Rhubarb cake

This recipe was found while Googling, but where there is blue text in the ingredients list and instructions, this is where I have edited accordingly.
Original recipe mentioned 2/3 cups of granulated sugar, plus 2 tbsp for top of rhubarb, but I would not recommend this, as I found it so sickly sweet, that I had to throw it away. So I have made a few cakes since, playing around with this amount till I felt it was right. In the end, I found that 1/3 cup was enough, which included holding some back for top of the cake.
One time when I made the cake, I forgot to hold some back for the top. But I found I enjoyed it this way better, so have a play around and see what works best for you. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, holding a bit back for top of rhubarb
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups of diced rhubarb

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. (180 degrees C.)
  2. In a bowl mix eggs and 1/3 cups of sugar until light.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla and milk.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  5. Pour into a 8 or 9 inch cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Spread diced rhubarb around the top of the batter and sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar.
  7. Bake at 180 degrees C. for 30 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.

Recent thoughts

I have only spoken out loud to one person, (my mum) about what I am about to say now here and that I have been doing some thinking of moving to Derby one day. This is because unlike where I currently live, should I apply for a disabled bus pass in the future, the process is simple and it costs nothing. But it is not just because of that, also I have felt and wondered by just going to another area, just for that feeling of a complete fresh start. Anxiety has held me back many times in the past though.
As a deaf blogger one time, when I talked about the application I filled in and the difficulties with it because on the form it does not allow my audiologist to fill it in and so I have to go to my doctor which results in paying him the time to fill in the appropriate part of the form to prove my hearing loss. The trouble is, my doctor does not have my up-to-date hearing loss details, because at the end of the day it is my audiologist I see. Many of my deaf friends and deaf readers when I  used to write my deaf blog, who lived in other areas, informed me that the process I have to go through to prove my hearing loss, it doesn’t happen where they live. One blogger, contacted me personally and said where he lives, it used to happen and advised me who to contact to challenge them, as he did and he got it changed.
Many years later, I decided to do what I was advised, talking to a fresh-faced person about the matter and feeling confident something would get done. This was last year, back in March. Earlier this year, I emailed for an update and since voted that person in. But I have heard nothing. What was the point in me voting if you are like everyone else and don’t care? That’s what it feels like as I am kept in the dark. I feel ignored, which was also what I added in another email recently and waiting to hear.
As it is the General Election today, I won’t be voting who I was originally voting for, that this party recommended, as I will vote for someone who did help me one time on a different matter.

On the same disability matter regarding my hearing loss at work, I am coming across some same issues that I get every year. Now although nothing has been said verbal yet, fresh papers have gone up regarding certain training and my name is on them even though I have done them online, where I am allowed to do them. But as my name keeps coming up regardless, I won’t be surprised if they ignore the conversation and try it again and so I have contacted the same person at work who helped me before. I hope to hear from her later when she is back.

Those that know me well will know that I hate coming to work as it fills me with anxiety and dread. When I am out into another job, it won’t come quick enough, which comes to my next topic in this post. I have seen a cleaning job of 32 hours per week and although nights is not something I really wanted to do again, there is nothing stopping me and I cannot stop thinking about it, so I have applied. Wish me luck. 🙂

On the subject of moving to possibly moving somewhere new, are there readers here that have done it? I am particular interested in those who live on their own like me and have done this.

Back to my artistic roots

I have been doing lots of doodles while away from blogging. Out of the ones I will share with you, I will share with you three of them. As you will see, my doodles have come on differently and I am re-discovering my artistic roots. The last time I drawn on this level, was not quite 20 years ago.

The elephant drawing challenge was a later date, but I wanted to do it earlier and share now with the other two drawings.

 

ratdolphin

elephant

Childhood retreat

When ‘Beauty and the Beast’ aired on British TV, I absolutely loved it, when I was a kid. Staring Ron Perlman, as Vincent and Linda Hamilton, as Catherine, watching it was an escape from the world of bullies and things that sometimes went on at home. The trouble was, it was only on one day a week, which wasn’t enough for me. I would escape into my own world, when it was time for bed and imagine being there with them, giving myself a new name and creating new stories. It was my safe world, because this was a safe world for all the different characters that lived there, below the city streets. Each of them with a past story, before they came to live there, where they felt safe and loved. Having a purpose.
I watched every single one, except for the very last one, or the one also before that. I was absolutely gutted I missed the ending, which I recorded and did not catch the end. It obviously started late, because I always used to put an extra ten minutes past the finishing time. I kept looking in the papers each week, wondering why it was not on and wondering when it would be on again, not realising it had completely finished altogether. It wasn’t until I was an adult and having access to the internet and Googling it, that I had learnt it had completely finished and how it ended.
For some years now, (but I don’t know how long exactly,) I own the whole episodes on DVD’s. As a late-deafened adult, I totally rely on subtitles to watch anything, so when I ordered the DVD set from Amazon which the DVD’s are import, I made sure it said that they had subtitles. Which it did. But when it came to playing them on my all-region DVD player, I only found that the subtitles were only on the extras, not on the series itself. I was disappointed, but because I needed the escape again, I kept them and watched them all. But watching only, as I could not follow the conversations and the character, Vincent is not a person you can even lip-read for a start.

Fast forward to the present, I bought a second external CD/DVD player for my laptop of a different model, so I could just play my American import DVD’s. Not only do I have ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ I have ‘Sue Thomas FBEye’ complete series too. (No problem with Sue Thomas though, the subs were available when watching them on my old DVD player.) When I played a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ DVD, to check it worked on this new external player ok, I could see there was an options for closed captions and so I clicked on it and before my eyes I seen subtitles pop up to what was being said at the time. (Theme music that starts at the beginning and the words of Vincent.) So I am expecting this will happen on every one now. I was so happy to see this and cried with tears of joy. This TV series means so much to me and I can’t see I will ever get bored with it. It’s my escape still, when I watch them, but the only difference is I won’t be creating new scenes and jump into that world when I go to bed at night, as I did when I was a kid.

Ecotherapy

While I was taking a break from blogging, I came across Ecotherapy. I have never heard of this before and so I looked into it more.
Ecotherapy is a range of nature-based programmes that can support your wellbeing and as we all know, being outdoors does help.
The link below will take you to Mind and their page in which it will tell you more about Ecotherapy. This includes finding Ecotherapy programmes near you and also how you can do it yourself.

Book review: “I could pee on this,” by Francesco Marciuliano.

This book is written by the same author, as the book I shared yesterday. This book made me laugh just like the other one did and again, this book would suit cat lovers. I received this book with the one I shared in yesterday’s post, for Christmas.

This book is poems by cats. 🙂 😉

Contents of this book:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Family
  • Chapter 2: Work
  • Chapter 3: Play
  • Chapter 4: Existence
  • Acknowledgements

Through this book, it will reveal every cats desires, conflict and their epiphany. Also why cats do the things they do.