|Thinking ahead to the first of six crochet lesson, |
all with cake of course.
Talking last night at the first lesson of a course of six crochet sessions that I am running, many of us around the hooking table agreed that there is something very fast paced about life at the moment. We all felt a little like we are on a treadmill and the speed is just a tad too fast. Me, I need more hours in the day to complete all my work, chores and fun. Something needs to give but I am not ready to let go. One thing that I cannot do without, well, I suppose I could, but do not want to do without is crochet. I find it both relaxing, therapeutic and it slows me down for the time that I allow myself to be immersed. Maybe that is why I love these crochet sessions with six wonderfully funny and slightly naughty ladies.
|Hooking up a sample to show the ripple pattern|
|First attempt at ripple by a previous knitter, |
now a converted crocheter
|Some are making cushion covers from the ripple |
and others another blanket
|This keen lady started the week before the course |
and chose Lucy's coastal colour pack
|Where there is a crochet lesson led by me, |
there will always be cake
At the beginning of each week I begin to think about the Thursday crochet session, what crocheting I need to do to teach the next step and crucially what cake to make to accompany the lesson. I am constantly turning to old family favourites that I grew up with and have my mamma to thank for being such a great baker. This week I used another of her bakes, hazelnut meringue cake.
Hazelnut Meringue Cake
You will need:
♥ 4 eggs
♥ same weight of eggs in sugar
♥ 250g ground hazelnuts
♥ 1 tbsp. plain flour
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
1. Whisk egg whites till stiff.
2. Add in the sugar and whisk a little more.
3. Gradually add in the egg yolks.
4. Mix in the hazelnuts, flour and baking powder.
Place in a greased baking tin and bake in oven at 10 degrees Celsius for approximately 40 minutes.
Although this is called a meringue, the consistency is somewhat different, with a lovely crunchy nutty twist. Try it, it's delicious on it own of lovely with a dollop of thick cream.
♥ Whatever you do this week end, enjoy ♥