Did You Know?
|Arriving from deepest darkest Peru|
The wonderful character of Paddington Bear, created and immortalised by Michael Bond, is commemorated on Paddington Station in London. Living in London we take so much for granted and it is only when a wide eyed child takes an interest that we realise just how important London landmarks are to others. The life sized bronze statue, by Marcus Cornish, was erected on the station concourse in 2000 and has delighted children and adults alike ever since.
While thinking about Paddington Bear, after a discussion with a little friend,
I wondered if there were any knitting patterns available to make one for her ...
and sure enough there were lots ...
This one from Ravelry, designed by Alan Dart, is my favourite.
As I am needing another project for my knit and natter group, this
lovely bear seems very suitable. It appears a very easy knit.
Isn't he cute?
And while thinking about Paddington Bear it is impossible not to think
also of his very favourite food - marmalade - and specifically
Marmalade Buns ...
200 gr butter
200 gr soft brown sugar
Grated zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
2 rounded tbsps of thin cut marmalade
200 gr self raising flour
Optional: For the icing;
200 gr icing sugar
Juice of 1 orange
Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4.
Put 12 paper cases in a bun tray.
In a mixing bowl beat the sugar and butter together until light fluffy.
Add the eggs one by one until fully incorporated into the mixture.
Add the zest, juice and marmalade and mix thoroughly.
Add the flour and fold in gently.
Divide the mixture between the 12 cases and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
When cooked transfer to a wire tray to cool.
Eat and enjoy or ice ...
Optional: To ice, wait until the buns are completely cool.
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add half the orange juice and mix.
Add as much juice as it takes to make the icing thick and glossy and spread over the buns.
Yummy Bear Buns