I took a day’s leave off work yesterday, so that I could attend son1’s Autumn concert for his year at school in the afternoon. It was a lovely event. The children all did very well and there was even a special role for son1, giving out programmes. But I used the morning to catch up on chores and to do some cooking. I tidied a corner of the garden, picking some gone to seed onions, that got missed from last year’s crop, but they didn’t yield much – less than the equivalent of one large onion. I prepared a casserole (including the onions) ready for tea and baked a cake.
Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)
20 Richmond Mini Meatballs (200g)
4 Medium to Large Potatoes
Sausage Casserole Mix
Peel and chop potatoes, onion and carrots.
Put vegetables in large casserole dish.
Add lentils and meatballs.
Tip casserole mix into a jug and add cold water according to packet instructions.
Stir and pour over casserole.
Cover the casserole dish with a lid.
Cook in fan oven at 160deg for 1 hour.
Serve and enjoy.
I was planning to bake a Cherry and Almond cake, but found I didn’t have enough cherries, so I modified it to a Fruit and Almond cake.
175g caster sugar
3 large eggs
175g self raising flour
75g glace cherries
125g mixed dried fruit
few drops of almond essence
75g ground almonds
1 tablespoon milk
Grease a 17cm round cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.
Cream margarine and sugar.
Beat in the eggs.
Sieve and fold in the flour.
Add almond essence.
Chop the cherries in half.
Fold in the ground almonds, mixed fruit and cherries.
Add enough of the milk to give a dropping consistency.
Spoon mixture into tin.
Cook in fan oven at 160deg for 40 minutes.
Cover with foil and cook for approx 10 more minutes.
Cool on wire rack.
And I thought I’d enter my cake for The Great Bloggers Bakeoff which is being run by Jenny of Mummy Mishaps and Helen of The Crazy Kitchen.
Absolutely gorgeous. I love almonds.
Me too, although I’m in the minority in my household
Gorgeous fruit cake – Love the sweet dried fruit and the moist texture of a fruit cake x
This cake looks really nice, will have to give it a go.
Thank you. Enjoy
My idea of good heaven
Always in the look out for tasty treats
a tasty cake even if it did crack across the top
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Cracks add to the finished look -should have seen our effort this evening – it tasted great !
Yes my cooking is all about the taste rather than the look. My sponge cakes often end up with heat spots, but easily hidden under icing
Two beautiful dishes, thanks for sharing. I love the idea of adding almond to fruit cake (or fruit to almond cake…).
yes the combination worked well
delicious cake- My partner would love this as He adores almonds!
my boys won’t touch an almond if it still looks like a nut, but love marzipan
That Fruit and Almond Cake sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.
that cake looks lovely, I am getting seriously hungry now!
yes different to the usual cherry and almond, but very tasty too
I love that you found a use for your rescued onions!!!
Yes although by the time I’d binned the sprouting bits etc, there wasn’t much left
They both look scrummy 🙂 x
Thank you 🙂
mmmmm that cake looks lovely, i love the mix of almond and cherry in a cake. i am fancying a slice now with my cup of tea x
Thanks. Yes cherry and almond is one of my favourites and that was what I had originally planned, but I found I had less than half the amount of cherries I wanted. Using the fruit too was a spur of the moment idea and it worked well.