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Thursday, 11 September 2014

miss b loves ..........one final sweet taste of summer

A couple of weeks ago it was looking as if autumn had arrived far too early with chilly days and overcast skies ...... but summer is back! It's blue skies and warm temperatures(at least for this time of the year in England) What a treat! 

A chance to enjoy a final taste of summer too with a home-made raspberry Pavlova. There are certain foods which instantly make me think of warm sunny days and this is one of them .....

This meringue-based dessert is said to have been named in honour of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova during one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. There seems to be a long-running dispute about which of the two countries actually invented the dish. The Oxford English Dictionary and some research suggests New Zealand but the debate continues!

Anna Pavlova 1912

Having tried a number of recipes, this one from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course here is a favourite. The meringue is crispy on the outside with a soft marshmallow-like centre.....

I know it's a very sweet, indulgent dessert ..... but such a treat!

We took advantage of the warm weather to go for a leisurely walk along the coastal path at Lytham St Annes, about twenty minutes drive from home. The windmill looked resplendent against the deep blue sky. I don't think I've ever seen the sky this blue in this part of the world in September before!

This was the first time I had noticed the fish on top of the weathervane at The Old Lytham Lifeboat House  next door to the windmill. A lifeboat was first stationed at Lytham in 1851.

Five o'clock and still cloudless!

As much as I enjoy the rich autumn colours and all that the new season brings, I'm happy to take advantage of this extended summer for just a little longer.

An Indian summer perhaps? I hope so!


  1. I hope so too! Being weird the summer all the time, maybe this is the good one is arrived. Ive heard from my friend who lives in Stone that the weather has been so great and now from ur photos I realized how is in England now. Btw, the pavlova looks so delicious, Im apready to go to sleep but Im watering see at the pics! Well done, love everything with meringue. The blue sky and the windmill are fantastic! Kisses Miss B xo

  2. I want to dive into the computer screen right now Miss B! Indulgent that cake is! It looks so good! Gorgeous too!

  3. So wishing I had a taste of the meringue dessert - looks delicious!!

  4. You are such a lucky and I'm really glad you are enjoying the extended summer! I don't want summer to leave, I am going to miss it so much! I hope that there will be an Indian summer here too in October for example. The sky is so blue indeed, the photos turned out nice! And the cake looks so delicious! Have a lovely weekend! Hope that the weather will be sunny!

  5. Oh that Pavlova looks real yummy.
    And you've captured it well from your camera,
    now I'm craving for some sweets.♥

    i AM loving the crisp cold air at night
    that Fall brings.

  6. Oh,it looks and sounds so good:)*
    Pavlova-one of my favorites.....I mean ballerina and this recipe of sweet pie!
    Just absolutely gorgeous last sunshine and very soft day here!

    Thankyou for this lovely post,dear miss B.:)*


  7. OH I would love a piece of the Pavlova right now with my coffee!! Have a great weekend, K

  8. I like you am enjoying this long summer. Pavlova is my favourite desert. Have a fun weekend

  9. I've only had pavlova once and it was such a delicious treat! We also had a surge of summer weather in the past week where it was actually hotter than most of August. I didn't mind since I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  10. Wow, that recipe looks pretty spectacular, and I love raspberries too. It looks too pretty to eat. I hope you enjoy your weekend miss b.

  11. Ohh my gosh that dessert look SO good! I want to make it now! Also, it looks like you had such a lovely time soaking in the sun--making me upset that summer is almost over! :( Oh well, I guess we should just try our best to enjoy as much as we can, as much as we can! ahah :)

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  12. Yes, I'm quite happy with the extended summer weather, still donning my sandals and wearing my shades but I haven't been able to enjoy it as freely as I've liked because of some new work commitments. I'm not overly keen on meringue, more of a cheesecake/apple crumble person me, but your images look delish.

  13. Hi Miss B, wow the dessert looks so good. It does look like a great one for summer which wants to hang on for just a bit longer. Today we are raining and it is much needed here. Your photos are gorgeous with that blue sky and sunshine!! Enjoy the last days of summer and have a great weekend.

  14. Interesting story about the Pavlova... I always wondered about the name...Love the sweet sweet ..I like it with vanilla ice cream!
    x Nina

  15. I love pavlova for dessert! I don't know what we will do when grey skies come back....really spoilt with this good weather:) Enjoy the weekend!

