Thursday, 31 May 2018


I was with Dad in the nursing home this evening.  At one point he took my hand in his, looked me in the eye and uttered, "Happy birthday!"  A moment of perfect lucidity that made me shed a happy tear.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Happy birthday to me.  You can now follow Chilli Crab on Instagram !

Life has fallen into a routine, which is just what I need at this point.  I visit Dad at the nursing home every Tuesday and Thursday after work, then again on Saturday and Sunday mornings with Mum in tow.  Friday evenings are usually spent with friends; Sunday afternoons with Mum.

I had friends over on Sunday afternoon and because I had promised to produce a cake for tea, I actually got off my butt and started baking again.  I baked one cake on Sunday, a second yesterday, and one more today!

I've made this Lemon Yogurt Cake again and again for almost a decade.  I buy blanched ground almond that is readily available in our local supermarkets.  It gives the cake a fine and light crumb.

Usually, I use blanched almond flour that has been grounded quite finely.  This time I'm trying out unblanched Australian Almond Meal for the first time.  I really like the rustic red-brown that the almond skin brings to the cake.

Australian Almond Meal



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