I had a help from some little ones today to make pizzas! The dough is home made, hence the irregular shape, and we start it off in a pan on the hob to make sure the base isn’t soggy. This pizza has tomato, mozzarella and green peppers.
This apple sponge cake is a great way to use up a couple of extra apples and is lovely warm with cream or custard, or ice cream. Its best made with brown sugar so the edges turn a lovely and crispy and caramelised. I use two thirds self raising flour and one third almond flour in a general sponge mix.
I love baked avocado, especially with eggs and salad! You can cut a slice from the under side of the avocado to keep it level, really useful if doing eggs, but I used some foil to keep them level.
I love salmon, so easy to cook! I baked mine in the oven with mixed herbs.
Its beginning to feel a lot like winter…
The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud – and hark, again! loud as before.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Baked avocado for supper this cold January evening. Filled with mushroom and tomato and topped with strong cheddar cheese they went beautifully with a warm seeded roll.
Look who visited us this morning! Its a Great Spotted Woodpecker and rather lovely.
I used a Nordic Wear tin shaped like an apple for this chocolate cake. I have lots of ideas for spiced apple cakes and Dorset apple cakes but as a trial run for a new cake tin chocolate worked wonderfully well.
This simple carrot cake makes a lovely contrast to the sticky rich excesses of Christmas with its straight forward no fuss practicality. I used sunflower oil, self raising flour, brown sugar, eggs, nutmeg and cinnamon (a little mixed spice or ginger wouldn’t go amiss), and of course roughly grated carrots. You can add nuts, walnuts are usual but pecan work very well. Usually carrot cake has a topping made from cream cheese and icing sugar but this time I was aiming for something more rustic and straight forward.
I used a cake tray to make these really easy and quick bacon and egg treats. I wrapped bacon around the outside and put an egg in some and egg whites and mushrooms in others. The tray is non stick but I used a little olive oil just to make sure the bacon didn’t stick. There was a lot less mess than using the frying pan and they were all ready at the same time. They went very well with buttered toast, sausages and tomatoes.
It looked a lot like Autumn this morning with the mist hovering just above the field. On my way out I changed my mind as I saw I have daffodils out already, so it must be Spring! I am still hoping for snow…