Finally, I've been to my first ever music festival, Party in the Peaks. I took only one photo, but it was a good one.

zebramanIncidentally, that zebraman is also a qualified electrician.

It was at this festival that I started accidentally liking Dubstep, which caused my Petebrother to direct me towards the noises of Spoonbill, which I find agreeable.

I have been engaged in cake-baking activities of late after reading too much food porn (Smitten Kitchen, I'm looking at you) and the simple necessity of it being my last day at work on Friday (there was not a dry eye in the house, I tell you). These endeavours would be much improved by the edible glitter I've been drooling over of late. But still. Read on for my completely failsafe vegan chocolate cake recipe...

Really Quite Easy Yet At The Same Time Almost Obscenely Moist Vegan Chocolate Cake

1¼ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla essence*
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar

Mix together dry ingredients, make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients, mix well. Pour batter into greased 8"x8" tin. Bake in preheated oven at 175°C for 20 minutes.

(*I don't think I've ever actually owned vanilla essence)

For apple & cinnamon cake all you have to do is replace the cocoa with flour, replace the vegetable oil with applesauce and add 2tsp or so of cinnamon.

So anyway, I made chocolate cake and an apple and cinnamon cake and everyone loved me and I'm sure will miss me horribly. But I'll be back at Christmas with some more of my messy Visual Basic Scripting and/or envelope-stuffing. For this week I'm doing some work experience at the East Grinstead Courier and Observer, which has been brilliant so far - they even let me write things!

I will post cuttings if they actually publish any of it. If not I'll bake another cake.


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