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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Food Diary - Wednesday 18th November - Scrummy goujons and Madeira cake

Morning all!

How are you all doing on this blustery day? It seems to be brightening up here though, which is good as I was worried about our bin blowing away! 
So I didn't manage to get back to you all r.e what I ate last night, but I will tell you now, it was scrum. Fabio and I went to our local pub quiz night (The Cheese Rollers in Shurdington). The food there is homemade, so I really enjoy it. I chose the chicken goujons, much to Fabio's delight! Usually I find these to be either the frozen kind, or that the batter/breadcrumbs are too hard. These were perfect however. The batter was crisp and light; the chicken was fresh and succulent. They'd obviously just deep fried them (not the most healthiest, I know). I will MOST definitely be coming back for more!

Today I am currently baking my weekly cakes to sell at our local farm shop: Sticky gingerbread loaf and mincemeat loaf. I change the cakes monthly, however the mincemeat one will be here to stay through the months of December too, what with it being Christmas and all (our house knows it - currently I am blasting out the Michael Buble tunes already!)I will share this recipe with you in the days to come. 

So this morning I started off with my usual morning caffe latte with a slice of Madeira cake that I baked on Monday; one of the recipes I was testing for the business. It's proving to be a winner in our house, especially with the coffee! I will leave the recipe down below again for you all (it's a Mary Berry one from her book Mary Berry's Baking Bible. In case you are wondering, yesterdays curry came from her book Mary Berry Cooks.)

I've also eaten so far, a banana. I'm trying not to snack on so many sweet things, as I am always instantly drawn to the chocolate biscuits in our cupboard, but since I've already eaten cake this morning, I was like no. Although I know bananas are full of sugar, but it's good sugar right? 

Tonight I am cooking Tom Kha Gai soup to warm up the cockles of our hearts! It's Fabio's favourite, so he's excited. We will be having it with sticky rice, the only obvious accompaniment! I will be sharing this with you tomorrow, for sure. 

Merry November! (Secretly wishing it was December!)

Madeira Cake


175g unsalted butter (softened)
175g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
2 large eggs
1 lemon, finely grated


1. Pre-heat oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4. Grease a 7inch (18cm) deep cake tin and line base with baking paper.

2. Measure the butter, flour (no need to sieve), ground almonds, eggs and grated lemon into a bowl. Beat for 1 minute and then turn into your tin and level. 

3. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until golden brown and skewer inserted comes out clean. My oven took about an hour, but mine is a VERY hot oven, so I always have to be careful.

4. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.

Don't worry if it cracks - it only adds more character. I added a dusting of icing sugar in a star design on top. Why not try this but with a different design?


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