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Now that my corrections are nearly over, I have been praying and thinking a lot about where this blog should go, and now I want to hear what you think! I’d love to hear in the comments below or by emailing me (my contact details are here - http://somesomeandsome.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-and-contact.html) what you think about each of the things below…
URL and Appearance
Do you like the blog exactly as it is or would you prefer a less busy background – maybe a white background with images just near the blog title? Should I get my own URL, and if you have gone through this process, what advice would you give?
Reviews and Giveaways
I have been approached a couple of times recently about reviewing products and/or services. So far I am undecided but, if I got my own URL I am thinking about including a section on the website devoted to reviews and giveaways. But first, I want to know what you think – bad idea or good idea? Should I start doing product reviews? What about giveaways?
At the moment, I’d say my blog focuses on the three themes of faith, food and photos. What do you enjoy reading about most when you land here? Should I focus more on any of these? Would you like to read about anything else? Would you like a bit less of me and some guest posts instead? Would you prefer for me to keep it as a personal blog, not change anything and just keep posting as I do now?
Let me know what you think – I would love to hear your feedback!
There is something very comforting about old family recipes – the kind that you ate as a child, learnt to make as you got older, and then take into your own home to continue the tradition. This recipe is an old recipe from my family, and possibly one of my Dad’s favourite baked things. The walnuts are optional, but I much prefer to add them. All the cup measurements below are based on a 250 ml mug as equal to one cup (yes, that is an old family tradition too…!). Unfortunately, I don’t know the dimensions of the loaf tin that should be used, but a normalish-sized one should do (mine is too small and so I end up making a handful of muffins with the leftover mixture each time I make this).
What you need:
250 gram pack dates, roughly chopped
1 cup walnuts (whole or roughly chopped)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon dried ginger
1 egg, beaten
What to do:
1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 (190º C or 375º F).
2. Put the chopped dates, walnuts, butter or margarine and bicarb into a large bowl. Add the boiling water to the bowl, mix everything together and let it stand for a few minutes, stirring a couple of times to ensure that everything is well mixed and the butter/margarine fully melted.
3. When the butter/margarine has melted and the mixture has stood for a few minutes, add the sugar to the bowl and then sift in the flour and ginger before adding the beaten egg and mixing everything together thoroughly with a whisk.
4. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 40-60 minutes (depending on the size of the tin) until done.
5. Tip the loaf out of the tin and
try to resist immediately cutting off a slice and spreading it thickly with butter before eating it leave to cool on a cooling rack.