Let them eat cake….

What a treat – I have a whole day to myself….

Hubby has headed to the mainland with friends to visit a trade fair – bit of a jolly boys outing…I rarely get a day with nothing essential to do, so I have planned to Potter Β πŸ€—



I have treated myself to a shop bought ‘luxury’ fish pie – I love fish pie, family not so keen… so that’s dinner sorted.


I will do some baking, a couple of orange cakes and a couple of chocolate cakes, for our works, I make them in ‘loaf’ form as they are easier to cut for work, especially for hubby’s chaps on worksites.

The recipes are for the Thermomix and I have done them before, the only difference is removing orange juice and replacing with cocoa powder and milk for the chocolate cake.Β http://createbakemake.com/2016/06/15/thermomix-orange-cake-recipe/

img_0999I make my own icing sugar in the Thermomix, and it works out 2 thirds cheaper- 49p for ordinary granulated sugar Β£1.49 for the same weight in icing sugar – as I bake a lot, it is a great penny saver πŸ˜‡


I will also make some sweet potato and coconut soup for work lunches – this is a case of peeling and chopping 500g of sweet potatoes and peel and chop a medium onion, add this to a litre of water, a teaspoon of veggie stock, quarter of a block of coconut cream, or use a tin of coconut milk and reduce the water by 400ml. I add a tiny bit of chilli, and a little ginger, just to pep it up a bit – but that’s down to taste.


Simmer till softened then blend till smooth, season to taste.


I make some bread rolls to dunk too – 300ml warm water, a pack of dried yeast, 500g bread flour, a pinch of salt, mix into a dough then kneed for 10 minutes till a smooth dough, leave to prove for a least an hour, divide into rolls and allow to rise again for 30-40 minutes, and bake at 200 for 25 minutes, these can be frozen and grabbed in the morning to dunk in your lunchtime soup – easy.


I,ve made 4 rolls and a small freeform loaf for tomorrow’s supper πŸ˜‡




Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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