Monday, 28 January 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring .... It's been wet.wet.wet since this morning!

Living is Devonshire all my life means that I am used to not having much snow. It also means I am used to lots of rain. The prevailing winds drop lots and lots of raindrops on our little village. And today the winds have been blowing rain like stair rods all day. It is dark,dismal,windy and wet.

So, an antidote was needed. I have a kind of bargaining arrangement between cosying on down and getting some things done. So, today I have cleaned and sorted the freezer. Washed and polished all the kitchen tiles and made a few more arrangements for the funeral next week.

But I was not going to find things to do when there are lovely crafty pursuits waiting in the wings. Firstly, we must be some of the few people who have never watched Downton Abbey. So we popped on Netflix and watched episode number two. Brilliant. Then we began to dream about something sweet,home made and comforting .There is always one recipe that comes to mind.
This sweet little book has been on my shelf for as long as I can remember and the Rock Cake recipe is perfect.


I have never grown out of "licking the bowl" either! Just a few minutes later delicious cakes ready for eating by the fire.





They really did cheer us up. And so have the bunches of tulips around the house. There bright colours contrast beautifully with grey,grey,grey.



And peeping around the edge of the vase a picture of William. He brightens every day. He is walking now so we are looking forward to celebrating this milestone next week. 

Of course in the background the compilation of the BIG blanket is continuing. Another milestone. I have quietly hooked 500 little squares and they are nearly all sewn together. I am totally in awe of the big blankets which have been featured in blogland., I am totally in awe of mine! But more on the Elmer blanket soon.

I am so grateful to all my followers "old" and "new" for popping in and leaving such lovely comments.

In case it rains in your neck of the woods tomorrow here is the recipe for the Rock Cakes.

8ozs\200grams Self Raising Flour.
Pinch of salt.
4ozs\100grams Margarine or Butter.
4ozs\100grams Sugar ( I used light golden)
3ozs\75grams Dried Fruit.
1 Egg
Milk to blend.

Mix the flour and salt. Rub in Margarine\Butter and mix in Sugar and Fruit. Beat the egg with a small splash of milk and mix into mixture with a knife. It should be firm.
Place on a baking tray in rocky heaps and bake in a hot oven 200 degrees for 15-20 mins.

Cosy down whilst they are still warm with a lovely cup of tea.Then pull the curtains and hope for a dry,sunny day tomorrow. I am .



18 comments:

  1. I remember making rock cakes when I was at school! They're definitely best when freshly baked, I think, although I haven't made any in years.

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    1. Hi Janet.I made them at school too. Then I carried them home in a wicker Gondola basket. The boys used to try and steal them when I was on the bus!
      They still taste as good and it is such a good excuse to enjoy eating them because they do taster best when fresh.
      Kindest Regards Linda

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  2. We really are living parallel lives with the gray and the treats! The rock cakes look yummy.

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    1. Thank you. I loved your latest post and really we could have been twins today x

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  3. Aaaah, Downton Abbey ! Such a delight, indeed ! ;>)
    THANKS for the recipe, I'll have a try...

    XOXOXOXO
    NADINE

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  4. Nadine. Thank you for popping in. There is a simplicity about them which I find both delightful and reassuring.I hope you enjoy them.
    Kindest Regards Linda

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  5. Hi Linda.A grey day here today and it's going to rain all day tomorrow.You can buy Stylecraft Special Dk from afancrafts.co.uk.at £1.30 a ball.They have a huge range of colours and you can buy a shade card because sometimes,with my computer, the colours are not accurate.They deliver very quickly too.

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    1. Thank you so much. I have used Masons who are very good but I think 100 grams works out at about £1.50. My local wool shop is charging £1.70. But, the lady is lovely and I so like supporting independent stores.. so I tend to share the love. I do love Stylecraft though. I have learnt, however, that the colours do not all hook up the same even though I thought my tension was pretty even. Phew .. what a waffle x

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  6. I was amazed to see tulips in my local florist recently. They really cheered me up. I love your heart shape cake plates as well.

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    1. So do I -- A lovely present from my sister in law. My favourite shape of all. Thanks for popping in xx

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  7. I had forgotten about rock cakes, I made them at school too. I will have to dig out my Be-Ro book, it must be lying in the bottom of a drawer somewhere there are some lovely goodies in there. :)

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    1. Well I think it is raining again tomorrow so maybe you will find it. I hope so.Thanks for popping in x

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  8. Ah, a good drama, a toasty fire, and fresh cakes warm from the oven--what could be better on a rainy day? I've never had rock cakes, but they look yummy. (don't eat wheat very often and I don't use milk, so......( I wonder how they'd turn out with gluten-free flour and almond milk?))

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  9. Rock cakes are something I've always wanted to try but never got round to investigating, so thank you for putting the recipe in front of me! I was brought up on jammy buns rather than rock cakes, but I think they're rather similar!
    Helen x

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  10. Your cakes look delicious, I wonder how many weight watcher points they would be, I am that tempted :) All your flowers look beautiful.

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  11. Have just been catching up with your posts, such a lovely blanket. However sorry to read about Iris. These tulips are lovely! Might have a go at the rock cakes.

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  12. Just popped back again to look at your gorgeous blanket all things bright and beautiful Linda now I'm tempted to bake!
    Glad you are having cozy time x

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  13. I followed your recipe for rock cakes and they were a great hit! Thanks for sharing.

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