It was a friend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and we had been invited over for lunch. This was to be followed by a walk from Respryn Bridge at Lanhydrock to Duchy Nurseries so we could indulge in a cream tea. But first a cake was in order.
Who doesn’t like a drop of Baileys? I know I certainly do. I blame my grandfather. It was one of his favourite tipples which he took particular care to introduce to me at an early age. CT’s rather keen on it too as are many others judging by the 2,300 glasses that are consumed every minute of every day. But it’s not just a nice drink made with a blend of Irish whiskey, fresh cream, vanilla and chocolate essences, oh no. It’s also rather good as a cooking ingredient.
In my youth, when it was rare to know anyone who had travelled abroad, I was a lot more adventurous than I am now. At just eighteen I set off to work in a Swiss hotel in order to learn French, something I hadn’t managed to pick up at school. At various times I hitchhiked from home to France, to Spain and to Switzerland and when I had only just turned seventeen I went to stay with relatives of relatives in Egypt for a month.
Sometimes you want something sweet and lush, but really don’t want to go to the bother of putting the oven on and baking. That’s where no-bake comes in. This month bloggers have been getting creative with their no-bake recipes for We Should Cocoa.
Well I’m pleased to say that after a brief lull in chocolate consumption post Easter, my chocolate cravings have been indulged. KC Hampers came handsomely to my rescue with a beautiful wicker hamper packed full of chocolate delights.
Pasta is one of those standbys that is perfect for meals in a hurry. I often make tomato sauce to go with pasta and add carrots and onions and any other vegetables I happen to have around – parsnips work well. The other day, I was in even more of a hurry than usual and so I thought I’d try blending a raw tomato sauce instead.
It’s rare for a week to go by without me baking something, but I don’t always manage to bake ninety six cakes all in one day. Admittedly, they were mini cakes, not large ones, but I still felt like it was a bit of an achievement.