There's a ton of bleeding heart and wild columbine blooming in the garden right now, a bunch of forget-me-nots and there are flowers on the chives, the garden phlox is starting and the dianthus will soon explode, and there's one lonely -- but big and beautiful -- allium. It stands very tall over the garden.
I am absolutely delighted to report that I'll actually have peonies blooming this year, also. I have had couple of transplants in the garden for the past couple of years and they'd always get to a certain point -- I'd see tiny little buds forming -- but never bloom. This year, they both have three or four very big buds that will undoubtedly open and I'm so excited!
It's the little things... like CAKE!
When Nova posted about La Bete Noire, I knew that I could take her word for how good it is (and her photo did a pretty good job of conveying the rich goodness), but I also knew it would be coming out of my oven before too long. I had perfect occasion to serve "The Black Beast" last night and it was a complete and total hit. It's not very difficult to make, but time for all stages must be heeded -- baking, cooling, ganache-ing, refrigerating. Also, I do not have a springform pan, but I do have a tart pan which I've substituted for a springform with great success on a number of occasions -- I get a little thrill and shivers when I push on the bottom and watch a cake emerge out the top. Fabulous!