This week’s small pleasures #131

After a few gloriously sunny days, and stunning weather over the weekend (see Saturday’s post), today has turned grey and rainy. Ah well….this is autumn after all! Anyway, to this week’s small pleasures, starting with…sweetcorn. There is an abundance around just now and it is so good too, so sweet and flavourful. A real joy.


If you’ve been reading my recent Saturday posts you will see pink Japanese anemones featured a fair bit over the last few weeks. Here are some white ones, as seen in the Botanic Gardens on Sunday.

White Japanese anemones

I’m not a great lover of too hot and spicy food (it doesn’t like me….), but I love chillies as a plant. The wonderful colours, shapes and indeed textures (just look at those on the bottom left) look so good. Just looking at them is a small pleasure.

Colours, textures, shapes

I baked a cake on Sunday morning, one requested by my dear husband that he had seen a link to on a Swedish website. This banana and chocolate cake is moist and oh-so-rich, the cake has ripples of dark chocolate throughout. The recipe (in Swedish) can be found here, Happy to provide a translation if anyone is interested or if anyone has a similar recipe in English (the closest I found was a banana cake with chocolate chips), then please pop the link in the comments below.

Banana and chocolate cake

That’s all for this week – what were your small pleasures?

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

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