Friday, 10 February 2012

Something for your Valentine

Aunty Ivy's heart shape cake tin 
Red and pink have certainly been the colours of choice everywhere in the shops for some time now all gearing up to Valentine’s Day on 14 February. But forget all the pink fluffy teddies, what better way to offer your Valentine a gift than to bake a favourite homemade treat? After all, as I say in Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book, ‘who can resist the joys of a simple fresh sponge cake or the appeal of a tray of biscuits, warm, aromatic and straight out of the oven?’ Last year, my Aunty Ivy who has been baking all her life, gave me a pile of cake tins and amongst them was a heart shape tin. I’ve been itching to use it for one of Grandma’s easy cake recipes ever since so this year I’m making a surprise cake for my Valentine (and me) to enjoy.
Will it be Dream Cake?  
 Orange Cake or ...       
A Heart shaped Valentine Cake
I still feel like an 18 year old in my head and this week, I met up with two friends from student days, one of whom I hadn't seen since we finished our degrees 40 years ago. We’d been on the French Honours course between 1968 and 1972 at Leeds University and had gone our separate ways with careers and families to distract us from keeping in touch and without the benefits of social media to communicate. So we spent the day reminiscing about those halcyon days of student life, laughing till we nearly cried over some of our antics .... not forgetting valentines from long ago.

P.S. I’ll be getting ready for poll 2 for your favourite recipes on Grandma Abson's Facebook   page so don’t forget to tell me which are your favourite recipes for the video I’ll be doing with the students from the University of Huddersfield  later in the year. 

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