Living in a Field of Hats

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

God’s Good Gifts – 24th June June 24, 2012

Filed under: God's Good Gifts — Sarah @ 9:23 pm
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It’s late (for a school night anyway!) so I’ll keep this brief today…

1) Enjoying God and Life – another Yvonne Lyon song has inspired me greatly this weekend (I promise I’m NOT on commission..honestly!) This one is called ‘Enjoy not Endure’ and it’s like she can see inside my soul! I can’t find any link to her songs, but you can listen to a preview here. The line “recognise and mourn the days that never will return, for you were made for greater things than living with regret” really sums it up. Beautiful gospel truth wrapped up in beautiful music.

2) A travelling cake tin – I’ve been away again this weekend so being greeted by a friends husband bearing a cake tin full of brownies she’d sent for me was amazing. She originally made me cake in the tin, I returned it to her when her children were ill with rocky road and now it’s come back to me. I think this a tradition to keep on doing!

3) “It’s about faith not biology” – the reminder at church this evening from John 19, that our churches really are family

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Cheats guide to a showstopper cake! May 8, 2012

Filed under: Foody Things — Sarah @ 10:07 am
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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!