Carrot bun anyone?

Hi, Thursday is the new bake off day in The Waffle household. Today I made these carrot buns. And they were quite nice except their bottoms were a bit greasy, sorry too many innuendos in this post already (!), I’ll start again.

Let’s just call them carrot cupcakes? Carrot muffins? Oh dear, this is just getting worse. I was better off with my spiced raisin squares of last week, and they were tastier too, not a greasy bottom in sight. The carrot cakes are quite nice but the thing that really makes a carrot cake I now realise is the contrast between the carrot cake and the cream cheese icing. I might have to mix up some icing for the remaining cakes.

Today is my Mum’s birthday so a big “Happy Birthday” 🍰🎂🎁🎉🎈🛍 to her. I think she’s OK, but not having a brilliant day or life at the moment due to the lockdown. She had some nice cards and hopefully she’ll have a good meal with my Dad and glass of wine or two tonight. I am going to see her on Saturday to deliver food shopping including belated birthday cake and birthday gift to the doorstep and to do a special birthday wave/dance in the street for her. Will we ever get used to how weird life has become? I guess in some ways we already have. I find it very hard to imagine myself in a busy pub jostling up against a bunch of strangers at the bar trying to get served. I think I’d probably rather just go off for a walk on my own instead and photograph a butterfly or something. Either I am getting very old or lockdown is changing me.

I seem to have a thing about tulips at the moment, I see them everywhere. Aren’t they lovely? The daffodils have gone over now and we are into the season of the tulips.

I guess we all have more time to observe nature at the moment, which is a plus. I am really enjoying watching the blue tits to-ing and fro-ing to their babies in our bird box. I don’t think I’ll manage to photograph the speedy little birds for you, but here is their home, in my home’s garden. I know the box has gone a bit lopsided but I don’t want to disturb them by straightening it up again.

I feel these little birds who come back year after year are almost part of my family and quite honestly they are no trouble at all. (Meanwhile my husband has been playing noisy guitar for most of the day…or it seems like it anyway).

Yesterday I found myself talking to a pretty goldfinch on the patio while my husband was upstairs. He heard me talking and asked if I was on the house phone. “I don’t think so”, I said, “I’m talking to a goldfinch and I don’t think he’s got one.” Have I gone mad? No worse than my friend Debs who sent me a lovely photo of a squirrel in the tree outside her window. She tells me she’s named him Rudolph. This is turning into some version of The Jungle Book where we are all at one with the animals. So have you started talking to them yet? Photographing them? Naming them? I’d love to hear about your new friends in the garden. I believe my sister has a friendly hedgehog in the Cotswolds, ah, that’s nice!

Published by thewindsorwaffle

I love food and cooking (and eating). I live in Windsor, Berkshire with my husband David.

3 thoughts on “Carrot bun anyone?

  1. As previous years, I enjoy looking out for robins and blue tits. Then there are the pigeons which I seem to enjoy watching a particular pair getting it on. So I imagine babies for them later and if the same couple, will use a tall tree and nest in there just over halfway up, if same pigeons as last year.

    From observations of last year, I think a couple of pairs of pigeons possibly nest in there. But the ones I particularly watched, I think lost their young, after losing the war with a magpie.

    I haven’t named any birds. But I do sometimes make a running commentary of the loved up pair of pigeons. Making voices for them. 😁

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    1. That’s very funny 😂 I am now imagining your pigeon voices! Our pigeons look too fat to get up to much, all they seem interested in doing is gobbling up all the birdseed meant for the little birds. I did find myself staring at a pigeon for a good few minutes yesterday wondering what on Earth goes on in his little pigeon head? Whether he had noticed that the roads are now quieter? Less dead pigeons in the road for him to peck at (yuck!). I look forward to hearing of any updates re baby pigeons in due course from you! X

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      1. Newsflash – Debs has just texted to let me know she has a new squirrel friend called Eric. It is unknown whether Rudolph is also friends with Eric. We await further info from the source.

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