Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartlets

Here’s a vintage cookery post from Cathy’s kitchen over at Red Rose Style. I love this cook book too so I think she may have inspired me to make something from it at last. Mouthwatering photography Cathy. 🙂

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The Vintage Tea Party Year is the most beautiful cookbook that I own!The recipes are framed by delicious illustrations of partying animals going about their classy soirees. All of the food looks amazing, but it also often looks rather pricey and difficult to make; the first pie requires pigeon breast, and there are instructions on how to make swans out of choux pastry! Definitely above my skill level! But when there are fox ladies drinking champagne who needs to make the actual food!

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However I decided that I should give at least one recipe a go, so I leafed through and picked out the ‘Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartlets’, mainly because the instructions seemed pretty straight forward and I recognised all of the ingredients and could pick them up from Morrisons!

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So the first step was to poach four peeled pears in a red wine mixture flavoured with mint, cinnamon, vanilla…

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Wildflower walk to Whale.

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On a recent trip to visit family in the village of Askham in Cumbria I was intrigued by the above road sign. I wondered what I would find if I walked to Whale. So I took my camera to record what wild flowers I would spy on the way. Yes I am a bit of a nerd!

Delicate water avon.
Delicate water avon.
Dandelions everywhere.
Dandelions everywhere.
Cuckoo Pint. Also known as Lords and ladies.
Cuckoo Pint. Also known as Lords and ladies.
Cowslips.
Cowslips.
I spy a Heron.
I spy a Heron.

I came to a river and managed to take a picture of a heron, but i couldn’t get very close. I also saw some flying geese honking away and a hare shot across the road into a meadow of vibrant yellow rapeseed. To quick for my photography skills though 😦

Rapeseed.
Rapeseed.
Sunshine yellow for as far as you can see.
Sunshine yellow for as far as you can see.
Cuckoo flower aka May flower.
Cuckoo flower aka May flower.

On the approach to Whale there were cute lambs playing in the fields. It didn’t take me long to get there.

Playful lambs.
Playful lambs.
Lamb standoff.
Lamb standoff.

Pied wagtail.
Pied wagtail.

Whale turned out to be a tiny hamlet. Just a few houses and a post box. I think I had expected to see a huge whale sticking out of a house roof or something. ; )

Wandering round Whale.
Wandering round Whale.

I followed the road back the same way then came across a public footpath which ended up in the churchyard in Askham.

Bluebells.
Bluebells.
Robin.
Robin.
Askham Hall.
Askham Hall.
Pink blossom.
Pink blossom.
Back into Askham.
Back into Askham.

I was back in time for tea at Mums. And then this visitor came to the garden. A Great spotted Woodpecker.

Mr Woodpecker. :)
Mr Woodpecker. 🙂

I quite liked my walk to Whale. 🙂