Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

Here is one of the recipes from one of the people l follow on West Dorset Food this time for a favourite of mine: Dorset Apple Cake well here are the the pics and recipe courtesy of Vicky.

I know it also has cake in the title, but it is equally as good as a pudding with a good dollop of home-made custard on it!

This one is made using a single large (it was LARGE!) bramley bought from the Washingpool Farm Shop.

225g cooking apples, peeled, chopped, but remember to slice some for the top
Juice of ½ lemon
225g plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
115g butter, diced
165g dark brown sugar (use 50g of this for the topping)
1 egg beaten
2–3 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dorset Apple Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
  • Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin.
  • Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together then rub in the butter, until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir 115 g of the sugar, the apple and the egg, mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.
  • Transfer into your tin.
  • In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
  • Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

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Dorset Apple CakeWine: Jonathan Charles from Dorset Wine Company: “Just had a bite of the delicious apple cake and was hoping that the Somoerset Pomona would go well. I had one open so I gave it atry but sadly this seems a bit too spiritous and at 20%abv is overpowering. Without opening every dessert wine we have I am convinced that the best match would be theBaumard Carte d’Or Coteaux du Layon from the Loire. He is a bit of a superstar and the wine itself is a bargain – showing good honeyed fruit with citrus and green apple hints along with cracking acidity.”

Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset Apple Cake Recipe
If you do use this recipe, please send me your comments and even better please send me a photo of your cake and I will add it to this post

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas

#AceFoodNews just love home-made bread and especially Whole Wheat Pita’s and these look great, just watching Paul Hollywood making scones #Bread

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

Got Pita?


Pita or pitta is a slightly leavened wheat bread, flat, either round or oval, and variable in size. Pita is a flatbread in general, whether leavened or not, is among the most ancient of bread. Pita is a loanword from Greek, pita, probably derived from Ancient Greek meaning “solid” or “clotted”. In the Arabic world, pita is a foreign word, all breads are called khubz (ordinary bread), and specifically this bread is known as khubz arabi (Arabic bread).

Food Flatbread

Pita bread is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is prevalent in Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, North Africa, the Levant, Iran, Armenia, Turkey, and parts of the Indian Subcontinent.


Pita bread is served at just about every meal in the Middle East. It can be used for dipping, or to make delicious sandwiches in the pocket.


In the Middle East, pita is made in brick ovens…

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Patients Not Included * [Inclusion of Patients at a Medical Conference]

#AceHealthNews a well written article and also worth reading, about emerging technologies, with potential to advance the practice of medicine #healthcare

Health and Medical News and Resources

From the 25 October 2013 blog item By LESLIE KERNISAN, MD at The HealthCare Blog

 few weeks ago, I went for the first time to Stanford’s Medicine X conference. It’s billed as a conference that brings a “broad, academic approach to understanding emerging technologies with the potential to improve health and advance the practice of medicine.”

Well, I went, I saw, and I even briefly presented (in aworkshop on using patient-generated data).

And I am now writing to tell you about the most important innovations that I learned about at Medicine X (MedX).

They were not the new digital health technologies, even though we heard about many interesting new tools, systems, and apps at the conference, and I do believe that leveraging technology will result in remarkable changes in healthcare.

Nor were they related to social mediaehealth, or telehealth, even though all of these are…

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Diet Coke ‘under pressure’ as consumers grow wary of artificial sweeteners

#AceFoodNews ” Change it or Lose it Time for Coke” as the pressure is now on for the Coco Cola Company to change how it sweetens its diet coke as more people shy away from ” Artificial Sweeteners” #health

Stop Making Sense

Losing its appeal? Diet Coke, the second-most popular soft drink in the country, is 'under pressure' due to people's concerns over its 'unnatural' ingredientsFrom The Associated Press:

[…] Soda has been under fire from health advocates for years now, and Americans have been cutting back on sugary fizz for some time. But in a somewhat newer development, diet sodas are falling at a faster rate than regular sodas, according to Beverage Digest, an industry tracker.

Last year, for example, sales volume for Coke fell 1 percent, while Diet Coke fell 3 percent. Pepsi fell 3.4 percent, while Diet Pepsi fell 6.2 percent.

Those figures aren’t going unnoticed in Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. This summer, the company launched its first ad addressing the safety of aspartame to ease concerns people might have. It has also distributed fact sheets on the topic to its bottlers and retailers who sell Coke products.

The Food and Drug Administration says aspartame may be safely used in foods as a sweetener, and the American Cancer Society has said that most studies…

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Facing a $70 million funding shortfall, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that starting as early as November, the agency and its partners will be forced to scale back activities in strife-torn provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“The likely impact would be an unfortunate reduction of support to school children, refugees and returnees,” WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, told journalists in Geneva.

The UN agency will be forced to scale back its area of coverage in some provinces as it has received only half of the funding it needs to continue its planned relief operations in the country over the next six months.

Unless new funds are quickly confirmed, WFP will be unable to continue meeting the needs of 300,000 internally displaced people in the eastern North Kivu province, who had already been receiving half rations for the last six months, Ms. Byrs said.

Prices of food have increased in the DRC since May 2013, especially the price of maize flour, and particularly in insecure areas such as Goma which registered an eight per cent spike.

WFP said it is prioritizing life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable groups, such as displaced women and children, and would strive to maintain those activities.

Fighting over the past year in eastern DRC has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which already includes 2.6 million IDPs and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.

#UN #AceWorldNews

A Basic Fact About Breasts That Could Save Your Life: And The Forces Trying to Keep it Under Wraps

#AceHealthNews – This is an interesting and thought provoking post and requires more research for my news desk to comment further at present! Anyone have or know anything else about this please let me know? I will provide a complete post on the findings! #cancer


Important information about breasts has been kept from women, increasing the risk of undetected cancer.

