Flying Cucumber April 2017

05.04.2017 | by Gracie George


Baked Orange Custards

It's April and oranges have arrived on the scene to brighten our day.  The sweet citrus taste and tangible smell of holidays, blue skies and meals in the garden.  This simple, quick and impressive dessert is perfect for a stress free dinner party and let's face it who doesn't like custard, from the bright yellow colour, the cheerful colour of spring to the creamy texture and orange taste exciting your palette, this desert is divine.  On the brink of warmer weather, the nation is whispering in unison 'Come on Spring' and this dessert is too!  Let us know how it is received by your guests.

Ingredients

4 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

185g (oz) caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

500ml (16fl oz) milk

250ml (8fl oz) cream

2tsbp Grand Marnier

Grated rind of one or one 1/2 oranges

Method

Heat the oven to 150oc (gas mark 2).  Place a tea towel on the bottom of a baking dish, large enough to hold six 150ml ramekins. Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until thick and then stir in the vanilla, milk, cream and Grand Marnier.

Strain the mixture and stir through the orange rind.  Pour the ramekins and place them in the baking dish.  Pour boiling water into the dish until it comes halfway up the side of the ramekins.  Carefully transfer the oven and cook for 35-40 minuted or until set.  Serve at room temperature.

 

Elizabeth's Seasonal Selection

I love this time of year with vases full of bright daffodils and blooming tulips.  This month I have some invaluable tips for getting the most of your cut flowers.

Cut Flowers

Add a splash of Vodka to the flower water, this will inhibit the growth of bacteria and keep flowers fresh.

Pop a copper penny in the bottom of a vase, this works as an acidifier and inhibits bacteria, it will also help your tulips to stand strong!

Tulips

Cut 1/4 inch off the end of the tulip stem, this will allow the stalk to better take up the water.  Remove leaves that will be below the water line.  Choose a vase that is 50% of the height of the tulips, this will support the tulips.

Elizabeth's Jones - Household Tips!

New brooms should be soaked in strong salt water before using to make them last longer.

Lemons will stay fresh longer if you store them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge, they'll keep up to 3 months this way.

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