Tiddler’s plum cake and a lemony leek soup

Winter days give me more time in the kitchen and reason to create calorific treats to heat us when we are working outside in the cold. So here is a sweet treat and a different kind of soup to try.

plum cake

easy bake for a winter’s day

Tiddler’s plum cake

This is an all-in-one lazy cake so you can spend more time fussing your cat. Thats very important, says tiddler, remember your priorities. Everything is mixed and cooked in the one heat-proof bowl

In a large Pyrex-type bowl place:

4 ounce margarine or butter

2 eggs

One ripe banana

4 oz soft brown sugar

3 oz sultanas

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 of mixed spice

2 teaspoons Ginger

Three oz polenta (corn) meal

3 oz self raising gluten-free flour

Six bottled or canned plums and 2 fl oz of syrup from plums

Method: mix everything together in the bowl, beat well, place in medium oven for 40-50 minutes until a skewer placed into the centre comes out clean


Leek and lemon soup

The green end of half a leek finely shredded

Half courgette grated

1/2 oz butter, sweat the veg together on moderate heat

Half of lemon rind and flesh

Large pinch dry bay

2 teaspoons vegan bouillon

Black pepper to taste

add 1 L water, Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes, blend

Add a dessert spoon chopped parsley

And 1 teaspoon honey: be careful to balance the sour and the sweet