Every weekend I say ‘I’m going to take it easy this weekend’..doesn’t happen. I seem to find something to keep me occupied. Guess there will be plenty of time to rest when I leave this world! 😉
I knew snow was heading my way again but hadn’t expected this weekend! Fortunately it was more like a dusting. The bitter wind was more of a shock to the system than the snow.
Saturday the only real thing on the agenda was to go see my nephews and make some cake with them. Earlier in the day a friend was popping round briefly to drop off some money for the spa vouchers we’d booked through Groupon and Cake International-The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show we’re going to at the London Excel next month. As usual, she was running late. I was hungry and fancied some pakora, so made some. In the end I decided a few more so there was plenty for my friends and housemates. This is not an asian snack you should really eat on a regular basis as it is deep fried..but they taste soooo good, especially in a sandwich! 😉
To make them I used Gram flour (Chick pea flour) added some water, chilli powder, salt to make a medium consistency paste. Then added finely chopped onions, sweetcorn and mix till coated. I didn’t measure anything out, made it up as I went along till I thought it all looked ok 🙂
Using a tablespoon dropped little portions into a pan of hot oil for deep frying until golden brown. You can experiment with finely sliced potatoes, fish, spinach, add a bit of lemon juice. Give it a go.
I still went to my sisters, though a bit later than planned. Nephew #1 is quite the little baker. He likes to get in there with the mixing and the whisking. He did have to use both hands to hold the mixer whilst I poured in the eggs a bit at a time, the point is he did it and the beaters stayed in the bowl.
He had wanted Power Ranger toppers but we didn’t have time to make to them. He was content with the icing and chocolate sprinkles.
Here are nephew #1 vanilla cupcakes, not bad for a demonic 3 year old ;-).
Sunday me and my youngest brother braved the elements and went into town. That afternoon me and brother setup up a blog for him to show case some of his art work, he’s posted his earlier drawings and drawings he’s done more recently so you can see how his skills have and continue to improve.
Seems a blog is a good format to showcase an online portfolio to potential university / employers. I like his work, but then I’m biased, his tutors like his work, even the teacher at the art class he attended liked his work but he doesn’t see it. Hoping this will help boost his confidence. Feel free to share the love and visit his blog, but shhh don#t tell him I directed you there, it’s a secret. Brother doesn’t need to know his eldest sister is singing his praises and shamelessly touting his blog. 😉
After setting up the initial stage of his blog I came home to my housemates preparing food for our evening feast.
Dinner with housemates
Before housemates started cooking I made some cakes. You’ve heard when tired you shouldn’t drive, operate heavy machinery…the same applies to baking! For some reason teaspoons of baking powder became tablespoon! To my horror it was too late to do anything but carry on. The cakes did grow and I used a knife to coax the cake off the cake tin where it had spread out.
I wasn’t going to make any icing, but housemate wanted some…she just likes buttercream icing. I hadn’t taken any butter out of the fridge so used the stork stuff.
Don’t ever use the stork stuff. Not only did the icing resemble a runny gloop that would not hold any kind of shape but also tasted awful. Both housemates have politely said when making the buttercream icing next time use butter.
I tried one of the cakes….Lets just say I think the only place for these cakes is going to be the bin. I don’t think even the local wildlife will want to go near them 😦
Back to the good food of the evening. Housemate #1 has given up meat for lent so made vegetable spring rolls. Housemate #2 make a Caribbean treat that resembled pakora called akra containing white fish and prawns. The recipe used by my housemate was given to her by her grandmother and different to the recipe attached. It was more to give an idea of what we ate. 🙂 Everything was fried. By the end of the evening we were all very full. I had even changed into trousers with an elasticated waistband, but even they had been stretched to the limit.
We all had work the next day but were so full up we couldn’t move to go up to bed. Needless to say we all got up late for work.
I was still recovering the next day, but it was so worth it. 😀