Friday random

May 20, 2016

Friday always seems like the perfect random sort of day to me.
Does it to you?
I mean, the weekend is almost here, and anything can happen. I love the weekend! I bet you do too.

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Friday evening usually finds me right, here at home, on the front porch. Admiring the flowers.
I’m not much of a party girl.

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Speaking of flowers…

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The very short, almost ephemeral, season of the flowering black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is upon us. Don’t blink. It only lasts a week or so.

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The thing is that the flowers are just so out of this world delicious as fritters!

My favourite batter is as follows:
1 cup flour
2 Tbs sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg
2/3 C milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp fragrant rum (I use Czech rum)
Olive oil for frying

Dredge the flower clusters in the batter, or, strip the flowers from the stems and mix into the batter, then, spoon into the oil.

Fry a few minutes till golden brown, drain a few minutes on paper towel, sprinkle with sugar/icing sugar, EAT!

Oh my gosh, there’s something about eating flowers that makes one feel like a Goddess. Like Venus and Athena on Mt Olympus! My friend Katie and I shared these fritters and we didn’t even touch the brownies!

Out of the world delicious!
Don’t confuse black locust with laburnum though. Laburnum is poisonous!
I know, now it feels like a sort of Russian roulette, but laburnum blossoms are yellow and black locust are white…go figure.

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Tuesday I taught the therapy journal and, while my students were busy finding the perfect words to describe the day, I carved a couple of stamps. I love carving stamps and love stamping the resulting carving to see what I got! Such a thrill. Then, my students are welcome to use those stamps Win, win!


Since last Sunday night and the fresh pizzas I’m so not over them. This one with beef pepperoni, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, parsley, mozza! OMG!

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And last random, roses! Roses and roses and roses!

Bunches and bunches and armloads of roses!

Ever since I read Martha Stewart’s gardening book and that her husband gifted her with umpteen rose bushes for mother’s day I thought, well then, all I have to do is move to the country and Robbie will be so happy to gift me umpteen rose bushes. But I’m here in the city, so I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have, (over these five years in my small city garden,) cultivated enough rose bushes to just be able to go out in the garden and clip as many of the blossoms as I like.

I love roses.
But I still want to move to the country to grow so many rose bushes that it borders on an obscene amount!

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Sharing with Nancy and the random bunch.

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  • Reply Eileen May 20, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Hello, your flowers are just gorgeous. I could sit with my wine and enjoy the lovely gardens too. The fritters and the pizza looks delicious. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Oh those fritters and the fresh pizza! Now I’m hungry again! 😀 Happy Friday to you too Eileen.

  • Reply DeniseinVA May 20, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Oh my goodness, love your photos. The food looks delicious and thank you for the recipe. Loved your flowers also. I would like to invite you to join my meme, Today’s Flowers. The address is

    Thank you for considering.

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Denise, thank you for the invite, I’ll pop over and have a look. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein May 20, 2016 at 3:03 am

    yum yum and oh so lovely flowers eaten or just viewed … i think this weekend i will finally get some flowering plants for my window box …

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hooray. I’ve been watching the spring slowly creep over New York. It’s really taken its sweet time! 😀

  • Reply Snap May 20, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Your flowers/roses are gorgeous. Fritters! Yum! and the pizza looks good too. Dreams are good — enjoy yours! Love the carved stamps. Some day I’m going to try carving. Have a fun filled week!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Carving is so much fun and really easy if you buy the Speedball materials. And, with Michael’s perpetual 40% off coupons, it’s pretty cheap too. You should try it.

  • Reply Maggid May 20, 2016 at 4:33 am

    YOU may say “Common Magic” – BUT, i insist your work is something divine . . . Beautiful – Beautiful


    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you so much Maggid. 😀

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks May 20, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Flower fritters? Amazing!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Yes! Can you imagine? One can eat loads of flowers you know. My grandmother used to fritter elder flowers. I love those too. 😀

  • Reply Dana Fulton May 20, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Veronica…I love your photos and OMG! Your roses! Here is yet another thing we have in common. In our early years of marriage when money was especially tight Jack would randomly surprise me with a lovely single rose. It always made my heart smile but it was extravagant. So four years into our marriage when we bought this house and had several acres to play with Jack bought me a huge, beautiful book on roses and inscribed it with a promise of many roses to come. Now, instead of gifting me with a single rose or a bouquet of roses, he buys me a rose bush so I will have the memory but also dozens of roses at my beck and call. I love that so much.

    Thank you for sharing, my friend. Here’s wishing you a great, relaxing, rejuvenating weekend!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      You lucky, lucky girl to have all that acreage for roses. I have almost an acre in England but a small city garden here in Vancouver. Still I cram as many roses in as I can! By the way, husband is such a keeper! 😀

  • Reply Barb May 20, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Your roses are so lovely. My mother grew an obscene amount, and people would drive by to look at them. Unfortunately, I can’t grow any at high altitude. Reading your post has made me very, very hungry!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Oh no Barb! Lol, quick cup of tea and a little toast should help. 😀 Too bad about the high altitude/rose interface, but I bet there are loads of beautiful flowers you can grow.

  • Reply Vicki May 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

    What a wonderful post! And those roses are exquisite! I will join you out there on the porch with a glass of vino, in less than 1 hour…ALOHA!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      You are so welcome! Just bring your own wine. 😉

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm May 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    OMG .. Roses, pizza, flower fritters … I’ll be right over 😉 Hugs

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