After a nice lie in this morning, OH and I decided to hop on our bikes and cycle around the Great Flat Lode as the weather is still positively summer-esque. It was a nice ride, although there were a few bumpy sections that I wasn’t keen on, I’m more of a roadie I think!
Still, the landscape looked beautiful in the sunshine:
I wanted to pop down to the Seasalt Sale Shop to see if there were any bargains, which there were, just not anything that I wanted. Never mind, it just meant I didn’t spend any money.
Lunchtime had passed by that point and we were a bit peckish, so OH decided we should go to Miss Peapod’s. I was looking forward to going in there as it looks really nice from the outside and their ethos of reuse, recycling and locally sourced produce appeals to me. When we went in however, I thought the waitress was rude and when we’d chosen our table and had got up to look at the specials board, I got back to the table to find my bag had gone! It transpired that the waitress had thought that the previous customer had left it and took it to chase after them. To add insult to injury, when she gave it back, she said “I saw the knitting in it and thought ‘old ladies'”!!!!! Old ladies??!! Damn cheek! Then she tried to be nice by saying that she liked my wool and asked me what I was knitting!! I would have been quite happy to leave, but we stayed and had a nice meal, if nothing special, especially for the price. Still, you have to try these things. The location is nice and perhaps if it hadn’t been close to the time the kitchen closed the waitress wouldn’t have been so abrupt.
I have started Mini’s cardigan again today in the hand dyed wool. OH and I had fun(!) trying to ball the wool yesterday as it had gotten a bit tangled in the dyeing process. It is certainly bright and trying to knit a few rows in each ball so as not to have an obvious change from one ball to another is a bit of a ‘mare but I like the effect on the whole. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what it looks like when it’s done. Here’s the start of the back with the four balls I’m knitting from. Note the variation in shades and my reasoning for knitting from all four at once!
When we got home and had gotten changed, we had to drop the Lupo off to have some work done in Newquay and on the way back OH asked if we should go and get some dessert from Smokey Joes, our normal haunt if we fancy a cooked breakfast on a Sunday morning but they also do fabulous cakes! I said that we had all the ingredients to make a Lemon and Lime Cheesecake (one of OH’s favourites) so we came home and made cheesecake! I’m looking forward to having a slice later :).
I thought I’d share my recipe. It may not be ‘correct’ but it’s how I make it and we love it!
You will need:
2 200g packages of soft cheese (I use value, it’s fine)
1 200ml carton of double cream (I use Elmlea Light as it has less fat and keeps in the fridge for ages)
250g digestive biscuits (again, value is great)
100g unsalted butter
80g icing sugar
a few squares of dark chocolate
Put the biscuits (and chocolate if using) into a food processor and whizz until the biscuits are like crumbs.
Meanwhile, melt the butter (I use the microwave).
Stir the melted butter into the biscuit crumbs until all of the biscuit is well coated and put the mixture into a springform cake tin pressing down well. Put into the fridge to set for about an hour (or place into the freezer while you do the cheese part for speed).
Put the two cartons of soft cheese into a large bowl and soften with a spoon. Put to one side.
Empty the cream into another bowl and whip until it creates firm peaks. Put to one side.
Zest the lemon and one of the limes and then juice the lemon and both limes.
Sieve the icing sugar into the soft cheese, add the zest and the lemon and lime juices and stir. Add the cream and whisk until smooth.
Add the cheese to the prepared biscuit base and chill until set.
Enjoy after a nice alfresco meal with a bottle of rose 😉
In true Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier.
Seems we’ve done a lot today. Not bad considering we didn’t actually leave home til gone 12!!