This weekend has been the warmest so far. I even *gasp* rode out without a coat OR a scarf yesterday and that’s award-winning bravery in my book 🙂
I made the most of the gorgeous weather by riding twice – once out on the roads on my friend’s horse, then on the school. She helped me give Dave a jump and he was brilliant! I hadn’t jumped for ages and he loved it, bless him.
But I also had to make this:
It was my old friend from school’s birthday and she was having a big barbecue/house party so I turned to my cake bible, aka Harry Eastwood’s Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache, and made a “Victoria sponge” which involved grated potato.
As for topping, I wasn’t sure what to go for because my cream cheese icing, great for filling cakes, isn’t as good on the top because it’s too liquid.
Then I remembered a bookmarked recipe of Alisa’s for whipped berry/coconut cream icing…
This is THE best icing ever. I used 2tsp of coconut oil and it set firm enough to stay put but not too hard. It tastes amazing too and went perfectly with this cake. This has been copied down into my recipe book because it’s a keeper!
I left fairly early in the evening and, although there was going to be food there, I wanted something to eat first because I didn’t think there would be many gluten-free options. But I don’t normally have dinner till gone 8pm and I’d had lunch late so I wasn’t hungry…
In the end, I made a monster smoothie, with spinach, banana, Kara coconut milk, peanut flour and ground chia seeds (clearly I can’t go a day without them now!) which was delicious and (with the help of a chunk of cake and some champagne) kept me full all night 🙂
Today’s been much the same, except with less champagne and cake. Riding in gorgeous sunshine – and baking:
I’d offered to make my coconut oil chocolate chip cookies for Katie’s brilliant bake sale for Japan – and was so flattered that someone bid on them! That someone being lovely Emma, the Sweet Tooth Runner, who also made something for the sale herself.
I’m a born worrier and was worried about these because I’d never made a vegan, flax-containing version. Of course, I’ve made other flax cookies and there was no reason these would be any different, but still, I worried. I could never be a professional baker!
I also worried I would run out of coconut oil but luckily, the last drop from the jar filled the last tablespoon. Then I found out I didn’t have enough plain chocolate chips, so I chopped some Montezuma dark buttons and some Kinnerton chocolate. So although these weren’t quadruple chocolate in the same way the first ones were, they did have three different types of vegan chocolate and cocoa powder… 🙂
(If anyone wants to make the vegan version, it’s exactly the same as the linked recipe, just use 1tbsp ground flax in 3tbsp warm water instead of the egg)
I made giant cookies instead of more tiny ones:
… and needn’t have worried, as they held together perfectly!
I couldn’t try them but as they were cooling, every time I passed them I caught the most amazing chocolatey smell – so the only worries now are whether they’ll fall apart in the post (fingers crossed) and whether Emma likes them! (I’ve put in an extra treat, just in case…)
And talking of runners, whether they’re Sweet Tooth or not, did anyone see the London Marathon? I used to live really near the start when I was little and my dad would always take us to watch them set off – but this year, I just watched some on TV, including Mary Keitany winning the women’s race in just under 2hr20min – and in style! It was truly inspiring to watch… 🙂
I’ve half been toying with the idea of starting running and seeing that definitely encouraged that view! If you run, what was it that inspired you to start? Or what else has inspired you lately?