So, out it all came onto the worktop, sorted, date checked, thrown out, put back away neatly. And that tin of treacle was there :)
I threw open the cupboard and found a packet of mediterranean couscous - what could I do with that? How about.....
I do like to experiment with food, I often put flavours together that you might think strange, but they work. The best flavour I tasted was balsamic syrup with hummus - trust me, it's delightful. As I had a tub of hummus in the fridge and some balsamic syrup in the cupboard, the idea of little tarts was formed.
To make the tart bases I took some slightly stale brown bread that needed used. I rolled out a slice (this compacts the bread and make it firmer).
Then cut a round out with a cookie cutter that was slightly larger than the bun tin I was going to use. (The birds enjoyed the crusts)
Lightly brush the bread with a little olive oil.
Press firmly into the bun tin.
Leave to cool.
These tarts can be used for a lot of fillings as long as the fillings are not too liquidy. They are great with garlic mushrooms.
While they were cooking I prepared the couscous according to the packed instructions.
I filled each tart pressing the couscous down (but don't press too hard or you might crack the tart).
I topped with a splat of hummus, a small chunk of cucumber and a blob of balsamic syrup.
Yesterday I made a birthday cake for my good friend Lezley, I couldn't show it to you then in case she read the blog before she got the cake (which she did) so here is is today.
A lemon sponge, filled with lemon curd and lemon buttercream, then iced with lemon buttercream and decorated with sugar flowers and bumblebees.
The icing was way too soft for my liking and I needed to pop it in the fridge for an hour to stiffen up enough to pipe, but I was working against the clock and needed to just get on with it. I was aiming for defined swirls, like a beehive, but it all squelched in together. Grrrrrrrr. Still, hope it tasted good.
And finally, that jumper I started yesterday and got 10 rows done? It has been pushed to one side now while I work on something for a new display at work.
I am now crocheting this...
Which now looks like this.
Watch this space :)