Spring comes with all these tiny flowers and fresh green sprigs emerging here and there, with the birds flying around busy with their nests, with the children playing outside. There are of course several less pleasant sides to spring in St Petersburg – wind carries dust and sand right into your face and eyes, head aches because the sun is suddenly seeeriously intense. Some of my friends claim that they just detest spring (well, so they say) as this time of the year brings them so much trouble. But there’s no summer without spring, just as there is no spring without winter…
Here are some shots of the spring-time Pavlovsk Park which is an ex-royal residence close to St Petersburg. The park is purposely ‘wild’, as it is planned after English landscape gardens. So the nature there is surely different from what you will see in a more rigid Tsarskoye Selo. Love walking there in any season. This is one of the certain advantages of being suddenly unemployed – you can just leave and come to see the nature in all its beauty and motion! Enjoy!
I did not intend this post to be published so soon as I have quite a line of the recipes to be posted. But as I am waiting for the author of a poppy seed roll recipe (an Easter treat traditionally baked in my family) to give me a permission to translate and publish her recipe on my blog, here is a very simple but certainly very very nice berry muffin recipe suitable for all seasons:
A year ago – Apples and Oranges
Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins adapted from heatherchristo.com will make soft sweet muffins in just about no time.
I used some powdered sugar along with the regular sugar. I added some oats for a more chewy result. Decreased the salt. Used milk + some kefir.
I purchased some frozen blueberries recently (with a definite desire to bake some blueberry muffins…) and used them in the recipe instead of the fresh berries. They turned out to be huge!
I had to bake the muffins longer (because I did not thaw the berries), also added some minutes with the ‘only top heat’ option.
When with each bite these lovely berries burst inside your mouth, mmm… Cute, aren’t they?
Result: Easy, foolproof, tasty, cute : ) Can become THE blueberry muffin recipe you need. Also comes handy if you happen to have some sour milk or leftover kefir. And if you are lucky enough you can try the recipe with the fresh blueberries!
Leaving for France for a while… Just a short trip planned to fit in the long May holidays some months before my company got erased from the country’s business world (but not from the memory!). Hm, curious, but when you’re out of job you miraculously do not have time… Such a queue of posts yet to be published!