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Coconut and Lime cake

This cake is one that goes down well, even with people who don't even like coconut! The tangy icing lifts the moist sponge.

I put this up without photos because I found out that one colleague's niece is coeliac, and wanted him to be able to share it with his sister and her family.


150ml coconut milk50g desiccated coconut25ml milk (or dairy free alternative)250g butter or dairy free margarine, softened250g caster sugar3 eggs, beatenJuice and finely grated zest of two limes250g gluten free self-raising flour blend1tsp Xanthan gum For the icing:
15ml coconut milk250g icing sugar, siftedJuice 1 lime50g toasted coconut flakes (optional)
Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment and pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius/Gas Mark 4
Put the coconut milk in a saucepan over a high heat, as soon as it starts to boil, take off the heat and add the desiccated coconut and milk, set aside to cool. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Mix the lime juice an…

On pets and passing

I doubt this entry will be of fantastic quality, but this is something that comes up now and then that I feel should be said while the notion is fresh in my mind.

Today is a doubly sad occasion for me, not only is it the last weekday of a two week break from work, but I got a text from Dad just after 2pm local time.

Hi, are you working at present

This was not Dad's usual style, and truthfully, my parents don't reach out to me that often.

No, what's up?

Confused, and despite a warning nearing three weeks prior, I get bad news.

We had the vet out to Oscar this morning. He could barely walk and couldn't stand up to eat or relieve himself so it was his time. Mum said to let u know.

Oscar was the family Dalmatian, who we adopted in the Spring of 2005, when I was nearing 17. He was far too splotched to be a pedigree, and his tail was white barring a couple of faint grey spots, but the girls in my family, myself included, loved him from the moment he came to our home. Back then,…