month : 08/2013 11 results

Chocolate Ginger Cake

Ginger and other spices combine with treacle and brown sugar to make a dark, sticky, very British teatime treat. And the chocolate is the gilding on the cake Chocolate Ginger Cake Author: Mike Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8-12 Ingredients 150g butter, plus extra for greasing 150g soft dark brown sugar 150g black treacle 225g plain flour, sifted 1½ teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1½ teaspoons bicarbo...

Eggs Benedict

Sometimes, you just need that opulence that butter and eggs gives! Eggs Benedict Author: Mike Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients For the Hollandaise 3 large free-range eggs, yolks only ½ lemon, juice only 250g/9oz butter, melted pinch white pepper and salt For the poached eggs 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 4 large free-range eggs To serve 4 toasted crumpets 4 rashers of grilled maple smoked bacon Instructio...

New home, same website

Well, what a fun day this has been. I bought serendipity.co.uk a week or so back, when it became available, according to the domain registrar. Turns out they jumped the gun and transferred it out before the grace period was up. So Nominet took the domain back. So here is the same website on a new domain name! Welcome to my new home!

Fragrant Pilau Rice

Fragrant Pilau Rice Cuisine: Indian Author: Mike Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 40 mins Serves: 4 This is my favourite pilau rice recipe, it is from Jo Pratt Ingredients 450g/1lb basmati rice (for a more authentic flavour and texture it is best not to use easy-cook rice; however, it will still work and be very tasty if you do) 1 medium onion, finely chopped large knob butter, plus extra to serve 4 cardamom pods 8 cloves 1 cinnamon stick pinch ...

Easy Chocolate Cake

This cake is deliciously moist, and is fat-free! (OK, it doesn't use butter...) This recipe was the one good thing to come from a job that went really badly. Easy Chocolate Cake Author: Mike Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 35 mins Total time: 55 mins Serves: 12 Ingredients 225g/8oz plain flour 350g/12½oz caster sugar 85g/3oz cocoa powder 1½ tsp baking powder 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 free-range eggs 250ml/9fl oz milk 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil 2 tsp ...

Jamaica Ginger Cake

  Jamaica Ginger Cake Recipe Type: Cake Author: Mike Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 12 I love this cake! It’s deliciously moist with a lovely ginger kick. It’s light enough to enjoy at any time. Ingredients 250g unsalted butter 275g soft dark brown sugar 4 medium eggs 4 tbsp fresh grated root ginger 1 tsp vanilla extract 250ml milk 320g plain flour 4 tsp baking powder 4 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 tsp ground ...

Coconut Beef Curry

  Coconut Beef Curry Recipe Type: Main Meal Cuisine: Indian Author: Mike Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins Total time: 1 hour 50 mins Serves: 4 Reassuringly tasty and simple, this is a great one for Friday nights in! Ingredients 2 tbsp oil 1 large onion. sliced 2 tbsp vindaloo curry paste 1kg (2lb 4oz) chuck steak, 3cm cubes 250 ml (9 fl oz) beef stock 200ml (7 fl oz) coconut milk 250g (9oz) basmati rice 3/4 tsp ground turmeric Instruct...

Insurance companies

I don't like claiming on insurance. Much less do I like claiming on someone else's insurance. But we recently noticed a small tiny leak on our incoming stopcock in the kitchen. The drop was very slight, in fact the pipe was only damp, it was that small. I tried tightening the nut but it didn't want to move. So I called in a plumber. He was heaving and grunting away and then said it was still leaking. He also said he would need to order parts as it wasn't a standard size. Anyway, a couple of ...

Highly Technical Crowd

So last night the wife and I headed to London. I'd been invited to a meeting by HTC Elevate staff, to preview their next offering, the HTC One Mini. It was great to meet some of the people I see on Twitter or in the HTC members website. Some were as expected, others, well, geek doesn't even cover it! Some people turned up with bagfuls of gear, including ancient handsets and laptops. In the giveaways, there were phones and other goodies. I went there with the ambition of winning an Android ...

A new blog arrives!

Well. What a turn-up! My wife and I love the film "Serendipity". We call it "our" film. It has a good mix of Kate Beckinsale and some sort of storyline. I decided a while ago that when I open my café, it will be called Serendipity. I looked around and saw the serendipity.co.uk was already taken, and that it went to a holding page for a domain auction site. I attempted to contact the domain registrant, but he never replied to any of my emails. By chance, I noticed that the domain was ...