I did some baking today. A few sweet vegan treats for puddings and weekend snacks. I made cookies and flapjacks and from this lovely book a chocolate fudge cake.
The book is full of recipes from the wonderful Demuths Restaurant in Bath. It's somewhere we used to eat regularly Before Children, when we had time, freedom and Disposable Income. Ah, sweet Disposable Income, I barely remember you now. And to be honest, I don't miss it too much. I'm happy with just enough.
I digress. Demuths is fantastic. Wonderful food, full of amazing flavours and creative combinations. I've never eaten anything there that wasn't delicious. And to make it all perfect, Rachel Demuth wrote lots of the recipes down in three cookery books. I've got two of them, and the one above is the first one. Full of inspiration.
I decided to make the eldest boy a nice cake. He's doing really well with being a vegan for Lent, although it's quite easy for him, he just sits down at the table and eats what I place in front of him. Anyway, Demuths' vegan chocolate fudge cake is a great recipe, easy to make, but really good.
I baked it a little longer than usual to make sure it was completely done in the middle. When I took it out of the oven it looked just right. I'd put the recipe book away by then, and I couldn't remember how long I was supposed to leave it in the tin to cool.
As it happened, it didn't matter.
As if by magic, it flew out of my hands and slammed into the floor. It hit the ground with such force (I was trying to grab it at the same time) that the tin was squashed out of shape.
Fortunately no-one in this house minds eating chocolate cake that's been briefly on the floor. We're not fussy (or classy) around here. And I had just washed the floor.
Later I went and watched the biggest boy lose 7-0 in a school football match. He was greatly cheered to hear there was chocolate cake for tea.
If you're ever passing through Bath (and you really should pass through Bath, at least once), I can highly recommend Demuths. And if you want to learn how to cook it all too, Rachel Demuth has a cookery school now. No doubt nothing is ever dropped forcefully on the floor there. But then, they haven't had me.