Saturday, 9 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
125g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
175g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
Juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
100g of icing sugar
23 x 13 x 7 cm loaf tin, buttered and lined, preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4.
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add eggs and lemon zest, beat in well.
- Add the sieved flour and salt, folding in gently but thoroughly.
- Add the milk, mix in.
- Spoon into loaf tin and put cake in oven for 45 mins, or until golden and a cake tester comes out clean.
- About 10 minutes before cake is due to come out of the oven, dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice, over a low heat.
- As soon as you take the cake out, puncture holes all over the top and pour the syrup on to let it soak in. Make sure there are lots of holes in the top so it doesn't all go down the sides.
- Wait until it's completely cold to take it out of the tin (otherwise it will crumble into syrupy mush).
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
It just dawned on me that my kids will feature prominently in this blog so I really ought to introduce them; my son Devin (6) and daughter Brodie (2). They are really keen on all things crafty and, despite today's reluctance, Dev loves to help me out in the kitchen.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
So, as well as making a batch of caramel shortcake this evening, I decided to attempt my first ever loaf cake. I love anything with cherries and almonds in it so went for Nigella Lawson's Cherry-Almond Loaf cake. I found this really easy to make, although I destroyed my kitchen in the process (there is butter where no person should find butter). I can't tell you how it tastes because Nigella's recipes don't exactly suit a Weight Watchers diet but at least it looks good.
200g glace cherries
250g self raising flour
225g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
2-3 drops almond essence
100g ground almonds
6 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 170°c. Halve the cherries, wash them, pat them dry and toss them in flour.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add the beaten egg and almond essence.
- Gently fold in flour and ground almonds.
- Fold in cherries and then the milk.
- Spoon mixture into loaf tin and bake for 45-60 mins (I found I needed to add an extra 10 minutes).
- Cool cake on a wire rack
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Every Tuesday I, along with another teacher and a couple of Rangers, take a group of pupils out on Forest School. We go to a local wood and build a fire, cook some food and then attempt to craft things out of the materials which surround us. In weeks gone by we (and when I say we, I mean mostly the pupils) have built tables, benches, a shelter, bows and arrows and have also done some nature inspired art work. A few weeks ago one of the Rangers taught me how to chop down a tree safely and we used the wood to make a surround for the camp fire. Today the Ranger helped a group of 3 pupils make the rather impressive bench you can see in the photo. I was so impressed with it that I thought I would share my rather poor camera phone picture with you. Over the next few weeks we (and by this I mean the pupils and me, yeay) will be making more benches, some tools and learning how to tie pretty knots. Hopefully I will manage to remember to take my camera with me so that I can photograph my crafty exploits.
Slightly off topic but the food today was amazing. I ate the best potato scone I have ever tasted.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
For the past 6 months or so I have been working on the SEBD (social, emotional and behavioural difficulties) 2 module of my postgrad. All should be well, after all this is the sector I work in and therefore have much knowledge of. Not so. The essay is more than a month overdue and although my tutor doesn't seem to have a problem with it I really do. I have another essay on Modern Educational Thought due in on 18th June so I need to get this one out of the way.
So today will be spent cutting, pasting, scraping and re-doing all the components of said 3,500 word essay while attempting to entertain a 2 year old and a 5 year old. It's a craft of sorts, although I'll not bore you with pictorial evidence of the finished article.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Not only do I remember my mother making this when I was a child, but it is my son's favourite. Every time we go to Starbuck's (I admit it, I'm an addict) he has to have a piece of their caramel shortcake. However at £1.65 a piece I felt it was a bit pricey, and to be honest none of the shop bought stuff has tasted anywhere near as nice, so I decided to have a go myself.