Last October or so, I decided to learn to bake. This cooking thing is still new to me, as I didn't really know what I was doing until around September 2007, and baking was beyond the realm of my cooking repertoire. When M started a new job in August, he quickly realized that it was all business - i.e. no coffee breaks, chitchat, etc. Fair enough. So I invented Cake Fridays. Every Thursday I'd scour cookbooks to find something sweet to cook, then M took it to work the next day. That way I could learn how do bake without overdoing the sweet stuff. Granted I didn't get to try most of them, but the feedback was generally good. And people began to chat a little bit more, at least on Fridays. (Though I've still only met 2 of the people at his office and his job ends next Wednesday...go figure.)
So tomorrow is the last Cake Friday. The horrors! I found a recipe in this month's Observer Food Monthly for Blueberry Batter Pudding, and since blueberries are everywhere now, I thought I'd try it. Now for the frustrating part. This is what the cake is supposed to look like.
This is what it actually looks like:
Mine's a bit - well, not great. That was my biggest issue with baking, that my end product always looked nothing like the picture in Nigella's How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Yeah, well, I got over it. Food stylists have jobs for a reason.