I wanted to prove to myself that I could bake a good sponge using one egg only. I was brave enough to try. I measured the ingredients, I did the preparations carefully and thoroughly. I put the ready cake mixture in a single – sponge tin in the oven, to bake for 11 minutes. I peeped from the oven window at the last minute of the baking time and I saw that the cake had sunken in the middle, and my heart did too. What was the problem?, this is my first but for four eggs sponge that I baked, they have never failed. Anyway after 16 minutes baking, I took it out to cool, and it became dry.
I wanted to enjoy a fluffy and light sponge, as I have enough whipped cream ready to dress. No I would not have my dream sponge, however I did not want to throw the sponge out after my efforts, it was a lot of work: sifted the flour, beaten the egg and sugar, lined the pan, and all good ingredients to go into it and the fuel for the baking. I decided to keep it, and dress with jam, cream and covered the middle bit with fresh fruits.
The cake sunken in the middle and the cake was not moist, it was a rather rough in texture and dry. What was the problem? The problems were: the mixture was to thick- to much flour, over beat the mixture, the oven door did not close properly-not even heat circulated in the oven, it was baked too long, 12 minutes should be enough instead of 16 minutes
It looks alright, I think it is acceptable enough, I will have it with my tea. Indeed I would not serve the cake for a guest, a friend or even my children.
The mixed berries were added with some honey and the cake dusted with icing sugar, Not bad at all.
Two slices of the sponge cake were served for Rayner and for Me. MMMMM, not the best but it was OK. It was good that I could save the cake not wasting it. I promise to bake one egg sponge to perfection one day, and I will post the recipe to you.
To save the sunken sponge: Crumb the cake add some liquor, and use it for rum balls. Other ways to save it is add some sherry or other liquors for a tipsy cake, or have it for a trifle what you need to do is make custard and jelly. It could be a treat, trifle served in a mid week instead of for Christmas.
We are waiting for the royal princesses: Jane, her husband Ed and her gorgeous son Milo, They are coming home for a visit, they have been everywhere, enjoying their journey during their holidays. It is time to come home now, and they are in Melbourne spending time with the sisters.
Belated happy birthday Jane, I am glad that you have been enjoying your holidays in New Zealand. Now you are spending time with your friends and family, it is going to be great fun and I am sure you are having a lovely catch up.
Cooking for the Princesses, cooking for the gods.
Birthday cake and goodies specially for you. Rose petal cake with custard and white chocolate filling is the birthday cake. And a large savoury brioche ( a bundle of joy) also chicken stuffed with egg and truffle, these dishes are going to be a treat for us all.
Sugared rose petals for the cake decoration. Simplicity is always the best, it suits me better as I don’t know piping work for cake decorations, they are indeed beautiful if you know how to.
Filling up the cakes, into layers with custard and white chocolate.
Getting the sinew out to make sure only good meat remains for easy eating.
Stuffing the chicken beautifully, and place on a baking dish to cook.
Cleaning and cutting out the sinew is very important to get soft texture in the meat for pleasant eating.
The savoury brioche or the bundle of Joy, is stuffed brioche with egg and ragu, place in a large round tray for baking.
Preparation for the brioche was very involved, starting with making ragu, after that, the ragu is shaped into round balls and stuffed with soft boiled eggs. Keep them cold in the refrigerator. Stuff the brioche of each with the stuffed ragu, then place them on a lined baking tray to make a circle. When it’s baked it looks like a giant bundle.
Beautiful stuffed brioche, served hot, room temperature or cold. It is very good to be served the next day, good for transportation, and it is an excellent pic nic food.
The preparations were very useful, the food was served on the day she arrived, it was so good to see Jane’s family and her friend Lauren who drove them home. Thank you Lauren. The lunch with Lauren was good,we had golden rice/turmeric rice served with the precious stuffed chicken, salad, and the brioche, the birthday cake was the dessert.
More delicious food for Jane and her family. Milo loves his vegetables, he is not keen with the meat yet, but he loves his sweets, who would not. However more delicious food I did, and the everyone loved it.
Milo chocolate cake for dear Milo, traditional Australian roast leg of lamb to welcome home for Jane and family.
Pic Nic was great, we had the basket full of sandwiches and the cold brioches.
