31 March 2008

paigle post

Here are some paigles, or cowslips, from the Ackroyd Drive Nature Reserve, a small slice of land which runs along the side of the Fenchurch Street -Southend railway line where it crosses Burdett Road. They look incongruous and resilient in their corner plot.

According to Jocasta Innes in my very early edition of the Pauper's Cookbook, you can use them to make Paigle Fry, a flower infused pancake. It's probably against the law now. Just as well.

There were some grape hyacinths too, but my battery expired before I could capture them. Here are some from home instead, to welcome in British Summer Time.

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