The rain finally reached us sometime in the night. Don't know when exactly as it is coming from the north and is therefore, missing the bedroom windows. Hasn't taken long though to see large puddles forming in the garden, indicating that the ground water is still high.
Such weather (4
degrees Celsius), sees us BOTH in the kitchen, baking and making.
Yesterday, taking a leaf from Frugal Queen's book, I managed to buy a
pork shank for £2.48 from Morrison's (the only supermarket so far
that I have found one in!). Should have noted that she said to cook
it overnight in the slow cooker.
I started mine at 9
a.m. and it took until 9 p.m. for it to be falling from the bone.
Being so late at night, we decided to shred it and this is how much
The liquid turned to jelly overnight in the cold conservatory and was used to make and freeze gravy.
Today, I have lined
two dishes with the pork, cooked some carrot and swede and placed them
on top. This afternoon, I shall make enough mash for them both to be
turned into a pork shepherd’s pie. We shall have one as it (the
gravy is already inside) and the other once cold will be frozen. Not
bad methinks for maybe a total of £3.20.
DB is in baking mode
and has decided to bake a rich, moist chocolate we read over at
Rhonda's blog chocolate cake
Here it is upside down freshly turned from the tin and now the correct way up. The white line at the bottom is a dusting of flour from the tin and will be brushed off.It may look burnt but isn't. Just a very deep chocolate colour.
We had months ago,
bought a nice combination tin from Ikea, that can either be used as a
normal 9” cake tin or as today, have the insert put in which turns
it into a ring cake.
We have just had a piece with some tea. Rhonda adapted the original recipe and halved the sugar. Now, we really don't like sweet cakes but to us, this was almost sour. Nowhere near sweet enough, next time we will have to have the 2 cups of sugar rather than the one Rhonda recommends. Each to their own I guess.