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28/07/2012 at 20:45

Cool!! Are you bringing cake?

28/07/2012 at 20:57

I'll bring the cake.....pretty good at making cakes, I am!

Not only made this Victoria Sponge, but grew the raspberries & made the jam:


See....I do other things besides being rood!

28/07/2012 at 21:00

Oh David! My heart just melted!! Victoria Sponge is definately a fave of mine! Yum!

28/07/2012 at 21:30



Ah, good! This is my chocolate version, with morello cherry & double cream filling....the previous one was vanilla flavoured, which I prefer:


Crikey....don't we deviated from the subject?

28/07/2012 at 21:49

Erm, did you buy the raspberry plants from Wyevale?

28/07/2012 at 21:54

Becks, you've been reading too many 'Jack & the Beanstalk' books.

From Marshalls as it happens, a few years ago.

28/07/2012 at 22:00

Ha ha ha. Well, it is about this time of night that my brain goes onto standby.

29/07/2012 at 17:31

Thanks Maud. Bikes can be converted, but it is very costly, hence why I want to make sure it will make the difference to getting me up the hills before I consider it!

It sounds like it does make quite a difference then.


31/07/2012 at 10:09

We visited Wyevale at Louth last Saturday and bought 2 packets of seed. 1 broad beans and 1 radishes, both reduced to half price. As I had a rewards voucher for 50p!! I got both packets for 40p. Now that's what I call a bargain. Will be back this weekend for more when we have sorted through the seed box to see what we need. I won the princely sum of £2.80 on the Euro lottery, so taking into account the stake, I will have the remaining 80p to spend on seeds you have to get your bargains where you can!!!!

@DavidK--- like the look of those cakes, a man of many talents

31/07/2012 at 10:57

Thank you, ltg..... I'll tell you a tale about my cake making. A few years ago whilst entering my sweet peas in a village show, I decided to try my luck by entering a Victoria Sponge & raspberry jam in the home produce section. To my surprise I won first prize for both entries.

You would't believe the resentment from the lady exhibitors, not a single well done or congratulations from any of them and it's certainly something I never tried again. 

Btw, my late mum was head cook in a top restaurant, so I kinda grew up with it.

31/07/2012 at 12:56

David K. I think it was definitely a case of the green-eyed monster  Those ladies had probably had it all their own way for so long they could not cope with losing. If they can't stand to lose then they should not enter the competition, there is always someone out there who can do better. In this case YOU.

I see from your cake posting that you grow raspberries and make jam. I have a couple of nice recipes for raspberries if you or anyone else is interested. Easy Bakewell cake and Raspberry Vinegar, a recipe that has been made by my family for over 100 years,( not me personally I hasten to add!) something a bit different

Carry on baking.

31/07/2012 at 14:59

Thanks. ltg...I think in the context of village life it's tantamount to a snub to be beaten by a mere male - alas, I'll not enter again.

Regarding recipes/food, I think it would be an excellent idea to open a thread in The Potting Shed.....most gardening forums have one.

Perhaps I could share Mum's recipe for beetroot in lime jelly.


04/08/2012 at 15:51

Have had visitors all week so was unable to get to the laptop to do any chatting. The reason my bike is calles Alan. An uncle of mine died and left me some money and his name was Alan. I know im daft but im quite happy in my little world. Bought my mum one of those Name a Rose kits for mothers day this year, we named the rose after my mums dog that died last year. Nothing happened with the first lot of seeds but they kindly sent another packet and so far 2 have germinated. Never knew you could grow roses from seed but then you know how daft i am.

04/08/2012 at 15:52

Dear David k When can i come to tea? I do like cake.

04/08/2012 at 16:47
Maud is in the garden wrote (see)

Dear David k When can i come to tea? I do like cake.


Anytime you like, Maud.....kettle's always on.

This is my beetroot & chocolate cake.....before you say yucky be assured it's a beautiful moist cake and it doesn't taste of beetroot:




04/08/2012 at 17:00

David? What on earth possesed you to put beetroot in a cake?

04/08/2012 at 17:55
Insomnia1973 wrote (see)

David? What on earth possesed you to put beetroot in a cake?

Well, it really isn't any more unusual that putting carrots in carrot cake, you mention it, I also make courgette cake, but don't have a pic handy. 

Oh, and the beetroot is blitzed in the making.


06/08/2012 at 21:39

No, I suppose it isn't is it. Just sounds unusual! And probably tastes great.

07/08/2012 at 09:07

Looks lovely i love anything with chocolate in even with beetroot. Hoping my courgettes will get a move on as i have a whole book of courgette recipes.

07/08/2012 at 10:43

The great part of this cake is that it has small pieces of  plain dark chocolate (at least 60%) added and these stay whole in the cooking.


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