Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Had an utterly wonderful weekend!

The weather was amazing - the doom and gloom that was predicted failed to happen, so we had 5 days of hot sun!

Thursday evening I made TZ's Tres Leche Cake

When I told the family what was going into it they looked at me with horror, muttering things about heart attacks and diabetes, but I made it anyway.  The resulting cake is in the photo above.  It was utterly wonderful, everyone agreed.  The mutterings suddenly stopped when they tasted the sweet, somewhat sticky goodness.  It mysteriously vanished during the course of Good Friday...

And I will let you into a secret - I had never made a sponge cake before.  I used Mrs RC's recipe for the sponge as it is nice and simple, merely involving a bit of arm work to mix.  Mrs RC refuses to allow a food processor into her kitchen, believing that hand mixing is the only way to do it properly.  She always makes great cakes so I find it hard to fault her argument.

Friday evening, Number One Son was supposed to go to a sleepover party with a bunch of friends.  At the last minute it was cancelled, so we moved it to our house instead.  They all had great fun - I bought in some Pepsi and made a huge batch of pizzas to feed them all and they stayed up most of the night talking and playing computer and xBox games.  Good harmless fun.  My son has great taste in friends...

The rest of the weekend was very relaxing - sitting in the garden, painting toy soldiers, playing guitar, walking dogs, etc.  This was broken a little yesterday when I found that a neighbour was digging up the brick paving in his front garden.  When I asked what he was going to do with them he said he was getting rid of them and did I want them?  Mrs RC never has enough bricks for things she wants to do in the garden, so I marched back and forth with the wheel barrow rescuing bricks.  At a rough count I took nearly 300 in the end.  My back and wrists are now complaining about it, but Mrs RC was very happy so I can take it  :-)

So, back to work and on the run up to exams.  I am now in "gentle revision" mode - can't cram at my age as trying to stuff too much in at once causes everything to burst out of my ears!  Easy does it...

Have a great day!  Hm, looks like the sun has arrived again!  Time for lunch!!!


tz said...

oh yay, I'm so glad you and your family liked it! And too true, not one of those desserts one should eat often :D

warm and sunny in England...well we got your crummy, wet cold weather here in Denver...I would like to give it back to you, if you don't mind :D

TechnoBabe said...

Truly great weekend. The ingredients of the cake sound so rich. I suppose one piece would be okay and not cause a heart attack, but for hubby and me I would have to cut us each a piece and freeze the rest. Can't you use an electric mixer?
Great idea to have the sleepover at your house so the boys weren't disappointed. Sounds like a relaxing atmosphere at your house.
What a good husband you are to salvage the bricks.

terri said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Isn't it great when your kids' friends come around and you realize what great people they are? Speaks volumes about the kind of people your kids are becoming.

That cake looks amazing! It wouldn't last long in our house either.

Glad you had such great weather for the weekend. We lucked out and had a beautiful day on Sunday too.

Rock Chef said...

TZ - Today is chilly and cloudy, so maybe you have sent the weather to me!

TechnoBabe - I am sure an electric mixer would work fine - my wife just hates them.

Terri - I think you should make that cake -it is great for lots of people having a small piece.