This week has been really busy.
I started by sorting my three freezers out. When we were moving our freezers, I must admit I just rammed everything in anyhow, so they really did need sorting as I hadn’t a clue what we had in them…which is not good for meal planning.
So I took everything out and put it all back in a reasonable order:
I did this with all three freezers and wrote a list of what was in each freezer
I need to start meal planning now at the weekend to make sure I don’t over spend on my food budget.
One thing I did find in my freezer contents was a bag of left over vegetables. Everytime I have left over cooked vegetables after a meal, I freeze them. When I have enough, I make a ‘use it up curry’. So this is what we had for tea on Thursday:
I’ve also been preparing for my youngest daughters birthday yesterday. I can’t quite believe she is now fourteen…where did time go to? It only seems like yesterday that I was holding her in my arms when she was just a few hours old…and now she is growing into a beautiful young lady before my eyes.
So on Wednesday I made a dairyfree cake for her birthday (as she is dairy intolerant). She asked for a chocolate cake with jam in the middle which is what she always asks for, but I wanted to make it extra special. I decided to make it two tiers and cover it with dairyfree butter icing. I used my faithful ‘throw it all in’ cake recipe, which you can find here. She loved it, so I was really pleased:
It didn’t look quite as good as I had hoped, but it looked great when it was sliced:
My daughter invited a few of her close friends for tea yesterday. When my girls were growing up I really hated ‘party bags’ with plastic rubbish in them, that got tossed away within a few minutes of opening the bags. I felt it was such a waste of money. So over the years I have made or bought things in the sales that I thought would actually get used, or I have sometimes made individual decorated cakes and bagged them up separately so they looked really special.
This year I thought my daughter would like something a little bit more grown up, so I bought little boxes of Cadburys Roses (they cost me £1 each in the sale) and I ‘poshed’ them up with cellophane and ribbon and a little note which ‘thanked’ her friends for celebrating her birthday with her:
My daughter had a lovely time with her friends.
Before I go, I thought I would share a recipe with you that I cooked on Wednesday night. It was a cold night and it was one of those nights where I just fancied something hot, sweet and filling to eat. So, I cooked a Microwave Syrup Sponge. It is so quick and easy to make and far cheaper than nipping out to your local shop to buy something on the spur of the moment:
Microwaved Syrup Sponge Recipe:
100g margarine or butter, plus some for greasing the bowl
100g granulated sugar
100g self-raising flour
2-3 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
Beat the margarine and sugar together.
Add the eggs and beat together.
Fold in the flour and add enough milk to achieve dropping consistency
(so it drops off the spoon easily).
Grease a microwave bowl with margarine.
Drop the syrup in the bottom of the bowl and put the mixture on top.
Cover the bowl with a small plate or Microwave Clingfilm, leaving a small gap for the steam to escape.
Microwave on ‘high’ for 8 minutes (based on an 700W microwave).
Leave to stand for a couple of minutes before turning it out.
Serve with custard or ice-cream.
Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back on Monday at my usual time.