Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Always Bake in a morning

I bake a lot
I hate cooking
But I love baking
Strange that.
Now I always bake in a morning
It's a survival ploy
Always bake before I get my hands dirty cleaning the duck house out
Indian runner ducks are filthy little bastards.
This morning I baked a Mary Berry Apple and cinnamon cake
I watched her last night on tv, knocking it up in her country kitchen
And like most experts, she made it all seem so easy and enjoyable
She is the school teacher that every child wanted to be taught by


Right

The weather is spring like and warm
and as my best layer  Alfre Woodward,  stalks around the cottage garden before she lays
under the small fir tree
I can now wash my cake tins before
Donning my wellies
and getting my hands covered in duck shit!


56 comments:

  1. I'm sure Mary does exactly the same.

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  2. I'm just about to bake some low cholesterol raisin and oat buns (made with sunflower oil instead of fat.) But now I think I'm going to look up Mary Berry's apple and cinnamon cake recipe. I'll blame you if it goes wrong!

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  3. TV chefs/cooks always make it look easy and enjoyable because they don't show you the ceiling high pile of dirty dishes, pots and pans that have to be washed! I love cooking and baking but the washing up spoils it!

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  4. I love baking but am not crazy about regular cooking either. That cake looks yummy. You best start practising the quiche making too! x

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  5. Nice of Mary to come and pose for you.

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    1. We're very close
      Always have been

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  6. I like to bake also; I leave cooking to spouse. but unlike you, no duck shit gets on me clothes!

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  7. The cake looks scrumptious John, as does your Spring weather. It is FREEZING here on the Bruce Peninsula with mega snow still ! xx

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  8. Apple and Cinnamon; a marriage made in Trelawnyd.

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  9. I love to cook, baking has always been a challenge - I can't be as slopping with the recipe in baking.

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  10. Have you put a glaze over the top?
    Do you serve it with anything - Creme fraiche?
    Is there an apple cake section in the town show??

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    1. It's clementine jam ( should have been apricot but I couldn't find any)

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  11. Mary Berry Apple and cinnamon cake you say? I'll be there in 10 hours.

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    1. Chris is home in 8
      It will be gone by 10

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  12. You are too far to get to for coffee and cake so perhaps this morning I will toss together a 'wacky cake'. I will imagine you enjoying your delightful creation while I enjoy mine.

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  13. Sharing the same language, as we do, doesn't always translate into what one, or the other, wants to convey. Knocking an apple pie up, you say? Over here that has an entirely different message. Now, in the film, American Pie, it was cherry, I think.

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    1. Yes
      I always giggle when Americans say fanny

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    2. Which explains why our Brit friends found this Edward Gorey storyboard, part of his Gashlycrumb Tinies series, hilarious
      http://www.goreystore.com/shop/gashlycrumb-tinies/edward-gorey-f-fanny-sucked-dry-leech-mug

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  14. It looks lovely.

    I'm sticking to chickens from now ... on ducks and geese are just too shitty and messy for me.

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  15. great job on the cake! it's funny how some people like to bake and other only like to cook. i like to do both. i got my new ovens so after i read the bible that came with them, i shall do some of each! i have a chow chow laying at my feet right now and she is snoring like a bulldog!

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  16. Jut look at her come hither look ! (Mary not the chicken).
    Jane x

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  17. I thought you baked in the morning so that you could munch it through the day.

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  18. I hate cooking too; I do like baking, and love preserving.
    That cake is gorgeous!
    Envious of your weather and your view...our pipes froze again last night. No wonder I'm in a funk these days.

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  19. Okay, okay, I LOVE that your chicken is named after the fabulous actress Alfre Woodard!

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    1. I have one called glen close too

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  20. I did not watch Mary Berry because she bakes all those wonderful cakes which I drool over but know it is too fattening to eat. (hint, hint)

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  21. Good job knocking up that cake. Miss Chef is a fantastic cook, but dead awful at baking. It's kind of funny to see her finding ways to avoid it. Flattery usually works. Try that on Chris, maybe you can flatter him into Duck Duty (rhymes with "doody," and that's no coincidence.)

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  22. If I lived closer I'd be popping in for some of that cake. Of course, I'd bring you a chicken. ha!

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  23. I couldn't find the Apple and Cinnamon Cake. I looked on her site and searched for the cake. No luck.
    A second question: What makes up "Mixed Spices"?
    Thanx for any info you can share.
    Yours is the best blog evah!!

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    1. See
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2564720/Mary-Berry-Cooks-Apple-cinnamon-loaf-cake.html

      Xx

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    2. Thank you so very much. I can hardly wait to try it. Just combining cinnamon/sugar and apples is always a favorite. I make jelly from them!

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  24. Looks and sounds scrumptious -- cinnamon and apple -- a match made in heaven...

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  25. I prefer cooking to baking, but that cake did look easy and delicious last night!

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  26. OMG, look at the green grass. Surely a warm breeze passes over it. Sunlight makes beautiful patterns. A daffodil in the window? I was about to post all my new barn pictures, but I may put it off until a rainy day in Wales. :-)

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    1. To be fair we have just had the wettest winter on record here

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    2. HA. I'll see your rain and raise you snow on the ground since Thanksgiving! The temperature holds at six degrees. And, I have a lot of lovely new barn pictures.

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  27. I like both baking and cooking, but do either far too rarely. When I am on my own, I live on cheese sarnies and chocolate, but when RJ is here, we love being in the kitchen, cooking a nice Sunday dinner for ourselves. Something I don't mind at all is cleaning and tidying up afterwards, too, no matter whether I do this on my own or have company.
    The TV cook is very beautiful. I hope that I'll look as good as her when I reach that age.

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    1. Get yer arse in that kitchen right now!

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  28. Lovely view from your window and the cake looks pretty good too.

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  29. We used to have Indian runners that would wander into my kitchen. I soon learnt to keep them outside. There is suddenly that all too familiar half fart half splat, you know just what they've done, to be confirmed a split second later when you can smell it as well.

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    1. So right Jess
      The parp-splat of a duck in full flow
      Soul destroying

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  30. I'm the same...love love to bake, hate to cook. Baking just seems more gratifying somehow.
    Your cake looks delish! Very pretty. :)

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  31. I love to bake, but I rarely do it now because I would eat it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Get right back into that kitchen x

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  32. One of my favourite combos'.....Apple and Cinnamon!
    Do tell, how much is left?????

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    1. I've hidden it in the washing machine x

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  33. I love your way with words. You sound very similar to me, I wish you lived closer so I could pop in for Mary Berry cakes and talk of shitty ducks and dirty tuppences!

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    1. I'll put the kettle on
      Come up

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  35. My hubby is a great cook. I try to cook and I try to bake; but have yet to do either really well.
    However, my jerky is usually quite tasty!

    Your bake looks like it turned out quite tasty as well!

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  36. I'm sure that smells much better than your boots.

    You are a gentleman of many talents.

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  37. Looks divine and like you say she makes it all look so easy to do.

    You made me chuckle with your order for doing things, so glad its not the other way round. lol.

    X x

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  38. Looks really scrummy, John.

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  39. That cake you made looks amazingly delicious!

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