So I decided to make apple cake. Only to find I didn't have any apples either.
At that point it was, 'Shall I go back to bed?'
But I persevered and decided I would make ginger cake anyway. Younger Son crystallised some ginger for Christmas presents and while the ginger has all gone the gingery sugar was left so I used that. I shall let you know if it works.
Ginger-free cake topped with slightly gingery icing
(I've been to the shop)
Sometimes I go for ages just cooking the same old (boring) favourites; and sometimes I have a spree of trying new recipes. This week, for example, not only am I making ginger-less ginger cake but I've made rich venison and red wine pie (left) and tonight we're having braised beef short ribs. I've sort of followed a recipe but thrown in a few extras. The pie was good made with potato and celeriac mash topping instead of pastry - my diet you know - so we'll have to hope tonight's dinner is as successful.
Postscript: it was!
|Beef short ribs braised in beer.|
|But the bits did give a lovely rich brown colour to the gravy.|
Served with root veg mash, broccoli and sprouts.