Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Domestic Perfection

spider added for dramatic effect
This glamour shot of my house is for Kezzie who asked how my door sheet works. High tech indeed.

I decided to make a cake for the bake off at the shop today. Along with the cake ingredients there were thing babies such as a baking tin, I haven't made a cake in living memory so I had no equipment. Anyway, I made brownies using the cake mix and fizzy pop method and would you believe it, it works! I was a bit eager to get it out of the thin though so suffered collapse, totally unsliceable so Dan and I ate some of it, it was pretty nice. 

Amazingly I'm not a professional food stylist
I decided to give it another go and made a lemonade cake. The only thing is it needed a different tin, there was no way I was going to buy another tin so I used the one I had and it didn't help at all. The bits that were cooked were exceptionally nice, the rest was the definition of soggy bottom so it went in the bin. And so after spending nearly ten quid and more time than I'd like in the kitchen I have no money and no cake. 

I understand that people don't want to make quilts - after all it's just cutting up bits of material and sewing them back together again, I'm like that with cakes, very glad that other people see fit to make them, but it's not for me. 

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  1. Oh my, I can hear my Granny saying "wash your mouth out" there is no such thing as "just cutting up bits of material and sewing them back together" It is a deeply personal creative outlet. I do sometimes follow a pattern and do make traditional blocks. My joy is in taking a whole box of scraps and offcuts and making a scrappy quilt that just shouts with colour. I also bake and tend to mix and match that up too. The door curtain/sheet looks good, I am always on the lookout for vintage linen, it is so soft to handle and makes wonderful baby quilts.

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    1. Well that's my point, my general view of things is that things don't have objective value, they mean something if someone ascribes a meaning to them. .To me, someone who loves cutting up material and sewing it back together again, quilts are a very meaningful thing, the design, size and fabrics are chosen for personal reasons etc. But to someone who doesn't like that craft it has no meaning and they don't see the point of making a quilt when you can buy one for not all that much money.

      For someone else making a cake might represent creativity, love, togetherness, family or whatever, but to me it's additional housework.

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  2. I'm not a great baker. I've been dipping my toe in the waters lately with mixed results, but some recipes are starting to make a regular a appearance, if there is such a thing as regular in our household.

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    1. I think a couple of tried and tested recipes are a good thing. Dan makes great crumble and I make raspberry buns, simple but good enough for us.

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  3. At least you tried. Now you can get back to doing what you really want to do.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Mum. There were lots of cakes at the shop yesterday and we didn't sell most of them so it probably worked out for the best.

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  4. Ha, I'm the same with cakes! Truly! My deputy head at school offered to make me a cake for Monday- I hope she remembers!!!!
    Thanks for the door photo!x

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    1. That would be a very good thing, hope one turns up.

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  5. My dear hubby is the cook in our house, and he's dam good at it, hence my battle with my weight.

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    1. That is one of the positives from neither having the skills nor the desire for baking, it keeps my weight to a reasonable level!

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  6. hmmm. Cake looks yummy even though not as attractive as some. I've found baking to be tedious and far renting, so over the years have become somewhat of a salad and casserole specialist. If I'm invited to bring food to share, it will be a fresh veggie mix with home made salad dressing, or a one-pot hot dish. These types of food allow for more flexibility of method and ingredients, I've found. I would love a taste of the cake above, however crumbly-looking.

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    1. Hi Cathie, thanks for dropping by. I agree with you, cooking rather than baking has lots of flexibility, I feel more comfortable with that.

      The cake was very chocolatey and delicious with a cup of something hot.

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