The last fortnight has been a little crazy for me. I’m not entirely sure what day it is, I can’t exactly remember when I last had a proper nights sleep and I’m fairly sure the only meal I eat at a regular time every day is breakfast…because I simply don’t function without it!
There have been several moments of finality…
My last seminar
My last lecture
My last shift for Flatpack
My last shift with Espresso Addict Friend
Even the sudden and unexpected loss of a familiar and reassuringly friendly, face.
Moments that have left me feeling a little hollow and uncertain and wary of things.
There have however been moments of magic to counterbalance the heaviness of reality.
A wedding in the glorious, hazy sunshine of the Peaks.
A fortnight of film festival experience
A hug that managed to shake me up and then set me straight in seconds.
A singing session at work, unknowingly witnessed by several members.
A random act of kindness carrying luggage for others through New Street.
Not to mention a baking session with my marvellous mother in mind. Mother’s Day is a fantastic National Awareness Day. It is overpriced and over commercialised and over exposed but we seem to accept these facts (or ignore them) more readily here than on Valentines Day because the object of our affection truly deserves recognition.
I was only able to drop home for a few hours at the weekend, and even then I could only manage it on the Saturday to with my mummy Happy Mothers Day. We spent the morning doing things that the two of us do best. Talking, food shopping and hunting for buried treasure…all of which secure the foundations of our relationship.
As a Mother’s Day gift, I attempted to make something. It generally goes down a treat, however much of a mess we make in the process. Thankfully there was no glue, paper, staples or lengths of tinsel involved this time around. I stuck to baking and the results were certainly well received. Whether that’s because they were good or because they were homemade…I’m not sure. I shall share the recipes regardless and you can decide for yourselves. Sadly I have no photographs because everything was eaten/given far too quickly, so I have stolen other peoples photographs from Google. Mine did look good though!
Best to follow those who know their stuff I think. It works for me perfectly….
Lemon and Almond Slices
- 120g Plain Flour
- 40g Ground Almond
- 100g Icing Sugar
- 400g Caster Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs
- Zest and Juice of Two Lemons
- 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
- 30g Flaked Almonds (really as many or as few as you fancy)
- Preheat the oven to 170C, and grease a baking tray of around 9×13 inches.
- Crumble the butter, 30g ground almonds, 100g plain flour and the icing sugar together until the mixture is of a doughy consistency.
- Press this into the bottom of the pan and bake for around 20 mins until lightly brown.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Add the caster sugar, lemon juice and zest and mix together.
- Add the remaining 20g of flour and 10g of ground almonds, stir and pour over the hot crust layer once it is baked.
- Sprinkle with flaked almonds and return to the oven for around 25mins, until the filling has set.
- Allow to cool in the pan and then cut into squares for serving.