I freely admit to loving cake. Not many people dislike cake and really those that do… bit odd. Or more probably just lying. As mentioned previously, I enjoy baking, and have done since I was little and allowed to lick the spoon. But really, as fun and satisfying the baking bit is, it is secondary to the scoffing. Nothing like a cup of tea and a fresh scone. My grandmother’s scones are rectangular, quite small affairs. You need more than one: no bad thing. So when a Tesco voucher dropped onto the doormat and a friend recommended The River Cottage Cake handbook, by Pam Corbin, I needed no further incentive.
One in their series of handbooks, starting with Mushrooms, incorporating such delights as Hedgerows and the excellent Bread, it is small, of lovely print quality and, quite enticingly, pink. So far I’ve tried savoury muffins, a coconut and chocolate (Bounty!) cake, and gingerbread men. Well, penguins and teddies actually. All of the recipes worked well and there are loads more to try; I considered the challenge of a cake a day but have regrettably decided against it for fear of breaking the bathroom scales.
Also in the kitchen at the moment is ongoing rosehip syrup making. The dog rose fruits are all ripening at different times, so I seem to be picking, mulching and boiling up constantly! It’s so nice on porridge though and it’d be great to have enough jars for the winter, it’s meant to be really high in vitamin C. And, er, sugar. Yumm.