And now the end is here…. Thanks for suggesting this to the wonderful Chiots Run. It’s been great fun!
ZZillions of Zinging Zippy Zappy Zigzagging words later…
Z is for Zeb Bakes and for Zucchini Chocolate Cake, the cake of the season, I am sure everyone who has either grown or been given zucchini has made a version of this cake this month.
I made the justly famous Chocolate and Zucchini blog version of this cake, recipe here, using less sugar and going for the butter option rather than the oil. My version is here. I have to confess I don’t like the mouthfeel of cakes made with oil one little bit. I’ve tried several different recipes and have yet to find one that I think is as nice as a cake made with butter.
Anyway this cake is delicious and messy while still warm with all the chocolate chunks and it’s still moist and yummy four days later. It keeps really well and I will definitely make it again when I have shed a few pounds. It amuses me to think that it is somehow ‘healthy’ because it’s got courgette in it. Personally I don’t believe it for a minute!
I also made Zeb’s birthday cake which he shared with his sister and all his doggy friends down at the Woods. I felt like the Pied Piper after a day of doling out cubes of liver cake. One of Zeb’s mates is Lenny, who thinks he is a whippet and is always charging around.
Like all hounds he has an incredibly sensitive nose. Lenny careened past me on a mission at the top end of the football field and then turned delicately on one of his Charlie Chaplin feet and spun back when he caught a whiff of a molecule of this cake and gave me that special look.
It’s an extraordinarily effective treat for reward based training. Zeb got more and more cross as I gave ‘his’ cake away. He started going up to people and demanding them back. Dogs have no sense of ‘sharing’ when it comes to high value foods. If anyone wants the recipe for this do get in touch.
And finally, and these may be the last cakes I bake for a good long while, as I am going to cut back on all sorts of things for the next few months and try to be healthier, chiefly by eating less overall and cupcakes are definitely not going to be on the menu, but just for fun and to say thanks to you all for encouraging me, here is a batch of the Hummingbird Cook Book Vanilla Cupcakes.
Thank you all – it’s been great fun!
To all of you who took part in the Q and A photo quiz up to 29th August (the end of my alphabet) – I’d like to send you a box of these easy-to-use chocolate letters and numbers to make your own words and have your own alphabet fun. I still have three boxes left to give away so if you would like to have a go at winning one of those, all you have to do is rearrange the letters in ‘Zeb Bakes Alphabet in August‘ by the 31st August. I’ve had a couple of goes but maybe you can do better? I will send them anywhere.
I also have four packets of cannoli (four in a pack)i molds to G1ve away, if you would like to try your hand at making those, don’t hang about, get anagramming! There aren’t any particular rules, but you can’t use letters that aren’t there. If you can’t use them all, don’t worry! I’m going to give the job of judging to Brian.
Answers to the Q and A Quiz:
The first one was an attempt at making Swedish rye crisp bread, aka knackebrød, using this fantastic rolling-pin that Barbara brought me when she visited earlier this year. No one guessed that, but I enjoyed your suggestions very much!
The third object was (several of you figured this out) an Edwardian public toilet near Golden Hill, North Bristol. Miskmask not only figured this out but sent me this wonderful link to the CIBSE Heritage Group which not only had pictures of this one before and after restoration but loads of great info and pics of all the other ones that have been photographed. So a big thanks to you Miskmask for that superb piece of research!
A final Z is for our Zoo with their real gorillas on their island. And the Wow! Gorillas who have definitely helped me burn a few calories this weekend again as we tore around the city on foot visiting a dozen or more that we hadn’t got round to.
One of the things about cities with ever more complicated road systems is that it really is often so much quicker to walk, or cycle or drag your poodle than it is to get in your car. And on foot you see so much more, you can admire the lovely flowers the council have put out on the road crossings and see views of buildings and the river cutting through the city that you simply never see when you are driving. It’s been illuminating discovering corners of the city that I didn’t know at all.
Zeb Bakes is having a little break now! See you soon and a Zillion Thanks for your Company this summer.
Thursday 1st September!
Brian says all your anagrams are great and he can’t choose so for everyone who played and who indicated they would like a set I will send them out.
EmilyDev, Brydie, EmilySincerely and Heidi
If you wouldn’t mind sending me your address then I will pop them in the post. I think you all have my email address as I have commented on your blogs.
On chocolate letters, from the Q post
My list of winners are
Celia, Misk, Suelle, C, Heidi, Brydie, EmilySincerely, Spiceandmore
If I have missed you out, I’ve tried to be organized but it’s not my strong point… do please let me know!
Thanks again for reading!