LAUNCH EVENT: Angela Campbell-Souter: The Private Hire Cook

20 09 2012

Please take the time to look at www.the-private-hire-cook.co.uk – 15% off all first-time orders

Angela has been cooking and entertaining for over 25 years and offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Private Dinner Parties
  • Lucheons
  • High Teas
  • Canapes
  • Shooting Party Lunches
  • Themed Banquets (world foods)
  • Picnic Hampers
  • Champagne Breakfasts and Lunches
  • Special Occasion Catering
  • Buffets
  • Consultancy and Advice
 

Angela is hosting a Launch Party on Friday 21st September, 5-7pm in the Barley Hall, York, to introduce herself and business to you.

Call by, gather some information and try a sample of canapes and a free glass of Prosecco.

Directions

 
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Colourful sponge cake recipe – quick and easy

30 06 2011

I knocked out this cake the other night and thought I’d share it here. It’s a nice, quick, easy one to make and looks as though you’ve spent longer on it than you have!

Ingredients

For the cake:

For the butter cream frosting:

  • 5oz butter / margarine
  • 10oz icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Selection of food dyes

Method

For the cake:

Cream together the butter and caster sugar. One at a time, add the eggs and beat in. Gradually mix in the flour with a metal spoon.

Grease and line one 9″ or two 7″ cake tins. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Separate the cake mixture into a number of bowls, one for each colour you are going to use. Add a different colour of food dye to each bowl and mix in thoroughly. If you are feeling adventurous, add a different flavouring to each colour as well. One by one, pour the contents of the bowls into the cake tin. Do not stir the mixture once it’s in the cake tin.

Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until a wooden skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool before icing.

For the butter cream frosting:

Soften the butter by beating it. Once it is soft and creamy, gradually add the icing sugar, beating thoroughly to avoid lumps. Beat in one tablespoon of milk. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little more milk.

Separate the icing into bowls, one for each colour you are going to use, and add a little food dye to each bowl. Mix it in thoroughly to get a nice, even colour.

I iced this cake while it was still in the tin, to stop the icing dribbling down the sides. Obviously, this will only work if you have a cake tin with a removable base. It would not be advisable if you will have to turn the cake tin upside down to get the cake out! In the latter case, you could tape a piece of paper or cardboard around the upper edge of the cake to hold the icing in place until you are ready to serve.

One by one, pour the bowls of icing onto the cake, arranging the colours as desired.





Weekend in pictures

26 06 2011

We’ve had a bit of garden waste kicking about for a while, waiting for the opportunity to burn it. We wanted to burn it on the herb/veg bed so we could dig the ash in. Friday night turned out to provide the ideal opportunity. I’d been hoping the 24th might be a possibility and, as it turned out, it was raining a bit as it came in dark, so no one was sitting out in their garden or had washing out. The wood was really dry, so went up very quickly and didn’t burn for too long. We went out and sat under a tree with the two dogs and one of the cats and watched the fire – it was great.

Last night, I made these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares. They are milk chocolate and double cream on top and white chocolate and peanut butter underneath. I left them in the fridge overnight and they were still a bit sticky this morning, although they had set enough to hold their shape. Next time, I’ll use less cream and peanut butter and hopefully that will make them set a bit harder. They taste great, though 🙂

This morning, I discovered that Candy had tidied herself neatly away in the larder.

It’s been really hot today, so I took a few pictures while I was out this afternoon. I don’t have a camera – I just use my mobile phone, so they’re not great quality and I’ve not a lot of settings I can change on the camera, but I like playing about with it nonetheless 🙂





Reading List

15 03 2011

I’ve some great book lined up for when I finish work. Here are a few from the top of my reading pile.








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