Carrot cake

  
My mum’s favourite cake is carrot cake. This is the best recipe ever!

  • 350g self raising flour
  • 350g light brown sugar
  • 350ml sunflower oil
  • 6 carrots
  • 6 eggs
  • Several handfuls of sultanas
  • Good dash of orange juice
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger

Cheese frosting:

  • 1 tub of cream cheese
  • Orange zest
  • 50g icing sugar

Soak the grated carrots and sultanas in orange juice whilst greasing your tin and finding all the things you need. Mix all the ingredients together and then add the soaked carrots and sultanas. Bake in a 8 inch square tin for about an hour on gas mark 4. Leave to cool and make the cheese frosting. Sift the icing sugar into the cream cheese and apply generously on top of the cake. I also decorated it with lemon zest and a big ‘Mum’ out of sultanas. Happy Mother’s Day!

  

Sausage & carrot mess

This is one of my all time favourite pasta dishes that my boyfriend taught me to make in my first year at university. It’s dead simple and takes half an hour.

  • Chop an onion and fry off in a little oil
  • Take a pack of sausages and remove the meat from the skins
  • Add sausage meat to the onions
  • Cook the sausage meat through
  • Grate two large carrots and add to the pan
  • Add a tin of tomatoes, some fresh parsley, a sprinkle of sugar and some Italian herb mix
  • Simmer for 10 minutes 
  • Get some spaghetti on the boil and cook al dente 
  • Dish up together, add fresh parsley and some cheese if you desire

  
I usually make this with tagliatelle but spaghetti works nicely too. I have made this with packaged sausage meat and it was quite fatty so I tend to think it’s worth getting messy peeling the sausages!