Random Thoughts

Wow, what another great year for the Easter Cake Bake! I really enjoyed looking at all of your entries, each and every one was worthy of being a winner. But there could only be one winner and you voted and chose this gorgeous cake from Random Thoughts Do or “Di”. Very well done to our winner and thank you to everyone who entered and voted.

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Each Easter I look forward to seeing your cakes as much as I look forward to the chocolate eggs. You never fail to amaze me with how creative you all are. My mouth waters as I look at all your entries. I think next year I should include a taste test, with me as judge!

But this year, you are the judge. All you need to do is look over these gorgeous cakes, choose your favourite and leave me a comment below letting me know which it is. Click on the photo to go to the blog. Please include the number and blog name in your comment. At the end of the week I’ll close the vote and announce the winner. So, deadline: 22nd May. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and good luck!

1. Yummie Mummie

Yummie Mummie

2. Vino Luci

Vino Luci

3. The Goddess’s Kitchen

The Goddess' Kitchen

4. Random Thoughts Do or “Di”

Random Thoughts

5. Mele Cotte

Melecotte

6. Little Bear Cakery

Little Bear Cakery

7. Kates Cakes and Bakes

Kates Cakes and Bakes

8. Jaynerly

Jaynerly

9. I Got Sun in the Morning

I Got Sun in the Morning

10. Fabulicious Food

Fabulicious Food

11. Book the Cook

David Hall

12. Chocolate Log Blog

Chocolate Log Blog

13. Cake, Crumbs and Cooking

Cake, Crumbs and Cooking

14. Butcher Baker

Butcher Baker

15. Back to the Chopping Board

Back to the Chopping Board 1

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In the middle of moving house it suddenly dawned on me that we needed to eat – and I had made no plans for such a thing. Luckily, on opening the fridge, I was reminded that we had some chicken which had been meant for an impromptu barbecue we’d intended to have the night before (our first day of moving) to thank everyone for helping us move. But at the last moment the heavens opened in true British barbecue tradition and so we’d ended up cooking up sausages and burgers, etc inside, leaving the chicken thighs in the fridge. So we had something to eat; but what was I going to do with them?

Hunting further into the depths of the fridge I found a sorry-looking bunch of parsley, some chocolate bars and other unhelpful random things. Even further back there were various half-eaten pieces of cheese and…aha, a packet of Halloumi! Surely I could use this? Even better were a few salad items; we would eat a good dinner after all! So, here it is; my Moving Weekend Halloumi Chicken.

Serves 4
8 chicken thighs
Olive oil
A few generous dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
250g Halloumi cheese, sliced
Sea salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200c/fan 180c.

Place the chicken thighs into an oven proof dish and drizzle over a little olive oil and a few generous dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Season the chicken and place it into the oven to cook for 40 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and lay over the slices of Halloumi cheese. Put it back in the oven until the cheese starts to turn golden; about another 10 minutes. Check that the cooking is cooked through (make sure there is no pink flesh and the juices run clear) before serving.

Serve the chicken with salad…or rice, or potatoes or whatever you can find in the depths of your cupboards and fridge.

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Rob and I have moved several times over the years. Enough times to know that the old saying ‘home is where the heart is’ absolutely rings true. It’s not about the bricks and the mortar, the location, the size or the shape, it’s about the love shared, the memories made and the happy times.

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We moved once again over the Easter weekend into a new house in a new location. It’s strange and it’s exciting, full of possibility. The nervous butterflies are fluttering in my tummy and the tingle of eager anticipation is prickling my skin.

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We’re looking at a blank canvas which in my mind’s eye I’m painting with all the colours of the rainbow. The sun is shining through and it looks beautiful.

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We leave behind the place we called home for the last five years but we take with us the essence of that home; the essence that is always with us and makes any place we choose to call ‘home’, our true home. We also take with us the friends we have made in our neighbours and many happy memories, leaving behind some not so happy memories, such is life.

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This new house is old, with strong roots. It needs a lick of paint and a little tender loving care to bring it alive. It needs our touch to make it ours, for here, for now, for however long or short our stay may be.

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It’s the little things that make a house a home: the old, familiar candle holder that has travelled from place to place; the new, sheer curtains; the smell of baking; the laughter.

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It’s time now for new beginnings. As Rob and I turn the page I’m thinking of the memories waiting to be made and I feel warm. Today, we start.

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted; what with a new puppy, new home and new job things have been a little hectic around here! But I couldn’t possibly let Easter come and go without hosting my annual Easter Cake Bake. So here it is.

Easter Cake Bake

All you need to do is bake a cake (or little ones) for Easter and post it up on your blog mentioning the Easter Cake bake. If you’d like some inspiration take a look at the past years’ entries:

2010 gallery
2009 gallery
2008 gallery
2007 gallery

Entry Details

To enter simply bake a cake with an Easter theme and post about it on your blog or website, including a link to this post so that people know what the event is about and how to enter. Feel free to use the logo too.

Once you’ve baked your cake and posted about it send an email with ‘Easter Cake Bake’ in the subject line to asliceofcherrypie@yahoo.co.uk by Sunday 1st May with the following information:

• your name (optional)
• the name of your blog or website
• a link to your post
• a picture of your cake(s)

Shortly after the closing date I’ll post a round up of all entries and announce the winner.

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