Happy Valentine's Yaddah Yaddah Yaddah

I've allowed google to put ads on my blog.
They are supposed to be content appropriate. And relevant to my subject matter.
In my mind this would cover the following subjects: WEDGWOOD CHINA; Bookshops; french provincial furniture; upholsterers; snazzy velvet dresses; children's wear; fun kid's toys; tablecloths; vintage treasures; chocolate and ice-cream; antique silver; easy craft; interiors magazines; Martha Stewart; snazzy shoes and excellent handbags…Well we'll see.

The first ad I've noticed offers to "Slim your Wallet".
Funnily enough I've never suffered much from that problem.  Maybe if the ad was offering pointers on how to slim your buying habits, or thighs, then they'd have our FULL attention!?

And Happy Valentine's Day to all of you who choose to acknowledge such things. I know some people get rather annoyed at the whole crass commercialism of the day. HOWEVER, a little more love in the world can't go astray. So I say go with it. And if it means doing something extra kind or special for someone you love, then definitely go with it!

My lovely husband gave me flowers a day early! I love a canny buying man who is able to nab a beautiful bunch at a bargain price!!

Maybe you went out and bought something for yourself? Or was that just me?

I found this bracelet in an op shop for $5!! Is it real or fake Links of London? It has a small band with the writing on it, but it doesn't appear as big as the one on the website. The real one costs 150 pounds! Okay, so maybe it's a fake one… either way I'm quite chuffed.

Or maybe you are thinking of making something special for dinner/dessert? I'm planning a roast dinner followed by a meringue berry dessert. However I have a very messy house. Hmm, a Valentine's Day conundrum: Trust your exceptional culinary skills blind your partner to the squalor they call home?
Or clean up and serve toasted cheese?
I'm leaning towards the cheese. But not sure I have the will power to clean up either. I could find the energy to whip up a great cake for dessert..

Here's one of my current faves for an easy and gorgeously tasty cake (particularly good when you just have a desperate desire to eat cake and are exhausted from cleaning or lack thereof. But maybe that's just me again?)

(taken from the Women's Weekly Cheap Eats Cookbook, 2007)

250g butter
1 tblsp finely grated lemon rind
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 cup (150g) SR flour
1 cup (160g) semolina
1 cup (280g) yogurt
lemon syrup
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees (celsius) fan-forced. Grease and flour 20cm BABA* pan (or deep 19cm round cake pan), shaking away any excess flour.
  2. Beat butter, rind and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Transfer mixture to large bowl, stir in semolina, flour and yogurt. 
  3. Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold egg white in to cake mixture in two batches. Spread mixture into pan; bake about 50mins.
  4. Meanwhile combine ingredients for lemon syrup in small saucepan. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil without stirring. Remove from heat.
  5. Stand cake 5 minutes; turn onto wire rack set over tray. Pierce cake all over with skewer; pour hot lemon syrup over hot cake.
(prep time: 15mins; cooking time: 50mins; serves 8; per serving: 29.1g total fat, 83.8g carbs, 8.5g protein, 1.4g fibre)

Oh Yum. Please try it. 
You won't regret it.

*Do you have a BABA pan? These are cake tins with a hole in the middle. I've used my ALDI bundt tins (which were a ridiculously cheap $5 each from memory) and it comes out perfectly every time.

Whatever you end up doing -

Enjoy your day!



  1. applecoreliving15/2/14 11:02 am

    Will be trying the cake recipe soon - sounds great! Links have worked - YAY! I am receiving your blog as emails!! Have a great weekend Sarah.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Vanessa! Have sent you a msg on FB to tell you the shave cream I bought my Valentine was a big hit! Will be around next week to pick up 2 more tins if that's okay! Enjoy the cake :-) SBDx


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