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I have become a farmer.


My husband says that I am the most unlikely candidate for this as I am such a ‘Townie’, but ever since moving to the UK, farming has piqued my interest.

A little background on me – I grew up in the epitome of suburban California. Sure, there were farms somewhere around Roseville, but I never visited them. The closest I came to interacting with farm life was walking by livestock auctions through 4-H club at Denio’s. Chickens came from frozen from Foster Farms and our meat came from Bel-Air supermarket or Roseville Meats.

When the opportunity arose to become part of the National Trust’s My Farm/Mumsnet project to re-connect kids with where food comes from, I jumped at the chance. My son, G, is a really picky eater but one thing he loves is roast meat. He’s a big fan of animals and farms, too. Through My Farm, I am able to show him where his roast meat comes from and the importance of how the animals are bred and raised.

As My Farm farmers, we have a say in what happens at the farm – whether it is how many crops are sown or which breed of cow gets a bull. It is a good feeling knowing that we will contribute to the benefit and growth of the farming community.

Watch this space for Farmer Whiteman3’s adventures with My Farm and the National Trust.

I took the cake over to my father in law’s today for an after lunch birthday treat. As chocolate sponge cakes go, this one is at the top.  It was definitely chocolatey enough and not too dry.  I probably could have done with frosting it, but I wanted to try it au naturel the first go round to test the cake on it’s own.

I served it with a fresh vanilla whipped cream (as pictured below), which was a nice accompaniment to the unfrosted cake.

This recipe is a keeper.  Thanks Mr. Lanlard!


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