…a marmalade cake, an old embroidery, a little portrait and a naughty Jemima…

…stumbling downstairs early on Saturday morning I was greeted with a scene of devastation.  Not only had naughty Jemima ripped up an entire roll of kitchen paper, but she had become inextricably tangled with one of my bras – whilst she struggled to stand up I couldn’t help but take some photos first…

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Later that day we ventured to the Leominster sale rooms and the Ludlow Antiques Fair – treasure troves for magpies like myself.  I couldn’t resist a beautiful 19th century embroidery – a little damaged in places but the colours and embroidery detail are exquisite…

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Following a morning of antique browsing I made a Marmalade cake with the help of my mama and one of her ancient cookery books – not that she is ancient I should add.  I loved using her Everyday Cookbook by Marguerite Pattens when I was little and was always making the Rock Cakes – not an amazingly enticing name for little buns but very good all the same.  Having made marmalade last week and having some left over, I thought I would give this recipe a try.  It is incredibly simple and absolutely delicious – sometimes the old recipes are the best and you need no fancy beaters or kitchenaids to make the lightest of sponges.  Please ignore the dried and ancient bits of pastry and flour that blur some of this recipe – it is from the messy kitchen experiments of my youth and has made me feel rather nostalgic…

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I also used the relative calm of the last week – Jemima excluded – to sketch my boy. I seem to be doing lots of watercolours at the moment which I’m finding much easier to dip in and out of than my usual oils which get me into a complete mess both physically and emotionally…

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3 Responses to …a marmalade cake, an old embroidery, a little portrait and a naughty Jemima…

  1. Crease says:

    Happy Valentines Lard…..ps save me some marmaladexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Happy Valentines crease – big kiss and pot of marmalade reserved from Lard xxx

  3. Carolyn KIRKMAN says:

    I WOULD JUST LOVE ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE 2 DOVEY LOOKING BIRDS IN THE 1ST PICTURE. JUST ITCHING TO SEE WHAT LIES TO THE LEFT OF THE LEFT BIRDIE!

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