Now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings are slowly but surely getting darker earlier, I feel the need for comfort. As tea and cake are one of the best sorts of comfort I know, I just had to get baking. This is the Yorkshire Parkin Sponge/Yorkshire Sponge Parkin recipe which is one of the easiest cake recipes I know and one which I turn to time after time.
How inviting does that look? Tea and cake...you can't beat it! For the recipe, please see here. I do now use baking parchment to line my tins, ever since the Dis...arrrr...ster cake see here.
Speaking of comfort, here's how to really do it, as demonstrated by Scruffy on my knee two evenings ago. Not terribly elegant, dignified or even decorous, but totally relaxed and comfortable!
So what is the joyful element of this post? Well, apart from the cake, these geranium Rozanne plants (my favourite geranium) are just coming into flower and are bringing a lovely splash of colour, making me feel very happy in the process. I bought them as young plants earlier on in the year and they have just been sitting, albeit with nice green foliage, for quite some time. However, they have rewarded me for my (sort of) patience by flowering now. I hope we don't have frosts too soon as it would be so nice to enjoy them for a little while longer.