Month: November 2015

Carrot Cake

I’m breaking all my rules of trying to not use sugar and making this cake because frankly, I LOVE naughty carrot cake. (I promise to try making the non sugar version for a taste comparison at a later date) I found this recipe in You Magazine from the Daily Mail when I was staying with my mum in Scotland. I changed a few items due to what she had in her cupboard. She doesn’t do much baking these days so I said I would make this cake so she could cut into quarters and freeze. Much nicer to give people home made cake when they come for a cup of tea and all she needs to do is take it out a few hours in advance and add a little icing. This cake actually tastes so delicious and moist it doesn’t even need any icing. It reminds me a little of a ginger cake, dense enough to give a satisfying ‘I ate cake’ feeling, but not so dense that you feel like you ate a lump …

In the earth..

Today I had a wander around a beautiful garden where they had their own vegetables growing. I almost find it more fascinating to see vegetables growing than a flower. We are all so used to seeing vegetables on a supermarket shelf but to see them growing from the ground it is all rather beautiful and inspiring. I of course also think flowers are beautiful and found a few delicate coloured dancing petals still glowing in the autumn sunshine determined not to be threatened by the changing of seasons. I even spotted a butterfly fluttering about his daily chores. One vegetable we often fail to see in it’s natural state is the artichoke, it is all to easy to buy them in a tin or drowned in olive oil with a little charring from a griddle pan and chop them into a salad, but this gorgeous petaled beauty is indeed an artichoke. It grows up pointing to the sun almost like a sunflower wrapping each leaf gently around, protecting the delicious heart inside. My mother in law …