Daily Archives: 29 February 2016

Recipe of the Week

Cherry Bread Pudding


Cherry Bread Pudding


Moist and sticky with glistening succulent fruit.

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories per square 228 Kcal
Fat per square 9.8g of which saturated 5.6g
Makes 16 squares
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

White bread 2–3 days old, crust removed: 225g (8oz), bread torn into small pieces
Milk 375ml (13fl oz)
Oranges 2, grated rind of both, juice of 1
Mixed ground spice 1 tbsp
Seedless raisins 175g (6oz)
Sultanas 150g (5oz)
Mixed chopped peel 50g (2oz)
Ready-to-eat prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
Ready-to-eat dried apricots 75g (3oz), chopped
Glacé cherries 75g (3oz), quartered
Eggs 3, beaten
Butter 150g (5oz), melted
Black treacle 1–2 tbsp
Granulated sugar

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and grease a 23cm (9in) square shallow baking dish.

2 Soak the bread with the milk in a bowl for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the sugar, and mix well.

3 Transfer to the baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 45–50 minutes until the pudding is lightly browned and set in the centre.

4 Sprinkle with the granulated sugar and serve hot with custard. Or leave to cool, cut into squares, cover and refrigerate.

If serving warm with custard, stir a little extra grated orange rind and a tablespoon or two of sherry into the custard when reheating.







Leap Day 29 February 2016.

Leap Day


Leap Day – to propose or not to propose, that is the question

Leap Days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.

It takes the Earth 365.242199 days to circle once around the Sun. If we didn’t add a day on February 29 every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days in relation to the seasons.

As this day only comes around every four years I feel as though I should do something radical today. But what?

It’s tradition for women to propose to their boyfriends on leap days but as my fiancé beat me to it 7 years ago I can’t do that.

So instead, I have decided
to (finally) book our wedding.

The next 12 months will be a whirling dervish of penny-pinching and organising so I had better keep my trusty Dairy Diary to hand – the budget planner and notes pages will be more valuable than ever!

Have you done anything different to commemorate leap day today?






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