With Hubby and Clara away having a blast in distant places, this weekend was all about having some good one-on-one time with Ana. We didn't go out anywhere exciting because the weather is foul and I didn't want to be away from the telephone but it's still been plenty of fun.
On Friday and Saturday night that very Anglo-Saxon tradition of telling ghost stories after dark inspired us to watch "The Sixth Sense" and "The Others" in a dimly lit but warm and cozy sitting room. Clara can't watch these movies yet and Michel doesn't really appreciate them but Ana had been wanting to see them ever since she turned fifteen, so the timing was ideal. We both really enjoyed the spooky sessions, even if both times my big girl ended up sleeping with me afterwards because she didn't want to be alone in her bedroom (last time this happened, her age was still in single digits).
Today, in what's most definitely becoming an Autumn trend, we spent a good part of the afternoon in the kitchen baking goodies and Ana made a delicious carrot cake for tea.
This is her recipe:
- 175g sugar
- 175ml sunflower oil
- 3 large eggs , lightly beaten
- 140g freshly grated carrots (about 6 medium sized carrots)
- 1/3 cup raisins
- grated zest of 1 large orange
- 175g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking of soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 5/8 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C.
- Grease and flour a rectangular cake tin.
- Put the sugar into a large mixing bowl, pour in the oil and add the already beaten eggs. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange zest.
- Mix the flour, baking soda and spices, then sift into the bowl. Lightly mix all the ingredients with the wooden spoon - when everything is evenly amalgamated stop mixing. Add the walnuts and honey and mix everything once again.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn it out.
It's been a lovely and cozy weekend with my big girl. Can't wait for my little girl to come home, though...