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Sunday was a lovely day. Every Sunday, John and I go to Johns parents house for a lovely Sunday dinner. We’ve been doing this for years now, and have never missed a Sunday, unless we’ve been ill, on holiday or a day trip. Johns parents always cook a wonderful dinner, with a roast every week, but I obviously do not touch the roast with me been vegetarian, but John enjoys it immensely. After dinner, John and I wash up, dry, put everything away and clean the kitchen, then we all retire into the sitting room for a quiet Sunday afternoon. John reads the Sunday papers, his parents doze and watch Sunday afternoon films, and I sit in a big, comfy armchair and crochet,  John and I enjoyed a pleasant 45 minute walk home, and when we got in, I began baking. I baked a fruit cake for my dads birthday, and the recipe I followed for the cake was from this book…

I love this recipe book. Such homely, countryish recipes to be found in it’s pages. I adore Lark Rise To Candleford, the books and the tv series, so I was overjoyed when I bought this book last year. As well as recipes for food, there are also recipes for household cleaners, and beauty treatments in here, but on Sunday, I selected this recipe…

And proceeded to bake the cake. The recipe has 2 teaspoons of mixed spice in it, and ohhhh, the smell was delightful while the cake was baking. I was sitting watching Lark Rise on tv, enjoying the homely, almost Christmassy aromas floating round the house, from this cake. It was very easy to bake, and I will be baking this cake again. I was delighted at how it turned out, it had risen so much!…

I gave the cake to my dad yesterday, along with some tops and his card for his birthday, and he was delighted. :)


So, now that all the housework is complete, I am going to take myself into the sitting room, relax on the settee, and crochet.

Who is watching Sophie Dahls new cookery show, and the new series of Grown Your Own Drugs tonight? I am for certain, and am really looking forward to watching them. :)

Have a wonderful day everyone. Thank you for reading my humble blog. :) xxx

20 Responses

  1. #1

    Hi there, the cake looks lovely and yummy. Where did you get the books from. I have been enjoying the new series of Larkrise and will be sad to see the last one in the series next week.
    Oh yes and I will be watching the other shows you mentioned.

    Sarah x

  2. #2

    Thanks Sarah, I got the book from an online bookshop, but they only had the one copy, but I have noticed that Amazon have copies. Also, type in the title in google, click shopping, and all the shops online selling this book will pop up. :) xxx

  3. #3

    Hi Melanie,
    Sounds like a perfect day!
    Mine was nice but hectic. I would love to sit and knit all day but usually manage just a few rows while listening to the Archers.
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. We don’t actually have a TV so I don’t watch anything regularly as a rule but I do watch the odd thing on the iplayer. I have seen a couple of episodes of Lark Rise, the costumes are amazing. I did watch Candleford in it’s entirety and loved it.
    I also enjoy casualty but perhaps thats cos I’m a nurse too.
    Your fruit cake looks very tasty, I adore friut cake but am far too fat really!
    Claire x

  4. #4

    Thank you very much Claire. I am sure your not fat at all. :)
    Do you not have a tv out of choice, or have you just not got round to buying one yet? Just curious. :) xxx

  5. That’s the best risen cake I have ever seen – ever! It looks gorgeous.

    Nina x

  6. #6

    Lol, thank you Nina. xxx :)

  7. Hi Melanie
    Thats another great looking cake !! :)
    You’re a vegetarian, me too!!
    Vivienne x

  8. #8

    Thank you Vivienne.
    I’ve been a vege for 17 yrs now, since I was 8 yrs old. :) xxx

  9. Sounds like a perfect Sunday.
    I like the Lark Rise cook book – never heard of that so its one I shall be looking out for.

  10. #10

    Hi’ that cake looks very yummy and moreish…Thanks for your comments I’m just down the road from you in Hartlepool, small world eh!!!c Lucey xx

  11. #11

    THanks very much girls. It is a fab book, well worth a look.
    Yip, Hartlepool is not that far from me at all. :) xxxx

  12. #12

    WOW that’s some cake!!

    Victoria xx

  13. #13

    Lol, thanks for your comment Victoria. xxx :)

  14. #14

    wow! the cake looks fabulous!! your dad must must have been really pleased with it.
    i am vegetarian too :o )

    xxx sumea

  15. #15

    Thanks sumea, he loved it. :) xxx

  16. Oh my goodness! This is where you are! I lost your blog before Christmas when I changed laptops (a Christmas present) and lost all of my favourites! And I couldn’t find you anywhere! But this is where you are. I’m going to have fun catching up with your news, I think you were ill with swine flu last time I caught up with you. I hope you are all OK now? Hugs x

  17. #17
    Pom Pom 

    Wow! The cakes is glorious! I ordered Lark Rise to Candleford for Netflix. I can’t wait until it comes!

  18. #18

    Thanks Nicola, I am fine now, pleased that swine flu has gone, lol! I’ll be adding your blog to my blogroll so I can keep in touch.. :) xxx

    Thank you Pom Pom, you’ll love Lark Rise. :) xxx

  19. #19

    The cake looks fabulous!!!and yummy, although I’d have to nix the fruit things if I made it…maybe a currant or…
    Anyway, may I have that recipe as well as the maderia one? Please? I know you ‘ve been busy
    Happy happy birthday to you and yours
    I’m introducing a new blog of mine, much work left to do on it, but, my friend and I will be selling vintage on it.
    Take a peek
    Ta ta

  20. #20

    So sorry Barb, I forgot about the Maderia recipe. Of course you can have this recipe aswell, I’ll send you both real soon.
    I’m going to take a peek at your blog now Barb.
    Take care
    Love Melanie xxxx :)

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