I love weekends! Especially productive weekends when I have something to show for my efforts at the end of it. I was born with this creative bent and that means I have to be constantly creating and to have an end product to gaze in wonder at. Not that everything I create is worthy of wonder but I give it a good shot.
The strange thing is that my creativity is usually poured into my non-work hours. I have never had a particularly creative job while working for someone else though there have often been small elements of each one where I could express a little creativity. But when you work for someone else, you have to follow the company lines and that feels like wearing shackles. Hence, I am creative in my spare time and this blog is a great fit. I have such fun cooking, then styling and photographing the food.
But having said all that, I think one of my careers had its own creativity even though there was no end product I could touch. I taught English as a second language for about twelve years both here and in Italy. There is a good deal of satisfaction in imparting knowledge to others and knowing they leave your class in a better state than when they arrived. Many need the IELTS exam in order to be able to study or do business in their country of choice and when they passed, my job was done. That felt good. Surely that is a creative process.
I have spent my life falling into teaching jobs, all the while saying that it was not my chosen career. At sixteen, I created a small ballet school. At 18, I taught English in Fiji on Volunteer Service Abroad. At 23, I left for Italy and taught English there for years. While there, I studied fashion design in my spare time and when I returned to New Zealand, I taught it at the Whitecliffe Art School while opening a boutique in the centre of the city. I ran my own business in the fashion industry for a decade and when I had turned it into a business with others taking care of the creative activities, I sold it. I then homeschooled my son for most of his schooling years and eventually returned to ESOL teaching.
Teaching might not have been my chosen career but I think it chose me.
I found the recipe for these cupcakes at After Taste. I had all the ingredients except the sour cream and I even had a jar of lemon curd I needed to use. The idea of the spoonful of lemon curd in the middle for a surprise filling appealed so this recipe was it for this week. And I had all that berry, white chocolate cream cheese frosting left over from the chocolate beetroot cake so that went on top. I added a lot more icing sugar but it still wilted once on the cakes, but we loved the delightful combination of flavours regardless.
This is not a low Fodmap recipe.
- 250 grams butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 eggs
- 2 tsp lemon rind
- 250 grams sour cream
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup lemon curd
- Turn on the oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add eggs, lemon rind and sour cream and mix until well combined.
- Fold in the flour and the baking powder until just combined.
- Fill the cupcake holders ½ full of the cake mixture.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
- Cool the cupcakes.
- With a teaspoon, scoop out a small amount of the cupcake.
- Ice with your favourite icing.