Monday, May 31, 2010

Another week gone...

More comfort food being eaten here at the moment. The weather has turned quite cold with foggy mornings and dull days. After Brianna's culinary delight last Monday, my pasta disaster on Tuesday, we then had lamb cutlets and veggies on Wednesday.
Thursday night we had Chicken Enchiladas - quite spicy but very tasty.
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Netball was at Robe but we escaped the rain and stayed dry for the duration of the game.
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I watched this movie (and wasted my Sunday afternoon) while Angus watched the footy. Hugh Grant was a total let-down in this flick. I think he is best off acting in British comedy/dramas because when he does American films he seems to come off as a foppish, bumbling English fool. I loved him in Nottinghill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually but he failed to enthuse me in this poor excuse for a comedy. And Sarah Jessica Parker - why did she need to wear a wig? Score 4/10 Annoying
(of course this is entirely my own opinion)
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I had a hankering for a Jubilee Cake on Sunday afternoon also. I have a Green & Gold Cookbook so I looked up the recipe and made the cake. Simple ingredients and simple recipe.... for a fruity house brick!!! It was a total, inedible disaster. I threw the inch high cake (and all the yummy fruit I had wasted) in the scrap bin and started again, determined to have that cake.
My sister Leanne came to the rescue with a 'never fail' recipe that she had. Above is the fruit mixture boiling away. I could just eat the fruit like this.
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Ah, a much better result.
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BOILED JUBILEE CAKE
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In a small saucepan add -
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cups mixed dried fruit (I also added chopped dried apricots and Craisins)
60 gms butter
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Boil all of these until sugar has dissolved. Let the mixure completely cool.
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To the cooled fruit mixure, add 2 cups of SR flour and 1 beaten egg. Mix well to combine.
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Place in a lined loaf tin and cook for approx. 40-50 minutes at 180C (test with skewer and make sure it comes out clean).
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Make a runny icing mixure (icing sugar and milk) and ice the cake when it has nearly cooled. Sprinkle with coconut if desired. Wait for icing to set then slice a piece off and butter it. Serve with tea or coffee and a friend.
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It was a very wet and dreary weekend with showers of rain both days. I love my Mum's homemade soup so I gave her the ingredients (bacon bones, carrot, potato, swede, turnip, celery, onion, split pea soup mix) and she made me a big pot of it. My lunch today - Yum! I just can't get the flavour in it like she does.
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My pc monitor decided to give up the ghost on Saturday so I am without a computer at the moment. Bri is away for a few days so I can't commandeer her laptop so posts will have to be done at work (like this one).
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Hope you are all well,
Joolz

9 comments:

  1. Yummmmm....Your Mums soup looks like my Grans soup and I too cannot make it like her!

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  2. Hi Joolz,

    That jubilee cake turned out well. I have borrowed the recipe to make tomorrow, I haven't made on of those since high school.

    Your mum's soup looks so nice, why is it that their food tastes better when they make it? I am always copying my mums recipes but they never taste as good as when she makes it! Not that she uses a recipe book often, that is probably the difference.

    We have had heaps of rain over the past three weeks and the sun has forgotten to shine here the past week or so. Not complaining though, will take all the rain we can get.

    Hope you are keeping well,
    xTania

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  3. Ah, yes, pictures of food always make me hungry. :) The cake looks wonderful. :)

    Lois

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  4. I love looking at your food! (Your photos are always really good!) I only know one other person who watched that movie (blah, blah Morgans) and she shared the same opinion as you! You must be right!!!

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  5. This will teach me to log on before lunch...my stomach is growling. Mom's soup looks SO good as does everything else.

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  6. This is the weather for comfort food and it is certainly starting to get cold. I made soup too at the weekend.That jubilee cake looks so yummy might make one for morning tea.
    I feel lost without a computer wonder what we did years ago :0) our computer was playing up a couple of weeks ago and you don't realise how much you depend on it.

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  7. I love those 'Neverfail' recipes. They can be whatever you want them to be.

    I love home made soups too. If you watch my blog tomorrow I'm giving today's invention 'Lemon and Aspaeagus Soup'.

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  8. I am always so amazed at your delish dishes you come up with! I want to come live next door to you! so you can teach me how to cook and enjoy it! cooking that is!hehehehehe you are soooo amazing! ok now I am hungry and feel like I actually might be able to come up with a real meal...well maybe...uh nope just changed my mind....LOL I just want to be your neighbor instead....

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  9. I'm under the spell of Miranda Lambert right now and the song "The House That Built Me." So forgive me if I get all sappy but I would just love to sit down with you right now and tell you how much I loved my visit here and all your delicious food. The cake is so incredible that I copied it and dropped it into my favorites file with full credit to you. (As if I'd forget.) Gonna make that this week.

    I envy you your winter coming on as we head into the 110 degree time. Oh yuck. But today is gorgeous so let me not whine. Much. BIG SQUEEZY HUGS TO YOU FOR INVITING ME OVER FOR COZYNESS AND CAKE! XOXOX

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