There comes a time in every blogger’s career where something unpleasant happens. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, everybody eventually gets their first troll. It’s a blogging milestone. I’ve had a good run, I managed to survive a full eight months before someone with nothing better to do came for me. I’m…
I’d been meaning to try this recipe for ages just so I could see if a novice baker could could achieve the ‘magic’ result. Not so much magic as pretty cool baking science…one batter = three layers. I must admit when this cake went into the oven I had doubts that it would work! Tin […]
The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.
For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.
Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…
This is the best story I have read in ages….it’s warm, it’s quirky, it’s funny, it’s sweet and oh my goodness it’s sad too.
I loved the mum/children relationship….my daughter is 13 and she is in fact Lizzie in this story, the Instagram pictures, the phone, the attitude!
Laura is, as are all the characters, incredibly loveable….and what a great bunch of characters they are…with little glimmers of a look into the lives of all of them….I am so wanting a sequel to this one….we only meet Becca through phone calls, I feel the need to demand that she be brought to the Comfort Food Cafe next…..I also haven’t given up hope that “the fiance” is real…..fingers crossed.
There were so many little familiar happenings here, it’s called real life I guess….made me smile a lot and laugh a lot…this morning sitting in bed reading it made me cry a lot, had to reassure Christopher that I was alright…..just as well I didn’t read that bit sitting on the blanket by the beach yesterday! A book hasn’t made me cry out loud in a long time….
It was almost disappointing to hear that the Comfort Food Cafe isn’t a place I can go and visit….but a great write up at the end about the Hive Beach Cafe overlooking the beach at Burton Bradstock…I have been here a couple of times…once Christopher had the most ginormous crab I have ever seen, not sure the neighbouring tables appreciated the shell showers! It inspired me to tell him that we must go there again soon…. I have never really been one for cities….so this sort of story is almost written just for me….
Please please Debbie Johnson, write another Comfort Food Cafe story….I don’t feel it is finished yet….
You also get recipes in the back of this one…..
Here are the Lemon, Lime and Ginger Lovelies….I ate a little too much of this….naughty!!
Some useful links for you:
The Hive Beach Cafe – you can buy the cookbook here with the above recipe…
We spent the weekend working, counting and counting stock.. This was after getting up on Saturday moring at 4.15am to take Georgia to the airport to go on holiday….so she is chilling in the sun and we are working hard….something not quite right here….
I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! 🙂
Last week when I was on holiday on the Isle of Wight I came across a mini library in an old telephone box in the village of Whitwell.
I was aware that this was a thing but had never actually seen or visited one myself so was really pleased to be able to stop and have a look at their collection. They had a good selection of books and magazines that had been donated and lots of other information on local attractions.
I did fancy The Bone Clocks but didn’t have a book to swap or leave so didn’t take it.
As more and more libraries unfortunately are subjected to reduced hours, or close due to funding cuts maybe we’ll see more of these pop up in rural villages where the community still wants to share their love of reading.
Have you visited a phone box library or do you have one…
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One of those days….you have gone to bed checking out all the picture perfect blogs and the stunning home photos on Instagram and you think, tomorrow, yes, tomorrow I will strive to be just like this….
Wake up to alarm…so hot that eyes are stuck together, eventually prise open left eye to check the time….Chris bounces in with a cup of tea like Tigger on Lucozade, only naked…..other eye pops open…..remember I am short sighted…hugely….so shut it again.
Get up, collect up laptops, lunch, phone, bag….
Go to work, leaving lunch at home on the kitchen floor….
Get to work, realise one of the laptop leads is also on the kitchen floor, this means transporting the one lead I have between two computers during the day….I cannot count the times I forgot to do this during the day….
Five minutes in it becomes apparent that the warehouse is storing heat nicely on the hottest day of the year and I might as well be in a sauna… it is also the busiest day of the year….I eventually managed to send out 104 parcels…
By now all of my clothes are wet, it’s like coming out of the gym, like a hundred years ago when I used to go to the gym….
I am sprinting around the office like a gazelle…..this is not true…..picking and packing, flicking sweat around….starting to get hungry….thinking a cardboard box looks kind of tasty…..Chris turns up with a Mugshot for me….I begin to hallucinate….cake on the shelf….
Eventually, after the courier collections and the Royal Mail collections, it’s throw everything in the car….if you think the warehouse was like a sauna, the car is ten times worse….and oh my days!! The steering wheel!!! Hot or what!!
Where, oh where, can I get me one of these????
Home, following a horse truck at 20mph down the hill….now I normally have no trouble following a slow moving horse vehicle…after all they have to look after the animals, but, I am trying to create a breeze here, there is no breeze at 20 and the only overtaking point, yep, something coming the other way…..
Home, eat a piece of cake….shower, aaaaah bliss…..change of clothes….off to school for a Duke of Edinburgh presentation in a very hot room….guys, this is not peri-menopause friendly!!
I fight the urge to do this….I must remain the “cool” parent…not knowing the giggling at the back of the room is my daughter showing her friends all the snapchat filter pictures of me…..
Time to go back to work to do some more…..I manage about 20 minutes with Georgia’s help…then home with only enough energy to muster up a cheese sandwich and a bowl of ice cream…..
Now to bed to check out some awesome Instagram inspirations and wonder if my house will ever look anything like this….most likely not….but a girl can dream….
Here’s to tomorrow……another not so picture perfect….but perfect day….
Well, I just wrote out this complete recipe, my computer crashed and so now, oh yes, I am typing it out again….a little shorter and sweeter than the last draft…
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar…I had to use half granulated due to short supplies but still worked
140g self raising flour
85g ground almonds
half a teaspoon of baking powder
Preheat oven to 160C/140C if using fan oven or gas mark 3
To make it easy I blitzed the butter and sugar in my food processor, then added the eggs, blitzed again, then the rest of the ingredients until fully mixed.
Pour into a greased and parchment paper lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes until a knife poked into the centre comes out clean.
500g gooseberries topped and tailed simmered with 150g sugar and a dash of water. When cooling I threw in some chia seeds, these will swell and soften and give a jam like consistency.
I used some dried elderflowers simmered with sugar and a dash of water, this had been infusing in a jar since the last cake I made….
Finish with Cornish Clotted Cream!
Inspiration taken from the BBC Good Food Website
Cake in The House from the May edition of The Simple Things Magazine
And Grow Your Own Cake: Recipes from Plot to Plate by Holly Farrell. (affiliate link).
Managed to stop at just one piece….showing some restraint….
Another lovely weekend in North Devon, flyboard and rib and jetski, all ingredients for a fun time. Meeting up with Joel and Steph and camping….apologies for the snoring…it wasn’t all me!!
After a busy day on the water yesterday it was time for a chill out day wandering about in Ilfracombe today.
Before returning home…all yawning in time for a coat of paint to go on the garage before bed…a soft bed….nothing quite like your own bed….
Tomorrow more culinary experimenting….watch this space for Elderflower Cake and Healthy Chocolate Truffles!