Summer soup "kesäkeittö" is a traditional Finnish recipe which is eaten at this time of year when there are plenty of fresh, young vegetables. I used parsley instead of dill, broad beans and baby courgettes instead of peas, and kale instead of spinach because that is what I had on the day! The recipe uses water and then adds the milk and some flour but I par-boiled the veggies in organic chicken stock then added whole-fat milk - and no flour. I like plenty of black pepper in mine too, I guess you could even add a few whole peppercorns too.
Oops, I forgot to take a photo of the finished tzatziki! The last stage is just mixing yoghurt with all the other ingredients and then leaving it in the fridge for a while for the flavours to infuse. I Sometimes use a blend of natural yoghurt and fromage frais for a thicker consistency. Tzatziki can be eaten on its own as a dip or as an accompaniment to grilled meat from the barbecue, especially lamb.
It's been raining (quite a lot) so I've been clearing out some cupboards and I found a can of Mamade which is a brilliant shortcut for making homemade marmalade: a concentrate of sliced Seville oranges from Spain.
Meadowsweet is in flower at the moment so I decided to try adding some to the marmalade. It is probably a good year for it since it grows on river banks and in wet fields or swampy areas, and we have plenty of those.
I soaked the flowers in hot water with the juice of a lemon overnight. The aroma is amazing. I strained the water and mixed it with the orange peel and sugar in a pan and boiled for a few minutes.