Archive for July, 2013

Foodie Penpals: July 2013


This month’s Foodie Penpal Package comes from the lovely Ellen, who sent me a selection of local goodies, which I have/am looking forward to trying! Thanks Ellen, great selection!

Mr Stanley’s Dark Chocolate Classic Nougat with Almonds – This stuff is basically crack. The OH and I decimated the 100g bar between us in one sitting… Not a proud moment, but this nougat is utterly addictive! Fair to say I will be ordering some of this online…

British Chorizo I love chorizo, so I was delighted to find a pack of British chorizo in my parcel! Made from 100% British pork, fully compliant with welfare standards – what can I say other than I look forward to using this in my next paella!

Ghurkha curry sauce This is curry sauce with a heart! Made by wives and families of serving Ghurkha soldiers, some of the profit goes towards supporting the troops and their families – which is pretty good 🙂 And, what’s more, it sounds utterly delicious! This will be saved for the next time I have friends over for dinner 🙂

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Preventing food waste: Spiced Applesauce Loaf Cake


Hello! It’s been a while – sorry! I haven’t been baking much recently between trying to lose a bit of weight and being away/busy.

But anyway, the OH and I have been on a mission to use up some of the bits and bobs in the freezer and make a bit of space. Earlier this year I stewed and froze a load of apples which were on the turn, and a rainy Sunday afternoon seemed as good a time as any to enjoy a relaxing potter-around in the kitchen!

The recipe suggests adding a cinnamon cream-cheese frosting – which sounds great! – but as the cake was just going back in to the freezer, I didn’t frost mine. 

Spiced Applesauce Loaf Cake


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (half white caster, half soft brown)
  • 1 egg
  • 1.25 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1.5 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.25 teaspoon baking soda
  • Raisins and/or walnuts to taste – about 1/2 cup of one or both

 To make:

  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, and egg.
  2. Add the flour, spices, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Stir until just blended. Mix in applesauce and raisins/walnuts.
  4. Pour into greased and floured loaf tin.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until loaf springs back when lightly touched with finger.
  6. Cool in pan(s) for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on rack.
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