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Monday, 25 May 2015

Nosy Neighbours.

I had some visitors this morning, peering in at the window by my pc. Normally they won't let you get close to them but here I was standing only a few feet inside the window. 
Nice as it is to see the local wildlife, 9 geese leave a lot of poop around the place so I went outside and encouraged them to leave the garden. 
I thought today would be a good day to have my first try at baking red velvet cakes. After I dropped Peter off at the local beer festival to do his yearly stint as a barman I went to Lidl's and Tesco's to stock up on all the things I needed. At least I thought I had until I got to the very last step of the instructions. There I was with a big bowl of satisfyingly red mixture ready to add bicarbonate of soda and vinegar (as per instructions.) But instead of bicarbonate of soda I only had baking powder so used that instead. Then it was time to bake in my wonderful rayburn. The temperature dropped as soon as I put the cakes in and they ended up taking double the stated time. After collecting Peter who hadn't minded staying on a bit longer at the beer festival I made up some cream cheese frosting just to see what it would be like. I did have a slice of cake to try but the rest is now in the freezer. Next time I'll look for a recipe that doesn't have so much sugar as the cake tasted too sweet for my liking. Also I don't think the cream cheese frosting even as the inside layer would be to everyone's taste. Plenty of time to keep on practicing before the wedding.
I'll have to label which of the iris rhizomes have white flowers as most of the flowers are purple.


Harriet said...

Beautiful Iris.....rarely ever see white, mostly yellow, purple and pinkish.

Ruta M. said...

Looking through specialist iris catalogue leaves me almost drooling over the richer colours especially the browns and oranges. Conditions and the slugs here are not that good for irises so I've only got these ones which originally came from my mother's garden.