Monday, 9 May 2011


I think pottering sums up our weekend.
First thing Saturday morning my mum and C joined me at one of the local church halls for a plant sale. Between us we bought a variety of flowers and foods including runner beans, strawberries, cucumber, sweet williams, geraniums and tomatoes.

In the afternoon I took the children to a family fun day being held at one of the City's parks, except when we got there we found it had been cancelled due to the heavy overnight rainfall. Nothing on the website indicating it was cancelled though. We decided to have a stroll through the park anyway as it's been a while since we were there last.

Sunday was spent pottering in the garden. S was very keen to help with the plants we had bought the day before, in between jumping on the trampoline or counting how many skips she could do.

We did have a quick whirl around the car boot sale in the morning but it was so cold and windy there we didn'twant to hang around, although so much nicer once we were home again, just a mile or two down the road. There wasn't much on offer that caught our fancy but I did find this Swedish enamel tin for £1.00. I've been looking for a new container for the cat biscuits and this fits the bill perfectly.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post. I don't think I've ever had so many messages left on a post before! It was so interesting to read other people's experiences (or those had by people close to them) concerning food or how experiences with food in childhood has shaped their eating habits as adults. Thank you all for sharing.

As requested by a couple people I will now post the recipe for Chocolate Puddle Pudding. I cooked this for us to eat after our meal last night and remembered to take a quick snap of it just before I tucked into it. I won't win any prizes for presentation but it sure was scrummy!

Grease a 2 pint pie dish. I cook mine in a Pyrex casserole dish.

Preheat oven to 190c/375f/gas 5.

In a bowl combine 6oz self raising flour, 2oz cocoa powder, quarter pint of milk, 2oz melted butter or marg, 5oz caster sugar and half a tsp vanilla essence. Mix together.

In a saucepan gently bring to the boil 3oz soft brown sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and three quarters of a pint of water. Pour over the pudding mix. Cook for 40-45 mins. I find that I need to cover the top of mine with foil for the last 10 mins or so.

When cooked the chocolate sauce will be in a puddle in the bottom of the dish.



  1. That pud looks gorgeous - I could eat some right now! You sound as if you are going to be doing some serious gardening. Michela better watch out! xxxx

  2. That is the sort of puddle I like!

    Victoria xx

  3. This recipe sounds quite easy even for hopeless people like me, I'll give it a try! Thank you for sharing!

  4. It sounds like you had a nice relaxing weekend, it's nice sometimes to just do what takes your fancy at the time. The pudding looks scrummy, it wouldn't last long here. The comments on your previous post were really interesting. It's hard when you're a fussy eater or you've got a fussy eater in the house, you often think you're alone, but your comments prove otherwise.

  5. Yummy looking pudding :)

    Hope SATS week goes well - past that now - just GCSEs instead! Least big son isn't phased by them at all - will be different when No2 does his!

  6. I love pottering too ! The tin looks purrfic for cat biscuites. I have a large enammel bin for dog bics.