  16. Lucky you! We are feeling the coming of Autumn soon. it iss getting cooler soon. The Pavlova looks so delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. I have never tried a pavlova...after seeing your photos, I NEED to! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  18. Summer is back in Athens too...
    today it was 30oC!


  19. Looks like you had indeed wonderful days in England! Thank you so much for this wonderful pictures, they are warming my heart as here in Bavaria the last time was not so great regarding the weather ... but as usual I'm optimistic that we will have here soon also again sunny days.

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena


  20. Delicious that meringue looks to die for - I'm sad to say goodbye to summer too. I have a feeling I'm in for a very cold first UK winter!

    Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  21. Now that's the way to hail farewell to summer! Strawberries, OH MY! And with meringue? YES!

    Miss B., thank you for coming by to visit today. This is such an exciting time of year. I am watching the squirrels outside my window enjoying their treasure troves of nuts and all is well.

    Have a most splendid week! Anita

  22. Hi Miss B,

    Lovely photos for the final days of summer - love the windmill and the blue skies. Yes, the old debate goes on with the pavlova - all I know they are delicious and one of my favourites.
    Have a happy new week

  23. i have never had that before, but it looks beautiful!

  24. I am enjoying this Indian summer too and thank you for the recipe. I have been meaning to make a Pavlova before as it's got all the things I love inside but never got round to it. I 'll report on the blog if it's a success ! xxx

    1. I'm sure it will be a success! Looking forward to seeing your Pavlova on your blog.

  25. Ici en France, c'est l'été indien aussi! Il fait très chaud et on profite pour sortir d'avantage! Ton pavlova à l'air délicieux ! J'aimerais apprendre à la faire !

  26. miss b, this Raspberry Pavlova looks amazing! I do wish I had a piece to go with my tea right now. So soft and yummy on the inside, and I love marshmallows! What a cool picture of the windmill. I am so ready for Autumn, as it has been pretty hot here lately. We had cooler temperatures for awhile, but this past week was so much warmer.

    Happy September, my friend.


  27. Oh gosh, the meringue based dessert looks delicious .. it's the perfect example of summertime! Well done for embracing the last of summer, I'm entirely focussed on Autumn now as I'm constantly so cold! Have a lovely week! :)

    - I'm new to Instagram! -


  28. OMG that raspberry pavlova looks amazing!! Yep that happened here too, got cool, then really hot ( just in time for FW) and then cool again.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  29. That rasberry pavlova looks amazing!

  30. anything with meringue is a favorite over here. Pavlova's are so good, so elegant and so easy to make. I will take a look at your recipe.

  31. Oh wow that dessert look so delicious. Your photos look beautiful. There are still a few days of summer left before the official start of fall.

  32. Miss. B. your post made me feel so good!!! A serving of that dessert would make me feel even better!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  33. Hi hun, hope you have been well. Its been so hectic with work and studies recently so I had to take a break from blogging. I will try to get back to it when I have some free time. Missed reading your posts…Have a great week. You can find me at frillsandthrills@hotmail.com

  34. Many thanks for your interesting comment. Happy rest of the week! xx Rena

  35. That pavlova looks amazing! It is my absolute favourite desert in Summer. I always order it at a local café, but I think it's about time I tried to make my own! x

  36. I've never tried a pavlova before but it looks delicious! I must try one day!

  37. As a proud Aussie (who makes a pretty amazing pav, even if I do say so myself!) I'm going to say it's an Australian invention. ;)

  38. I like this dessert; unfortunately I have only tried it a few times as it is not that common in my country. It looks delicious on your photos!

  39. Thank you very much for all the compliments about the Pavlova!

  40. I love Pavlova, so yummy. It's hilarious the rivalry between Australia & NZ about who invented it. Evidence does seem to suggest NZ but I mentioned this to my cousin's husband who's Australian & a chef and he actually took offence at it, lol!

  41. that pavolova looks so stunning!

  42. I've never tried pavlova before. I learn something new every time I read your posts. :) I think I have seen some. I will definitely give it a go next time.

  43. What a beautiful day and sky there, we are also having some blue days here in Florence : ) Your pavlova looks so delish and I got myself hungry, I will try to compensate with kelloggs chocolate cornflakes as I dont have much at home now at this time : )


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