He loves his breakfasts, and at nana’s house, pop cooked porridge for everyone, and Milo enjoyed it and he asked for more.
Milo loves his sweets, lucky that nana baked beautiful cakes for him.
Edwin is keen to take photos
More cooking before they were leaving. Georgie and Felix came by car to pick them up. It was good to see them, thank you Georgie and Felix. I was pleased serving them a vegetarian lunch, the menu is very simple but good. Mini spinach and cheese pies, Javanese resoles (pancake filled with vegetables ragu ) and leafy salad. Mini apple strudel, wedges chocolate cakes with meringue to close off the meal, and freshly brewed tea in a pot.
They were a lot of cooking, before she comes, and also when she was with us. The things I do for my family, particularly with Jane and her family as they don’t come home very often. I did make the best of it, and I am pleased that she had a good stay, Milo had a good time too so did his papa Ed. They enjoyed my cooking, our company and we had a lovely catch up. I did all of that because I wanted to, and I was able to do it and of course we love our children, we love Jane. She said that it was a gorgeous visit, short but sweet. Thank you Jane, until next time. Actually it was a surprise trip for them as Jane is expecting a baby girl (Ivy), and it’s due in February 2015, the surprise trip, indeed made us happy. We got to see Jane and the family, we had a great time. Love you All!
Georgie and Felix, took our Jane and her family to the hotel in Melbourne. And the following day they are meeting with her sisters again, and Milo was happy to see his cousins for the third time. They left for the Netherlands by Singapore airline on the 16 of November. Wishing you all to have a pleasant journey and a good flight and happy landing. God Bless You all.
It’s all about having the family home, caring for them, having a good time with them, and serving home cooking for them, and this occasion is for Jane. It was good to have you and your precious family home. Jane always looks happy and petty, and with her pregnancy she even looks more beautiful.
The good news: I am happy and pleased to know that Jane and her family had arrived in the Netherlands safely. Milo is very happy to find his books, other toys and now he can sleep on his bed in his own room. Milo is such a happy little boy, we got to know him better now. We miss you, we love you Milo. To you Jane, Have a good rest. xx
On a sunny day, I took some pictures of my flower plants which are in flower right now, the garden is looking beautiful, thanks to the warm weather and the rains. The red roses are almost finished flowering, they don’t stay for long, but soon they will be flowering again for the second round. In my garden while I enjoy the beautiful day, I learn to take time, and it is wonderful.
Natural colours, natural beauty, yes we can imitate them but we cannot beat them. Look at these beautifully coloured roses, from Just Joy, Red Rose and the Peace Rose, they are simply marvelous.
To celebrate the sunny day, I prepare delicious food and serve them outdoors for the family, enjoy and apprciate the garden with the loved ones
Brioche and rice rolls are excellent to be served at room temperature, and they are easy to handle by hand. Rice roll is another food which is fit to be served and eaten outdoors, and it is very easy to prepare too.
On a sunny day, enjoy the garden, pick some fresh flowers to share with friends, put them in vases for inside the house. Pick fresh herbs and greens to have a composed salad.
A bouquet of beautiful flowers from the garden for a special gift to a friend is always lovely. I would be very proud. and pleased to do it.
Nothing is more beautiful than cut fresh flowers from the garden to adorn the rooms of the house. I do it most of the times as an ode to the flowers in season.
Freshly cut greens and herbs for a composed salad is the way to go, enjoy the salad to accompany any meat or other proteins. We all need a good balanced diet. On a sunny day we enjoy our salad with the BBQ or a fresh home baked bread.
On a sunny day, go out pack the pick nick basket enjoy eating outdoors, visiting gardens and smelling the roses, enjoy the colour of spring. Wherever I am in a garden I belong and am at peace.
The sun keeps us warm, we enjoy the garden. Rayner was there, no I was not alone, by myself. One had to take the pictures.
This is a rose garden, it has variety of roses, each rose is named after a special and important person.. It is beautiful in Spring to Summer, Once we took our daughter and her family to have a pick nick here, and Mary Rose our first grand child was happy sitting on her pram enjoyed the garden.
Most of all, my appreciation of a sunny day is spending quality time with my family in the backyard, our lovely garden, and I am happy sharing delicious home cooking with them.