Hurrah for weekends – the bank holiday version especially 🙂
It’s been another long week with a couple of late work evenings but at least one was more interesting than the usual council meeting – On Wednesday evening, I went to meet a bloke who’s doing the Live Below the Line challenge next week.
It involves raising money for charity by spending only £1 on everything you eat and drink for five days. Because that’s the international definition of “extreme poverty”, it highlights how hard it is at the same time as raising money for various charities working with people in that situation.
I thought it was a great idea, although I couldn’t have gone with the suggested shopping list of value sausages and battery eggs, with hardly a vegetable in sight, but as he said, he hopes it’ll help him rein in his own spending too, as he tends to be extravagant in the supermarket and buy lots of chocolate. Now what does that remind me of…? 🙂
As far as cake goes, it was this one:
For my best friend, whose birthday it was on Tuesday. I babysat for her beautiful daughter so she and her husband could go out for dinner. I used this recipe, leaving out the coffee, and it worked really well. You probably couldn’t call it a Victoria sponge as it’s gluten and dairy-free but it’s as near as damn it anyway.
I used raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream to fill and ice and mini meringues to top it.
And as far as compliments go, I wrote a feature for this week’s paper on the police’s new unmarked HGV, which they use to catch lawbreaking truckers as it means they’re high enough to see into their cabs. And although we didn’t see anyone cooking a fry-up on a mini stove as he drove along the motorway (which they’ve seen before, believe it or not!) it was really interesting.
Then a reader rang on the day the paper came out just to say he’d liked it so much, he’d made another cup of tea and piece of toast so he could enjoy reading it properly. It sounds silly but I don’t think you can get more of a compliment than that 🙂
Now for a lovely three-day weekend, and a three day week next week as I’ve got Wednesday off too! Anyone got any exciting plans?