I need to bake cakes like I need a hole in the head ....but actually I think it's really therapeutic. Anyway, I watched the Hairy Bakers (Bikers) cookery programme last week where they made a Victoria Sponge Sandwich. Now I have always stuck to the 8, 8, 8 , 4 ratio of fat, sugar, flour and eggs with good results..but apparently the W.I ( that's the Womens Institute) do a thing where they weigh the eggs in their shells, then they measure the flour out to the same weight. Like if 4 eggs weigh 9 oz you do 9 oz of all the other ingredients.
I tried it tonight and it works really well...great texture and colour..and a lovely taste.
That's the pastry sorted, and the sponge cake....I just need to work out my mothers turkey soup recipe and I am cooking on gas!!
Why do eBay keep changing things...? I don't post on ebay all that often..but I like to do a bit of everything to keep everyone happy. I just noticed that on one section of eBay.com, artists bears and dolls are being lumped under the heading, 'KIDS'.
That's not a good move since our items are NOT for 'kids'.
I am now considering not using eBay again....hmmmmm.
I'd love to hear your opinion..I need to think it through...!!
When my mum died she took with her to the grave her secret recipe for pastry. She always prided herself on her delicious short pastry and her sisters are all fiercely competitive cooks. There was a great story about one of my aunts who had a party and the other aunt passed comment on her pastry saying to the other one, ' these are nice...something to chew on...not like mine that melt in your mouth....'
My mothers pastry , so she said was the nicest...though I agree with that statement the fillings would often be a bit thin on the ground!!
Anyway, since she died I have striven to make nice pastry and the recipe and technique has eluded me . Every week a new recipe and every week I have said to Judi, my sister...'what do you think?' and every week I got a negative response.
This week, however, I hit the jackpot...and what's the recipe....? It's a secret of course!!!
Don't ask!!! I have problems with my mailing list software YET again...so if you are one of the folks who got about 14 million emails from me about my eBay auction please accept my humble apologies. It's not me it's the software ...it tells me that the mails have not gone through when the have ...and then get's me to re-send it.
Just in case you thought I was deliberately bombarding you with emails rest assured I didn't intend to...'honest 'guv' !!! I am not that desperate!!!! Yet!!
This is LITTLE KIP...my newest baby bear...who just can't stay awake!! She came about because, after all the chit-chat about open/close eyelids on one of the forums I belong to I felt like I just had to work out how it's done...and LITTLE KIP was born.
She is appearing on eBay from 10pm UK time tomorrow (3pm PDT) ...this is not my usual time. She was supposed to be up on Sunday but because I was on holiday in Yorkshire we missed the time slot....well I was eating cod and chips in Whitby at the time..so she is on for 10 days starting tomorrow and finishing next Sunday.
There are loads of lovely pictures on the auction page but please get in touch if you would like to know more about her...and you can visit her auction by clicking here
We are doing extremely well with the PINK BEAR RAFFLE...but we need to keep it going. I am delighted with the interest so far and hope that it will carry on till next month when we draw the winning tickets. Do get in touch if you would like to take part. All the details are available if you follow this linkor you can drop me a lineif you like...
It's been pointed out to me that my address is not on the raffle page on my website....that is true...but it IS on my website. It's under 'ADOPTING A BEAR' on the main website at the top of the page. So please just send any cheque payments to that address made out to BREAST CANCER CARE. Please take into account that the cheques will not be cashed until the end of October though!!!