There’s Always Carrot Cake


It was my birthday this week, definitely different to last year’s. The world news about the Coronavirus Pandemic remains grim. In the UK the plan is to vaccinate the elderly and clinically vulnerable before the rest of the population but the latest hoo-ha is that in order to reach as many people as possible, the boosters will not be administered within the recommended time so the fear is that people will still get infected and that the virus could mutate. Honestly, this is like a real-life Apocalypse TV drama! I should stop reading the news except that it was refreshing to see a new leadership sworn into the USA. 

Fergus used a recipe that I found for a Passion Carrot cake which I thought looked close to the John Lewis cafe cake that I would always order years ago on shopping trips for school uniform in Norwich. The recipe includes crushed pineapple for extra moisture. It came up very close to the cake that I remembered but the cream cheese icing is not quite right – I like it quite tart. With a little tweaking it might be written (in my best handwriting) into my spotty-notebook of classic recipes!

I only managed to get 2 customer quilts done this week. I seem to be working very slowly and it is rather cold in my workshop. I had hoped to work on my FOQ class project but have still not got much beyond the planning stage. The trouble with a saturation of social media in the quilting/textiles world is that I just can’t see classes offered by me being any more attractive than all of the many others on offer. I need to get over this and remember how excited I used to get when I had the opportunity to take classes with my quilting heroes in person.


Nella had a challenging week – having tried very hard to manage her reduced meal plan in order to earn a pass home for a night, the medics increased it without warning so that she immediately started refusing food again. I phoned to rail against this short sighted decision and was relieved when it was cut back slightly. They do not understand why she will continue to refuse hot puddings and custard after lunch and thought it was weird that as a family we eat very few desserts. The next day, her weight was typed onto a report that she saw even though I had specified that it was critical that she should not be told. Obviously, this freaked her out and I felt obliged to point out the incompetency of sending out an unchecked report. Although, some of the nursing staff work incredibly hard, I find that further up the chain of command, any criticisms or suggestions are met defensively and that drives me mad. Despite these setbacks, she did get a pass over the weekend to remind herself how peaceful and comfortable home-life can be. She did not manage to eat everything and every bite was a struggle but she proved to herself that she can eat here and must continue trying so she can earn longer passes home in the future.

4 responses »

  1. The cake looks stunning. I don’t think John Lewis cakes are as good as they used to be anyway. I was appalled when they started making them in catering trays, cut into squares for their convenience. They should look more like yours! You are so strong, Linzi! Your report this week on Nella’s situation sounds like a slight improvement so well may it continue although I am sure you will always be a watchful Mum. As you say, there are so many tutorials on the web, but that is no reason not to contribute. Your followers will look for yours and others will pick up on them too. Viewers go with the version that appeals to them and there are certainly some boring people out there telling you how to bind a quilt! I am also disappointed by the quality of some of the presentations. Have a go – some of the competition needs to be more critical of their style. It is new territory for many but even Alex Anderson, who must be an experienced presenter, stumbles a lot and some of it looks like poor preparation.

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Jan! So much is holding me back just now but I think that is the same for most folk. Maybe I should ban myself from social media – all those annoying productive people;)

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