Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wood for winter.. Pumpkin & Sultana Cake ! ...and more

Only a small update today...

We have started laying in green wood for NEXT winter, to give it time to cure
Staring next years Woodpile !
and managed to get around to adding a step to the front veranda, the original was a wooden block that had rotted

New Step !
It's just rock from the nearby river and some concrete.  It looks a little "prettier" since I took the photo

The garden has had some work done on it by the ever hardworking Toni, a new batch of Marmalade and Persimmon Jam has been done !

The chooks have started to lay again and we're getting about 8 - 10 eggs a day, so custard and bacon & egg pie a-plenty.

and the Internet Installer came out the other week to replace the Satellite module that was full of water
Sat. Tech doing repairs

Pumpkin & Sultana Cake
Toni has been baking a few of these lately and they have gone down a treat.  Surprisingly to me, I also enjoy them, it's especially odd as I don't like Pumpkin ... go figure !!!  We don't grow Pumpkins, we have been given a few so this is a good use for them, Toni also makes herself soup with the excess Pumpkin .  We get a huge supply of Sweet Potatoes, so next year when they are in season, she plans to substitute Sweet Potato for Pumpkin, we'll see how it goes and report back next year.

The recipe came from a Chef friend of Toni's, Mark (currently in Perth).  Here it is

Pumpkin and Sultana Cake Recipe
250gm butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp orange rind

Alternately add a little of each of the following until it's all mixed with the above:
3 eggs
½ cup milk
2 cups SR flour

¼ cup of orange juice
½ cup sultanas
¾ cup mashed pumpkin

Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 1 hour at 180c