Summer Plates by Colleen Riley / Eureka Pots:
It is officially Summer!! Just this past weekend — The Summer Solstice!
Here in Minnesota, June has been a rather lovely month. Very comfortable summer temperatures — And every few days, a delightful rain. I’ve been busy hosting a few wonderful out-of-town Guests, and also creating plenty of new pots. June is also my birthday month — So I’ve actually made a few different Birthday Treats (cakes) for myself. A Lemon Pudding Cake is just one of those treats….
The Food — Lemon Pudding Cake with Berries:
I quite recently stumbled on a recipe for Lemon Pudding Cake. OK — I’ve heard of ‘chocolate’ pudding cake. But ‘lemon’ sounded so refreshing — Perfect for summer. And so easy — Eggs (separated), the usual flour/sugar ingredients, and plenty of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. It all baked into a perfect, charming, delightful cake with its own just-right lemon pudding. The flavors heavenly and well-balanced — Served with fresh blueberries and strawberries. And served on TWO plates — A small white plate (made by Dick Cooter) atop an exciting new Dinner Plate with blue accents, made by Colleen Riley.
Recipe included on my Recipes Page — Enjoy!!
The Pottery — Plates by Colleen Riley:
Just a few months ago (at the NCC Tableware Show), I acquired a new Dinner Plate, made by Minnesota Artist, Colleen Riley — White stoneware, soda fired, soft white glaze with floral design.
At the Show, Colleen’s Place-Setting was in mostly blue designs/tones. I am not generally into too much ‘blue’ on my pottery — But the abstract floral design (in blue) was so intriguing, so appealing, I definitely wanted to add this plate to my collection. And then, with the arrival of summer, I new it would be perfect for my Lemon Cake with Berries (specifically, BLUEBERRIES).
Colleen’s work is both lively and refined; her glaze treatments include wonderful pattern, inspired by nature, and by fabric designs. Another favorite (from the NCC Show) — This smaller Plate (below) with a floral statement, and a stunning (mystical) Summer MOON.
Colleen Riley along with husband, Donovan Palmquist — Together they are Eureka Pots, just outside of the Twin Cities. Do check out their Web Site — http://www.EurekaPots.com
Happy-Happy ‘official’ Summer, everyone! Hope you have great plans for the next few months — With plenty of tasty berries (and maybe even a lemon cake).