Tinsel the turkey has laid her first eggs this week!!! The first day I thought it looked like a funny chicken egg but when the second egg arrived I wondered if they were turkey eggs. Good old Google confirmed that yes they were turkey eggs!! Last night I had one fried for my dinner and it was yummy. A different taste to duck and chicken eggs and the yolk was massive!!
Waitrose sell seasonal turkey eggs but the reason why they are not popular is, not only do turkeys take up more room and cost more to keep, they only lay about 100 eggs per year. Chickens can lay up to 300,sometimes more, in one year. Also turkeys are later to lay.
Tinsel is such a character and having eggs from her is just a bonus! If anybody would like to try a tinsel egg please do ask if I have any your welcome to try them. I do also sell the duck and chicken eggs at £1 per half a dozen. This time of year I am in constant supply.
This is a saying I heard today and I think it’s brilliant!! About 90% of my animals now and in the past have been adopted and from now on 100% of my animals will be adopted.
For years I have been saying “that’s it, no more animals!” But in reality I can’t do it because there always seems to be animals that need new homes. Last year alone I adopted 4 animals & tinsel the turkey, who was a gift!
Too many people are breeding animals to make money and not caring about where they end up so please everyone before you go out and buy a new pet please remember.....
ADOPT DONT SHOP!!!
Now the days are lighter for longer my chickens are laying more eggs. My favourite thing to make with the eggs is cake! I have such a sweet tooth and I have always been able to bake good cakes.
I would like to share the recipe with everyone so I thought I would share it on my blog. This lemon drizzle recipe is a Mary Berry recipe and is amazing, my family are always asking me to make some.
You will need:
A traybake or roasting tin roughly 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches
225g butter (I use margarine)
225g caster sugar (I use granulated, it’s cheaper)
275g self raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
4 tbsp milk
Finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
FOR THE TOPPING
175g granulated sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees/fan 140 degrees or gas mark 3. Grease the tin and line with baking parchment.
Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for 2 minutes, until well blended. I mix all my cakes in a food processor, which was my mums and I believe it is older than myself!
Turn the mixture into the tin and spread evenly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. I always test it at 35 minutes by putting a knife in the middle and make sure it comes out clean, if the knife is not clean put it back in the oven for a further 5 minutes or until cooked.
Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then remove and place on a wire rack placed over a tray to catch the drips of the topping.
Mix the sugar and lemon juice together then spoon the topping evenly on the cake, whilst it is still warm. Allow to cool before cutting.
NOW TRY NOT TO EAT THE CAKE ALL IN ONE GO!
I have always had a love of gardening thanks to my mum and dad. I grew up helping in the garden growing flowers, fruit and veg. My passion has grown over the past few years since having to give up my career in hairdressing and now being able to work from home.
When we moved to Cambridge the gardens were just overgrown and unloved so we set to clearing and making it home. Last year we found we have a cherry tree, walnut tree, damsons and elderflower growing here. I also found that there is an apple tree and blackberries growing just up the road that nobody seems to make use of. We were so busy last year that I didn’t use all the fruits to their full advantage but this year I intend too, I just need some new recipes.
As you will have seen from my previous posts, I have created a vegetable garden out of the reach of all my animals although I have had the odd chicken get in and cause havoc! Last week was such lovely weather that I was out gardening everyday and have now upgraded my veg garden even more. I do still need to put a roof on my shed/greenhouse though.
We had an old stables falling down in our front garden so before it was pulled down I used old roof tiles and bricks to surround my boarders and found some old tyres which now houses mint. The farmer kindly gave me 2 containers to make my own water butts. I did put the tap slightly too high but only had small bricks to rest it on and that was a height of my watering can. Total cost £1.99 for the tap! 😁