lunch and we were out in the garden all day, first enjoying the sun and then moving around looking for some cooling shade as it heated up. We looked like the Ministry of Funny Hats at points as I had to find as many as I could and we were swapping them about. I used sun cream but still got a little pink.
Our free bench and charity shop table and chairs proved their worth today. Now we need to look out for a parasol for hot days like this. The story of the bench is here.
We had red dragon pie, which everyone seemed to enjoy. The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the aduki beans! I tried three different supermarkets and in the end my daughter bought canned ones in a health food shop.
I used Sarah Brown’s recipe from a very old and well used cookbook, Vegetarian Kitchen, so worth buying if you are ever lucky enough to find a copy. I mentioned a link to this the other day but here it is again. It makes a change from shepherd’s pie and even a can of aduki beans only cost 75p. Dried beans would be even cheaper.
It’s so good to spend time with the family. Aside from the champagne it cost almost nothing. The best things in life really are free 😀.