A first for Mrs Green

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Mrs Green's disaster in the kitchen this week. Food waste? I think not!

Mrs Green's disaster in the kitchen this week. Food waste? I think not!

I can’t believe this just happened!

I’ve been baking cakes for years and rather pride myself on the fact that I’m a bit of a Nigella Lawson when it comes to baking (apart from bread you might remember).

I hardly even need scales any more.

And I heartily agree that a  bad workman blames his tools. Pah! Anyone can bake a cake, right?

During my massive kitchen declutter I decided it was time for me to be a real grown up.

I’ve been putting up with crappy bakeware all my adult life.

The other week, when Little Miss Green also had a bit of Teflon coating served up with her dinner I decided enough was enough and off to the recycling centre it all went.

I browsed cookshops and online stores and finally placed an order for cake tins, baking sheets and brownie tins.

On Monday Little Miss Green asked for cake and I promised her I would make her a cake as soon as my new tins arrived.

She looked so disappointed, but bravely agreed to wait.

Being the doting Mum I am I decided I couldn’t disappoint her, so while she was playing I set to work with my favourite fail-safe recipe for orange and chocolate cake.

I found an old ceramic oven dish and popped it in the oven.

It rose beautifully and looked perfect when it came out.

No surprise there.

I left it to cool but when I returned it was half the size it was when I took it out of the oven.

I tipped it out onto the rack to cool and was faced with uncooked runny cake mix!

This has never happened before!

And I still don’t know what happened, except for using the wrong tin.

So let that be a lesson to me, and maybe one for you too.

And it’s ok to blame your bad tools sometimes …

I do, however, have a plan up my sleeve so cunning, you could put a tail on it and call it a fox. Watch this space!

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. If this happened to me I would put into a pyrex dish and nuke then serve with custard or cream for pudd.

    Will be interested to see what you do!

  2. Greenlady says:

    That looks like a great trifle base to me 😛

  3. Ally says:

    Whilst it is a shame, i bet that cake would be FANTASTIC with custard or ice cream =D

    Any chance of the recipe?!

    Pretty Please with an un-dyed organic fresh-from-the-market-stall cherry on top?
    -x-

  4. Katy says:

    I have a few bits of silicon bakeware, which were a present. They mostly work fine and I don’t need to use any more greaseproof paper. I think that your dish just did not conduct the heat fast enough, compared to a thin metal tin?

    If you can lick the bowl clean then surely you can also eat this! 😉

  5. sandy says:

    without sounding to techno, it is all in the material ceramic is not as thin or conductive (if that is the right word) as tin, so therefore the cake takes longer to cook. I too would have nuked it and smothered it with custard, lovley

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @maisie dalziel: @Greenlady: @Ally: Oh ladies; you just know me too well! Well done all of you; I’ve saved you a slice if you’d like to pop over.

    Ally, I’ll post up the recipe for sure 😉

    @Katy: I don’t like silicone. I know people rave about it, but it feels like a horrible condom when you take it out of the oven and I’m scared I’m going to drop it because it wobbles around so much LOL!
    The muffin cases I can just about cope with, but that’s because I put them in a muffin tin first.
    Glad you like them though.

    @sandy: Thanks for that, Sandy. I have now learned my lesson and the new bakeware has arrived; so I’m very happy!

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