Friday, 3 July 2020

Sugarless Orange and Sultana Cake

I've found the recipe in Delia Smith's Frugal Foog cookbook.  She in tern found it in the Evening Stanard in 1940.  Popular due to the cake not containing any sugar.


Ingredients

3oz Butter
Half a tin of Condensed Milk
2 eggs
6oz SR Flour
Sultanas
Ring of an orange 
1 Tablespoon of orange juice

Line or grease appropriate tin.

Whisk butter until light and add condensed milk and whisk again.
Add eggs whilst whisking.
Fold in sifted flour, ring, juice and sultanas
Bake fan 150 for 30 - 40 mins

I have a hot oven so after 25 mins I check every 5 mins.
Top with icing sugar and orange juice drizzle.






Deliciously Ella’s three bean stew recipe





Ingredients


Large glug of olive oil
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped (optional)
salt and pepper
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
400g can of chopped tomatoes
4 tablespoons tomato purée
2 red peppers, finely chopped
400g can each of butter beans, black beans and cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
large handful of fresh coriander



Method

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the celery and onion (if using) with lots of salt and pepper, then stir. Cook until the celery is turning translucent, then add the garlic and chillies and cook for a minute, stirring so that nothing catches.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato purée, red peppers and 350ml of water and let it bubble for about 30 minutes, stirring to break down the tomatoes now and then, until the sauce is starting to reduce and the peppers are soft.Once you’re ready to eat, add the beans. They’ll need about 10 minutes. When they’ve had that, turn the heat off and let cool slightly.
  • Serve in bowls with some Mango Salsa mixed through each serving, topped with a sprinkling of coriander.






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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The beauty and romance of Barcelona captured in lavish coffee table book's breathtaking photographs

  • The pictures are by Serge Ramelli, who has collated them for his book Barcelona, published by teNeues 
  • TeNeues says: 'This volume is a beautiful, evocative tribute to one of Europe's most popular cities'  
  • 'Beloved districts and landmarks' have been captured 'in all of their seductive magic' we're told
Beautiful, enchanting, mysterious, romantic and quirky – Barcelona is all of these things.
Understandably, visitors fall in love with it.
And when they see the incredible images French photographer Serge Ramelli has captured for his lavish coffee table book Barcelona they'll likely fall in love with it all over again. 
For those who've never been, there's a good chance the book will seal the city as a bucket list priority.
Publisher TeNeues says: 'With his distinctive eye for the atmosphere - as much as the architecture - of a place, the YouTube and Instagram star captures Barcelona's most beloved districts and landmarks in all of their seductive magic. This volume is a beautiful, evocative tribute to one of Europe's most popular cities.
'A subtle play of colours in the sky over the Sagrada Familia, mysterious luminescence in the Barri Gòtic or a moment from the ordinarily lively Rambla that looks like it's from another era - the photos taken by Serge Ramelli literally show Barcelona in a new light.' Scroll down for a sneak peek of 10 of the incredible images in the tome.
The truly unique Parc Güell - designed by Gaudi for entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. It spans some 17 hectares and was built between 1900 and 1914, the book explains, with stairways, terraces and arcades modelled into the existing terrain
The truly unique Parc Güell - designed by Gaudi for entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. It spans some 17 hectares and was built between 1900 and 1914, the book explains, with stairways, terraces and arcades modelled into the existing terrain 
This stunning image shows Barcelona Cathedral (in Catalan Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia). It was built in the Gothic style from 1298 to 1448 on a site occupied first by a Roman temple, the book explains
This stunning image shows Barcelona Cathedral (in Catalan Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia). It was built in the Gothic style from 1298 to 1448 on a site occupied first by a Roman temple, the book explains
This mesmerising image was taken from Montjuïc, which is 'Barcelona's premiere landmark mountain', according to the book
This mesmerising image was taken from Montjuïc, which is 'Barcelona's premiere landmark mountain', according to the book 
The neo-Gothic Pont-dels Sospirs - or Bridge of Sighs - connects the Palau de la Generalitat to the residence of the Minster President
The neo-Gothic Pont-dels Sospirs - or Bridge of Sighs - connects the Palau de la Generalitat to the residence of the Minster President
Well hola there! The magical Barri Gòtic - the Gothic Quarter - which is full of 'scenic nooks and crannies'
Well hola there! The magical Barri Gòtic - the Gothic Quarter - which is full of 'scenic nooks and crannies'
Here Ramelli shows the palm-fringed Port de Barcelona at its most seductive
Here Ramelli shows the palm-fringed Port de Barcelona at its most seductive
Casa Batlló - one of the few residential buildings anywhere on the planet that has attained the rank of a World Heritage Site, the book reveals. It was built in 1877, but renovated by Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906
Casa Batlló - one of the few residential buildings anywhere on the planet that has attained the rank of a World Heritage Site, the book reveals. It was built in 1877, but renovated by Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906 
The Palau de la Música Catalana - a visually stunning Unesco-listed concert venue in the old Barcelona area of Casc Antic
The Palau de la Música Catalana - a visually stunning Unesco-listed concert venue in the old Barcelona area of Casc Antic
The 14th-century Gothic basilica Santa Maria del Mar, which is flanked by two bell towers
The 14th-century Gothic basilica Santa Maria del Mar, which is flanked by two bell towers
The Passeig de Lluís Companys promenade, which is known for its ornate lampposts
The Passeig de Lluís Companys promenade, which is known for its ornate lampposts
Barcelona by Serge Ramelli is published by teNeues, priced £ 29.95. Visit www.teneues.com. Serge Ramelli, who now enjoys a worldwide reputation, has been a professional, self-taught photographer and cinema producer since 2005. Originally from France, he has lived in Los Angeles for several years
Barcelona by Serge Ramelli is published by teNeues, priced £ 29.95. Visit www.teneues.com. Serge Ramelli, who now enjoys a worldwide reputation, has been a professional, self-taught photographer and cinema producer since 2005. Originally from France, he has lived in Los Angeles for several years

Barcelona's beauty captured in Serge 

Ramelli's TeNeues book

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Betty

Betty the Pug mixing with the locals on our walk today



D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
Artwork by James Lawrence Isherwood

Sunday, 28 June 2020

M. Scott Peck


“Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth