Week 5, days 33-35: Microwave baking, rice donations and new family members

Did you know you can bake a cake in your microwave? You’ve probably seen those cake in a mug recipes all over the internet, but if you’re like me you haven’t seriously considered baking in your microwave. I rarely even cook in mine. Up until this week, the only things I’d cooked in the microwave were jacket potatoes (before finishing them in the oven, otherwise they taste horrible!) and steamed vegetables. I wouldn’t want to be without my microwave though; how else would I defrost dinner when I get home from work? Or reheat leftovers?

So on day 33 I thought I’d try something new and bake a cake in the microwave. Unfortunately, I hadn’t bothered to check what ingredients I had in the kitchen and realised I didn’t have any eggs left. Undeterred (it was too late in the evening to hit the shops, and I didn’t have another idea of something new to try) I found a recipe for banana cake that didn’t require any eggs.

microwave-cakeAccording to the recipe, the cake should take 10 mins to prepare and 2 mins to cook. I must be super speedy, as it took me less than 5 minutes to mix the cake, although I had to double the cooking time. I stuck pretty close to the recipe too, only decreasing the amount of sugar from 4.5 to 2.5 tablespoons (and I still found the cake too sweet!)

Served with icecream the cake was okay but a little too dense for my liking. That said, hubby and darling son enjoyed it (mind you, neither of them is particularly discerning when it comes too food!) I don’t think I’ll be making microwave banana cake again (at least not using this recipe) but I will definitely start trying out new microwave cake recipes. Let’s face it, baking a cake from scratch in under 10 minutes is just too tempting to pass up.

Day 34: I signed up to freerice.com and donated 2940 grains of rice

When I first heard about Freerice.com I was a little sceptical. It sounded too good to be true. I mean seriously, someone was going to donate rice to charity if I played an online quiz? But after a little research I am convinced it is legit.

Freerice.com generates revenue through banner advertising which is put before users playing the quiz. Players answer a series of questions on various subjects such as chemistry, geography, maths and language among others. When you get an answer correct a sponsor’s banner appears at the bottom of the screen. The revenue generated by these advertisers goes towards purchasing 10 grains of rice. So, for every correct answer, 10 grains of rice (or the monetary equivalent) is donated to the UN World Food Programme. 100% of all money raised goes to charity and sponsors make all payment directly to the World Food Programme.

On Friday I created a Freerice.com account and donated a total of 2940 grains of rice. Now depending on what type of rice is being donated that is anywhere from ¼ to ½ a cup. So I’m not going to end world hunger all by myself, but if enough people get on to the site and play, there would be quite a substantial amount of rice donated.

If you don’t want to create an account, you can still play. The only benefit of creating is an account is that it enables you to keep track of how much rice has been donated in your name. So if you have a few spare moments, perhaps waiting in at the doctor’s office or in the school car park, why not log on to Freerice.com and help feed the world?freerice.com

Day 35: Flight of the Auntie

My sister in-law had a baby girl at the end of last year, and this weekend we flew out to visit them. Day 35’s 1 thing new was meeting my niece for the first time. This weekend was pretty hectic, trying to fit in 1 new thing as well as visiting with family, which is why this post is a bit late.

Stay tuned for week 6’s adventures. If you have any suggestions on new things I can try, please post them in the comments section. If you haven’t seen the Freerice.com site, why not have a look and donate some much needed rice? Perhaps you could share the website to your social network and get them to play the quiz.

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