Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

God’s Good Gifts – 3rd June June 3, 2012

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I had every intention of catching up on last week’s God’s Good Gifts, but somehow it never happened – mainly due to being away 10 days out of 13(!). But here’s this weeks…

1) Forgiveness – there’s been a couple of times this week that I’ve needed to apologise to people, and both times I convinced myself that I’d messed up so badly they’d never forgive me –  and yet both times I was met with gracious loving forgiveness. What an awesome picture of the gospel.

2) Baking – it may because I’ve been reading ‘Meals with Jesus’, but there is something lovely about throwing in lots of very different ingredients and getting cake out of it!

3) Free Starbucks – a very long (and not that interesting story!) resulted in queue jumping privileges and a free ‘Royal Mint’ frappuccino. Winner!

4) Relay Workers – getting to hang out with the lovely East Central Relays for a couple of days this week was a real blessing – not only some amazing bible teaching, but a lot of fun and banter and life sharing. I will miss them!

 

Cheats guide to a showstopper cake! May 8, 2012

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Over the last couple of years I have become a little bit obsessed with baking – shows like the Great British Bake Off have made it seem so simple to produce amazng cakes easily. Alas, I do not yet own a Kitchen Aid (which obviously will solve all of my kitchen problems), do not have a huge kitchen in a marquee and don’t have an entire day to dedicate to one cake. This hasn’t deterred me from baking, but has made me very selective over the reciepes that I choose to even to attempt. The Hummingbird bakery carrot cake is a fave as it always turns out looking great (even without the marzipan carrots which are very fiddly and annoying – but the only photo I can find is from the day I spent hours making tiny carrots!), but it’s pretty high on the faff scale – grating 300g of carrots takes a while!

So, for church-weekend-away-at-home-garden-party-indoors-because-of-the-rain, on Sunday I branched out and tried a new cake … and it is literally the easiest cake to make in the world! It’s called a Blueberry Soured Cream Cake, and I pretty much followed the receipe on the good food website, but used frozen blueberries to bake into the cake (so much cheaper). It takes minutes to mix, no hand mixer required, and yet looks and tastes like it took hours!

 

Lazy Sunday Afternoon January 16, 2011

This afternoon has been very productive (in a very laidback and lazy kinda way). Not only have I made enough soup to last me a month  – thanks to very reduced veg at Tesco yesterday! But also, had a very successful dairy free baking experience (as opposed to my dairy free jam cakes earlier in the week!). Sadly the internet hasn’t evolved yet to be able to let me give you a cake so here’s a picture for you to enjoy!

The most exciting thing is the icing . . . it’s chocolate buttercream but instead of using cocoa powder, it uses real chocolate. Mine is a little bit runny as I halfed the receipe but forgot to half the milk – d’oh! This is the recipe (unsuprisingly American – why do they have the best baking?) though I  used soya milk and butter and 74% cocoa dark chocolate to eliminate all milk and it tastes great. Though I wouldn’t put it on a chocolate cake as it’s pretty rich just on a vanilla base but that is a good way to make sure I just eat one at a time! 

Cooking, baking and church has made a pretty good day!