Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 126: To her door

Not much visible progress this week but the garage door has appeared.  Bob has also ordered the insulation for the roof and Stos and Whitty have moved the air conditioning unit from M & N's yard back to the house so that it can be put into place once the roof is finished.  We are hoping like mad that the weather forecast of rain for the next four days doesn't eventuate because precipitation is not conducive to roofing.

Yesterday was day for pottering around, doing jobs and getting ready to move.  Stos has been moving pot plants back to our own back yard and the Landlady and I have been doing a bit of baking.  The Landlady made her mother's ginger cake and it is a cracker.  Lighter than a gingerbread style cake, she made a couple of modifications and took up my suggestion to top it with lemon icing.  It was delicious.

The recipe is:

Madeleine's ginger cake
6oz butter
6oz caster sugar
2 dessertspoons dried ginger
2 eggs
9oz self-raising flour
2 dessert spoons black treacle
1 cup water (the Landlady substituted 1 cup of orange juice and also added some grated orange rind)

Melt butter in a saucepan.  Mix all other ingredients and stir well.  Cook in a greased and lined tin at about 350F/180C for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, I made pistachio macaroons with honeyed white chocolate ganache from a Women's Weekly recipe book.  I think they will taste good but they aren't the most attractive - sizing is a bit uneven and the first tray was a little overcooked.  On the upside, I think I got the food colouring right and the ganache tasted very good.  However, if this had been Masterchef, I'd have been eliminated!  Notwithstanding, we'll have one or two for dessert and I'll take the rest to KB's place later today - another weapon in the armoury.!

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