Hi Everybody !
What happened to my resolution to keep up with my blog and blog more often ? Hey Ho!
The temperature is about to drop here so I am making room inside to bring my early tomatoes in. I do have a heater that I can use, but I might as well use the heat in the house as the plants aren't too big yet and there is room.
Walking around the garden today looking at the bees, digging up jerusalem artichokes and picking spinach I note that most of the trees are in bud at some stage or another. Significantly the peach tree we bought a couple of years ago and planted last year has a couple of flower buds !! Tonight I will wrap the tree in a warm coat to maximise the chances of the buds surviving.
I have been baking over the last couple of days. One recipe that I tried for the first time that has been very successful is Mincemeat cake. I tried this because I had a large pot of mincemeat left over from Christmas. This is probably the easiest cake ever, but one of the scrummiest.
Heat the oven to 160 degrees
In a bowl mix together-
4oz softened margarine
5oz Self raising Flour
Put the mix into a loaf tin and cook for 35 minutes - It really is that easy. - no creaming or rubbing in.
I also made a marmalade cake thus -
Heat the oven to 170 degrees
8oz SR Flour
one teaspoon orange rind
3 tbs marmalade
2 tbs milk
2 extra tbs marmalade
rub the fat into the flour
add the sugar and a pinch of salt - stir
add the remaining ingredients and stir
put into a loaf tin and bake for 50 mins
place cake onto a rack and when it has cooled a little, melt the extra marmalade in a bowl in the microwave (add some more orange rind if you have some) and brush the melted marmalade on top of the cake.
Still having trouble with follower stuff, so if I have stopped following you, I haven't really and will get back on board as soon as it lets me!
Off to finish getting tea ready for the marauding hoards