Thursday, 29 September 2011

Macy Hurrah!

Look, my photo of the Macy top I knitted for my little girl has been selected to feature on its Ravelry page!  I was quite ridiculously flattered to be asked! 

This top has been a real hit.  It provides warmth without restricting movement so my little girl has been more than happy to wear it.  I am definitely going to make it again in the next size up as it has been so useful.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

It's the 1970s all over again.  Pineapple upside-down cake made with tinned pineapple slices and decorated with glace cherries.  

Sadly, I couldn't get hold of any of the lurid, bright red, sticky glace cherries I remember from my childhood and had to make do with Waitrose's version, which are far too sophisticated for this pud! Looking at the photo, I think I should have got a bit frisky with the cherries and squeezed in a few more in-between the slices, don't you think?!

Served up with the juice from the can, thickened a little with cornflour.  My home economics teacher would be proud! 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Hello Sunshine!

At last!  A gorgeous, sunny, warm Autumn day.

New shoes were tested.
Nuts, feathers and leaves were collected.

Probably the last visit to the PYO farm to stock up on strawberries, raspberries, cauliflower, sweetcorn, onions and pumpkin.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Lyme Regis

 A day trip to one of our favourite places, Lyme Regis.  

It was a grey, windy day but still quite warm.  Our walk along the harbour wall, the Cobb, was ...... invigorating!

 All topped off with a delicious meal at Hix Oyster and Fish House.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Apricot Cookies

I shouldn't really make this biscuits as they are just too delicious and I can't rest until they have all been eaten!!  That would explain the hips..........

They are an Annabel Karmel recipe.  I diligently used her cookery books to make food for my baby, cursed the number of steps in some recipes, the long lists of ingredients and was glad when MLG progressed to things the rest of the family ate.  These wonderfully simple biscuits, however, I can not give up!

Annabel's Apricot Cookies

100g/4oz unsalted butter
100g/4oz cream cheese
100g/4oz caster sugar
75g/3oz plain flour
50g/2oz chopped dried apricots
50g/2oz white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180c/350F/Gas mark 4.  

In a bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.  Add the sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add the flour, then fold in the apricots and chocolate.

Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture on to non-stick or lined baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.  Allow them to cool and harden for a few minutes before transferring on to a wire rack.  

Makes 18

Friday, 2 September 2011

River Wey and Dapdune Wharf

The best bit of the visit for me was a trip on a boat.

The best bit of the visit for her, however, was playing with the toy version!
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