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.