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Monday, 22 September 2014

I'm still here (again)

Apologies, September for me is 'start back to work' month and getting back in to the habit of working isn't easy when you have had six weeks off.  People say teachers are lucky to get all those holidays...and I would agree, we are lucky to get time off spread across the year, but we do work very hard when we are not on holiday and for me the six weeks holiday is a joy and a curse.  The first two weeks are like being on holiday, the next two are when I start to feel like I have nothing to do and the final two are the ones where you start to reprogram yourself to do other things.  Then its time to go back to work again and you simply don't want to.  All the other holidays are great and feel like a nice rest.  The summer is the one that always catches me out.

So, this month will be a quiet one on my blog.  I may get chance to bake something soon.  I have been invited to a coffee morning next Saturday so I will try and get something baked and posted before the month is out.

Anyway, off to work I must go...

Ps.  Mr Puck (from my previous post) is doing really well.  His only eye is starting to look normal again and hopefully his vision is getting better.  His missing eye looks perfect now the stitches have been removed.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mr Puck-Tastic Chocolate Cake

Let me introduce my friend Kate's new puppy pug - Puck (or Mr Puck as he is now called)  He is one tough little solider, only weeks in to young life he developed a problem in his eye that caused it to cloud over and restrict his vision.  The vets worked really hard and at one point it looked like his eye might have to be removed.   With lots of love and support his eye slowly started to return to normal and it all seemed like he was getting better when Kate noticed his other eye (the good one) had started to develop similar problems.  A quick rush to the vets resulted in very bad news - it would be very unlikely that this eye would return to normal.  A few days later he was undergoing an operation to remove his eye...  

Thankfully he is now a very happy puppy and is always fighting with his sister and his eye seems to be healing well and his vision, although poor, is getting better.  

As a thank you to the vet Kate ask my help in baking a cake.  She had already researched online and came across a number of 'Pub Cakes', some much better (and less creepy) than others.   We decided to use a selection of ideas and build our own version, with eye patch.

The cake in the picture is a chocolate cake covered in a rich chocolate ganache and then decorated with fondant icing.  Not bad for a few hours work.  

The cake is from Great British Bake Off winner 'Jo Wheatley'.  In her book she simply tops with cake with crushed Malteasers.