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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

McVitie's Jamaica Ginger Cake

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The jungle drums beat loud and proud round these parts.  McVitie's have obviously heard about my dalliance with a ginger cake recipe so asked me to share the information about their relaunch of the original Jamaica Ginger Cake with you.

Remember Rusty Lee from TV-AM in the 80s?  Well, she's back and she's not changed a bit - just like the McVitie's Jamaica Ginger Cake recipe.  Here she is making truffles using Jamaica Ginger Cake (and I've put a copy of the recipe at the end of this blog post).

What McVitie's would like you to do is to visit their Facebook page and enter their competition.  Tell them how you eat your ginger cake and you could be in with a chance to win a dream holiday for you and your family.  GOOD LUCK!!

Quick McVitie Jamaica Ginger Cake Facts

  • The secret recipe has been handed down from generation to generation for over fifty years
  • Less than five people know the recipe
  • Over 13.7 million cakes are sold each year
  • McVitie Jamaica Ginger Cake is currently £1.49 and available at all major retailers
  • You can visit the McVitie website for more information and recipes

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  • 1 pkt Jamaica Ginger Cake
  • 4tbs rum (optimal) or 2tbs apricot jam dissolved with 1tbs hot water
  • 150g (6ozs) milk chocolate
  • 100g (4oz) glace cherries - chopped
  • 50g (2ozs) chocolate vermicelli
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces in either a small saucepan or bowl that will sit in a pot of gentle simmering water - the water must not touch the chocolate otherwise it will go hard.
  2. In a bowl break up the Ginger Cake and sprinkle in the chopped cherries. Mix them all together and then bind the mixture together with the rum or apricot.
  3. Roll the mixture into little balls, approx 1oz/25g - there should be approximately 28 balls - place them on a plate.
  4. Roll the cake balls in the melted chocolate, and then roll them in the vermicelli before placing them in little cases. These can be given as a gift or served to friends and family.