Louise Queen

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A Summer Take on Chocolate Cake

In Recipes on July 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

Okay so it’s Summer and we tend to lean more to fresh and fruity than to gooey and chocolatey! But why not combine the two? Here’s my way of making a chocolate cake a little more ‘appropriate’ for summer…

Cake

Cake

The recipe used is the same as for my chocolate cream cakes. It’s just a bog standard sponge recipe, but instead of make it into a sponge cake (or into individual cakes), I just make one half of a sponge cake! It makes it a little thicker, more torte like, just be sure to make check its cooked all the way through before you take it out of the oven.

Recipe Recap…
4oz caster sugar
4oz margarine (best not to use butter as it makes the cakes too greasy)
3oz self raising flour
1oz cocoa powder
2 medium eggs
white, dark, milk or a mixture of chocolate chips (lots are good, but don’t over do it as the cake will become too gooey)

Method –
Really really easy… (and lazy)
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add in the eggs, mix well, add in chocolate chips.
Spoon mixture into round (greased and lined) cake tin
Bake at 180oC for 30-35mins.
Check cakes are ready by pushing lightly on the top, the cake should spring back up or try the old ‘stick a skewer in’ test (it should come out clear/have no cake mix on it)

Allow cakes to cool thoroughly!

What I love best about this cake is the chocolate fudge icing on the top. It was my Gran’s recipe but I copied it down wrong and have only just managed to figure out the exact quantities again.

1/2oz margarine
1oz cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of milk
4oz icing sugar

Melt the margarine in a pan and then add in the cocoa – stir well. Add the milk and head, but don’t boil! Take off the heat and sieve-in the icing sugar. Mix well until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake using a knife dipped in hot water to help.

Once the icing has set, garnish the cake with some summery flowers. Make sure the flowers are edible… although you probably won’t eat them it’s best to avoid any potential accidents. Some examples of edible flowers include, daisy, pansy and apple blossom (avoid those sprayed with pesticides etc)!

Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Fog, Ships and Flowers

In My day to day on July 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Well well well…. how time flies. We’ve been in our ‘new house’ for over two weeks now and I must confess I have been very disappointed with the weather. It has pretty much been endless fog since we moved in (although fingers crossed it looks like it might start to improve now). Here’s a good foggy picture of some boats in the harbour down at Blue Rocks (a tiny little village just a few hundred yards along the road from us).

Boat in the fog

Boat in the fog

Now and again the fog clears and we get some sunshine. I managed to snap a few pictures of this yacht as it sailed past our window. We over look the only channel from the Atlantic into the main Lunenburg harbour.

Yacht 1

Yacht 1

Yacht 2

Yacht 2

In other news we’ve been doing a few bits and pieces outside to try and make the place feel a little more homely. Cameron made me some planters and for the very first time in my life I’ve taken a interest in doing some gardening. I’ve not got a clue about what plants go with what plants but I think these look quite good (for a novice).

Planter

Planter

I’ve also been practicing some flower arranging…

Flowers

Flowers

All these flowers were picked from the garden!

Despite the fog, I think we’ve got ourselves a pretty good spot in which to spend the summer!

Centennial Trail

In Sites and Sounds on May 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Shortly before the provincial government purchased the old railway line running between Halifax and Liverpool, Bridgewater acquired the section inside its municipal boundaries. Passing through the centre of the town and following alongside the Lahave River, this trail makes for a beautiful hiking, biking or even cross-country skiing route.

Map

The centrepiece of the whole thing is the massive steel bridge that crosses the Lahave river. If you look closely you will spot the Michelin Tire logo on the side of the bridge – the company paid for the restoration of this grand structure.

Lahave River Bridge

Lahave River Bridge

The trail offers several different paths. Cameron and I opted for the more remote/scenic route and took a left turn after crossing the bridge. This section of trail runs high above the river and is shaded by lots of pines. It is also scattered with various plants, flowers and blossom.

Trees

Trees

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Lunenburg in the Spring

In Sites and Sounds on May 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

I’m not sure if you know but we’re a little behind in Lunenburg. Our tulips and daffodils are just starting to come through and our trees still haven’t quite got all their leaves. The grass has been getting greener and longer everyday and we decided it was eventually time to give it a cut. To many this is just a regular summer job but to me this was rather exciting, you see, we’ve never had our own garden before…

Mowing the grass

Mowing the grass

So whilst I battled with the lawn mower, my ever helpful husband, found it rather amusing to take pictures of me (he did come and help after that though).

Grass cutting finished and dinner consumed we though we’d venture out and have a wonder round the town. As much as we enjoyed winter, we both had to attempt that it was defiantly nice that spring had finally arrived.

I also thought it was the perfect opportunity to point out a few differences between Scotland and Canada.

No. 1 – Public Toilets

Toilets

Toilets

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