Half and half cake

If you can have a half and half pizza I see no reason you can’t have a half and half cake.

A bigger cake or slice tray is preferable as it give you a little wiggle room for in tray mixing.

As seen here in below picture I made a basic butter cake then poured the batter in to a slice tray (28x18cm).

I sprinkled  some chocolate chips on top, carefully with a skewer (my implement of choice when mixing like this) I pushed some chips down into batter and sort of stirred them in, more on top. Topped with shredded coconut.

The other half I had a fresh pear that I peeled cored and sliced, place on the top of the other half then sprinkled with a little mixed spice.

Baked as usual. Cooled to half way in the tray then turned onto a wire rack.

An easy way to give a little variety. Works just as well with a chocolate cake mix or other.

Apples or peaches or banana for other fruits and sultanas or mixed fruit for the other side, the choices are yours.

Creamy lentil soup

It was a recipe by default of something else not working so bear with my haphazard notations please.

I read a recipe to make lentil burrito wraps of 1 cup dry red lentils and 2 cups tap water. Soak overnight. Blitz to fine/mush in a bullet. Little oil in a pan and pour in, flip and cook other side. Needless to say for me it stuck to the bottom of the pan, it was crepe like and it didn’t work for me. Tasted ok and looked more like a scrambled egg omelette when I was done.

What to do with the rest of the lentil mush in the bullet, it was only lentils and water but it seemed a waste. I put it back in the fridge.

Today I made vegetable soup. 1 chicken bullion cube a couple-ish cups of water and a couple of handfuls of frozen mixed veg. Everything was almost cooked.

It then dawned on me that I could use my lentil mush in my soup, it’s healthy. I turned the pot down low and added the lentil mush and wow just like that while stirring it into the pot it got nice and creamy. I let it simmer for a bit longer and  added a few spices my favourite being the anything seasoning . 

Vegetables are whatever you wish them to be.  No reason you can’t use fresh.  Adapt your water level.

I’m really happy with this as my hubby likes a creamy soup. You can’t taste the lentils. It’s very filling. To make it more of a meal add some chopped cooked chicken or turkey.

The most preparation would be to soak the red lentils  making sure you popped them in to soak overnight to soften.


Cuppa soup (single or family sizes)

Chicken or beef or vegetable.


I’ve never been one to have a ‘housework” day, I generally do things as needed so nothing piles up. The only time this does not work is when we have many days on end of rain and I can’t hang washing out on the line to dry.

I like to get my stuff done in the mornings and preferably before morning tea time (10ish am). Mainly because it get pretty hot especially in summer.

My question is do you have a specific day of day of the week that you set aside for your household chores or or a time of day you like to get things done by?

Or it just gets done when it gets done?

Accidentally washed on a sticker label?

How do you get one of those pesky sticker labels off your shirt, hoodie or pants? While the clothing is still wet grab a piece of fresh sticky tape, press it down onto the gummy washed on sticker, leave for a minute or two. Carefully peel off the strip of sticky tape and the gummy sticky stuff should come off on your tape. If this does not get it all off first time, try it again.

This works best if it’s only been washed that first time and the item of clothing is still wet.

Could it work otherwise, possible but I’ve not tried it so can’t confirm.

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