Saturday, July 16, 2011

Colours: flowers in the garden and a bright pudding








One of the best things about Auckland is that even in winter, where is raining cats and dogs, the garden is always bright with flowers. My orchids are blooming I have two yellow/green ones two different pink ones (although only one has flowers now). I always wanted to have orchids and these sturdy types can live outside, as long as they are in a sheltered spot. Also the Reinwardtia, or yellow flax, is still full of flowers, even after all that rain and hail we had in the past week.



No blooms from my white camellia yet, but the red one is full of flowers, they are lovely cut flowers for Japanese ikebana and for decorations (like for my bento here). The Rhododendron towering over the carport is also full of flowers, usually they stay for a couple of months, and by September the tree is almost all pink. Potted flowers: the hyacinths are just starting outside...




... while indoors they have already bloomed.


And the recipe for today is a mango pudding revisited: my fool proof recipe for mango and agar agar pudding is here, and for the colourful twist I just added a few mixed berries to the mixture. It looked so pretty that I will definitely make it again. 

Happy weekend everyone!


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

13 comments:

  1. Alessandra, your garden looks beautiful, and that mango pudding looks spectacular - gorgeous colour.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - yes, I am out at Muriwai at present. My partner is away in Munich until the end of the month and he mentioned in an email that when he gets back he wants to go out to Piha, as he has never been there, so will definitely call in if you are around.

    Sue xo

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  2. ...a parte i meravigliosi fiori del tuo giardino.....ma questo dolce è più che invitante...ha un aspetto bello, fresco, viene proprio voglia di dargli un morso!!!

    ti riconfermi sempre, non ce n'è :))
    Bibi

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  3. PS: anche in italia il mango non è che costi poco....
    ho dimenticato di dire che tra l'altro questo dolce è di una semplicità disarmante...quasi quasi mi cimento.
    B.

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  4. What lovely flowers you have in your garden and home Ilove the indoor hyacinth, so pretty! and that manggo pudding looks as bright as the flowers! yummy!

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  5. What lovely photos. You've captured one of my favorite flowers - the hyacinth. Its scent makes me weak-kneed. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Ma come fai ad avere questi fiori in autunno inoltrato? sono bellissimi, le orchidee il giacinto, che ha un profuno inebriante per non parlare del budino al mango...oggi tutto molto bello e colorato...baci

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  7. Cara Alessandra,non sapevo che avessi un altro blog!Complimenti!Anche questo e bellissimo!Che belle foto e che buono questo dolce!Un bacione!

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  8. Tam, il clima e' molto favorevole a certi tipi di fiori, subtropicale, e da foresta pluviale, e poi fa freddo ma non gela, le orchidee sono in un angolino 'protetto' ed i bulbi, mistero, non ho non aspettano mai la primavera ma escono prima!

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  9. I love the flowers pictures look amazing!! and the pudding look beauty too! gloria

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  10. @ B per il budino al mango: i manghi freschi li uso solo quando svendono quelli troppo maturi che non compra nessuno (tanto si usa la polpa, altrimenti sarebbe troppo costoso, molto piu' economica e' la polpa di mango in scatola che trovo nei negozi indiani, e se non c'e' in Italia allora un paio di scatole di mango a fette (magari vai per quello con lo sciroppo piu' leggero, alcuni sono veramente molto dolci!!!) e frulli tutto. E' un dolce cosi' facile e l'agar agar s'indurisce anche senza frigo, e puoi dargli le forme che vuoi, e poi va bene per tutti, anche chi non mangia glutine, soia, noci ecc.

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  11. The pudding looks stunning Alessandra! So glistening and perfect! :D

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  12. Camellia is one of my favorite flower! All of the flowers in the photos are beautiful.

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