27 February 2007

wellingtons

I was most pleased when my new wellington boots arrived this morning. Roll on wet english summer, I'm ready to take you on!

23 February 2007

brownies

I've just baked these gorgeous chocolate brownies. It's the first time I've attempted brownies, as they've never really appealed to me before, but I decided to give them a go to see what all the fuss is about and they are pretty damn good I can tell you.

I used the recipe from my 'Cook With Jamie' book, but I see that he has also published the recipe on his website. I wasn't able to get any sour cherries, and I think they would add a nice tang, but they still taste divine!

22 February 2007

removing the ceiling

This was what Dom did last Saturday while I was in college - no more Artex! We are now ready for the plasterer to re-board and skim.

16 February 2007

loafing

When I have exams to study for I often find myself getting distracted by leisurely things like baking.

I have just baked a Lemon Drizzle Loaf. So I am loafing in more ways than one, when in actual fact I should be using my loaf and focussing on study.

Here is the recipe, taken from Olive Magazine

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the base and ends of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.

Cream 200g unsalted softened butter with 150g caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the zest of two lemons. Gradually add 3 beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition. Sift 200g plain flour with 2 level tsp baking powder then fold into the cake mixture with 50g ground almonds. Add 2tbsp milk and the juice of 1 lemon and mix until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin lined with baking parchment. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer pushed into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes.

Mix the juice of 3 lemons with 3 tbsp granulated sugar. Slowly spoon it over the top of the warm cake. Leave in the tin until completely cold. Serves 8

15 February 2007

loving

Dom told me he had gone up north with work yesterday, but when I got home, there he was, along with a lovely bunch of tulips (my favourite flower) and he cooked me the most gorgeous risotto (which is, I think, if I can possibly narrow it down to one, my favourite meal).

It was quite low key, because pressures of work and study are sapping both our energies at the moment, but it was very sweet.

08 February 2007

snowing

There's always a big fuss when it snows these days, but I don't remember it being such a headline grabbing issue when I was a kid. Of course then, all I was interested in was getting outside and building a snowman. I don't remember adults moaning about travel, but then I did live in the north, where people walk a lot and driving more than half an hour to work is practically unheard of. It seems like the whole nation has turned into a bunch of soft wimpy drama queens, because in my mind I'm still a kid, who woke up this morning, looked out the bedroom window, saw the beautiful sight of freshly fallen snow, and all I wanted to do was get outside and build a snowman! I hope it's still there when I get home.

04 February 2007

sprouting

Our first spring bulb has flowered, and there are many more popping through.