I wanted to make my mum a birthday cake for her birthday, I think this is a very easy recipe to follow i really enjoyed making it and the end result is pictured below. Here is my Recipe and How I made it!
You Will Need:
8 oz Self Raising Flour,
8oz Butter Cut into cubes
8oz Caster Sugar
4 medium eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Cream together the Butter and Sugar till light and fluffy, add in the vanilla extract Gradually add the flour and last but not least add the eggs. split into two 9 inch cake tins and bake at 180C for approximately 15mins or until they look risen and if you put a skewer into the middle it should come out clean. Turn out onto a baking tray and leave to cool
Then you Will Need:
Jam, Pre rolled icing and a ribbon if desired
cover one half of the cake in jam and sandwich the other on top you may also add some butter cream (icing sugar vanilla essence and butter) then sandwich the two cakes together. Roll out enough icing to cover the cake and transfer it onto the cake make sure theres no holes.
You may make some royal icing to pipe a message onto the cake or some trims like i did. for that just add 2 egg whites with enough icing sugar to form a stiff pipeable paste
Voila a nice easy birthday cake in less than an hour 😛
THE PITTENWEEM INN
Tel: 01333 311326
Lunch on Sunday29th Aril2013
Went to the Pittenweem inn for lunch. It is situated in the pretty coastal village Pittenweem not far from Anstruther or Crail even St Andrews is not far away I
must say I was very impressed with both the restaurant and the Staff it is owned by Brian who is a Great chef mad as a box of frogs and Odette. Who have had the Restaurant for about 3 years. It is very nicely decorated with nice comfortable surroundings and very pleasant indeed.
We were seated promptly given some menus and we had the special set lunch menu which was very reasonably priced.
1 course £6.95 2 courses £8.95 3 courses £10.95
My friend with whom i was dining with had the St Monans Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish Pate he really enjoyed it
I thought this was very well presented and he ensured me that it tasted absolutely delicious. It certainly looked very well executed.
One thing i will say about this place is the food is delicious and all the bread is freshly made on the premises and all of their ingredients are sourced locally as far as physically possible. I think this place is well worth a visit if you’re in the area but be warned it can be a very busy little place so maybe worth calling in advance to book so you are not disappointed.
When i am next in the area i will be back thank you for your Hospitality.
Their opening times are as follows
Thursday & Friday – Lunch 12 noon to 1.45pm – Evening Meals 6pm to 8.30pm
Saturday – Lunch 12 noon to 1.45pm – High Teas 4pm to 6pm
Evening Meals 6pm to 8.30pm
Sunday – Lunch 12 noon to 1.45pm – High Teas 4pm to 6pm
Booking Essential for High Tea
The Restaurant can be booked out with these times for private parties
i think this is a truly nice touch and a truly unique product. After seeing the quality and design of these products for myself i recommend them to you i feel they are a must for that personal touch and offer the customer something truly unique. with Hundreds of colours and personalisation to suit you truly a wonderful product.
Here are some of the designs that they currently have I also feel at £12.99 for a 24 pack that they prove very good value for money http://www.paperthemes.co.uk/wedding-cake-accessories/personalised-cupcake-wrappers/ see all their products here well worth a look
After discussing Cake with a friend she told me she wanted live fish to be incorporated into her wedding cake. So i went on the hunt to find out what kind of products were already out there and how creative people were with wedding cakes.
So what are your views on fish incorporated as part of a wedding cake is it right or wrong and would you have it at your wedding?
58 Thistle Street
Edinburgh EH2 1EN
Tel: 0131 225 5109
I went to fisher’s in the city to work for a day in the kitchen. When I arrived I was shown by the Sous chef what I was required to do. I really enjoyed working in the kitchen here and it was valuable experience on my food journey. Basically I did as I was told doing jobs like chopping and preparing vegetables, chopping herbs making a béchamel sauce cooking fish taking skin off monkfish .If it’s cooked with the skin on it shrivels up and doesn’t look or taste very nice! I don’t have a lot of experience in a professional kitchen and I am only learning but in time I think I could be a great chef. I am very interested to go and learn in other kitchens for a day here and a day there. Everybody was perfectly pleasant and although I don’t personally eat fish it is a wonderful place.
This restaurant is situated in Thistle Street, tucked away just off George Street in Edinburgh. From the outside it looks like a normal restaurant, open the door to receive a warm welcome in nice relaxed settings. Everything was dark wood, very well presented and the service was truly exquisite.
I would recommend a visit to this place its well worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in Edinburgh. They also have an extensive wine list and an a la carte menu to choose from.
I spoke to Paul Webb from http://Exoticmeats.co.uk and here’s what he had to say about the following things in light of the Horsemeat Scandal.
“We have been supplying exotic meats for about 15 months now and have always kept our horse meat under the counter, it was a controversial meat that we felt may offend some of our customers.
Since the first Tesco story broke last month it has been at the forefront of our business that has increased sales over 1000% in the past few weeks, the majority of sales have been from the general public who are interested to try new things, we no longer keep it under the counter but are happy to promote this healthy and delicious alternative meat, the response to that move has been surprising with 99% of feedback being positive.
Since the first and subsequent scandal’s have broken in the press, the general public has become untrusting in not only the sourcing, processing and sale of meats through UK supermarkets, a lot of faith has been lost with supermarkets altogether, the potential loss could run into millions as people seek to find assured local and safe meat from reliable sources.
As well as horse meat we have seen a general increase in all of our meats for sale at www.exoticmeats.co.uk as people experiment with trying different meats, as well as an exploration of taste, the produce we sell is from reliable, safe stock and can turn a dinner party or barbecue into a great talking point and social occasion, coupled with a generation to which travel and a multi cultural society developing is the norm, the taste for the exotic and getting involved in other nations cuisines and customs can only help to make us a happier, more open and accommodating nation.”
Now my Views :
If people want to eat horsemeat then yes they should be allowed to but they should have good honest facts and all the correct information before doing so. I think several people are to blame in regards to uncorrect labelling and food safety standards that haven’t been met.
Beef is not Horse and Horse is not beef! it is a completely separate meat and although perfectly legal to eat in the uk many are unsure of it but had it been labelled correctly then it would give consumers the right to choose! But if people chose to eat better and not eat processed meat in the 1st place then this probably would not have happened.
If youre Curious now and really want to try horsemeat why don’t you order some from http://exoticmeats.co.uk where they will be most happy to help and they deliver throughout the uk.
They stock Horse Fillet Steaks, Horse Burgers, Horse Sausages and last but not least Horse Mince.
The company also stock a variety of other exotic meats such as Kangaroo, Llama, Zebra, Ostrich, Reindeer, Crocodiles, Goats, impalas and many many more. With over 1000% increase in the sale of horsemeat all these people cannot be wrong! Can they?
Monica Galleti who is an Excellent Chef and well known TV Personality tweeted me with the above quote on 13/02/2013 as i asked her what her views were on the horsemeat scandal, Her reply was “I think 1) customers should have the right to know what they’re buying, full stop. ;-)” thanks Monica x