One in eight. That’s how many women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This grim statistic lands in the s…
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Department of Health’s response to Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign about its report ‘Ending 15-minute Care’.

The Department of Health headquarters in Whitehall

The Department of Health headquarters in Whitehall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The report and campaign have effectively highlighted the problem of poor local authority commissioning practices. The Department of Health fully agrees that it is unrealistic to think that 15 minutes is enough time to help people who are older or who have a disability to do everyday things like wash, dress and get out of bed. It is not fair on those who need support and it is not fair on care workers. The report and the accompanying on-line campaign have been a valuable opportunity to spread this message, and encourage local authority commissioners to change the ways they operate.

There are too many examples of councils buying rushed care visits and the department is working to change this. Better care is needed for the 300,000 people currently receiving home care and for the millions more who will need it in years to come.

This is why, this summer, the department announced the Home care Innovation Challenge, which has brought together local authorities, care providers and carers to look at how care can be improved, including the way councils buy their services. The department also intends to work with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to develop a set of commissioning standards to support local authorities to gauge how effectively they are commissioning services, and to bring about improvement led by the social care sector.

Although ministers were not able to support the amendments suggested in the report, they hope that supporters of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign will be content with the amendment that the House of Lords agreed, which makes it clear that local authorities must consider a person’s wellbeing when arranging their care. Authorities that commission care in ways that force people to choose between being washed and being fed would clearly be failing to meet this duty.

The department will be working over the coming months to develop statutory guidance on commissioning and market shaping, which will be a valuable opportunity to influence local practice.


Care and Support in the Community Does not Mean Real Care for the Elderly

Tougher checks may be introduced to help clamp down on rushed home care visits Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb will announce today.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services conference, he will say that from next April the Care Quality Commission is proposing to look at whether home care visits are long enough to respond to people’s needs. They will also consider looking at how staff working conditions might be impacting on care.

To assess this, the CQC are considering looking at:Quality Care Commission

  • whether the service is able to respond to people’s needs in the allocated time
  • whether the care is delivered with compassion, dignity and respect
  • how many staff have zero hour contracts
  • the levels of staff turnover

Recent media coverage has highlighted the lack of time allotted to care for people who are older or who have a disability in their homes. It means many are left waiting to get into or out of bed, waiting to eat or drink or left wanting basic human contact. This does not just have an effect on those receiving care but places huge pressure on staff, who often have to work over their hours for below the minimum wage to make sure people get basic levels of support they need.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

The current approach to home care is not fair on those who need support, it’s not fair on care workers and it is stripping away the human element of caring.

Fifteen minutes are not enough time to help people who are older or who have a disability to do everyday things like wash, dress and get out of bed. Some do not even get the chance to have a conversation with their home care worker, who may be the only person they see that day.

These tougher checks would ask specific questions about the amount of time allocated for visits and whether staff are suitably supported to do this. This is particularly important because these are services delivered in private, behind closed doors. I want to build a fairer society, and that means providing better care in care homes, and in people’s own homes.

The CQC would use this information to drive its regulatory activity, so it knows when, where and what to inspect and is alerted quickly to the risk of poor quality care in home care settings.

Care In The CommunityEditor Comment: 

You have heard me talk about “Care In our Community” and how it is so often said  ,but seldom upheld by the application. This is announcement is a prime example of what l am trying to say, so let me highlight the points from the examples of what l have seen!  

The first point that the “Care and Support Minister” makes, is that from next April the CQC is proposing to look at whether care visits are long enough, to respond to people’s needs?

Well Mr Lamb and the CQC – if you gave some carers 30 minutes or an hour – they are incapable in responding to anyone persons need! As they have one reason for being carers and that is get as many calls completed as possible ,and as fast as possible. A number of them even have the time allotted and decide that they can fit in another call, and leave earlier than they are contract to provide. The fact is that to sign in and out they have to ring into a computer and it logs the time of arrival and departure, but nothing ever gets flagged up by the management. As both the carers and the management/owners do not want to stop this practice, as the real reason anyone but the few care ,is money.

The “Care in the Community” act was built and constructed with the intention of making money, not caring for people, that takes compassion and understanding! This is just something many carers are not capable of as they took the job, as it was the only job they could get, this was an actual statement l have heard on numerous occasions.

So to your second point of assessing care behind closed doors and whether carers are equipped to provide such care, in short they are not capable, they are not equipped with adequate training and as regards applying the care this is woefully inadequate. My personal experience of watching carers is unbelievable, in fact so much so that l am preparing a report for the ” Adult Social Care Services” at the end of this month ,so cannot comment at present but will revisit  with results of my findings shortly. But to add that certain training on site is required, not a 15 minute call by the trainer to assess a risk using a hoist or other apparatus in the home. This call by the way is then charged as a care call and added to the clients invoice at the end of the month.                     


Roundup and birth defects … EPA allows increase .. 3000%

#AceHealthNews DRX this is just another example of Mosanto and its rise and rise here is a link to a posts a while ago in case you missed it –
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Regards Ian

It Is What It Is



Is the public being kept in the dark?

The pesticide industry and EU regulators knew as long ago as the 1980s-1990s that Roundup, the world’s best selling herbicide, causes birth defects – but they failed to inform the public.

The facts are these: Industry has known from its own studies since the 1980s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses Industry has known since 1993 that these effects also occur at lower and mid doses.

The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations. The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations. The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year it signed off on the current approval of glyphosate. But this information was not made public.

On the contrary, the pesticide industry and Europe’s

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