I do love making a cake.
It's the mixing that I like, adding each ingredient, the feel of the beaters as they move through the batter, watching the new ingredient change the colour of the mixture. And licking the beaters of course.
This is Nigel Slater's chocolate chip espresso cake. I used walnuts instead of hazelnuts.
I poured a little coffee over it as it cooled. Moist and delicious.
I made another batch of mincemeat. I didn't forget the booze this time. A little Calvados.
Lunch today. Another Nigel Slater idea, pittas stuffed with feta, hummus and fried onions. It's in The 30 Minute Cook
And to finish off the day's noshing a lovely spicy chilli. I followed Nigella's advice and put a bit of chorizo in. A good idea.