Not quite sure why I haven’t managed to blog for a week.
With not blogging daily over the summer holiday and then the delay in getting internet sorted in the new house I seem to be struggling to get back in the routine of blogging.
So what can I say about the last week – work was good, Flo is happy, meals were planned, made and eaten and life plods on as usual.
On Sunday we baked and I had really fancied making sticky gingerbread but, as I have mentioned, I have a daughter who thinks only cake with chocolate in it is worth eating.
So a chocolate gingerbread type cake was the order of the day.
I found a recipe in the Nigella Lawson ‘Feast’ book. We had to adapt this because, as she says in the write-up ‘it is very rich, very strong and not for children.’
We omitted cloves and black treacle (we doubled the quantity of golden syrup to replace the black treacle). The recipe
125g dark muscovado sugar
2 tablespoons caster sugar
400g golden syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons bicarb
2 tablespoons warm water
275g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
200g chocolate chips (100g of milk 100g of plain)
Melt the butter, syrup, sugars in a large saucepan, add the spices. Take off the heat and beat in the eggs, milk, the bicarb (which has been dissolved in the water), then mix in the flour and cocoa and finally stir in the chocolate chips.
This was very good, very rich but good and we all enjoyed a slice on Sunday afternoon. We had a it with some vanilla ice cream (just to cut through the richness, you understand!) but it works perfectly well, as it is, with a cup of tea – I tested that yesterday.
We had roast chicken on Sunday and so last night I made two chicken pies with the leftovers (padded out with some mushrooms).
Why does making pies make me feel more domestic-goddess-like than any other type of baking or cooking?
I hope you are all having a good week.
Until tomorrow (?)…