New home, new flapjacks


I hate moving house. Well, who doesn't really? But the move has been made, and I hope that this will be the last.

There is nothing like a bit of baking to make you feel at home, so to start as I mean to go on, I made some flap jacks. Here is the recipe. Its very simple and easy and could be adapted to suit whatever is in the cupboard. It would also be fine with a bit less sugar and butter.

Flap jacks

8 oz oats
1 oz pumpkin seeds
1 oz sunflower seeds
1 oz pecans
2 oz dried apricots
2 oz sultanas

5 oz butter
4 oz light brown sugar
2 oz maple syrup

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 2/150 degrees Celsius.
Chop the nuts and apricots roughly and mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Melt the butter, add the sugar and maple syrup and stir to dissolve in a big gloopy gorgeous mass. Pour on top of the oats & co. Mix, then place in a greased, lined baking tray (roughly 20 x 30cm) and bake for 20-25 minutes, 'til lightly coloured. Cut into squares while still hot and leave to cool and harden in the tin.

Delicious. And all gone in less than 24 hours.
There's been some beautiful sunshine and grim rain the last couple of days. Above is a view of the top field in the glorious sunny part of yesterday. And below is the view from the top field.
I don't know what kind of flower this is, but its everywhere at the moment.
Found some fragrant orchids yesterday too.
There are swallows roosting in the barn, there's deer poo in the back garden, and rabbits are grazing on the dropped lunch crumbs each evening right outside the window. It is like a paradise!