Well..doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself! It’s a whole year since I started writing this blog. I started writing it as I like keeping a diary and I thought it might interest different people. I thought visitors to the cottage would like to see and know more about the cottage, the garden, the locality and our lives than just looking at our web site. I have been amazed at how many people read the blog and comment favourably about it…so here goes for another year!
This Esse range cooker is not in Lletty Cottage but it is in our kitchen. We have been feeling rather cold this winter as it has been very cold and we don’t have any heating in our kitchen so we have just installed this fantastic range cooker. It’s brilliant and warms the place up very quickly. It’s also very good for cooking…stews, rice puds etc and yesterday I made some Esse Hot Plate cakes (drop scones)..none left today..all eaten!
Wholemeal ESSE Hot Plate cakes
Wholemeal self raising flour -250g
Making powder 1 teaspoon
Free range eggs-2
A pinch of salt
Cooked on Esse simmering plate but would work on a griddle or large frying pan
1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into bowl and stir in sugar. Make a well in flour and break in eggs. Pour in half the milk. Whisk, gently at first and then as you start to get a thick paste, add more milk and the melted butter. Beat until you get a good, thick creamy batter- you might not need all the milk.
2. Heat the griddle or whatever you are using ( lightly oil it first) – use a spoon to dollop the batter directly onto the griddle. You should be able to fit 3 or 4 on at a time. After a minute little bubbles will start to appear on the surface of the cake. As soon as they cover the surface, flip them over with a spatula.
3. Cook the other side for a minute or so, then transfer them to a warm plate and cover with a clean tea towel so they stay soft. Cook the remaining batter in the same way…..then eat and enjoy covered with butter and jam or honey etc.
Apart from cooking I’ve been feeding the neighbour’s hens again. I was really enjoying the experience again until the cockerel took a dislike to me! I’ve bites on my leg to prove it! Next time I’ll take a walking stick to guard myself…but anyone would put up with a peck or two just to have the delicious free range eggs that all ‘the girls’ produce.
Jim is still feeding the sheep and enjoying all the fuss they give him!
Hope you enjoy reading this blog..we look forward to welcoming you to Lletty Cottage on your holiday in 2010.