Carolyn in an online chat yesterday evening:
I cooked luch for my parents today. First I thought I had a 16lb ham (because the man in the recipe did and I assumed that I must too), and then I tried to cook a treacle tart. Easy I thought, I started it last night just to be sure. First, the pastry was runny - so I added more flour and icing sugar, and then it was still very sticky and I mean VERY sticky this morning and so I had to put it in the freezer in cling film before rolling. Then the topping took all morning to make - what a nightmare. Luch was finally served at about 2.30! […]
I took the cooking wrapper off last night to soak the ham as per instructions on Gary Rhodes recipe so that was why I didn't know what weight it was. It never occurred to me that I wasn't using the same weight as him - although it's apparently very obvious to everyone else. So then I thought I had to cook it for about 5 hours - very worrying when I only had 2! That was when I rang my mum to delay luch for ½ hour thinking that I'd just do 2½ hours and hope nobody noticed if it wasn't cooked!
Stuff came out my nose.