Saturday, 29 May 2010

Not Much Knitting, But Lots of Food

Progress on the Tank Top is really slow, so in the meantime let me show you some food instead:
This is a Nigella's Chocolate & Coke cake that I made for DH's Birthday. It may not look like much, but let me tell you, it was amaaaazing. You actually put a whole (small) bottle of coke into the mix, and though the mix seems incredibly runny, it actually sets into a delicious, moist cake. You can't taste the coke, but let me tell you, there's a whole pack (250g) of butter in the cake, and another whole pack in the icing!
Between the two of us, our friend Louise and her family, we polished the whole thing off over the weekend. I had thought I'd be taking the leftovers into work on Monday but there weren't any!
The cake had followed DH's requested Birthday meal of Spaghetti & Meatballs, his favourite.

Lastly, this is Gypsy Tart that I made last weekend for a beautiful, hot, sunny day (our one day of Summer for 2010?) last weekend, when DH's family came over for his Mother's Birthday lunch.
There are only three ingredients: pastry (if you don't make it yourself), evaporated milk and muscovado sugar. It's veeeery sweet yet not rich, and it's light and sultry. We loved it, and I'll be making this one again! My Mum told me about it (she's made it and the family loved it) so of course I wanted to give it a try.
What do you use for your baking beans? I've always used my Mum's staple: Black Eyed Beans, and they work really well.

Let me know if you want any of the recipes. I didn't mean to come across as blowing my own trumpet, and I can't take the credit as the cake recipes aren't my own, but I can tell you that you won't be disappointed if you try any of them.