Pizza Saturday

A new day. Let’s not allow any crap from yesterday mess up today. The cynical side of me is shouting – today probably has enough new crap to keep me occupied. But today is a new page and let’s see what it brings. Pigging lots of fun I hope.

Late last night (430am) I finally gained some control over my two brain cell super computer. My mind wandered to the stuff which social distancing is stopping which we could run virtually.

A virtual darts league

A virtual computer gaming league ( would be even more fun if it was just for those whose middle name is something like ‘Games Nube’ or ‘Apart from the old Atari tennis game I’m generally Crap’)

Virtual Cooking schools and bake offs (we did a brilliant one last year)

Virtual Gardening Clubs or in my case a Virtual Mass Plant Murderer Club

Virtual Exercise or Yoga Gyms

Virtual Book a major event. Say Wrestlemania, LiveAid, Woodstock, The Great Exhibition

Virtual Coffee Meet-ups

Virtual let’s recreate the cinema experience and watch the same film then review it night out

Virtual Homeschooling school gate meet-ups

Virtual bad hair days

Virtual fashion disasters as we can do whatever we like in our homes. Really go for it

Virtual design with Lego or whatever you have in the house challenges (come up with a theme and see what people and the kids make)

Virtual let’s write a song together gigs

Virtual let’s make pizza lunches.

On the subject of making pizza. Well that’s what we have just done.

Yes it’s not to Pizza Express standards. But we don’t care because we had fun… and yes I know the work surface needs a good clean…… Our pizza session also introduced a new concept to me. Ethical Cooking Balance.

Son looked at my attempt. A pizza which was completely dairy, gluten, meat free. Then back to his. A normal ham, full on dairy pizza.

“Dad I think your pizza looks a bit sad. It needs something. Maybe some proper cheese and ham”

“Well son it won’t be ethical then would it”

Well think about it. I will take some of my existing topping and put that on yours. You then put some of your ethical topping on mine. We have not used any less ethical products and not used any more unethical stuff. The quantities are exactly the same as before. But now my pizza is slightly more ethical and yours is slightly less ethical, but will taste infinitely better. So we still have balance”

I tried but couldn’t really argue with that. So that’s what happened. And yes he was right – it did taste so much better….

Great Bloggers Bake-off – Not gone to plan…

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM

“Dad it’s another disaster…”

It started so well apart from my cake mix apparently looking like mashed potatoes. It was time to add the special flavour. Ginger and Lime. I had found a long forgotten bottle of Ginger and Lime Cordial.

Dad how much cordial are you going to add?”

I don’t really know, I will just pour it in and you shout out when it’s enough.

“Dad I thought it was a Ginger cake.”

It is….

So why are you pouring in the Summer Fruits cordial”

Pants…. So the cake became a Summer Fruits Ginger And Lime Cake. Gluten and dairy free. Time to incinerate it.

The minutes ticked on. Browner on the outside but liquid in the middle. Eventually the middle set..

Unusually for me it hasn’t got the consistency of concrete. It is the beyond crumbly. This isn’t slicing in half.

Dad cover it in chocolate, hide the evidence”

So a quick dairy free chocolate covering is deployed.

Fantastic…..Happy Great Bloggers Bake-off Day.

Great Bloggers Bake-off

It’s less than 24 hours (Sunday 24th March) to the Great Bloggers Bake-Off.

The big question is – what type of baker and you going to be?

Are you going to be like the fabulous Mary Berry.

Or are you going to be more like Baron Frankenstein.

Whatever your inner baking self – please send your sponge cake photos to

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Let’s have fun gang.

For more details why not visit the brilliant Crushed Caramel (Learner at Love) or for cracking baking tips visit our special guest judge A Jeannie in the Kitchen

The Great Bloggers Bake-Off

This might look like a fine birthday cake. I could say that it’s something I knocked together. It was so easy for me. You could say it was a piece of cake.

But that would be stretching the truth just a little.

The reality was that I had a spongecake in the oven. It was supposed to be in the oven for 25 minutes. I got slightly distracted and it was in the oven for 2 hours. Shall we say it was a little on the crisp side. Again I lowered the baking bar. Thankfully the local supermarket came to the rescue.

Hopefully you will join us for this Sundays GREAT BLOGGERS BAKE-OFF. It’s going to be great fun and we are going to see some great cakes. Hopefully we will also see some ‘not so great creations’. I think the non baking community can lower the bar further. Let’s do it gang…..

Crushed Caramel (Learner at Love) has a load of fantastic posts about the big baking day.

A Jeanne in the Kitchen is our special guest judge for the day. She has got some truly breathtaking examples of great baking on her site.

Please send a photo of your cake so it can be featured in the 

The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off Round-Up to the following e-mail address:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com