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Lemon Butter CAAAAAAKE!


So I made a cake a couple of weeks ago, that I have been meaning to put up cause it is the only thing i have made in the last few weeks worth photographing. Seriously, being poor sucks! [Thought I should probably blame my lack of posting on my general lazy-ness…]
Aside from that, this cake was deeeeeelish. We were supposed to make a lemon syrup to go with it but halfway through that process we decided to change it into an icing… and ended up making way too much icing. [eek, dont make that mistake, no one wants to eat a ton of icing by itself no matter how much they say they do!]
This recipe is from the Edmonds’ cookbook, which is super useful and there are so many frikkin recipes. why have i not noticed this before?!

150g butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp grated Lemon rind
1 tsp lemon juice


icing sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
hot water
1 tablespoon butter

[ignore the white sugar, we used that for the syrup before we got frustrated with it. hahaha]

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Preheat oven to 180 C, prepare cake tin.
Cream butter, vanilla and sugar together until light and fluffy.

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Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition

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Sift flour and baking powder together, and fold into the mixture.

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Add lemon juice, lemon rind, and enough milk to form a “soft dropping consistency” – according to the book. So basically just consistent enough to be poured.

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Pour into prepared tin, bake for approximately 35-40 minutes, or when it springs when touched.

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In the meantime make the icing. Combine butter, hot water and lemon juice. [Remember, we started off making syrup, then got frustrated with it, so thats what we used instead of lemon juice. but it works just as well with juice.] Add enough icing sugar to make a consistency that you want.

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Enjoy it, friends!




My Cheater’s Curry

LOL, I always get mocked for making a curry cause I do it ALLLL the time [only cause its so ridiculously quick, and I wants me food NOW.] So here is my version of a sneaky cheat curry. I have made this so many times in the past few weeks because when I am out of food and can’t be bothered wandering to the supermarket, lentils are my friend! Also, we now have a rice cooker, which is the bestest friend of all [Tory is pretty good competition though.]

I actually made this a week ago, but then I developed a slight obsession with One Direction, which kinda put the rest of my life on hiatus. Don’t judge! My upcoming test and two lab reports snapped me back to reality, so all is well… for now.

Dry lentils [sometimes they come in a handy soup packet, which is what i used this time, but the plain ones will do, just wash them first cause they will be starchy. You can also use canned lentils, they work just as well]
1 tablespoon oil
1 – 2 tsp curry powder [depending on how spicy you want it]
a sprinkle of chilli powder
1/4 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste.

Rinse the lentils, cover with water and leave on high heat until boiling point.

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Once they start to boil, turn the heat right down and cover so that it simmers about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

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Add the oil, chilli, curry, coriander, cumin, and tumeric powders. Stir well.

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Keep it simmering until the water has been absorbed into the lentils and they are soft enough to break with a fork. [not sure about you, but i like my lentils soft.]
Add more water if you have to and keep it simmering until it’s at a consistency you like. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve with rice. Or if you are fancy like Tory, serve with naan. Or if you are lazy like me, serve with regular bread. 😉

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The only thing i have to say is… PLEASE don’t overdose on the curry powder, or chilli powder, or just any of the powders. The last thing anyone wants is to stop themselves enjoying a meal because its too spicy and numbs your tongue.

Enjoy yourself!