Velocity

How do you move forward? Do you leap, jump or stride, Push off with full strength And effortlessly glide. Or Are you scratchy and tetchy And often annoyed At the friction, Inaction, All vectors destroyed, By the dragging and freezing And total imbalance That dogs you, And mugs you, And leaves you awry. Still, you’ll…

Dropped

I am a bad mother at times. Well, we all are aren’t we? Aren’t we? Anyway, I stayed out far too late on Friday  night and so to make up for being less than lively next morning I made Drop Scones from the wonderful Be-Ro book, my childhood baking bible introduced to me by my grandma….

I’m a celebrity, waft me out of here!

I always wondered at whether anybody actually ever got up to make breakfast muffins. I mean, let’s face it, 7 AM is not the best time to be playing with live matches, gas or indeed a fan oven. And those dreamy eyed shots of celebrity chefs whipping up something beautiful in the kitchen in a…

Requiem for a kitchen floor

Now, you guys know that I am not much of a cook. My thing is baking. Show me a cake tin and I’m yours but, a proper savoury dish is another matter entirely. But, recently, I have attempted a couple of dishes. And, in honour of my recently demolished kitchen floor (don’t ask) I wanted…

apple.yum

My kitchen is FULL of apples…so far we’ve had them au naturel, I’m drying some sloooooooowly in the oven and I’m boiling some up to make apple syrup. I predict crumble galore too. Any other ideas? And an update, well, I’m definitely definitely going to try drying apples again. This is what they look like…

Jumping jack flap

I found some of my old goals and resolutions written down the other day. And there, in black ink, was my overwhelming desire to make healthy breakfast bars. I know, most people want world peace. I just wish for something healthy to stop me eating chocolate at 10 AM. So, I actually tried it yesterday….

Rhubarb and Flustered

Late night baking for a play school bake sale. No sugar, no time, no ideas! Until I remembered the rhubarb a friend gave me recently. Chopped up and stewed with a windfall apple, I substituted icing sugar for caster and prayed. Then I baked them with a blob of fruit compote inside and prayed. The…

Of berries and brothers

Today had the real feeling of the last day of summer. We spent it outside eating a long lazy lunch with lots of children running around screaming being neither Long or lazy. I baked all morning and made, amongst other things, a pie with homegrown apples and blackberries. I used self raising flour to make…

Sunday morning

Sunday morning beckons. I borrowed this book yesterday. What am I going to do today I wonder? What kind of cake would you bake?

Get stuck in

Readers, I think I’ve been wupped with the Kirsty stick…I’m entering a bake-off. It’s tomorrow and above is my effort. A very sticky butterscotch windfall fruit upside down cake. I hope it’s ok. I can’t tell until they cut into it tomorrow. Gulp! The recipe is very simple, cannibalised from my old faithful the Be-Ro…