Wednesday, 7 May 2008


Sorry for the month long silence, not a huge amount has happened that was worth writing about. Minimal riding and motivation have given way to err, more riding and motivation! SSUK 08 was held at the weekend and I would like to thank all the oragnisers, helpers and staff for a great time. It was great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. There was beer, whisky, great food and bad dancing. Oh and a bike race somewhere inbeween :)

Due to lots (ok, 3) of requests here are the recipies for the cak and flapjack Becca was handing out all weekend:

Chocolate Beetroot cake (from Green & Blacks Chocolate cookbook)

100g Drinking Chocolate
230g s/r flour
200g Caster sugar
100g Dark Choc (recipe says min 60% I use 70% in case the 10% makes a difference)
125g unsalted butter
250g cooked beetroot
3 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180

Butter and flour 18cm tin.

Sift together drinking chocolate and flour, then mix in the sugar.
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a ban marie.
Puree the Beetroot.
Wisk the eggs then stir into the beetroot. Add to the melted chocolate mixture and dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour into cake tin and bake for 50min.

Flapjack (from Nigella Lawson’s domestic goddess)

450g rolled oats
75g soft brown sugar (I use a light muscavado)
300g unsalted butter
50g golden syrup (I think its far to messy to way so use about 4 serving spoons or until the mixture smells more like golden syrup then butter!!!)

Preheat oven to 190.

Mix the oats and sugar. Melt butter and syrup gently over a low heat, once melted pour over oats and mix. Press into tin and cook for 20-25min.
While they are still warm (about 10min out of oven) cut into squares then leave to cool fully before removing from tin.

Photos will be fettled and added here as a mini slideshow and linked to my Picasa site soon (maybe tonight but I have loads to catch up on!) I only took about 6 photos and mainly around the Mabie red trail on Monday, Becca was snapping away during the race so she will take the credit for the shots ;)



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