Sunday, 22 March 2020

Lemon Drizzle Cake for Optimism

Neither of us like supermarket shopping at the best of times, so we have always been in the habit of doing a big bulk shop (tinned tomatoes, dried beans, lentils, grains, as well as flours) in the long-run its often works out much cheaper for us. Unlike other people around us, we haven't bought any additional toilet rolls since the panic! I did however pick up some hand wash the last time I went in to work in my lunch break.  

We are however beginning to run low on fresh fruit and vegetables, so we will have to venture out at some point this week. We are doing our utmost to take individual responsibility for our actions and will buy only what we need, and try and not be influenced by the madness that surrounds us.  

Perhaps this time round, I will use what now seems like 'luxury' ingredients at the back of my kitchen cupboards that often get overlooked, and not waste them like the black quinoa, black rice, pumpkin puree, red velvet chocolate curd and purple yam spread  which may already be well past its sell by date, seeing that I blogged about it first in 2015.

Anyway, you know the saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade !   That may be the case in hotter climates but not here.  I checked out the thinking behind this phrase, and its often used to encourage optimism and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.  Lemons represent a sour or difficult stage in life and thus, making lemonade transforms them into something more palatable and therefore bearable.  Well in the UK, we make Lemon Cake!
Actually I made this Lemon Cake early this January.  The recipe came from Emily who blogs at A Mummy Too. Its a good Lemon Drizzle Cake. D was delighted with it and approved of the citrus tang!
Okay, I am off to do some gardening this weekend while its dry and the sun is shining. It looks like my neighbours have the same idea too!

8 comments:

  1. Optimism expressed through food is a great thing. Lucky that you are well-stocked with essentials. I love lemon cake and that looks very optimistic!

    Be Well! ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae. I thought i was well stocked, then went to make bread in the bread machine and my easy bake yeast has expired :( Bread did not rise. Husband went to market and couldn't find any - anywhere - guess i'll be making flatbreads soon instead.

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  2. Enjoy your garden time!

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    1. Thank you e. Did a lot this w/e, but still loads more to do, good job i am off Thursday and Friday, fingers cross the dry weather continues, but i am not holding my breath and expect rain :(

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  3. Mmm, lemon drizzle, nice! We are living in crazy times and it's certainly bringing out the crazies! Stay safe and sane x

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    1. Hi Belinda, Hope your well and yes we are. Take care of yourself too and stay safe too

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  4. I suspect you are already ahead of a lot of people with your vegie garden and your ability to cook with flexibility and flair! The cake sounds great. I wish we had some lemons on our tree - heaps of limes but no lemons! (BTW I sometimes realise how old my pantry items are when I see when I blogged about them!!!)

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    1. Ah you can make lime cake instead!

      You have repeated what my husband said re my 'ability to cook with flexibility that we should be ok for food at least, he hopes! I killed my sourdough starter a while back and today i went to make bread in the breadmaker, except the easy bake yeast had expired (and there was none in the shops the last time i went). :(

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