Shortbread and Coffee

I rolled this shortbread into a cylinder, chilled in the fridge, then sliced it into thick round biscuits.  Lovely with a strong hot coffee in my dainty Portmeirion cup and saucer. 

Simple Carrot Cake

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.