This week we’ve made the most of the sunshine and spent nearly all of it outdoors – perfect!
Of all the great things that have happened this week, my wonderful sister Joanne having my newest niece on Tuesday was the highlight. I’m lucky to live within ten minutes of all my family and so meeting this gorgeous girl 24 hours after she was born was really special. My parents now have six grandchildren under the age of six, of which five are girls so at least we’re getting a lot of wear out of the hand-me-down dresses between us!
The weather’s been good enough for dinner in the garden most of the week so it’s got me thinking about summer baking (though I really should be thinking about getting my garden tidied up!) I’ve been making a few pavlovas this week and I’m working on lots of strawberry-based recipes so that we can make the most of a trip to the nearest Pick Your Own in the next few weeks. I’ve had a busy week at work this week too. One of the things people tend to ask me the most, apart from “where’s your pencil?”, is “are you still working as a builder?” The answer is yes! I’m still working full time but take around a day off every fortnight to do other baking-related bits and pieces. Being self-employed gives me a bit of flexibility and my business partner (my Dad) is pretty understanding as it’s been quite an unusual year! This week at work has been so busy that on Wednesday I racked up 30,000 steps on my FitBit, which is a record I’m not sure I’ll beat any time soon.
On Saturday night I took part in the Jupiter London Nocturne. I wasn’t really sure what this event was before I went along to it but it was such a laugh! It’s a series of cycle races on a 1.1km circuit at Smithfield Market in the heart of the City of London. There are pubs and bars all around the course so it’s a great atmosphere of chilled out people on a summers evening cheering you on. I was in the Santander Cycles race, which meant going round and round on a Boris Bike as fast as I could (clue: this wasn’t very fast!) But I’m definitely up for doing it again next year.
The highlight for me was the Penny Farthing race – I had no idea they could go that fast! Pretty surreal sight! But these were all the warm ups before the elite races later in the evening, which are all free to watch. The men’s race was won by 2012 Gold Medallist Ed Clancy, though I reckon if I’d have had his bike and he had a Boris Bike, I could have taken him on!
This morning, my family and I went down to Battersea Park to take part in the Royal Bank of Canada Race for the Kids 5km run for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Again, we were really lucky with the weather and it was a beautiful morning with a real party atmosphere afterwards. Our younger daughter did the course on her scooter, but I went off with our elder daughter, who ran the whole way and finished the race in only 38 minutes. I think we’ve got a future athlete in the making!
Baking-wise, I’ve spent most of this week preparing for my next set of Scoff videos. I’m filming some more this week, including a really delicious ‘Father’s Day Breakfast In Bed’ recipe I’ve come up with. I think I’ve dropped enough hints so that I might get this made for me, but I need to hurry up and film the video first. My most recent Scoff video for iced biscuits is above, and this is going to come in useful next week as it’s our daughter’s 6th birthday party next weekend so I’ll be busy making a few bits for it including these iced biscuits.
Our daughter has decided she wants a Wreck It Ralph themed birthday as it’s one of our favourite films. My challenge will be to make Vanellope von Schweetz‘s car in the picture above for the top of her cake. Come back next week to see how I get on.
Until then, enjoy the warm weather (if it lasts) and the long days outside! See you next week…