It was back to work on Monday. But before the end of last week I had a mini cooking spree, largely to use up some free fruit.
My youngest daughter has recently begun renting a property that has several fruit trees on it - plums, pears and apples. She was more than happy for us to help ourselves to the free fruit.
Plums were stewed and frozen, plum crumble was made and a jar of plum vodka is also happily steeping away.
The apples and pears aren't fully ripe yet, but there were quite a few windfalls which it seemed a shame to let go to waste.
Some made Devon Apple Cake.
This recipe is from "The Cranks Recipe Book" and is a recipe I return to again and again. It is lovely warm topped with a little cream but equally delicious once cold. Being a "Cranks" recipe it is made with whole-foods including wholemeal flour and raw brown sugar, so I like to think that it's better for you than cakes made with white flour and sugar.
As well as the apple cake I made three loaves of wholemeal no knead bread - some for the freezer. I also used up some more of the windfall apples and pears in a Pear, Apple, Plum and Ginger Jam.
This is the kind of relaxed cooking that I miss having the time for now I am back at work.
Never mind, after this week only another six weeks to the next holiday.
Love Linda xxx