Well, I have to admit that last night broke my duck.....
I didn't win. I always win.
Not only that, but I was beaten on a Jubilee themed quiz by a team of natives. Not my finest hour. In fact, none of the truly British teams performed very well....perhaps we'd all been Jubileed out and were suffering from over exposure.
So I had to settle for joint second place (with about four other teams) and quite frankly it's just not good enough.
KM and I scored 19. How would you have fared? Here is the quiz....
Thanks must go to our friendly antipodean quiz master - another great event!!
So today I consoled myself with cake. I've been getting back into home baking as I'm trying to stop buying so much rubbish for the kindling and provide them with more wholesome treats! Cue homemade cakes and biscuits, fresh popcorn instead of crisps and that sort of thing. So I've been using up my precious supply of self-raising flour.
Today's cake followed my usual kitchen practises of not wanting to waste anything left in the fridge and being a bit adventurous on flavour combinations.... So we had coconut and lemon loaf cake with buttercream icing.
A simple sponge
175g SR Flour
3-4 tbsps Milk (I used leftover coconut milk from a curry earlier in the week!)
I added some lemon zest too.
Beat the whole lot with an electric whisk, put in a well greased loaf tin and bake at 180c for 45mins.
2:1 ratio of icing sugar to butter. Then a few drops of flavouring (lemon juice today but usually vanilla extract) and a couple of tablespoons of milk (coconut milk today!)
The secret of a good butter cream is to really really beat the butter first on its own until it is really pale and fluffy, then pop the icing sugar in and beat, beat, beat some more!
Yummy! I can report that coconut and lemon is a winning combination - more than can be said for KM and I last night!