Today started off okay. I got up after HK and got a cuppa in before Mary-Jane woke up. I like my morning cuppa's and quiet time with HK. After brekkie, we went shopping as usual for a Friday. Well, we got as far as the car. The back passenger side tyre had a puncture. It had got a nail in it and it was about as flat as a pancake. HK managed to pump it up with a gadget, enough for us to get to Kwik Fit in Whitehaven. Forty minutes or so later, we had one fixed tyre for the princely sum of £22.50, and we were on our way. We went on to Tesco and spent far more than what I planned to, so bare essentials next week. Don't worry though, we picked up lots of bargains and offers - they will last us quite a while!
For tea tonight, I made a quorn and mushroom pie. And I made the pastry from scratch. I was very chuffed with myself for the finished result! It's not very often at all that I venture into Pie Land, we're probably talking every few years. It will be more often now. There is still half of it left for tomorrow. I thought it would have done us just for tonight. I found a tip about making pies as well. It's common sense thing if you think about it. When I read it, I thought, 'oh yeah.... that's a good idea....' The tip is that fillings should be completely cold before using them otherwise the fat in the pastry will soften and the pastry will stretch. Particularly important when using puff pastry.
Whilst that was cooking, I prepared another Herman Cake. I used 200mls of the batter, then followed the given recipe. I used Granny Smiths apples, the same as last time, and added a 100g pack of plain chocolate drops. I cooked it on 160 in a convection/fan oven for 40 minutes and hey presto! It came out well! I have had a slice, I think either more apple of less chocolate, but not by much. I'm going to try and keep the batter going. I think I need to make notes of when I stir it, feed it and take batter out of it, or come next week I won't know whether I am coming or going with it!
My right heel has developed a huge deep crack, the likes I've not seen for a few years now. It is painful to walk on. My knees and feet are complaining with me not totally weight bearing on my heel. The top of my right foot and ankle are swelling too.
Keep your fingers crossed that we have good/dry/still weather on Sunday. I want to take Mary-Jane on an Easter Egg Hunt around the garden. I have the eggs and a felt bucket. I think I will probably have as much fun as her. HK rolls his eyes at me when I talk about it, but you can bet your ass that he will be out in the garden with us, of his own volition - he won't want to miss out!