Very easy chocolate cake

The easiest peasiest chocolate cake. Fabulous when you need something quick and easy!!

2 cups s/r flour
1½ cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
3 eggs
½ cup orange juice
½ cup water
¾ cup oil

. Preheat oven to 170C (fan)

. Mix dry ingredients

. Add wet ingredients

. Put into largish greased baking tin

. Bake 50-60 minutes depending on shape of tin

. If making in 2 tins check after 40-45 mins although may still need 50 mins

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Shabbat dinner – Chanukah!

I loved the Butternut squash and sage latke recipe L sent but don’t fancy standing and frying all that at the moment.

Looking at keeping it simple for 8. So plan at the moment is:

Roast butternut squash soup (may even cheat and buy it ready peeled and cut.

Roast chicken – probably just lemon and garlic but other options welcome. I see there’s still some rosemary alive at the back of the garden.

Carrot mash with honey, lemon juice and cumin. Peas and beans, which are good left on hot plate with spring onions and even a bit of lettuce. I know it sounds a bit nunu but the French even have a name for it!

Hassleback potatoes which I had to google at first but they look like fun alternative to normal roast pots.

And for dessert I have gingerbread in the oven to serve with Swedish glacé vanilla – yummy!!

Shabbat dinner – orange and lemon chicken

Celeriac and parsnip soup – soften onion, add veggies, then stock. Blitz. Bit more water. Yum!

Dead simple roast chicken – poured over lemon juice, orange juice and olive oil and stuffed with lemon, orange, garlic and onion. Would have included thyme and rosemary if I’d bothered going into the wet garden to pick them. Cooked in 180 fan oven with Nigel Slater’s top tip – 20 mins for each 500g plus extra 20 mins. Added water to bottom of the pan when it started to go dry. Cut up and put on hot plate with plenty of liquid in bottom and covered.

Cut up white potatoes and red onion into medium chunks and roasted in hot oil, adding sliced garlic half way through. Also yummy with chunks of aubergine, cumin and coriander. Takes about 40 mins at 180 fan.

Grated carrot salad with lemony dressing and dried cranberries.

Apple Crumble with Paul Hollywood inspired topping. Mixture of plain white and wholemeal flours, oats, brown sugar and chocolate chips. Just used sunflower oil to bring it together which was fine but you don’t get a crunchy, crumbly texture without using butter/marg. Cooked at about 160 fan until fruit is soft and top coloured nicely. Good on hot plate, just be careful of condensation softening the crumble if you cover it – I find tea towels work a treat.