The murder/manslaughter rate in England and Wales is at an almost-thirty-year low. Mainly due to a fall in rates of domestic violence. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. I'd be very content to be out of a job if that were ever the reason.
Second - people keep asking me about Olympic traffic lanes and how they work - I know as little as the rest of you. I think the entire idea will cause total havoc.
Third - sports day went well. Danger had to leap into action to assist with a sprained ankle, which would have been easier if he hadn't been tied to me at the time... but he managed admirably. I almost wanted my own sprained ankle, just to get his gentle hands on me... He is an astoundingly good doctor, you know, as well as his many other talent and qualities! So caring and patient and just... yeah, yeah, Sherlock's telling me to stop talking about John and GET TO THE CAKE!
Fourth - today there was cake, and some of you wanted recipes.
Here are some recipes.
Chocolate Lavender Cake:
- 125g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 150g self raising flour
- 200g plain chocolate
- 3 eggs, separated
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp lavender flowers, fresh or dried
- 120g butter
- 60g cocoa powder
- 6 tbsp milk
- approx 400g icing sugar ( depends how thick you want it)
- Blitz the caster sugar and the lavender flowers in a food processor. Sieve the sugar into a bowl and discard any flowery bits left in the sieve. Enjoy the aroma!
- Grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4/350F
- Put the chocolate, butter & water into a heatproof bowl and place over a simmering pan of water. Stir until all melted and leave to cool.
- Whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until light and fluffy
- In another bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff
- Add the chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture and stir
- Carefully fold in the flour and baking powder into the mixture and then gently but surely fold in the egg whites
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until cooked and firm
- Remove from the oven and after a few minutes turn the cake out onto a wire rack and leave to cool
- To make the icing melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the cocoa powder. Stir for a minute and remove from the heat
- Add the milk and the icing sugar and beat the mixture well
- Leave to cool and then use to sandwich the cake together and to cover the entire cake.