See – it’s not all self-denial around here.
This tea and cake thing started in earnest last week, when I was caught shiftily downing a large piece of off-limits (vegan… but wheaty, and definitely sugary) chocolate cake with my toddler in the garden of the local cafe…
just before family suppertime
– I think that comes somewhere quite high up on the list of a mother’s cardinal sins.
Thing is, the lady who caught me at it happened to be a retired mid-wife. She actually berated me for being so apologetic – reckoned that cake and a litre of water at 3pm was in fact the best thing I could possibly do for my baby.
How’s that for a new slant on cake?
So, this week we’ve been taking her at her word.
…and having just been lent a pile of ‘Cooking Without’ recipe books I now have good reason to start testing the merits of the baking sections.
So what you see here is domestic decadence but perhaps not as you know it: rooibosch tea with soya milk and sugar-free wheat-free dairy-free fruit cake (recipe from Vegetarian Cooking Without by Barbara Cousins)
I feel a series of ‘cake of the week’ posts coming on…
…and did we spoil our appetites for sausage stew?
not a bit of it