Friday, 25 October 2013

Easy Apple Saucepan Cake

The wind is bringing the apples down from the trees like nobody's business. I made this cake today from a few windfalls - well actually I made two, but we ate most of the best one -
Easy Apple Saucepan Cake
4 oz (100g) butter or margarine
4 oz (100g) sugar
1 cooking apple
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg (beaten)
8 oz (250 g) self raising flour
heaped tsp ground mxd spice
tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz (250g) dried mxd fruit or sultannas
6 or 7 glace cherries (chopped)

Line and grease a 1 lb loaf tin.
Peel and slice the apple. Microwave for 2 minutes in a suitable dish. Mash the apple up with a fork.
Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence into a medium sized saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted.
Remove from heat.
Add the beaten egg, apple, sifted flour, spices, dried fruit and cherries and stir well with a wooden spoon.
Scoop the mixture into the loaf tin and bake on a medium heat - about 180 degrees for about an hour.
To test whether it's done, insert the blade of a sharp pointed knife. If it comes out clean, it's done.
Allow to cool on a cooling rack
Slice, butter and enjoy.

Friday, 11 October 2013

My lovely granddaughter has just phoned me -
'Hello Granny it's me'.
'Hello Sweetheart, how's Uni?'
'Can't stop, I'm in Morrisons. Where's the pudding rice?'
'Usually next to the jams and custard'
'Great! Got it! See you!'
I'm left holding the receiver. Not bad considering that York is one hundred and fifty four miles away from where I live and I've never been there in my life. What do you say?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Up the Mountain

O/H's tractor needs a new glass fuel bowl gasket to make it go again. We tried all over Welshpool today to get one.  We tried Teme Valley Tractors. We tried John Deere Tractors. We tried Phil's Tool Hire

Then we turned up the mountain. There's a man who lives up there who's sure to have one.

We went further up the mountain  past a place called Little Hope. And then we finally arrived -
'Do you have a glass fuel bowl gasket for an International B275 tractor or would you be able to get me one?'