Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Flower Club.

The demonstrator for March was Veronica McMahon.

The competition was A Spring landscape. I was very pleased with my entry as all the plant material either came from my garden or my allotment.

Friday, March 23, 2012


On Wednesday AOIFA had their AGM in the Stillorgan Park hotel. The demonstrator was Carola Kean, a NAFAS  National Demonstrator from Herefordshire.  The flower arrangement were fantastic and she kept us all entertained with her brilliant stories.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cake on a plane

My Son's Birthday is today and as he is working in the Isle of Man. We flew over for the weekend.
I made his birthday cake and brought it with me as hand luggage.

It travelled very well and he was delighted

You can find the recipe for the Almond sponge here

As my Mothers Day treat I was brought to Milntown Gardens in Ramsey.

This is the view from my hotel room window on Sunday morning.

And of course we met a Manx cat.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Toffee Apple Cake

This is perfect for the weekend or any day and is very easy and quick to make.

25cm Spring Form cake tin, Greased and lined on the bottom.
Oven: 180 fan.

175g really soft butter.
175g light brown sugar.
175g plain flour,
1tsb baking powder.
4 eggs.

Put all the ingredients into a food mixer and mix until well combined.
2-3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges.
50g very dark brown sugar.

Place the apple wedges in the base of the tin and sprinkle on the dark brown sugar.
Pour the sponge mixture over the apples and spread out to cover the apples.

Place in the oven and cook for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and shrinking away from the side of the tin.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
The open the spring on the tin and carefully turn the cake over onto a cooling rack, the bottom is now the top.

This is lovely served warm with ice cream or custard.