Sunday, 29 March 2009

The Best Yorkshire Puddings I've Ever Made

I was proud as punch when I opened the oven door to see the resplendent hugeness that was 12 yorkshire puddings. I was even prouder when for the first time ever they didn't sink. My mum had driven over 300 miles to eat them, even she was proud. We're all nicely full after lots of roast beef and all the trimmings.

How did I make these great yorkshire puddings? Funnily enough using the American method I think. So do I now call them popovers?

I cup of eggs, 1 cup of plain flour and 1 cup of part water/part milk.
Whisked it all up in a big jug and left it to rest for half an hour on the side.
I cooked them in a large muffin tray, put a tablespoon of oil in each section.
Put the tray in a really hot oven (225C) until the oil was almost smoking, which I've not done before.
Took this out then poured in the pudding mix until just over three quarters full.
Put in the hot oven for 25 mins.

They were done perfectly. Mum thinks the reason mine have always sunk before is that I must have taken them out before they were fully cooked or opened the oven door when they were part cooked.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

"Can I have moo turd on it please?"

I love the funny stuff my kids say....

Moo TURD on hotdogs - what an interesting thought!

They've got adventurous palates but I think even they would stop at cow sh**!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Let sleeping dogs lie, while you drink tea and eat cake...

Our very lovely puppy who is now 7 months. A beautiful warm day for snoozing on the patio.

The cake : Nigella's mother-in-law's madeira cake, with the addition of poppy seeds. From the book - How to be a Domestic Goddess. The recipe can be found here on the Nigella website. While this cake was baking I said that I thought it was a bit laborious to make but how wrong I was, every mix with the wooden spoon was more than worth the effort. Delicious!!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Do something funny for money...

So this is me - first time I've shown my face!

Comic Relief is here again... and this year Red Nose Day is all about doing something funny for money. Imagine my pride when Little decided at the last minute to enter himself in the do something funny for money talent competition at school playing guitar (he's only been learning for a few months). He freestyled, "I made it up as I went along Mummy." For a gentle one who can be painfully shy this was a big deal and he came second which was a real result. I can only imagine what it sounded like........ The boys are dressed in red today as am I. Small and I have sprayed our hair red. Little is wearing a red bandana, being far too cool to spray his hair red. I popped back to school just before lunch and the atmosphere was great. Penny sculptures were made earlier in the week and they've raised money by paying to wear mufti. Love it!


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