Love is (Parent Edition)

  • Sitting on the sofa staring blankly at the TV for twenty minutes after the toddler is in bed before realising we’re still watching Mr Tumble.
  • Whispering goodnight over the top of the sleeping toddler in the middle of the bed.
  • Spending a child free night going to bed early to sleep… like actually sleep.
  • Thinking about texting and telling you how much I love you but forgetting because the toddler had some kind of dinosaur emergency.
  • Spending toddler free time talking about the toddler.
  • Taking turns to deal with toddler tantrums (you’re better at this than me!).
  • Grumbling about you not filling up the dishwasher, then grumbling about how you fill up the dishwasher wrongly.
  • Meeting you in your lunch break going to a classy joint like Morrisons café.
  • Pretending not to notice you’ve already watched Modern Family before me.
  • The cappuccino you make me with the love heart chocolate on top when I’m a grumpy tired person.
  • Calling you on your way home in the car just to chat about our days.
  • Pretending I like the classic rock you love.
  • Snuggling under the blankets on the sofa, with a candle on, watching Hairy Bikers.


Carrot Cake – for a special valentine

Cake mixture

  • 300g light brown sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/4 tspn ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tspn ground cloves
  • 3 large carrots grated (just leave the skins on)
  • 125g raisins
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract

Cheesecake filling

  • 300g cream cheese
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract

Heat oven to 180C.  Spray bundt tin with oil or rub with butter, sprinkle with flour and set aside.

Mix the dry cake ingredients, ensure the carrots and raisins are coated in the flour mixture.

Mix the wet cake ingredients well until the eggs are combined.

Fold together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.  The cake mixture should be a thick batter, if it seems too dry add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture.

Soften the cream cheese by beating it until smooth.  Add the egg, sugar and vanilla extract, beat until the sugar appears to be dissolved.

Put half of the cake mixture into the bundt tin, drop the tin on the counter once to even out the mixture, swirl in the cheesecake mixture.  Add the remaining cake mixture to the tin.

Bake in the oven for 60mins until a skewer comes out clean.  If during the bake the cake bottom is darkening too much cover over with aluminium foil.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for around thirty minutes, enough time for a cuppa ( or for the toddler to repeat incessantly that the cake is ready and swear it is ready to be eaten until you are a bit insane).  Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing is optional, a simple orange icing would complement the cake well, simply mix icing sugar with the juice of an orange to form a thickish paste which can be drizzled or teased over the edges of the cake.




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