Well actually it wasn’t Jeannie, Genie or Jenny but dinner.
My new cooker comes tomorrow, and I have a shopping list for ingredients to purchase for my first baking session.
I need cream of tartar, baking powder and sugar* for my cakes. I bought a small sieve for flour and I already have a set of mini scales to weigh everything pro rata to my eggs.
Happy Chappie told me her secret of perfect sponges, to weigh everything against my eggs and add half a teaspoon of cream of tartar and baking powder to the flour even if using the self-raising variety. I found later that for me, if I weighed my fat and sugar an ounce lighter than my eggs and the flour two ounces heavier, it rarely went wrong.
I haven’t baked a cake for over four years, as regular readers will know I never used the oven or grill on the cooker in the boat. It’s going to be interesting to a degree as I have no cookery books now, but I can improvise or look things up on the internet if I want to try something different or new.
My nice ceramic baking dishes are currently pot holders for the beans and tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean to say I can’t buy a couple of individual dishes for Hubby and I.
I like pasta bakes, and would buy jars of Fred’s ready-made sauces to add to pasta, tuna, mixed veg, turkey or chicken. My topping would be cheese and crushed crisps, probably not a good idea for a SW menu.
I make a decent cheese sauce for McCheese or lasagna, and my spaghetti bolognese, chilli or again the mince mix for lasagna are all pretty OK.
So last night, just as I was drifting off to sleep, I was thinking about a pasta bake, and whether to make a rich sauce with milk or a savoury sauce with tinned tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs.
Hubby doesn’t like pasta bakes, but he does like McCheeses, so if I had individual dishes, and made a cheese sauce, we could both have what we liked.
When I bake (and it works!) I shall post the recipe and a photo. The above is a tuna, pasta and cheese bake image from the internet. I can do that!
I haven’t bought sugar since 2014 when we bought the boat, simply because I didn’t bake and we don’t have sugar in beverages or on our cereal. We got round it by taking the sachets from coffee shops and keeping them in a container for guests or if I wanted to do sweet and sour. Now I have a container in waiting for my first purchase in four years.