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Five Photos, Five Stories #1

DAY ONE OF A NEW CHALLENGE

I’ve been invited to take part in the “Five Photos, Five Stories” challenge by Jude of Travel Words.The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

Here’s my first photo

beach huts in CromerThese are beach huts in the Norfolk seaside town of Cromer.  I love the colours in the photo – the huts, the sea and the sky.  We were in Cromer in September 2013 visiting friends, and had walked from their house, along the coastal path, down onto the beach and past these lovely huts as we headed towards the town (you can see the pier in my photo, in the distance).  Less than three months later, at the beginning of December, Cromer was hit by a dreadful storm, causing a tidal surge which badly damaged the pier, and demolished the beach huts.  They have been rebuilt, but it is so sad to think that the ones in this photo are no longer.

My nomination is Bev at Confuzzledom.   There is no obligation to join in, just if you fancy it.

Hope you have a good Saturday.

This post is for Six Word Saturday.  Visit Cate’s blog  Show My Face for more sets of six words.

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lemon drizzle cake and the hunt for 1lb loaf tins

It’s been a quiet week work-wise, so I’ve had time to do lots of house-wifey sort of stuff (you know – laundry, ironing, tidying, sorting, taking stuff to the charity shop, cleaning, grocery shopping) and some baking.

On Wednesday I decided to make Lemon Drizzle cake for the first time, following a Mary Berry recipe given to me by a friend.  I had most of the ingredients I needed except for a lemon and the two 1lb loaf tins required (the loaf tins I already have are 2lb ones, of course).  No problem, I thought, I’ll pick them up in the supermarket when I’m getting the lemons (yes, I know I should have gone to the local greengrocer for those, but they don’t sell loaf tins there…).  Were there loaf tins in the supermarket?  No, of course not, that would have been too easy.  Luckily the High Street is just a short walk from the supermarket so off I set, confident of getting the loaf tins in the first shop I tried.  I should have known that that would have been too much to ask.  Four shops later, I finally tracked some down.  It seems that 1lb loaf tins are not as ubiquitous as I had imagined.

Armed with my new, and more expensive than I had thought (although it could have been worse – the shop was having a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer), loaf tins I followed the recipe, which was really simple, and here’s the result.  Luckily I took the photos very soon after they were ready, because the cake didn’t last long!  It was delicious, if I say so myself.

I’ll copy the recipe below in case you fancy giving it a try yourself.

Lemon Drizzle loaf

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Lemon Drizzle loaf sliced

Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 large eggs

6 oz self-raising flour

6 oz caster sugar

4 oz softened butter

1 tsp baking powder

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

4 tbsp milk

For the lemon icing:

4 oz granulated sugar

juice of 1 lemon

You will also need:

2 x 1lb loaf tins, greased and lined

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4

Beat together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter, milk, baking powder and lemon zest until smooth then turn into the prepared loaf tins.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown, shrinking away from the sides of the tin and springy to the touch.

While the cakes are baking, make the topping by mixing together the granulated sugar and lemon juice.

When the cakes come out of the oven, leave them in their tins and pour the topping over them.  (I used a skewer and put some holes in the top of the cake to allow more of the juice to go into the sponge.)  Leave to cool before removing from the tin.


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triskaphobia – fear of number three

A recent challenge from WordPress is to write a post in which no three-letter words appear.  That first sentence constituted a challenge in itself as there were at least three three letter words that I wanted to employ when I first started writing it.  (I’m really having to think hard about my word choices here!)

Anyone noticed that many threes appear in fairy/traditional tales?  Goldilocks plus Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Three Blind Mice to name several.  Then within some stories groups of threes appear – three wishes is a popular theme, or three attempts at something.

I think three short paragraphs is appropriate for a post about threes, so this is a good point at which to stop –  while I’m still winning!

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)