Several weeks later…

I stayed in England for a month. Although I was living in someone else’s house, I did try my hand at baking a Victoria Sponge one time, but I forgot to split the mixture into two tins and it came out of the oven rather too moist. It wasn’t all that nice that day or the next but a few days later, it was perfect. If I ever need to bake a cake for eating in a few days time, I can just bake it extra moist and know it will be perfect when most cakes would be stale. I didn’t have a camera with me in England, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

I have been home for about two weeks and it has been so.very.busy every single minute. I haven’t been idle on my goals though, because I have been working on my own version of this knitting project from Martha Stewart’s website. I’m enjoying the process.

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At some point in the last two weeks my little sister needed a treat but was too tired to bake so I followed instructions to make these delicious chocolate buns.

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This afternoon was the first time in about two months where I had no social obligations, no visitors, no study/work/appointments. And so I had to make something 🙂 but we had no eggs in the house. I didn’t want to make scones because I had just had them for breakfast. I was feeling disappointed until Mom remembered that shortbread requires no eggs. So… my first time making shortbread, and it actually turned out delicious. I used Delia Smith’s recipe from her BBC “Complete Cookery Course” but instead of making biscuits, I made a round cake shape and baked it in a tin. It took a little longer to cook as I had made the shortbread thicker, but in our house we like it that way. It turned out lovely and crunchy and buttery-rich.

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Finally this evening, I made fresh tomato salsa for the first time. Bear in mind that I used what was in the fridge and with proportions that looked right. I made one small bowl to go with my supper. This new taste was so fresh and zingy and revitalising that I made a second batch after supper which I put straight into an airtight container in the fridge to see if it will keep for lunch tomorrow.

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I love having free time when I can do all the things I don’t have time or energy for otherwise. If it seems like this blog comes in bursts and starts that’s because I record my hobbies here, and I don’t have a lot of time for them when I am working or studying. Coming soon, while I still have time to myself, are:

  • recipe for the salsa
  • recipe for the shortbread
  • “pinning down pinterest” – my attempt to make all those pinnable ideas a reality in my life
  • upcycling a Pringles tin with fabric and PVA glue

Until then!

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