Reasons to be cheerful: Blood oranges

January is, I think, my least favourite month. It follows what is a very social month, and just as I'm getting into my swing everyone disappears and the weather often takes a turn for the worse. This month already we've seen off a light sprinkling of snow, and colder temperatures are forecast and I've just spent a couple of days in somewhere where the daily high was a negative.  Brrrr. 

So you might be thinking what I've found to be cheerful about. Well, as it often is, it's something really quite simple. And that's freshly squeezed orange juice from blood oranges. Not only does the colour make me smile, it tastes delicious too. 

freshly squeezed juice from blood oranges in my hamburg water glasses from Habitat

It's a great start to the weekend and I'm sure it tastes even better because they have a relatively short season, only really appearing in our local greengrocers in January and February.  Plus it gives me a good reason to use my new water glasses from Habitat in a more colourful way!

I do like the simple things in life, so juicing blood oranges is a good place to start, but you don't have to stop there. I've been looking around for other ways to enjoy them, and I couldn't get past this blood orange syrup pudding from Cherished by Me.

A blood orange syrup pudding

I like how it's a syrup pudding that's not steamed, which means it takes less time to cook and you can also make it with gluten free flour. But mostly I like it because it plays to the sweetness of the blood oranges and because the pretty flesh is still on show, and not because as Nova says, it's a generous sized dessert. Oh, ok, maybe it's a little bit of that too...

Image credit: Cherished by me

Image credit: Cherished by me

Enjoy 10% off your first order from Habitat

Last week I told you about my new red wine glasses and how by using the following link you can enjoy 10% off your first order from Habitat , no strings attached.

Don't forget to make the most of this offer - and let me know what you buy, and how you enjoy your blood oranges.

 

* This is a collaborative post but all views and opinions are my own

Post Comment Love 20-22 January 2017

Hello there and welcome back to Post Comment Love and our friendly community of linkers. It was great to see so many of you join us last week, and if you're new here this week, hello and welcome. Today I'm back in Munich, having spent the day in Austria yesterday and will be flying home this afternoon - I know, I get about a bit, and this week a bit more than normal! 

I'm writing this post in advance, and if I get the chance - and more importantly wifi - I'll update it to share a bit more from the past couple of days, but I thought I'd be prepared in case things don't work out as I planned.

This week my photo is from my new favourite place to admire the blue skies we've had in London for a couple of days this week. It's taken from inside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and so offers some protection from the actual weather. I've also discovered the cafe there sell giant sausage rolls with chips, and I've tested them twice now (not twice this week, I should add) and I can confirm they're good. I knew you'd be glad.

BLUE SKIES VIEWED FROM INSIDE THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSUEM IN GREENWICH

BLUE SKIES VIEWED FROM INSIDE THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSUEM IN GREENWICH

Blogger Showcase: Harriet from With Lipstick and Love

Now that's a great name for a blog isn't it?  On With Lipstick and Love, Harriet who loves the freedom that comes with blogging loves to share the new products she's found and fallen in love with. And she's a girl after my own heart going for biscuits and cake, and even naming her favourites - good choices too.  And I'll tease you even more by saying one of her answers she's a loyal dinosaur, so hop over to Morgan's to read more and find out more about Harriet. 

But first, don't forget to connect with Harriet on her social channels, as we all know how welcome new followers are:

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Teak thrones and a giant pine cone

One of the attractions at Woodfest last October was the Sculpture trail, where I saw a mix of teak root thrones and sculptures. The size of the teak roots were amazing, and roots aren't something you think about, but clearly big trees need big roots.

Teak root thrones would make a great seating nook in your garden

These roots come from felled trees in Indonesia. They're dug out of the ground and then dried, sanded and finished so they're ready to be turned on their end and shaped into unique garden thrones. I was in two minds about them, but they clearly make a big statement in any garden.

Whatever you think of them, the wood is beautiful. Teak is a hardwood and its natural oils make them resilient to the weather, although like any other garden furniture they're best treated to keep them in top condition.

This teak root throne looks equally good from behind
Teak root thrones come in all shapes and sizes (and price ranges too!)

There were many variants of the teak root thrones, the one above which seemed more benchlike was the one that persuaded me of their beauty. In the right spot - and probably a wider garden than we have, I think it'd look stunning.  Just as I was looking at the detail more closely something in the distance caught my eye. I thought it was a giant pine cone, and when I did a double take I saw my eyes weren't deceiving me. 

In the distance I caught my glimpse of the giant pine cone at RHS Wisley during Woodfest

As I moved on I was taken by the beauty of the wood, and wood that as tree roots we don't usually see.

Taking a closer look at one of the teak root thrones during Woodfest at RHS Wisley
The tree roots provide natural shape and interest

There were more sculptures along the way too. This horse was stunning - and I'm not what I'd call a horse person - but standing so close I almost felt as if I could be riding it. 

A horse sculpture in wood

But I'd reached the giant pine cone - or rather, a stack of three giant pine cones. It's quite something isn't it?

A closer look at the three stacked giant pine cones at RHS Wisley

If tree roots or sculptures aren't your thing, then perhaps this glass topped teak dining set might appeal. Peering into the table top gave a great photo opportunity, with the reflection.

It wasn't all teak root thrones, there was also a glass topped table and stools ideal for al fresco dining
And peering into the glass topped table gave a great photo opportunity - look at that reflection

And one more shot before I go. Alongside the giant toadstool was this magical wire fairy. It captured imaginations big and small and I didn't have long to get this shot, so I'm rather pleased with how it turned out.

A fairy and a toadstool captured in black and white to show just how magical it was

At almost seven foot tall this cemented the idea that you can't do garden sculptures on the small side, but when they're this beautiful I'm not sure why you'd want to!