I am very rarely overwhelmed by food to taste, but came near during judging the Cookery Section at the recent Bamford Annual Show. The above picture is just one of the many categories, the healthier cake section, where I had asked participants to make a healthier cake, for example, by adding vegetablesand reducing the sugar.
Thanks to my assistant, Sue Mitchell all were sampled and scored. Some lovely bread, biscuits, scones, preserves …and the winner is the Lime & Courgette Cake! Lovely, looks, texture and taste and easy to cut and eat.
Here is the recipe:
- For the Cake
- 3 medium eggs
- 125ml olive oil
- 120g caster sugar
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 250g courgette, finely grated
- For the icing
- 400g cream cheese
- 120g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 40g pistachio nuts (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- Preheat oven to 180 C / 160 C fan / Gas 4. Grease and line two 21cm sandwich tins.
- Beat together the eggs, oil and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate soda and baking powder and beat well. Stir in the grated courgettes until well combined. Divide the mixture into the cake tins.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove the cakes from the oven and carefully turn out onto a wire rack. Carefully peel off the paper lining and leave to cool.
- For the icing, beat the cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and stir in the lime juice.
- Use a bread knife to level one of the cakes if necessary. Use 2/3 of the icing to sandwich the 2 cakes together, the levelled one on the bottom, and use the remaining icing to cover the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the pistachio nuts and lime zest.
I was then asked to judge the much smaller textile craft category and choose this lovely felted cushion cover.
So just when I thought my judging role was completed, I was asked to choose best in show! This set me thinking about all the many decisions we face each day, and how we can become overwhelmed. If we don’t get enough rest and know our own worth, making decisions can become really hard.
I was ill this last week and appreciated Nick looking after me, easpecially making me lots of drinks. There were times though, because I felt so rough, that the choice of what to drink seemed hard!
One of the most important choices we constantly have to make is how we spend our time, all 1440 minutes of each day. A new academic or calender year can be excellent times to consider our time management.
Like so many things, there is a need for balance, to make sure we are looking after ourselves with enough rest, time to reflect, exercise, healthful food, time with loved ones … as well as choosing our goals and how best to reach them, challenging ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and grow.
If you think your tendency is to stand still, make sure you schedule some time to consider goals and steps to achieving them. If you think your tendency is to go too fast, make sure you schedule time to play and rest. What recharges your batteries?
And if you are thinking but where on earth do I find the time, spend 30 minutes considering what is steeling your time and how you can better manage this.
It may be habits, struggling to say no, or be down to procrastination, three age old time stealers!
Sometimes we can move forward with these ourselves, sometimes it helps to talk to a coach. Please get in touch if you would like chat about how we can help.
We would love to hear what you do that recharges your batteries, please comment below.