Let’s have a slice of cake and some news


We are nearly in October and lots of things have happened here. My husband’s laptop broke and he highjacked mine for three weeks. The child spilled water on my laptop and it spent days drying out. The apple harvest means I am endlessly dealing with the windfall and producing copious amounts of apple sauce and pies. I got a job! I am starting in October after a week at my parents’ place. A job, a trip and a new allotment meant I needed to have my front and back garden ship shape. I also need to put things on ebay, take stuff to charity shops, sort out cupboards and make sure my son has got enough pants and socks. In addition I managed to potty train him and organise his childcare. Ufff.


I am baking two apple pies a week, usually the standard pastry with lots of lovely cinnamon-y apple filling but the other day I tried Nigella’s double apple pie with cheddar pastry and it was delicious. I also got to use the mysterious ingredient called Trex. The pie was great and held its shape after taking it out of the spring form.


The pie was accompanied by TV shows (re-watching The Wire) and films (hilarious Clear History and ‘oh my God poor Zola must be turning in his grave’ Les Miserables which I switched off after not even an hour). And reading, I was in a desperate need of something modern-ish and reached for Steinbeck, I knew once I do it I will be yearning for more of his books because last time I ended up reading his best writings in one go. This time I am really enjoying Travels with Charlie and want to hit the road.

What have you been up to?

11 Responses to “Let’s have a slice of cake and some news”

  1. ara jane 27 September, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    that apple pie looks amazing! i’d take some of it, or even some apples, off your hands if they could survive the cross-atlantic trip!

  2. Donna 28 September, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Hurrah for you! Well done Aga so deserved! Pie looks amazing! Xx

  3. kristina 28 September, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Congratulations on your new job–how exciting! And the apple pie looks divine! K xx

  4. Beth 30 September, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Wow! That pie looks amazing. Congratulations on the job, sounds busy but productive over at your place. I love the cheese and apple pie combo, in true Yorkshire form I like to eat my apple pie with a slab of Wensleydale cheese and some cream – mummmmm lovely. Bx

  5. The Sneaky Magpie 30 September, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Ara Jane, imagine the apple express! x

    Donna and Kristina, thank you so much but no more morning coffees. x

    Beth, Wensleydale cheese and apple pie sound delicious, must give it a try. x

  6. Anna B 2 October, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Wow! It’s all been going on for you! Congrats on the job and I’m glad your laptop dried out! Lovely pie – it’s making me hungry!!!

  7. The Sneaky Magpie 11 October, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Thank you ;)

  8. Caroline 11 October, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration. x

  9. The Sneaky Magpie 13 October, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    you make me blush! Thank you ;) It’s not as full on as it seems. x

  10. Gaby 13 October, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi there,your apple pie looks absolutely great! Would it be possible that you share your recepie with us? Fingers cross in your new job! Gaby

  11. The Sneaky Magpie 30 October, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Hello Gaby, apologies for the late reply. it might take me a while to post a recipe but please have a look here. It is really worth baking!

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