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July is dressed up and singing a tune

As I write I'm listening to Summer Breeze sung by the Isley Brothers. Makes me feel fine. 

Lots of baking since my last blog entry. At the end of June I revisited a couple of lemon and lavender combination recipes - Bronte Aurell's blondies and Paul Hollywood's loaf cake. But an absolute triumph was Ottolenghi's salted coffee, pecan and lime rocky road. Oh yes. Make it. Make it soon. Make it often. 

Now I'm listening to July by Mundy. Oh my my, July.

July is baking competition time. The baking competition is just one section of a local horticultural society's annual show. It took place last Saturday. In preparation, I made sticky gingerbread using Doreen Fulleylove's recipe (Country Fare published in 1972) on the previous Wednesday and set dried fruit soaking in chai for my tea brack which I baked on the Thursday evening. 

I took a half day on the Friday and set to with my three remaining entries. A friend's sister ("Polly") was calling round to m…

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