Mooching around doing housework, getting the kids to do their homework, looking out at the garden and wishing it was a lovely sunny day. But it’s not to be. It’s cold, windy and very grey. A day to be indoors messing around in the kitchen I think. After a quick check to see what I had in the fridge all I could rustle up were some fresh lemons so a lemon pudding it would have to be.
There is nothing fancy about this lemon pudding but it is deliciously moist and tangy and very light. I used to make it at school so it uses the most basic of ingredients and is very simple to make. It is a pudding of two layers – the top being a very light sponge and the bottom is a thick custard/mousse like consistency.
Simple and delicious! I serve mine warm with pouring cream (because everything tastes better with cream – right?) but it would be just as good with ice cream or even just on its own.
So BritMums Live 2014, the UK’s biggest social media and bloggers conference has come and gone. I originally had no intention of going but I was lucky enough to be one of the 6 finalists in the BiBs awards and decided to treat myself to a couple of days of ‘me’ time in London. Sadly I didn’t go on to win the award but Lucy of Supergolden Bakes was a very well deserved winner. If you haven’t already come across her blog then go and have a look – it’s gorgeous. Thanks again to everybody who took the time to vote more me. It was a very special experience.
The event itself was full of positive energy and was packed with energetic and passionate speakers, leaving me feeling completely reenergised about my blog and about life in general. I love blogging but the one area I find the most difficult is building my social media presence. I am just not comfortable with the whole numbers game and find it hard to chase followers purely for the purpose of stats. It was therefore such a delight to listen to the lovely Jaume Marin from the Costa Brava Tourism talk about building relationships between their brand and travel bloggers. As a brand they believe not in the number of followers that you have but more in how you interact with your followers. This just makes perfect sense to me and I applaud their passion and common sense attitude to working and promoting their brand as well as the bloggers they work with. I left that session wishing I was a travel blogger 🙂
So what did I get out of my two days at BritMums Live apart from loads of good advice and meeting the lovely Lucy and Elizabeth? The answer is simply a renewed confidence in myself and a desire to be more creative with my time. It is not just about being a wife and a good Mum – it is about doing something for yourself, something that you love and that makes you happy.
And on that note I leave you with an all time classic dessert of a simple but delicious Strawberry and Chocolate Meringue. Perfect for summer entertaining.
With temperatures soaring, our thoughts are on trying to keep cool. Yesterday the kids asked for ice cream after school and they both bought a creamy vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate. Delicious but not very refreshing.
As clementines are currently in season and nothing beats the flavour of fruit in season I decided to make a refreshing clementine and lemon sorbet for their after school treat.
The verdict from the kids – ooh this is beautiful!!
There is nothing not to like about a creamy, deliciously sweet, golden caramel sauce. I have to make mine in small batches because to leave it in the fridge is just asking for trouble. Add a dash of sea salt to it and it is taken up to another level. Is there anything to beat homemade caramel sauce drizzled over your favourite dessert? Nope, I didn’t think so.
Is it difficult to make? Not really, but you have to focus just on making the caramel sauce and nothing else as it can go wrong very quickly. It can be very tempting to stand and stir while you watch over the sauce but don’t as it will crystallise and ruin the end result. The other temptation is to stick your finger in to have a quick taste – please don’t. I have a huge blister on my finger because I could not resist the temptation. Liquid sugar is unbelievably hot and sticky.
Also, when you add the cream and butter it does tend to bubble up a bit so make sure your pan is deep enough to prevent it bubbling over.
If you have a spare 11 minutes – you have to give it a go.
A deliciously rich and creamy caramel sauce made in minutes.
250g caster (superfine) sugar
4 tblsps water
Put the sugar and water into a heavy-based pan.
Heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved.
Increase the heat slightly and gently boil for 5 - 6 minutes until golden brown - do not be tempted to stir during this process as the sugar will crystallise. Once the caramel starts to colour, swirl the pan gently to ensure it does so evenly, but don't stir. The deeper the colour, the better the flavour - just don't burn it.
Remove from the heat, and carefully stir in the cream and butter until well incorporated.
If you are making salted caramel then add the sea salt together with the cream and butter.
Leave to cool slightly and then transfer to a sterilised jar and keep refrigerated.