This week’s listography from the lovely Kate @ Katestakes5 is Top 5 cook books.
I used to hate cooking with a passion (Mr C was fully aware of this when we got married!). I’m not a patient person so I found the idea of slaving over a hot oven after a long day in the office extremely boring and a complete waste of time. Over the years I did start doing a bit more cooking but I still only like quick recipes that are easy to follow. I went through phases, one week I’d cook every night (much to Mr C’s delight) then I wouldn’t do anything for month, although I did exhibit some very strange behaviour when Miss C was a baby, I cooked all her meals. In fact, much to Mr C’s disgust, she would get delicious, fresh organic 3-course meals, whereas we used to have M&S ready meals. Now, I live in Singapore and the best thing is I don’t have to cook as I am lucky enough to have a live-in maid.
My cook book shelf is rather thin on the ground and I imagine my list will be very different to everyone else’s, but these are my 5 favourite (not all proper) cook books:
Gary Rhodes – Keeping It Simple
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Bit of birthday cake theme going on at www.21stcenturymummy.com this week. See my recent post on Barbie Princess Birthday Cake.
It’s party season for us at the moment. Three 3-year old parties this weekend alone. At each party, all the children hang out for the BIRTHDAY CAKE. The question is do you buy or make the birthday cake yourself? I tend to do both, well actually, as I have the cooking/baking skills of a goat, my mother makes a cake for the birthday party for all my daughter’s friends and I buy one (usually a Waitrose or M&S number) for the family/grown-up friends party. I do feel a teeny bit guilty that I don’t make one myself, especially when I see some of the creations my friends produce.
At one party this weekend, there was an amazing train cake on the table. Apparently the little boy had insisted he wanted a train. What a fabulous creation:
Apparently his father, yes that’s right, his FATHER, had made it. I really thought he was winding me up. It’s from Annabel Karmel and is the No Bake Train Cake. It easier than it looks but it’s pretty impressive all the same.
Amazing! Not only did it look fab, it was made by a Dad. Wonder if my OH would be interested in making a cake for his daughter?
Bet there are lots of mums out there that do bake their own cakes.