It was my birthday on Saturday, and I was astounded to find that my wonderful boyfriend Andrew had gifted me with a camera - exactly what I need in order to make this blog the type of blog I want it to be. I was also fortunate enough to be given a wonderful recipe book by my friends Sam, Alex and Kate - The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf.
As we had the dreaded viva (a kind of oral exam) for our Masters on Tuesday, I decided to make some cakes for the group. I made the Black Bottomed cakes;
and the Peaches and Cream cakes;
For the Peaches and Cream cakes, I made the minor substitution of fresh plums for peaches, and the added sourness was wonderful. The Black Bottomed cakes were supposed to have a lump of baked cheesecake in them, which didn't really happen, but never mind. Considering that both recipes called for plain flour, they rose well and tasted moist and delicious. I think they went down quite well.
In knitting news, I've been meaning to post about my new pair of socks, made from the handspun yarn I blogged about here. I did make them into the Tatami pattern I discussed, and I have to say I love them. As with when I've knitted socks before from this book (Judy Sumner's Knitted Socks East and West) the heel fits perfectly. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the handspun was slightly self striping. Isn't it great when little surprises like that happen?