Showing posts with label celebrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebrations. Show all posts

28 June 2013


Winter has definitely arrived, it's certainly getting cold around here!

On the shortest day of the year (while waiting for the snow that never really arrived) I baked a gingerbread cake in honour of the winter solstice. It was nice to spend some time in the kitchen, it's one thing I've been missing.

If you'd like to give this cake a try, here's what you'll need:

Winter Solstice Gingerbread Cake

3/4 cup golden syrup
1 1/4 cups boiling water
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
85 grams butter, softened
1 large free range egg

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Add the golden syrup and baking soda to the boiling water. Set aside and let cool to room temperature. Whisk together the flour, spices, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In an electric mixer cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the egg with a fork, and then beat it into the creamed mixture a little bit at a time. On low speed add the cooled syrup mixture to the creamed mixture until just combined (don't worry if the mixture looks a bit curdled at this point). Stir in the dry ingredients only to blend. Pour into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Serve hot or cold with a citrus sauce.

The original recipe can be found here.

26 May 2013

Turning 30

Because Owen and I have our birthdays ten days apart (he was born on the day I was due, but it will come as no surprise that I was late) we often have a combined birthday celebration. This year was a big number but we decided that a small party was just what we needed, so on a sunny weekend afternoon family and a few friends came round for cake and a catch up.

Leaving my twenties behind seems like it should be a big deal, but I haven't really given it any thought. In a birthday card my friend Jo gave me when I turned 20, she'd written:
"You are now into the decade where everything important happens. Scary huh?!"
And for me this was so true. It was the decade where I finished studying, got my first real job, travelled, bought a house, got married, and had a baby. I think it must be this last event that has really overshadowed the significance of turning 30 - becoming a mother has been much more of a change than turning one year older.

It also helps that my life at age 30 is pretty much how I imagined it would be. I feel like I'm on the right path so those what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life moments I had throughout my twenties have finally been left behind.

All this to say, I'm looking forward to my thirties!