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Can you have your cake and eat it?


Can you have your cake and eat it?

I have to admit I am more of a savoury girl than a sweetie. However some days, especially when there is a distinct nip in the air, and a little bit of blue in my mood…I want cake.

Carrot or coffee sponge would be best; without nuts preferably (It is not that I dislike nuts, in fact I spend a lot of time with them….but I don’t want them in my comfort cake).

Iced or plain, I do not mind.

A little square of sponge that soothes the soul.
A little slice of magic from so few ingredients.

Cake is possibly the nearest you can get to a hug from a food item.

Is it that it reminds us of childhood? Or of Happy Birthdays. Weddings and Christmas…it seems all celebrations should contain cake.

I believe it was Julia Child that said, “A party without cake, is just a meeting.”
And I think we can all agree we need fewer meetings and more Parties.

So I shall celebrate it being Thursday with a slice of coffee cake, just the smell of it baking has lifted my spirits.

I have my cake; I shall take great pleasure in eating it.

Hugs and love

Sky @ thesideplate.com


All things cake

A Famous Five tea…


A Famous Five Tea…

Friday afternoon, and after the first week back at school and work, I think I can safely save we are all feeling knackered (if that’s not too impolite :s). I truly cannot be bothered cooking, but obviously we need something to sustain us through our movie night.

What could be better than a “famous five tea”?

In our house this consists of triangle sandwiches, an assortment of beef, peanut butter and nutella..Not all one sandwich I hope you understand! Sausage rolls, hard boiled eggs, a token apple or two, and cakes made by my daughter…because she watched junior bake off last night and is now practising for “when she is bigger” bless her heart.

It will be eaten on a rug in the lounge…(possibly out of the old picnic hamper that has never been on an actual outdoor picnic as its too big and heavy to carry). Drinks shall be consumed through paper straws, although it may be apple juice for the children.
I shall be enjoying lashings of Fentimans ginger beer!

Happy Friday and thanks for reading..

Sky @ thesideplate.com


Smells like Home


Smells like home.

It tends to our subconscious that governs so many of our feelings, and boy are we creatures governed by emotion. Our sense of smell is so incredibly powerful; it is why supermarkets waft the smell of freshly baked bread towards our nostrils. Why we spend billions on perfume and why so many of us buy scented candles that remind us of home baked cookies and vanilla.
The smell of frying bacon and eggs always brings back the memory of Saturday teatime, the only meal of the week Dad cooked, and us having to be quiet whilst he listened to the football pools on the radio. I simply have to make a roast on a Sunday..Even if I am alone. Otherwise my house just smells and feels wrong. When I return from the school run I love the coffee machine to be on…it lifts my spirits after what is often a wet, windy and rushed start to our morning. And is there any better smell than a homemade cake, just ready to emerge from the oven.

I am going to be spending next week making sure all my baking recipes work well. I will feel like an earth mother as my children return home, (hopefully each day if my week goes to plan,) to the smell of brownie cake, flapjack and pineapple upside down cakes. It will be interesting to see if they notice the aromas and head for the kitchen before they decamp to the land of xbox and minecraft. I hope they do, and I hope we may make a happy sensory memory or two. Maybe every Tuesday will start to smell of cake, just as every Sunday dinner smells like home.

Warmest wishes

Sky @ thesideplate.com

new baking recipes

Mary Berry

I need your help with…banana cake


I have a lot of recipes…I have created a lot of recipes..yet still I do not have a good use for my over ripe bananas.

can any of you lovely people please send me your banana cake recipes??? Please…xx

love Sky .whose has six bananas that need help lol xx