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  1. I recently bought a huge bag of home grown rhubarb at a Church fete and I’ve been thinking of delicious things I can make with it.  Firstly I chopped a good few sticks up to freeze for future bakes but I still have lots left and so tonight I thought I would combine the rhubarb with one of my favourites, Eves Pudding and it was scrummy!
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    2 eggs
    120g self raising flour
    120g butter softened
    120g sugar (granulated or caster) plus a little extra for the fruit
    Few drops of vanilla essence
    3 or 4 chunky rhubarb sticks
    2 Pink Lady apples

    I always use the same recipe for my sponge as I do my vanilla cupcakes and start by weighing the eggs and then do the same weight in sugar, flour and butter.  When I got the ingredients out of the cupboard I suddenly realised I’d run out of caster sugar and braved granulated instead which I found worked very well.

    Preheat the oven to 170C (if you have a fan oven and slightly higher if it’s not).  Start by creaming the butter and the sugar until it’s pale and then slowly add the egg.  I always add a little flour each time to stop it curdling and try not to over mix it.  When the egg is all in I added the flour and a splash of milk with the vanilla essence in.  Normally I would have carefully sieved and folded the flour in but I was cooking a stir fry at the same time so I literally bunged it all in and hoped for the best.

    I deliberately made the sponge mix before chopping the fruit so it didn’t brown.  I like my fruit to be a bit chunky so I quickly chopped it up and put it in a 9 inch round cake tin with a sprinkling of sugar on top.  You’ll need to carefully spread the sponge over the top so it doesn’t all mix up and be sure to get it right to the edges so no fruit juice escapes to make the top soggy.

    Now I know not everyone likes their fruit to have a bit of bite and if you don’t you could just give it 5 or 10 mins in the oven before putting the sponge on top. 

    Pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes but keep an eye on it and when you think it’s ready just pop your finger on top and see if the sponge bounces back.  The skewer test will be a tough one as you’ll probably hit the fruit and it won’t come out clean anyway. 

    When I took the pudding out of the oven I made sure to let it rest for a good 15 minutes or so which meant it cut really easily and the hot fruit didn’t strip a layer of skin off the kids mouths.  I served it with a good helping of vanilla ice cream and everyone asked for seconds.  #MumWin
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    As always, I feel I should do some sort of disclaimer and say that I am by no means a professional and can’t be held responsible if you get distracted with Facebook or Love Island and burn the kids pudding.  Also please note that everyone’s oven is different and times will vary.
    Happy baking!!!
  2. Last weekend we visited the Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park to have fun and meet the new feathered friends in Fairy Penguin Island.  As it was blisteringly hot we started our afternoon in the splash zone and once we’d cooled down and grabbed an ice cream we went to find the state-of-the-art enclose which is now home to 20 very cute and teeny penguins.

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    The colony of fairy penguins (also known as the little blue penguins) are the smallest in the world measuring at just over 25cm tall and weighing around 1kg each.  Each one has a different coloured tag so you can look at the list and see who’s who.

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    The colony moved to Weymouth recently from Manly SEA LIFE in Australia and are currently the only fairy penguins In Europe.  The park invested over £100,000 into the new enclose which gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal in a whole new way.

    As we entered the enclosure a member of the SEA LIFE team was there to say hi and told us some facts about the penguins which we could see chilling on the rocks and swimming around in the water.  From here you can walk outside on to an American style boardwalk and take a stroll through the enclosure where many of them were resting in their little homes while others were noisily waddling around.

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    After telling the kids they couldn’t have one we went off to find the Ocean Tunnel where we sat and watched stingrays, huge turtles and sharks swim overhead.  By now the kiddies we’re getting tired and they begged to go to the Caribbean Cove play area which is great for children of all ages with a huge play frame, slides, sand pit and lots of other great play equipment.

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    We always have a great day at Weymouth SEA LIFE which is home to more than 1,000 creatures with 13 different zones containing penguins, sharks, turtles and stingrays.  There are daily talks and feeding demonstrations at the park to further educate guests about the different species which are present.

    For more information about Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park please visit the website.