Fresh Ginger Loaf Cake

I'm definitely getting into baking loaf cakes... it's because they're easy, I'm not going to lie to you. I hate recipes that use really random ingredients and bizarre shaped cake tins I don't already own! Maybe that's just me though? But anywho, this recipe formed as a result of an idiotic online food shopping mistake I made. Somehow, I managed to order myself almost 1kg of fresh ginger, completely by accident. So I froze a load, thinking I'd make a ginger cake... there are absolutely no fresh ginger cake recipes on the internet, they all use ground ginger. So after a few trial and error test runs (and lots of slightly dodgy cake as a result all eaten by my flat mates, bless them) I think I have perfected the recipe! Hope you enjoy.


200g fresh ginger
150g dark brown sugar
150g normal sugar
230ml vegetable oil
2tbsp golden syrup
300g plain flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground black pepper
2 eggs
2tsp baking powder
150ml boiling water

Start by peeling then grating the ginger on the chunkier side of your grater (just a heads up, it is far easier to grate frozen ginger so I recomend leaving it in the freezer overnight!). Mix sugars, oil and golden syrup in a bowl. Boil water in a saucepan, stir in the baking powder and then add to the mixture. Whisk the eggs and add to the mixture, also add the grated ginger. In another bowl mix together the rest of the dry ingredients. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Line a normal sized loaf tin (2 pounds) with butter or greaseproof paper then pour the in mixture. Bake for 1h20m at 180°c. Cover with foil if the top browns before cooked. Leave to cool before taking out of the loaf tin and you're done! 

Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it x

St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre | Cornwall

I can not believe how fast three years at Falmouth University have gone by... it's scary! And I've started to panic as my leaving date approaches... meaning packing as much as possible in to my last two weeks here, including trips to St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre! If you're not from Cornwall/have never been you probably wont have heard of these places but they are must see when in the South West and quite beautiful so I thought I'd share some pictures from the trips with you. 


Firstly St. Michael's Mount, a tide dependant island of the coast off Marazion. On the island, which you can access by foot at low tide and for £2 on the ferry at high tide, is a beautiful castle and gardens run by the National Trust. I started by looking around the castle which was pretty interesting but mostly enjoyable for the views of the mainland and gardens! I then had a pulled pork and mint yogurt wrap in the cafe which tasted amazing followed by a long walk around the gardens. 

I'd definitley recomend going to St. Michael's Mount... to be honest I'd go back just for the wrap! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves though! 

in the castle gardens

a view of the gardens/sea from the castle


a view of Marazion from the island
                                                                                     


My second trip was to The Minack Theatre, an outdoor theatre built into a cliff face near Penzance which has spectacular views of the sea and a pretty impressive atmosphere in my opinion! I took the coastal pathway to the theatre which is a hefty walk uphill but does pass the beach you can see two pictures below. The play itself was good but I became quite distracted by seals swimming around out in the sea!! A friend I went with also saw a pod of dolphins which unfortunately I missed. 

the theatre just before the show began 


Again, I'd definitely recomend checking out The Minack Theatre even if it's just for a walk around the cliff and nearby beaches. Apparently it is also quite impressive to visit at night which I can imagine is very true. 

And that's it for today folks. Hope you enjoyed this little insight into some Cornish culture/heritage!