86. How to Make a Plum Cake

How to make a plum cake

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Italian romance…’

‘Thanks for Saturday night, Jen,’ said Kim sheepishly.

‘I’m not doing it again,’ I said. ‘I don’t know why Gary couldn’t have done the decent thing and just gone for a meal with his mum and Tommy. It wouldn’t have killed him. And lying never pays off. And now you’ve dragged me into your lies…’ I was on a roll – upset with myself more than anything because I’d allowed myself to be used as an excuse for them not to go.

‘I’ve had a long chat with Gary,’ she continued, ‘and he’s told me all about life growing up with Beryl and her boyfriends.’

‘She didn’t have that many did she?’ I asked.

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40. How to Make Blackberry and Apple Crumble

Apple and Blackberry crumble - yum!

This episode is subtitled: ‘Three cheers for Julia…’

Julia arrived on Friday evening as expected but as she staggered up the path with three heavy bags I wondered whether she was planning on staying for a month. I helped her in while Blue, who is always excited to see visitors, was hindering our effort with his enthusiasm to say hello to her. We almost tumbled into the house and she immediately said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m only staying ‘til Sunday!’

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34. How to Make Blackberry Coulis

Pick a few blackberries from the hedgerows and make this delicious coulis.

This episode is subtitled: ‘What a coincidence…’

We’d had a busy morning in the shop preparing bouquets and floral arrangements for delivery that afternoon. After the hustle and bustle I enjoy getting in the van with the radio on and tootling around in the sunshine putting smiles on people’s faces. It’s amazing the joy you can bring to someone by knocking on their door with a bunch of flowers.

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10. Painted Egg Decorations

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Yellow…’

After the gloomy winter, with so much wind and rain (was it like that for you, too?), suddenly everything is spring-like and…..yellow. The daffodils are bursting into colour on the roundabouts and grass verges, Easter chicks are everywhere (in magazines, anyway!) and even the sun was shining earlier this week.

I’m going with the spring theme myself for this post, hoping to get you inspired and prepared for Easter. Yes, you could buy your friend a chocolate egg, but why not put a little bit of effort in and paint a real egg instead? It’s much less fattening.

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7. Make Quick Brandy Truffles

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Planning a little companionship…’

I was childishly proud last Saturday afternoon. It was time for the weekly meeting where Kim and I discuss Teacups & Tulips (what’s going well, what’s coming up next week, ideas for the future etc) and eat up the leftover cake in Teacups.

I was armed with my beautiful notebook (which I’d created to keep a record of my ideas for the business) and this week it actually had an entry in it!

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4. Indulge in Bread and Butter Pudding

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Ready to party…?’

‘Would you like beef?’ asked a waiter with a thick accent (authentic Brazilian, presumably, since we were in a very meaty Brazilian restaurant, chosen by the staff, for our post-Christmas night out).

We’re too busy on the run up to Christmas to have a party so Teacups & Tulips tends to hit the big city sometime in January – a treat from Kim and me for all their hard work during the year.

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