Rainsnowing on Mother’s Day

I’ve tried five attempts at writing a magnificent opening sentence, none of which flowed at all. Here is a picture of today’s rainsnow instead of writing the necessary thousand words to describe today – a family day, good times, very good food, tired grandchildren (and grandparents too after Theo’s waking up at silly o’clock).

There are now two possible chocolate cakes I can make, depending on the circumstances. For general cooking and fun with the kids, Mary Berry’s recipe holds all the aces. However for a cake with more intense flavour and labour, I am now converted to a Nigel Slater recipe for the perfect chocolate cake which appeared in the Observer Food Monthly during the autumn. Mercifully it was worth the effort!

Last week, Flo, Theo and I travelled into deepest Rutland to visit Doreen – another lovely day. We had lunch and lots of outdoorsy fun, culminating in a visit to the lambing sheds where the kids got to sit in Mr Mears’ yellow JCB Load-all tractor. These are not tractors or lambs but some rather glowingly beautiful daffodils and narcissi from D’s garden.


2 responses to “Rainsnowing on Mother’s Day

  1. Have you tried Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. They’re very quick to make and extremely delicious. The recipe is in her Domestic Goddess book and can also be found on her website. They never fail to please even with the artificially coloured glacé cherries rather than the natural ones that Nigella prefers. Besos xxxx

  2. Sounds fab – will check those out. Have only got “Nigella Bites” so it would be good to see some of her other goodies…

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