All in all, it’s been a pretty horrible week! I’ve felt tired and rundown, picked up a cold, my muscles have felt achey every time I’ve tried to use them (which meant I cried like a small child in public on my run) on the easy I’ve-done-this-many-times-with-no-problems, meant to be the fun run of the week. I don’t know how Heather puts up with me!
Then out of the blue-ish my Grandma died on Monday. She’d not been well for a while but we all thought she was getting a bit better, so I don’t think anyone was really expecting it.
I was reading Rockstar Diaries feeling a little bit sorry for myself (because I’m incredibly self obsessed, and didn’t want to be sat inside on a beautiful day feeling ill) and getting a little bit of the green eyed monster for their fun, stylish lives, and all the cute little dates they go on, when it occurred to me (some days I’m a little slow) that the only reason my life isn’t like that is because I haven’t made it like that.
OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Life is busy right now and most of my spare time is spent blogging and socialising. But as I had a rare free evening due to last minute plan cancellations, and the weather was absolutely glorious, my wonderful boyfriend and I decided to grab a takeaway, beers and a picnic blanket and enjoy the sunshine.
I even went as far as to make it a proper date, by changing out of my work clothes and applying fresh makeup – not bad for a Wednesday evening!
Our little city may be lacking in trendy food trucks, but I do have a giant soft spot (my belly – I really should do a few sit ups) for Dominos. And we also finally, after nearly 15 months in our flat, worked out which key opened the gate to the community garden, which meant we pretty much had the whole thing to ourselves, unlike the crowded park we were planning on going to.
I can’t remember the last time we had time to do something spontaneous just the two of us, as most of our last minute plans are concocted in the pub after work with friends. It was so much fun to just hang out and chat on a blanket, without the TV or being surrounded by niggly chores.
Just before we left we heard a weird roar above us, and when we looked up there was a really low flying hot air balloon, which being the excitable people we are, meant we spent the next 10 minutes taking photos of it!
I made this cake with some of the left over home grown rhubarb a very generous coworker gave me – I even have a few tubs of stewed rhubarb in my freezer!
It’s really moist, which means it goes off really quickly, after just a few days, so try and eat it within 24 hours.
Rhubarb and Almond Sponge
adapted from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days
180g self raising flour
180g caster sugar
50g ground almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1.5 cups of stewed rhubarb
flaked almonds to decorate
Line a 6 inch square cake tin, and preheat the oven to 180C
Mix the eggs, flour, sugar, butter, almonds and spice together, until smooth.
Pour into the baking tin and gently fold in the rhubarb.
Sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for 45 minutes until brown and a skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool.