06/12/2011 by Carl Reynolds
The Ape is still away but he’s been doing some head banging in very warm water (see his post late yesterday.) We have previously discussed whether I should add a section to his blog about cakes. I have rekindled a passion for baking and have a wonderful audience to please. So after yesterday’s chat with Elizabeth about cake, I decided that we needed a post swim treat. I couldn’t find a recipe for what I had in mind, so adapted a Victoria sponge making it with soft light brown sugar and adding chopped pecans. I filled it with a maple syrup buttercream – suitably calorific for post swimming I thought.
Calories were certainly needed today. When I left home at 7am there was a nip in the air. When I arrived at Tooting, cars, leaves and roofs were covered in frost. My fingers immediately froze at the thought of getting in the pool. The board said the pool had dropped a degree overnight. I skidded over to the thermometer which confirmed it was 6C, time for a coffee and to regain the feeling in my fingers. I didn’t really want to swim on my own today, so waited for Vince, Alex, Sue, Claire and Hilary before getting in. It didn’t feel too bad, but my goggles filled up with water (twice) which meant I had to keep stopping – it’s difficult to swim with an eyeful of very cold water. I managed 6 lengths and decided to call it a day – I knew that there would be people waiting for CAKE! I took a couple of photos of Alex setting off, unfortunately he missed the cake (Alex I’ll bake again soon!)
Although this photo is slightly blurry, I rather like the feeling of movement it gives Alex.
I love the frost on the roof here – a really Christmassy effect. Vince and I discussed if we should all bring one decoration each to put on the front of each door!
Vince doesn’t hang around – he was in, and off.