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A slice of Wednesday

I'm pretty much a daily blogger, unless a day kicks my butt, which yesterday did. 

There were so many moments, all put together, to remind me that while I may occasionally look collected and, you know, on top of it, I'm so not.  

It started with me knocking over the whole bucket of expensive milk formula I'd carefully made up for the pigs. Followed by a long-wafty-skirt-and-electric-fence moment. Doofus. 

It wasn't helped at all by not one but two sick children, the most miserable being the baby. 

Three missing chickens. 

Two dogs tearing up the lawn. 

Same two dogs exuberantly jumping on top of an elderly neighbour up the lane as he tried to fix his fence. (He was so cool about it. Poor man. They're not little dogs. We did a bit more training today.)

No biscuit stock left. Orders waiting. 

The record number of times I reheated a cup of tea in the microwave before I tossed it was four. Total number of hot cups of tea consumed: zero.

Kids underfoot. High winds. Forecast for higher winds. 

And some small person left the net off the cabbages and the chickens had a field day. 

However. 

That was yesterday.

Today, I found a very large steaming bucket of fresh cows milk up near the pigs, left by a neighbourly dairy farmer who'd heard about them. 

Today I just carried the cranky baby in the backpack all day and got on with it. 

Today I cleaned up the kitchen. No small feat. And I feel so much better about the world. 

And today is Wednesday. Which means there is a slice. 

 

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LEMON SLICE

This recipe is a bit ubiquitous to credit one source – and there are a hundred variations. Donna Hay does one, but it has more eggs and I think cream in it. The recipe I used today comes from an old Better Homes and Garden Magazine; (September 2009.)

I like this one because it's simple. And today simple was good.

Ingredients:

base:

125g butter, softened

¼ cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ⅓ cups plain flour, sifted

top:

4 eggs

1 cup caster sugar

2 tbsp plain flour

½ cup milk

finely grated rind and juice of 2 lemons

Pure icing sugar, for dusting

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a slice tin (I think it's 20cm x 30cm). Using an electric beater if you have one, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Sift over flour and stir until combined. (It'll look like crumbs.) Press mix into base of tin and bake for 10 mins or until just starting to brown around edges. Let cool.

Put eggs, sugar, flour, milk, juice and rind into bowl and whisk well. Pour over base. Bake for 20 mins or until just set. When cold, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar. 

 

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Wednesday: saved by a delicious lemony top and shortbready base. What is not to love. 

xxx

27 Comments on “A slice of Wednesday

lily boot
September 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

i swear it’s the wind – it unbalances my brain. Rain – yep, love rain. Sun – yep, that’s good too. Wind, strong, ceaseless, day after day wind – blah! It turns me wonky. Hope the rest of the week is peaceful and productive. And god bless neighbours with hot milk for the pigs 🙂

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Sue
September 29, 2011 at 1:21 am

Oh, man, Wednesday slices are going to be the death of me- your photos look so good I ache! Hmmmm, I do have all those ingredients, though the flour is our nasty UK gluten free stuff, Lauren’s asleep and Henry would probably be happy to watch a little tv. He says “Yeah. And read this, Haiwy Macwawy.” Yeah, either way, I should probably go. Love you!

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Thrifty Household
September 29, 2011 at 1:55 am

The lemon slice looks delicious- has it helped to erase yesterday?

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Alexia
September 29, 2011 at 3:16 am

Oh Yum! I think I will make those lemon bars this weekend. Thank-You for sharing.

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Snapper
September 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

The slice looks delish! And I love your milk toting neighbor! 🙂

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Danielle
September 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

Oh man. That sounds like a.day.

Sometimes I’m surprised by how cleaning up or rearranging a room can bring me such peace, calm and satisfaction. I suppose it is something about controlling a very small sliver of my world…

Hope your days continue to be better than the one you described and with a treat like that, I imagine they will. 🙂

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Cath
September 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

This looks so lovely. But I wonder how many eggs you need in the topping? Three? Hope today is an even better day.

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alison@thisbloominglife
September 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’m with Lily Boot, there’s something in the air! I had just the same day Tuesday, Monday, Sunday etc etc… For me the garden and flowers make an attempt to fix the world. Hope today is a good one!

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nell donahoo
September 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

Another impoorant achievement today … you’ve managed to brighten my day this entry … a (familiar) day at home with the kids. Us mum’s are really quite amazing!

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Catherine
September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Not trying to ruin your day and all that but you forgot to put how many eggs we are meant to use. I looked it up and the web site said four. I hope that’s right. Off to make the slice. Thank you as always for sharing. I do look forward to Wednesdays recipes.

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innerpickle
September 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

It has, thank you. And there’s some for today too, just in case!!

