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Baking is Easy

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I talk about food a A LOT. I am one of those preachy people. I’m constantly telling people “Ooh you should cook this, or try this ingredient blah blah blah.” I imagine it is very annoying. For example, when people say they don’t like vegetables, I feel compelled to convert them, insisting that it is just fussiness that they’ll grow out of once they discover the yumminess of the butternut squash. Most of the time it doesn’t work and they continue to avoid their greens like the plague. No doubt they’ll come hobbling back one day with rickets and scurvy begging me to make them a nice veggie quiche.

Anyways, I think some of my foodie talk has paid off, cause one of my friends asked me to give her a bakery lesson. Of course, I agreed straight away. A whole day devoted to talking about cake, eating cake and showing off? Yes please!

Here’s the Victoria Sponge my friend made:

And here‘s the recipe we used. I say we, but I didn’t actually do anything except tell my friend what to do. She didn’t really need my help, she just wasn’t confident in baking due to the fact that the last time she had tried making a cake was for my 18th birthday (8 years ago) and that had gone so horribly wrong that she had to buy me a cake instead. I didn’t mind –  the bought cake was nice and it was shaped like a caterpillar, bonus!

Anyway, I digress, the Victoria Sponge was superb and now my friend can bake. She’s so confident in fact, she’s told me she is going to attempt another cake for my birthday, in two weeks. I’ll let you know how it goes…


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The Veg Box Has Arrived!

Inspired by fellow blogger/tweeter Jemjabella, I recently ordered an organic vegetable box from Riverford and today it arrived! I am so excited. Here it is:

The contents are: new potatoes, broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bag of salad leaves, mushrooms, spring onions and that weird thing in the foreground is kohl rabi. I didn’t have a clue what it was but thankfully one of OH’s colleagues did when I sent through a photo.

Now here’s where I ask you (yes, you) to give something back. This whole relationship is starting to feel a little one-sided but don’t worry, I think with a little love and compromise, we can get things back on track. I want you, my reader(s) to do me a favour and tell me what the hell to do with this scrumptious bundle of veg. I’m talking ideas, recipes etc.  The veg needs to last for about 1 week for 2 (greedy) people. Obviously I will need to buy meat, fish etc and I have the usual storecupboardy stuff in. I even have fresh herbs. Yes, despite neglecting them over the mini heatwave we had last weekend, I have an abundance of chives and basil and a frankly pathetic bit of parsley.

So you know what to do, now get to it! (Please). xxx


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