I am back and my horns and fangs have vanished as if they never really existed….
I have put a link in the sidebar to a baking event that those of you who have Dan Lepard’s glorious new book Short & Sweet might like to join in at some point. For an explanation of what the idea is behind it click here. I made the first cake and messed it up a bit, if you click through to Evidence Matters’ new blog #shortandtweet you can see a round up of the different results that people got, including mine.
My version was basically underbaked and I tweaked the ingredients to suit what I had in the house (for pics click on my Flickr Link in the sidebar) so next time I will take more care and not just rush it out of the oven. I have had a good run of cakes lately but I am not the most reliable of cake bakers, finding them far more challenging than bread. Still I think overall my cakes are getting better than they were a few years ago when I used to dread making cakes and it is all down to practice, experience, and that underrated commodity commmon sense, which occasionally deserts me completely as it has this Red Admiral basking on my window in the last week of October.
On Sunday we went for a walk in Lower Woods in Gloucestershire and I was struck by this flowering shrub with its bright carmine pink four cornered flowers (seed pods?) and orange seeds about to burst out. I wonder if anyone can identify it for us? I don’t think it’s that unusual but I haven’t noticed it before in a woodland area.