Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
We are all perfect parents before they’re born. We know exactly what we’d do in every situation. How we’ll sing French lullabies to our babies whilst they eat their organic vegan friendly baby food, how we’ll never raise our voices to them and use diplomatic tones to find a mutually beneficial outcome and how we’ll always make sure they’re dressed impeccably and have their hair perfectly brushed before ever leaving the house.
Then of course there’s reality.
Or as I like to call it “The real, sleep deprived Mothers of Shitville”.
And there’s a reason that there’s no reality TV show with that name, because it would be awful to watch. Wiping snotty noses with your sleeves, scraping 2 day old mash off the walls and continually arguing with a 2 year old about the need to wear underwear does not make for riveting viewing.
When you have kids your preconceived (before they’re conceived) ideas can be quickly washed away with your next load of pumpkin stained onesies. Life can be monotonous and repetitive and, whilst there is so much joy in raising children, some days you may forget about that…especially if there’s been a number 3 on your bed spread.
Just remember it’s the little things and the cherished moments that can keep you sane and engaged. Sure, my kids only know one language (unless you count the 3 words of Spanish they learned from Dora) and they’ve heard my raised voice more times than they’ve eaten hot meals but they’re happy, healthy and warm. Whilst I know that some days I’m not the parent I want to be, they know that they’re loved and I would do anything for them. They don’t always like me (especially when I ask them for the 14th time that morning to clean their bedrooms) but I know that they love me too.
Parenting is hard and it’s not perfect. You have to be ok with mediocracy because sometimes just getting two shoes on their feet, even though they’re mismatched, is a win. Sometimes you’ll feel like the biggest parental loser but then you’ll get a tiny person hug, or a scrawled picture of yourself and you know that it’s all worthwhile. They’re little faces will forever be a reminder to you that unconditional true love does exist.
I know I’m late to the party but how great are Poke Cakes?? Just like I did with ankle boots and skinny leg jeans, I finally got to the popular people place…only by now I’m sure they’re all wearing thigh high boots and turning their keto adapted noses up at me. Poke Cakes are great as you get to blend different flavours together (like this Triple Chocolate Poke Cake…. although that’s all technically one flavour!), like this Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake. I’ve combined Lemon and Blueberry together a few times before here, here and here and find them the perfect combination of sweetness and tart. And just because I’m the crazy veggie cake lady, I’ve thrown in some Zucchini as well.
This Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake starts with a soft Lemon Zucchini Cake that’s baked in a square tin. After 30 minutes, whilst the cake is still a bit warm, you poke the cake with the end of a wooden spoon to make lots of small holes. These holes are then filled up with liquid gold (aka Lemon Curd) and topped with the most beautiful purple cream frosting. This Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake is truly a pretty cake…pretty damn tasty!
Making the Lemon Curd is easy if you know how. To make it properly set up a double boiler; a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. You don’t need anything fancy equipment to do this but do make sure that your glass bowl is heat proof. The Blueberry Cream is so good that I usually need to make a 2nd batch (or my cake ends up with a thin layer of frosting only). To ensure that the Blueberry Cream can hold its shape make the cream while the cake is cooking (or even earlier) to give it time to thicken in the fridge. If your cream is looking a bit limp (which may mean that you didn’t give the can of coconut cream/milk enough time in the fridge to thicken) add 2 teaspoons of gelatine that has been dissolved in 2 Tablespoons of water.
I made this Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake for myself for Mothers Day. It went perfectly with the egg and bacon breakfast the boys made me for breakfast!! What other flavours do you think would work in a Poke Cake? Is there anything that definitely wouldn’t work??
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