Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s been a long time coming…

This weekend it was my mum’s birthday, being the baker in the house, she put in her order a week in advance, of the cake she would like me to make her – a victoria sponge. After a good gym session, some food, a much needed nap and a last minute decision to scrap the car I was going to buy :-( I set out to bake :-)

Gathering up all my ingredients for the cake, I began to follow these instructions . I’ve made Vicky sponge before, it is one the favourites in my house and made a beasty looking one for my eldest brothers 26th birthday with strawberries and cream in the middle and chocolates on top.

2 layered Beasty Vicky sponge

2 layered Beasty Vicky sponge

I began measuring the flour first as its the main ingredient but instructions say you need to mix sugar and butter first. Pay attention baker! So after telling myself off I do exactly what the recipe says. Using my new Cook’s digital scales that my little brother got me for Christmas too. I found these scales really made a difference as they are so much more precise than just using your eye and thinking “yeah that looks like its on 75g”.

Pink weighing scales :-)

My pink weighing scales :-)

My sponge mixture was made and ready to put in the oven. The recipe says to cook for 20-25mins but once we smelt cake, after 20mins exactly, we took it out the oven to cool down. I struggled to get the cakes out of the tins (they were greased) but with some help from my commis chef we got them onto a wire rack to cool.

I was supposed to be making a double layer sponge cake like shown in the recipe, but it smelt and looked so yummy we decided to have 1 layer on Sunday and 1 on Monday. We applied the toppings of mascarpone cheese, strawberries and grated dark chocolate on top to finish it off. It went down well with a weird film and some indian tea.

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Victoria Sponge on Sunday

And this is the what we had on Monday (my mums birthday). The same toppings were used with the addition of grated almonds and candles.

Real birthday cake

Real birthday cake

I will be making not one but two marble cakes next week, so watch this space for more on that.

Are you doing any baking soon?

Snowy Run

Pretty much all of England was covered in snow this weekend. Thanks to Russia! But that didn’t stop me from going for a run. That and the fact I suffer from acute insomnia. Heading out for a snow run at 8am meant I had to dress appropriately – for once in my life. I decided to wear a nike base layer, my long sleeved nike training top with long sleeves and thumb holes (my fav piece of running gear) find it here, my nike long running rights, my thin nike waterproof running jacket, followed by thicker nike running jacket – yes 4 layers! Sporting my Team GB headband from the Olympics, two pairs of socks and my nike lunarglides! I was ready to run in the snow!

Running snow attire

Running snow attire

Watch me go

Watch me go

I ventured out and warmed up while my Garmin was locating my GPS position. I think it was surprised to be woken so early too! I planned to do a 30 min run which I thought was quite brave of me given the arctic and near death running environment. As soon as my Garmin beeped, I was off. Crunching through the snow and lifting my feet high so as to slam back down into the snow and get a good footing. It was quite cold and the freezing wind hitting your face when you are running proved difficult to get used to. It wasn’t long before my face and toes were frozen, but bit the frozen bullet. The only satisfying bit being cars passing by with drivers saying “look at that runner” (in a jealous tone) wishing they were running too. After a few laps of the park both big and small and I was ready to head back, where hot chocolate and porridge was waiting to warm me up.

Snow Run Route

Snow Run Route

I know bed is warm, but pick a park and go running right now.

New Year, New Blog

I started blogging a few months ago in November 2012. Documenting some of the many events over my most amazing summer ever and current activities too. I seem to find writing quite enjoyable and fun even though my grammar is not the best! I don’t talk all lar dee dar and I guess that comes across in how I write too. Currently half way through a literary masterpiece called Shantaram, which is so descriptive but its hard to incorporate that into your own writing, unless you are writing about something amazing. Nevertheless, I would like to try and get better at writing, that was the intention of starting this blog. Someone once told me “the act of writing down your thoughts is good in itself”, so I wont get too caught up on the vocab. Seeming as I’ve been a regular blogger, I thought I’d move over to a more advanced blogging platform. I’ve migrated all my previous blogs too so everything is still all in one place. Here’s to more blogging in 2013 :-)