Tuesday, 25 September 2012

birthday syrup sponge

... I wish I could say that i've woken up bright-eyed and bushy tailed after our mammoth weekend but I shan't lie to you dear reader... I am tired and more than a little emotional... it was a lovely weekend and the wedding was beautiful and with our friends deeply ensconced in their Californian honeymoon, our best men speech now becoming something of legend and our birthday's over, it's time to get back to a little normality and on with life as we know it...

... truth be told i'm not really holding it together as best I should... recently I was foolish enough to be lured into entering a really stupid new TV food competition... terms and conditions prevent me from being able to talk about it but let's just say it wasn't a happy experience and has left me with a very bitter taste in my mouth...

... anyone who follows my rantings on twitter will know I have thought for quite a while that british television is filled with a lot of rubbish food stuff... it feels a little bit like the early nineties when we had a rash of very cheap 'home improvement' style shows... they became a bit of a joke and eventually and mercifully left us alone... the next television fad to come along was food... of course it had always been there with some classic and very good shows but very soon it all became about the 'reality competition'... basically every show became a re-hash of America's Next Top Model / X Factor / The Apprentice / Matserchef... but with each imitation the quality became poorer... I have even been on a few of the dreadful ones myself... caught up in the eddies of celebrity and my 30 seconds...

... but I guess what this experience has taught me is that the time has come to put the value back into my passion... time to stop being blinded by the glitter thrown in my eyes and stop doing the dreadfully naff TV shows... time to be more selective about reviewing the stuff I get sent every two seconds and time to get back to what I do best... cooking good food and writing well about it...

... I apologise if this all comes across as a 'pity me rant' but as all good food bloggers will know - this is hard work and I care very much about what I do... plus I really am a little tired and emotional.

birthday syrup sponge
The Viking and I share a birthday, which was yesterday and when we came home all I wanted was the most comforting food I could make... this also happens to be his favourite pudding...

4 tablespoons golden syrup (or treacle or maple syrup or even honey)
3oz self raising flour
3oz softened butter
2 medium eggs
3oz soft brown sugar

I used a 1pint pudding basin but this recipe can easily be doubled to accommodate a bigger basin, which needs to be buttered

- place one tablespoon of syrup in the bottom of the basin

- place the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and beat together well until light and smooth

- pour into the pudding basin and then take a sheet of baking paper and foil, fold a pleat in the centre and place it foil side up onto the pudding

- wrap tightly and steam gently for two hours - you may need to check on the water after the first hour

- traditionally this is served with custard but I like it warm with cold cream

eat and of course, enjoy!



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