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Busy with this job yesterday so didn’t get a chance to do my Friday Photo! !!

Fencing paraphernalia

Friday photo

And this is today’s favourite napping spot.

Cat napping

It is often hard to fathom that I lived in Dublin… and loved the city life while there.

Now a trip to Dublin is greeted with a groan!  Maybe I’ve become an old curmudgeon?

We had reason to go to Dublin last week, and here are my observations of the day trip.

  1. The traffic!  Guys how do you cope?  Such aggression.  No-one waits, no-one lets you in.  You really have to get into aggressive mode to survive!
  2. The new incinerator!  OMG it is huge.  I was so dumbfounded by the size I forgot to take a picture.  I used to sneak down to a lovely little beach down by the Pigeon House when I worked in Ringsend… don’t think you’d be doing that now?
  3. We saw the biggest cruise ship EVER!  The Caribbean Princess…. take a look at the size of this thing.  I do not want to go there.  If the city is crowded, I can only imagine how confining a ship this size would be.  Yep… that’s the cruise ship in the background, dwarfing the freight ships.
  4. Customer Service!!!!  We stopped in Malahide to pick up a couple of take away sandwiches.  Went into the posh/gourmet deli…. the staff could not tell if any of the bread was organic or gluten free?  “The girl who looks after that is on lunch and can’t be disturbed” …. seriously????  Thank you @SuperValuMalahide for coming to the rescue.
  5. Black and grey.  Why is everyone confined to wearing black and grey?  Men and women.  All looking hot and sticky on a sunny summer’s day (except for no. 6).
  6. Worst sight of all?  Warm, balmy day driving through the city and spotted a middle-aged gentleman striding along looking very ‘cool’ in his shorts, ear-phones in, back-pack…. and NO T-SHIRT!!!!  AND there was a belly overhang!!!!  Way too much!

Friday photo

Lots of purple in the garden this week.

Purplet iris

Friday Photo

Our paulownia tree flowered for the first time!  Flowers were very short lived in the wind and rain though!

Paulownia in flower

Friday photo

You know that phrase ‘taking someone under your wing’? This is it!

El bulli and chicks

This cake, like so many of the recipes on here, kind of morphed into something else!  The original recipe I had received in one of the recipe swaps that went around the internet a few years back… so thank you to Patricia McQ for the original.

The recipe was rooted out recently as a friend who is coeliac was coming for lunch. I started to make the cake, and guess what happened?  Half way through I realised I did not have all the ingredients required!  Time to improvise.  So this is what happened.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 200 g caster sugar – split into 130 g and 70 g lots
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 50 g flaked almonds – blitzed to a breadcrumb consistency.
  • Few drops of vanilla essence
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Line an 8″ tin with greaseproof paper.

Beat egg yolks.  Add 130 g of caster sugar to egg yolks and mix gently.  Fold in the ground and crumbed almonds (these add a nice texture to the cake).  Next add the zest and juice of lemon, and the vanilla essence.  This will be quite a stiff consistency.

Whisk egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Add the 70 g of sugar.

Fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture.

Spoon mixture into your prepared tin.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Dust with icing sugar.

Enjoy!