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They said it couldn't be done. I disagreed. 
I went to a card-making group - I couldn't have the cake on offer due to sugar overload. "What can we do for you next time?" they asked.
"Don't worry, I'll bake."
So far, so easy. But another lady also wasn't eating cake. Her limits are:
  • No gluten
  • No eggs
  • No dairy
When it comes to sweet things, she eats chocolate.

So, after a bit of research, an Experiment hasd come out of the oven.

200g gluten -free flour (I happened to have white bread flour in stock)
20g Splenda
50g / ml coconut oil
3 tsp bicarb of soda (not baking powder, that contains flour)
About 200g finely chopped apples
250ml boiling water.
Cinnamon.

Mixed the lot, sprinkled the top with Xylitol to make it caramalise, in at 200 for 45 minutes.
The quantities filled Small Loaf tin and Tiny Loaf Tin.

It's cooling now. We'll see.


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It may be a little complex for some of my audience, but this is what Dave requested for dinner tonight. In fact we left off the garnish so as to keep things simple. It's on the BBC Good Food site, and they have a good reputation.

Read it here, and read the comments for further advice and options.


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It's St Patrick's day, so I thought I'd give these a go. I've always found shop-bought ones a bit dry, and anyway, I like to at least know I can do something, even if I never do it again. I started with this recipe www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5092/potato-cakes-with-smoked-salmon then ignored what they thought should go on top, and halved the quantities.

Enough potatoes to make 125g of mash (or I suppose you could use instant?)
50g plain flour plus extra for dusting
1/4 tsp baking powder
(I suppose using self-raising would have the same effect?)
1/4 tsp salt
Enough water to make a dough
Mix everything into a dough.
Flour worktop, squish it out into a circle about 1cm thick. Dust with flour.
Cut into quarters
Heat a large frying pan (dry is fine)
Cook for about 2-3 min each side
(After the first turn, add bacon and eggs to pan).

Sorry, no photo - they were yummy, and I ate them. But there's the second two sitting in the fridge waiting to be cooked, so maybe I'll take a picture of those.

8 WW points the lot, 2 per quarter.

Update: while leaving them in the fridge to be cooked later works for a few hours, leaving overnight was going too far. The result had got a lot softer and stickier, and needed more flour and re-flattening to be of any use. Still tasty, though.

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Quite unusual for me, but I saw a nice recipe for a savoury "bread" (no yeast) and thought I'd try it. I spotted it in the Sainsbury's mag as a means of using up fresh sweetcorn, since it's in season, but what I had to use up was a bag of frozen that had been sitting around way too long. Since then I've found it on their website, too. "Corn, chive and parmesan loaf"
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1314545921144

pic and details under here )

It's gorgeous! Very moist, no need for butter on it.


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I did this over the long weekend, and despite it being veggie, Dave not only enjoyed it, he went for seconds, and wants me to make it again. It's one from my organic veg box supplier, and is therefore online.

http://www.riverfordsacrewell.co.uk/recipes/recipe.php?recipeid=540&catid=2

I didn't bother topping with cream, or the stilton toasts, but the rest, yes.
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Saturday afternoon and evening: Bardic Revel, up at Mel's. So that meant Friday night cooking (a recipe for rabbit stew that I hadn't tried before, and was great) and chopping (the bits for Buttered Worts). Saturday, pack car with harp, sheet music, books of period stories, eating gear, garb, sleeping bag....
In which I am stupid )

Easy drive up, had a great time, food well received, ability to tune harps appreciated, unpracticed random harp twiddling as background to dining enjoyed, and then a Real Harper (well, in comparison) borrowed my harp, and played pretty tunes on it. With both hands. And chords. Me impressed! There were stories, there was dancing, there was rummaging through my sheet music collection for dance music.

Stayed over that night, then most of the gang went to archery and I went to the TORM reenactment market. Met Dave there, and also Tony Horobin and family (plus lots of other people I hadn't actually arranged to meet), and picked up some bits that [livejournal.com profile] clothsprogs is lending me, via Tudor Tailors.

As a result of doing some research for my little sister, I now know a lot more about Elizabethan shoes than I used to (greater than zero is not hard).

I did not buy much. Honest. And almost all of it wasn't (directly) for me anyway, so it doesn't count.

Oh, did you want that rabbit recipe?
Not really a recipe, but... )

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