Thursday, 28 June 2012
So-named for those times when you buy a pack of pre-prepared fruit thinking that it will make you snack on that instead of biscuits, then soon realise the biscuit barrel is empty and you have a load of soggy fruit in your fridge. Whizz it all up in a blender with some orange juice, a big dollop of fat free yoghurt and a couple of ice cubes, and you'll make a lot of smoothie. A squeeze of lemon juice will preserve it so that you can keep it in he fridge for a day or two. And it's delicious!
Monday, 25 June 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
So it was the Wonder Boy's fifth birthday this week. I can't actually believe he's five already...looking back, when he was a baby I used to get broody women cooing over him and saying to me: "ooh he'll grow up so fast!" I used to nod politely, thinking they were a little bit deranged and edging the buggy away from them. But, in fact, they were right. The years have flown by and on the eve of his birthday I found myself getting emotional, with the realisation that he is no longer a baby. Of course he'll always be my baby, but now he is a real actual person who wants to make himself known in the world. Which is a pretty cool thing when you think about it, and something to be excited rather than sad about. Motherhood makes you silly though doesn't it?
I was pretty pleased with how his cake turned out. Especially considering that I used a really simple, all-in-one sponge recipe by Mary Berry, which you can find by clicking this link - BBC Food Website. I didn't trust it initially as it seemed too simple, but sometimes I guess simplicity is best!
The chocolate fudge frosting was, to be honest, equally as effortless. I used a recipe from the blog Smitten Kitchen, which you can find if you click on the link for 'Instant Fudge Frosting' just above her sponge cake recipe - Smitten Kitchen Best Birthday Cake. By all means try out her sponge recipe instead of Mary Berry's- I fully intended to but forgot to buy buttermilk! It looks delicious, and if her frosting is anything to go by, is bound to be. Let me know if you give it a go!
You pretty much can't go wrong with feeding a chocolate cake to a load of little boys though, right?
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
I've been far too busy eating, drinking and giggling to have done much blogging over my birthday weekend, so for that I apologise. But I had such a great time with the beautiful people in my life, despite the considerably ugly weather. Luckily the rain held out on my birthday so we were able to enjoy a ridiculously good al fresco steak lunch, then far too many cocktails outside that evening. Food, friends, love, and Grapefruit and Lychee Cosmopolitans - makes for one happy birthday girl!