Monday, 28 May 2012

Lemon and Poppyseed Cake

So I've been off the radar for the last week and a half finishing off my university work for the semester. I figured 35 weeks pregnant means anything can happen and the thought of doing Phonology Transcriptions between feedings is not appealing.
I did manage to find some time in my study breaks last week to do a bit of baking and wanted to share a recipe I created that was a real winner. I had a leftover lemon so decided to make a Lemon and Poppyseed Cake. I did it in the food processor and it took no time, tasted great and was lovely and moist.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup SR Flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 lemon juice (approx 1 lemon)
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 heaped teaspoons poppy seeds (or more if you like)
Method:
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth. Cook cake in a lined cake tin, I used the hollow centre as I think it looks good, for approximately 35 - 40 minutes at 180. Just watch the cake and test with a skewer to ensure it's cooked all the way though.
Ice with white icing, I added a teaspoon of lemon juice for a nice tang.

What do you think?

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums and particularly the mumsto-be out there. As much as I don't qualify for today's festivities, I was well and truly spoilt yesterday at my baby shower. A wonderful group of ladies joined me for afternoon tea and offered not only excellent advice for the future, but provided me with a plethora of useful gifts for this baby. A big thank you to my Mum for hosting the party. It was an enormous effort for her and no detail was too small for her attention. From personalised name tags, to delicious herb and cheese scones, she outdid herself as a gracious hostess.


My contribution to the festivities was baking lots of yummy sweets to go with the coffee - hence no blog entries last week. The most popular sweet treat was the Berry and White Chocolate Muffins I made.
I got the recipe from the Cadbury website, but couldn't buy frozen cherries hence the mixed berries.

After a neat 10 hours sleep last night, I'm feeling much recovered from the party. I have been tired lately but I think that's a combination of being pregnant and doing too much. Common advice has been to rest, do nothing, put my feet up etc. This, I now intend to follow as much as I can. I've also noted a massive increase in appetite over the last couple of week. I presume this is related to some sort of baby growth spurt. It's normal right? But then again what is normal when pregnancy is involved!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Fandango Quilt - Update

The quilt is coming along and I have, just this morning, finished stitching my squares together. I decided to go for a diamond pattern with darker colours surrounded by lighter colours. In order to avoid stretching the cotton, I made up larger squares, comprised of four smaller squares, and then sewed them together in strips.

I'm finding it's important to press each individual seem immediately, whilst once again, paying attention not to stretch the cotton.
What do you think of the final layout? From here I'll be attempting to machine quilt this main part of the quilt before doing the edging. As it's my first ever quilt it will be easier for me to work with a smaller amount of fabric. I have some pure wool batting to use but will be doing much practice on the machine before I take to the actual quilt.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Two Months till Baby


1st of May and it’s beautiful and rainy - perfect soup weather. It’s also two months to go until this darling baby is due to be born. Now that I’m down to the business end, so to speak, I have started to ponder ‘Can anyone every really be ready for their first baby?’. And what does it mean to be ‘ready’? I’ve read a few books and done ante-natal classes but I don’t think anyone can actually be fully prepared for a baby when they have no idea of the character, habits etc of their particular child. I feel good. I’ve been eating well and exercising in preparation for labour but I definitely don’t have the nursery set-up; that would be a little too keen don’t you think? I guess all one can do is make sure they have a cot, clothes (or too many in my case) and a bunch of nappies. Check, check, check. 
What are your tips for these final weeks sans baby? I’d love to hear how I could best be using my time from all your experienced mothers.