Monday, 11 June 2012

ABC of me and a cake

Recently I was awarded an ABC (Awesome Blog Content) award by Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen - thank you! I have to say it looks easier than it is to think of 26 words that relate to me especially the end of the alphabet. So here goes...



A - Australia where I spent a lot of childhood summers as my mum has 2 sisters there. I also have a lot of Australian friends and am the pseudo-Aussie of the group
B - Baking and blogging of course what else?
C - Charity. I currently work for a charitable organisation. I think it's important for everyone to do their bit in their own way. It's not just about donating money!
D - Desserts. My favourite part of the meal. It's very rare that I would say no to desserts. 
E - Easy going personality. I'm quite laid back and tend to get on well with everyone. 
F - Family and friends who are important to me. 
G - Green.  I try to recycle as much as possible. I'm really pleased that my council does food waste recycling as well as mixed recycling. 
H - Happy personality. I try to look on the bright side of life if possible and thus am often told that I'm "bubbly" and happy.
I - iPhone, iPad, iPod... I'm an apple addict and I can't live without them. 
J - James Patterson, Jeffrey Deaver and Jodi Picoult - favourite authors of mine. Clearly I can't be a famous writer as my name does not start with a J! 
K - KFC my secret guilty pleasure.
L - Live life to the fullest. 
M - Messy. I like to think of it as an organised mess :) Most of the time I know where things are or at least I think I know where they are! 
N - naughty and nice. I'm nice most of the time but sometimes I can be naughty too!
O - Opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion even if it's not the same as yours. 
P- Peas. Absolutely hate them. 
Q - Quorn. I don't like cooking meat at home so I tend to use Quorn products which I love. 
R - Rafflecopter. My new found friend (@TwitTottee I had to work it in here somehow!! LOL)
S - Sleep. Can't get enough of it. Literally. 
T - Tomato juice. My favourite drink - some of my friends think I'm weird but I just love it! 
U - Undersea walk. One of the most amazing, unique experiences I've had in Mauritius.
V - Venice.  One of my favourite holiday destinations. I love the canals, atmosphere, scenery and of course the food :) 
W - Wicked musical. One of my favourite musicals. 
X - X factor. Never really understood the attraction. 
Y - Yorkshire terriers.  My parents have one and he is the cutest thing ever! 
Z - Zoolander. Funny, silly film. (Peter this is for you!) 

Now I need to nominate a few bloggers and I hope they will join in the fun (no obligation of course!)



I did promise you a cake in the title and in the spirit of the ABC award, I made an ABC cake! It's an apple, banana/blueberry and cinnamon cake. I made up the recipe around the ingredients I wanted to use and put it in a bundt tin as they always look pretty. The cake was really moist and flavourful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I'll be making this again :) 


 ABC - apples, banana, blueberry and cinnamon

 put in a bundt tin 

 dust with a little icing sugar 

 Delicious! 

An original recipe by bakingaddict

250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
180g caster sugar
60mls vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
150g fresh blueberries
2 eggs

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, roughly mash the bananas.
  • Add the eggs and vegetable oil and mix.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients.
  • Add the apples and give it a quick stir.
  • Finally fold in the blueberries (I coated them in 1 tablespoon of flour to prevent all of them sinking to the bottom and it worked - you can see a blueberry in the middle of the slice in the photo above!)
  • Pour the batter into a bundt tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust with icing sugar before serving. 


33 comments:

  1. Well, I really loved reading that (I'm in it too, which is amazing)...you sound like a glass full to the brim person...but KFC???!!! *tuts* (only you could sneak a recipe in there to, when do you eat all this baking??). xxxxx

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    1. This ABC award is good fun - I loved reading yours too :) KFC - yes I know *hangs head in shame* Of course I had to get a cake in there - you wouldn't expect any less of me would you? ;-)

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  2. Yay, thanks for tagging me in this - will have to get my thinking cap on! What a good idea to link it to an ABC cake too! I agree that you are happy and bubbly... but honestly Ros, KFC?! Haha

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    1. I hope you will as it's good fun but no pressure. You know me - had to get a cake in there somehow :) Did Dave ever tell you that time we came over to visit we stopped at KFC on the way!! Ooops cat's out of the bag now ;-)

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  3. Thanks for playing along, Ros. Loved to read all about you. I'll keep the peas and you can have the tomato juice, there something about the texture that makes me gag, lol! Great ABC cake too.

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    1. Thanks for passing on the award Janice! The cake was delicious!

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  4. Congrats on your award! Loved reading 26 things about you :D. and your ABC cake to complement the award is super brilliant.

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    1. Thanks it was quite fun to put this post together and of course there had to be cake :)

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  5. so interesting to find out this kind of stuff about people and the ABC way is great fun!

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    1. It is good fun and much harder than baking a cake! ;-)

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  6. Thanks so much Ros! Loved reading all about you too.....and I am thrilled that you nominated me for this award....congratulations too!

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    1. I hope you will join in the fun Karen :)

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    2. I WILL join in with the fun and will post my ABC next week when I am back home, at my sisters now! Karen xx

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  7. A great ABC...thanks for nominating me...I'll have to get my thinking cap on...I think my B would also have to be baking...couldn't really choose anything else! :-)

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    1. I agree with you on B! I'm so pleased you are going to join in, cant wait! :)

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  8. Thank you Ros for Nominating me :) woo hoo so happy ~ OOO I like this easy and yummy bannaa recipe i have a whole bunch of ripe bananas that i need to get rid of hehe

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    1. Your welcome and I look forward to reading your ABC. This cake is really good - do give it a try :)

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  9. Nice know more about you dear, and love the cake!

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  10. Thanks for sharing those tidbits about yourself!

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  11. Congratulation on the award! Love your cake the combination of bananas and blueberries sounds delicious.

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    1. Thanks! Yes bananas and blueberries go really well together :)

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  12. An ABC cake, what an awesome idea and I love all the flavours! I'm an Apple addict too and your fact about not cooking meat at home is funny - does this mean you will happily eat it when you go out to eat? Thanks for tagging me! I'm in the process of moving over the next few days (in fact I should be packing boxes right now rather than catching up on google reader!) but then I'll do this for sure - looks fun!

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    1. As the bakingaddict, I had to fit a cake in there somehow :) I definitely eat meat when I go out. I will on rare occasions cook meat at home. Good luck with the move - don't stress about this, you don't have to if you can't but would be great to read more about you! :)

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  13. Love this cake - very moist and fruity! I'm also a tomato juice lover - especially with a hint of spice!

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    1. Thanks the cake was delicious! I sometimes like my tomato juice spicy - depends on my mood :)

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  14. WOW, Looks heavenly amazing :D
    I miss this place :D

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, it's so nice to hear from you again :)

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  15. I love this post & getting to know you better in a fun way is so amusing! We love KFC especially my sons who just can't get enough of them & they hate peas too! LOL Your banana, blueberry cinnamon cake looks yummy with lovely colors from the blueberries! Delicious! :)

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    1. Thanks Kit. It sounds like I'll get on well with your boys :)

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  16. Loved reading this Ros - great fun. You made me laugh with your letter R. Sort of seems appropriate that you and Caroline do this - a penance for testing our brains with awkward letters.

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    1. Thanks! I had something else for R initially but it's a long running joke with @twittottee on twitter so I had to work it in there somehow! I'm hoping next month's AlphaBakes is not Z!!

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