I dream of Jeanie

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!

* sugar.
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.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to I dream of Jeanie

  1. Michael says:

    I stopped using sugar a few years back and now in baking I use the artificial stuff, Equal and that sort of stuff, whatever is cheapest gets my attention. Good luck with it all, sounds like exciting times for you. I look forward to your pics of the successes and the not so successful? Dare I say that?

    • If there are failures, you will find them under the heading of Di Surprise. The boys used to love my Frisbee Cakes, which were failed sponges either iced, topped with fresh fruit and cream, or covered in custard with chocolate sprinkles!.

      • Michael says:

        My son used to like red velvet cake and I’d make him one full of initial enthusiasm until by the end I had red dye everywhere….but he didn’t care, he had his cake and ate it..

      • I used colouring in my sponges when I was first married. The pink looked great, but the green turned a few faces the same colour!

      • Michael says:

        Green cake has never been a big hit has it…the kids at school used to do this survey where they’d make all these cup cakes of different colours and see which ones people ate first and that that sort of thing.

      • Wish my cookery classes had been that imaginative.

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