Quick Coleslaw

This is not an authentic recipe, but it’s a quick one that’s dead easy to throw together, especially if you have a food processor 🙂

For 6-8 servings you need:
1/2 white cabbage
1 large onion
2 carrots, peeled

Grate the carrots and then shred the onions and cabbage. Season. Add enough mayonnaise to make it how you like it. Scoff. I told you it was easy 😛

Cheese and Onion Filled Potatoes

I adore these but they are a bit faffy to make. For that reason I usually make at least double the recipe and freeze the other half. They make a great side dish or a light lunch with beans or coleslaw and salad.

For each about 8 servings you need:
6-8 baking potatoes
2 onions, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper

Prick the potatoes all over and nuke till soft. Meanwhile saute the onion in a little oil till tender and sweet. Cut the potatoes in half and then scoop out the middles into a bowl. Add the cooked onions, cheese and seasoning and mix well. Scoop back into the hollows and then bake in a hot oven for about 20 mins till crispy on top. Yum.

Buttercream Icing

This is another easy recipe to remember as it’s a ratio of 1:2. For enough buttercream to fill and cover the birthday cake recipe you need:

3oz very soft butter
6oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat everything together till light and fluffy. Use as you wish!

Birthday Cake

I always use the same recipe for birthday cake and scale up or down depending on how much cake is needed. This recipe is a classic victoria sponge one, and is best carved/cut the day after baking, or once it’s been frozen and defrosted. But it’s equally good the same day, just a little more crumbly!

The basic rule is equal quantities self raising flour, butter and caster sugar with half the amount of eggs e.g. 8oz flour = 4 eggs and so on.

For a cake that serves 10-14 people you need:
6 oz self raising flour
6 oz vanilla caster sugar
6 oz soft butter (don’t use margarine as it mings in a cake!)
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each one. Sift in the flour, vanilla and 2 tbsp milk and beat till combined. Add a little extra milk if needed.

Scrape the mixture into a lined baking tin and bake at 150 degrees for about 30 mins till risen, golden and totally cooked. Leave to cool for a couple of hours before filling and covering as you wish. Happy Birthday!