Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A bundt in the oven.

Oh hai! So... it's been a while. A very long while. I hope everyone has been having a grand old time! What have I been doing? Well, I have been working for one! I am no longer on call (hurrah!) unless people are away (boo) but I am now working more hours during the rostered week. Kitties are still awesome to work with! I have also started doing a part-time research masters, looking at diabetic cats in remission. It's a great project, and is something that hasn't been looked at before! So I am also working in that around the working.

Also, something rather horrid happened. I lost my baking mojo. Towards the end of last year, the constant sleep deprivation and stress of being on call so much crushed that mojo like a bug. I was still cooking so that I could eat, but baking and blogging were just off the radar.

But good news kids! All that has changed. And it is all thanks to my beautiful silicon bundt pan. Hence the name of the post... I am certainly in no way procreating! I have had it for ages, but was a bit cautious to use it. I had some bad experiences with cheap silicon destroying my baking. But this is not cheap, it is GLORIOUS!


Behold! This is a Chocolate-Rum Coffee Cake from 1000 Vegan Recipes (more on that book to come!). I made it for my friend Jen's birthday party. I was just so in love with the look of it when it came out of that pan! And it was delicious! I was a bit wary of the coffee part of it, because I think that coffee is ick, but it really just adds to the depth of flavour.

I had so much fun that I did it again the next week!


I made Lemon-Coconut Bundt Cake from Veganomicon to take to my friend Shelley's scrapbooking party. Again, it is super cute. And also it is really yummy, and very moist. People seemed to like it!

So, back in the kitchen with joy AND back on the blog world. I'll be blogging every now and then, when the mood strikes, so as not to put too much pressure on myself. But check back! Now I have to catch up on a zillion posts in Google Reader.

Kitty Picture of the Post


Check out my beautiful sleeping Gizmo. Gizmo would like any kind and healing thoughts you might have to spare. She has a chronic urinary tract infection. She's on antibiotics at the moment (I have to inject her every second day because the tablets make her vomit) to start to clear it up, then she needs to have a bladder and kidney ultrasound to see if there is any nastiness causing it. So hugs for my kitty, please!

(1000 Vegan Recipes blogged: 0.1%... more on this soon)

7 comments:

Mandee said...

Hello! So glad you've found some time to blog again and yay for not being on call.

Both bundts look great but I would really love a slice of the lemon coconut one! Congrats on your baking mojo returning :D

Theresa said...

Hey, welcome back! And yay about your better working situation, and your masters. The cakes are so pretty. I have a few silicon baking pans and they must be cheap because they totally suck. I'll have to keep an eye out for un-sucky silicon.

Amy said...

Mmm I'm coming over for cake! Yay for mojo coming back!!!

And of course Gizmo will be in my thoughts :( I hope she's not got anything serious going on and is feeling all better soon!

seitanismymotor.com said...

Welcome back! I'm glad your baking mojo returned and your job has changed for the better. That research programme sonds interesting indeed!

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Welcome back, baking mojo! :D

It sounds like you have been very busy with work and research. You deserve lots of bundt goodness! I would love a big slice of the lemon coconut bundt, please!

*healthy, happy vibes for Gizmo*

Vaala ◪ said...

Oh I hope Gizmo is okay. Your cakes look divine. I've never tried a bundt cake.

Jeni Treehugger said...

YAY you're back! And with 2 awesome bundt cakes to boot.
Life is sweeeeet.
:)