A Winter Weekend In.

It’s winter, the exciting bit of it is over so now its just rather annoying and bleak to say the least.
This is England so obviously it is raining the majority of the time, and if it isn’t, then it is prime time to freeze your tail feathers.

So the past couple of weekends have been prime examples of winter weekends in. Opting to not go out and have my teeth chattering all night, but instead to stay in and be warm and cosy by the fire.

OK so it is a Saturday late afternoon, it is pouring down with rain and your options are limited:
Shopping?  It is too much of a temptation – I’m trying to save for travelling here!
Cinema? Visited a lot recently – there is a limit to my popcorn intake
Stay in and build a fort? – My last attempt got old pretty fast.
Stay In and bake a cake followed by making cocktails? Perfect. What a great idea.

Well obviously.

You know sometimes just a good old victoria sponge can be just what you fancied… on the the side of your rum cocktail.

Additionally it turned out to be the best victoria sponge I have ever made so encase you were wondering;

200g Self Raising Flour
200g Caster Sugar
200g Butter (softened)
4 eggs (beaten)
1 splash of vanilla flavouring
1 tbsp milk

Butter icing ingredients:
100g Butter
140 Icing Sugar
Splash of Vanilla flavouring


  • preheat oven 170 degrees (Fan)

Basically you just put everything in a bowl but I tend put it in an order – I don’t know if it makes a difference but..

  • Starting with the sugar and Butter – stir until “fluffy”
  • add the flour
  • add in the eggs gradually
  • along with all other ingredients
  • stir with a WOODEN SPOON not an electric whisk – normally I use an electric whisk but this cake I did with a wooden spoon and it was better than any other one I have made… I feel there could be  relation there.
  • divide the mixture into two separate greased cake tins
  • bake for 20 mins / until golden brown
  • wait till cool
  • spread the icing on one side of a cake
  • spread rasberry jam over icing – till your satisfied
  • put the other cake half on top
  • DONE.

An alternative winter weekend was this one. Taking a little family visit down to an amazing Italian restaurant called the L’Osteria in Orpington. The owner of the place is half Maltese and half Italian – therefore my Dad sits there quite happily talking to him in both languages whilst my mum, Jonny and myself gaze over the menu trying to decide what mouth watering dish to try.

Jonny and myself started with the Picante dishes, mine the King Prawn, his the Monk Fish. “Very Chilie” but very good.

It seemed to me like it had been a while since I last had a good steak, so the fillet steak seemed like a sensible choice. I am glad I am sensible.

Our Saturday night again revolved around food, we waved goodbye to my parents as they headed out on a Burns night, whilst we placed our order for a Chinese Takeaway – obviously to mark the Chinese New Year the day before.

Red wine, Chinese takeaway and a crappy movie – these are the things Winter Weekends were made for.

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