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Learning to crochet, time to start again! 

  Today Timehop reminded me of a delightful morning spent learning to crochet with a kind and beautiful friend. She had the ability to teach in a way that never felt like you were working hard to learn something but more that you were just having a chat and all of a sudden, tah dah! 

In our usual way, we had pots of tea and a pear/raspberry/coconut loaf I used to make for her as it was her favourite. 

She’s been gone than two years and I still miss her every single day. 

I haven’t picked up this project since she died or made that loaf cake, today feels like a good day to bake and hook. 

I’ll have to find some tutorials to remember how… Somehow these circles need to become squares for joining… Any recommendations for a good online crochet tute? 

Chocolate Blueberry Cake : a vegan recipe

I’m not sure I’ve previously mentioned in this space that our youngest daughter has some severe food allergies. She is allergic to eggs and dairy. As a keen baker, I have had to find ways and means around using these ingredients in cakes, biscuits and slices.

Choc Blueberry Olive Oil Cake

I have developed a few recipes of my own (which I will share next time I make them and remember to take a picture!). Sometimes though, it is nice to stumble upon a recipe where all the hard work has already been done for me. This chocolate cake is AMAZING!

I make some changes (because I can’t help myself) by making it with just cocoa, not ground chocolate as that contains milk and I don’t use cream cheese icing. My solution to the icing factor is to sprinkle the cake with about 120gms of fresh or frozen blueberries prior to baking and then dust with a little icing sugar when serving. Yum!

And if the cake is not going to school, or another nut-allergy avoidance zone, I replace half of the flour with ground almonds which adds to the moistness and makes it a little more on the healthy side.

You’re welcome!