Summer Mess

This is a very simple summer dessert, a take on Eton Mess using summer fruits which are plentiful now. It also works if you only have a few fruits. I have made a version of this using damson puree instead of grated lemon.


  • 300 ml double cream
  • 2 dessert spoonfuls icing sugar
  • grated rind of one lemon
  • meringue – you can make your own but I used ready-made ones from the supermarket
  • summer fruits – I picked raspberries and strawberries from the garden


Add the icing sugar to the double cream.

add icing sugar

Grate the rind from a lemon and add to the cream. (An alternative is to add damson puree).

grate lemon rind

Whisk together until the cream thickens and forms soft peaks.

whisked cream

This can be used now or placed in the fridge for an hour or two until you need it.

Break the meringues into pieces.

Gently fold into the cream mix.

Put onto individual plates – this makes four servings.

Dot the fruit around. I used a mix of fresh raspberries and sliced strawberries.

summer mess


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Summertime walks

Summer is here with long days, warmth and sunshine. Take a look at these photographs taken both in Nannie RaRa’s garden and on walks nearby. A favourite place in the early morning is by the local beach at the side of the river. The skies are so big. Every day the scene is different.

red poppies growing in the garden
The bright red poppies choosing their own place to grow
bumble bee and honey bee on buddleia
Both bumble and honey bees enjoying the nectar on Nanie RaRa’s buddleia
bee collecting nectar from bramble
A bee collecting nectar from a bramble, preparing for the feast of blackberries to come
cow parsely
Cow parsley growing tall along the sides of the path
deadly nightshade
The deadly nightshade has a delicate beauty
squirrel with an acorn
A hungry squirrel taking one of last year’s nuts for breakfast
country garden
Nannie RaRa’s English country garden
river view
and finally a view towards the river

Let me know which are your favourite pictures