I loved this. The tale of Ursula Todd, who repeatedly dies and gets to live bits of her life over again to get them 'right'. The first half is totally glorious. Fabulous storytelling. Halfway through I realised it was going to be near impossible for Atkinson to pull off a perfect ending to this and I wondered how on earth she was going to manage it. I didn't think the end was as good as some of what came before it but I can't work out how it could have been better. Just go and read it already and see what you think!
This was a kindle eBook.
A very enjoyable tale of a grown up Irish family in London, set during the 1976 heatwave. One you really want the author to revisit so you can see 'what happened next'.
This was a kindle eBook.
I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).
This was a hardback.
This is the round up of my baking endeavours for March. The aim is to reach 52 during 2013.
Spiral Sandwich Biscuits
These were more or less made up as I went along to use up the left over butter cream from Miranda’s birthday cake. They could have done with being thinner so they could be eaten without having to pull the two halves apart.
We are all fans of our rich fruit Christmas cake here. I’m looking for a more everyday fruit cake recipe to make regularly. This almost fat free cake has the fruit soaked in tea rather than brandy and it was very nice, though I did use regular self raising flour rather than the wholemeal suggested in the recipe
Veggie Sausage Pasty
I think these were my best pasties yet. The pastry was lovely and they are hugely filling. I was planning to make some kind of pie thing with similar ingredients, but frankly pasties are better than pies.
Definitely the star bake of the month! I made vanilla, lemon, pistachio and chocolate. The chocolate were harder to put together than the others, replacing some of the ground almonds with cocoa seemed to make them stick to the baking trays more. I think I’ll stick to lemon and pistachio in future. (She says like she’s going to make them again…) I have no idea how they get the colours so saturated in the recipe
, and I don’t think much of the buttercream recipe they give either (too much butter, not enough sugar, I added more sugar and ended up with gallons of buttercream).
I have a new flan tin for quiches. And very happy it, and the quiche, make me too.
That makes 16/52. I also had one disaster where my breakfast pastry dough went horribly wrong in the breadmaker overnight as I’d read the recipe wrong and added far too much butter to it. I will try that again sometime! I have to go and eat macaroons now…. hard life.