It is such a gorgeous day today that I  am baking some lovely, summery Mini Sandwich Cakes – vanilla sponge filled with a cream and crème fraîche mix and strawberries glazed in jam. I  am using strawberries in the recipe before the children eat them all and glazing them in jam to prevent the strawberries from drying out. I can’t wait for them to bake and decorate them just so I can try one. The anticipation is killing me. As well as baking these cakes, I am making a Vegetable Curry in the slow cooker. Even though I am in the house all day, it feels nice to know that the dinner is already prepared for tonight and it saves me a job later.  This curry is a change from normal in that I don’t usually make it in the slow cooker and I am using Quinoa in the recipe instead of rice.  I have been wanting to cook with quinoa for a while so this is a whole new thing for me. I made a [amazon_textlink asin=’B0050B8P24′ text=’quinoa’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’3f2b48dd-3bb5-11e7-ae64-4d0ab1a3fcb4′] salad a couple of days ago and the family seemed to enjoy it so I am cooking with it again.  If it works which I think it will I am sure it will be a hit. The quinoa will soak up all the flavours from the curry, vegetables, herbs and spices which I have added to the slow cooker. I am even thinking of baking some Naan Breads to go with the curry , which I have never made before. I may have to go and look for some recipe ideas a bit later.

Now I am thinking I have made a big mistake by making a curry today as it is so lovely outside, maybe a salad would have been a better idea. Ah well too late now. I will be adding more about these ideas later when they are finished.

Now I am off to grab a cuppa and decide what I can use this bag of mini [amazon_textlink asin=’B06WW2V97M’ text=’Snickers bites’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’8c14c445-3bb5-11e7-b9f1-a7424dbd16bf’] in before I decide to eat them. Also there is an open tub of glace cherriés just crying out to be used in something this weekend. I can’t decide on that one either. Ohhhh decisions, decisions.

Other important decisions I need to make this weekend is which [amazon_textlink asin=’B01CU8JQ2W’ text=’DSLR camera’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’ae5eb0d3-3bb5-11e7-81aa-e10d8eed7cdc’] I am going to buy so that my photo quality can improve. I think I may need to look into a food photography course of some description or just buy the camera, bake and take lots of photos till I get it right. Practice makes perfect so they say.  Right back to adding some more back links on my blog with a cuppa in my hand, check the cakes in the oven and have a sly sniff of the curry as I go past. 🙂 (Photos and recipes to follow).