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innerpickle
September 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’m sure it’s about controlling that one small slice. It’s so simple. And happens so rarely around here. xx

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innerpickle
September 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

FOUR!!!!! THANK YOU marvellous editor!!!!! I’ve gone back and added them into the recipe. Thanks SO MUCH for picking that up!!!!!

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innerpickle
September 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Yep, just edited the recipe. That was a major omission and man I hope no one’s made it egg-less yet!!!!! Apologies. xx

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Bruisemouse
September 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Yesterday certainly sounds like one of THOSE days.
Today’s recipe sounds amazing and I have everything needed right here. This will definitely be afternoon tea.
Thanks for sharing.

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IWM
September 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I think you can be forgiven for a tiny omission after your day of crapness. My eyes welled with the new bucket of milk. And wow, how good does that slice look? I make a similar one but with melted butter (so actually a little easier) but yours looks neater…mine is always a little sloppy. But yum yum yum. Oh and we’ve got 100km winds today! Finding out which windows leak (most of them!).

And woman, get yourself a pair of overalls!

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little green village
September 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hi, I just made the lemon slice as it looked delicious.

However the base didn’t turn out. I worked out that there was a typo in your recipe, and the flour should read “1 1/3 cups of plain flour” ( your recipe says 1/3 cup plain flour)
I have now made the base again and it is baking in the oven and it is smelling delicious.
My husband is looking forward to testing it!
Thanks for sharing.

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innerpickle
September 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I am DESPERATELY sorry because I also just replied to an email from someone querying the recipe.

I’ve edited it now. There’s no excuse, ‘cept crap sleep for a week and blogging at 11.30pm. I really really really want you lovely folk to trust my recipes and this was a terrible aberration.

My enormous and sincere apologies.

Fiona xx

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little green village
September 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I have just taken the second attempt out of the oven and it is cooling now. It looks and spells delicious. I can’t wait to sprinkle the icing sugar on the top, then savour!
I have linked your recipe to my blog….
I totally understand sleep deprivation…

PS I love your blog, and I am gradually working my way through your posts.

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Erica Demiri
September 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Love it! the slice (may try that tomorrow) and the story of “One of those days!”

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SB
September 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

I’m with Sue, these slices are killing my healthy eating plans. The slices themselves aren’t soo bad if I could just stop at one or two pieces!! Hope today was better. Did you get rain? It poured while we were away camping and I wondered if any fell over South Coast??

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whitney
September 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

so nice to hear about a real day in the life of a mum with little ones….i am a stay at home mum to 3 little boys. we live in country victoria and sometimes, blogs are the only way i connect with people other than my husband and children throughout the day…sometimes i sit here thinking – lordy me, look at what all these other amazing people are doing, what am i doing? why aren’t i as souleful at mothering as this person, how can she get all that done and still have time to be with her kids….today i read yours and i exhaled with a sigh of relief….a real mum….real kids….real day….i am not alone….thank you for sharing….and thanks for the slice….it is show time around here, so 4 pieces of baked slice, here we go….i have only recently just come across your blog and i so look forward to checking my emails to see if you’ve posted….i am also enjoying reading through your previous entries….its so nice when your isolated to not feel so isolated and to feel a connection with someone even if its through the computer….yet to try your maple balls, but my yoghurt is sitting here fermenting as we speak…

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innerpickle
September 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Dear Whitney, thanks so much for this comment. This is the reason I blog. Thisll keep me going for a month!! Its my way of connecting too. xx

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jandr@orcon.net.nz
October 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

Hi there, i found your blog a few weeks ago and am loving it. I really enjoy the slice of wednesday. I was inspired to dig out an old womens institute recipe book and made the slice called fascination cake, purely for the name! It is amazing with a buttery base and a chewy coconuut, cherry nut topping its just magic. Ill dig it out and send it for you to try. I also just made your lemon slice and am waiting for it to cool. Keep up the good work, oh and the marry me caramel biscuits look amazing! my kind of biscuit. Racheal

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crazynance@gmail.com
February 9, 2012 at 6:08 am

I just found your blog, and it’s wonderful. International note: In Canada, slices are called squares (or if you’re into lolcat and intarwebs: skwarrs (it’s hard to write, but it’s def a mispronuciation a la cat grammar)). And LEMON Skwarrs top our list! Most of my kids won’t let me have coconut in the base, but we use a shortbread base, and I add lots of zest to the topping. It really pops in your mouth.. in both senses of the word! Hurray for lemons!

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innerpickle
February 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

Sqwarrs! Thats awesome! xx

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Rent to own homes
May 25, 2012 at 4:14 am

Wow!!!!!! by the looks of it, you can tell that this dish is definitely delicious! I want that recipe! I have to follow that steps and prepare for this next day. My intervention is to see the smile of my wife and compliment me of doing this dish <3.. 🙂 thanks for this recipe.. I love it! 🙂

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