Well I have had no time to catch up as been busy, busy, busy but here are a few things I've been up to.
I made a delishious ginger cake and did a recipe exchange with my boss Anne and my work collegue Sue. I don't know what book the recipe is from, will have to ask Sue but it was very scrumptious. It was lovely warmed up with some custard and as it was left over the couple of days the cake became stickier. Yum! I am told by Sue that it was meant to do that - get stickier. Here is a picture of my master piece and below is the recipe.
6 oz dark sof brown sugar
8 oz golden syrup
12oz self - raising flour
1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 heaped teaspoons of ground ginger
7 fl oz milk
Pre- heat the oven to 150 C. Melt the margarine, sugar and syrup in a pan.
Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a large bowl and mix together. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the egg and gradually add the milk.
Add the melted sugar and beat well until you have a smooth, soft batter-like mixture. Pour into a 30cm * 20 cm tin lined with baking parchment.
Bake in the centre of the oven for about 30 minutes until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Try not to open the oven door during baking time as it may sink in the middle (if it does, continue to cook and serve as a pudding with custard.) I had this with custard any way - highly recommended. Although now starting a diet to try and get rid of a few pounds for the summer months.
I have slowly but surely been working my way through the knitting pattern for the Orlaith Owl. Here is how my progression has been and where I am up to.
I also decided to do a quick knit and below is my work so far on Miss Rosie as named by my daughter Miss Ells.
I've had some good news in the last few weeks and won a book from www.librarything.com
I have also finished reading this book and below is my rather longwinded review. If you are interested in any other Book Reviews I am on librarything under Faith76.
This is a book I would never have chosen for myself. However it was selected in a book club I am in. I actually chose this book out of all the book choices we were given because it looked like it was going to be a very funny light hearted read.
The book is about office affairs. It centres on Bella Chambers a young PA who has an affair with James one of the bigwigs in the company and Stella Bradberry a very professionally together lady who also has a top ranking job in the company - who has a passionate affair with Rhys a trainee.
The two separate affairs happen within the same company and I liked the comparison of opposites where you have young Bella who has an affair with an older man and Rhys the young man having an affair with the older lady.
I found that Bella and Rhys had a great deal in common with their feelings for their boss's. I found both Stella and James rather weak character's in that they are both quite needy.
I found the description of all of the character's except Bella repulsed me and got me thinking is it really worth it in the end to have an affair. Would the lady's have normally gone for such toads - I don't think so. I think it is the drama of the chase and being caught that is the appeal.
The book did not give me as many laughs as I wanted out of this book but gave a sharp insight into what can happen in an office affair. It left me feeling cold and a little flat when I finished this book as I think I just wanted the happy ever after ending but this book does not give that. However it works as I think this was trying to portray that feeling of emptyness like you could imagine when an affair has ended and your heart is broken.
I really wanted the lady's to be winners but sadly it just was not the case.
I don't think I would read this type of book again, that's not to say it was a bad book but just not my thing. I was frustrated with the subject to begin with and it just clarified my feelings on affairs in general.
Hopefully we will be jazzing up our back garden with this kind of style in the summer.
Take care and see you soon and most of all thanks for reading. :) X Leah
dreaming + winner
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