Cake Quiz – Blue Sunday 2020

Just a little cake realted quiz for anyone wanting something to do today. Answers will be shared at the bottom of this page tomorrow. Good luck!

1. What is the filling in a Baked Alaska?

  • a. Chocolate
  • b. Honey
  • c. Ice cream
  • d. Jam

2. What was the name of the 2004 crime thriller starring Daniel Craig?

  • a. Fruit cake
  • b. Angel cake
  • c. Cheesecake
  • d. Layer cake

3. What item is traditionally found inside a Christmas pudding?

  • a. Mistletoe
  • b. Lump of coal
  • c. A silver coin
  • d. A joke

4. Which of these is twice baked?

  • a. Russian teacakes
  • b. Snickerdoodles
  • c. Shortbread
  • d. Biscotti

5. What two colours make Battenberg cake?

  • a. Black and white
  • b. Pink and yellow
  • c. Blue and green
  • d. Orange and black

6. What is not a traditional cake ingredient in a Victoria sponge?

  • a. Eggs
  • b. Flour
  • c. Sugar
  • d. Peanuts

7. What two ingredients are usually used to make icing?

  • a. Butter and icing sugar
  • b. Honey and sugar
  • c. Strawberries and sugar
  • d. Flour and water

8. What cake was named after the monarch who favoured a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea?

9. Who replaced Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off when it moved from BBC to Channel 4.

10. Which of these ingredients is not traditionally in hot cross buns?

  • a. Ginger
  • b. Saffron
  • c. Coriander
  • d. Nutmeg

11. What time is tea time in ‘Alice in Wonderland’?

12. In ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which of these characters are NOT at the tea party?

  • a. Dormouse
  • b. Mad Hatter
  • c. March Hare
  • d. Cheshire Cat

13. What kind of cake does Miss Trunchbull make Bruce Bogtrotter eat in Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’?

  • a. Fudge cake
  • b. Black Forest gateau
  • c. Lemon cake
  • d. Chocolate cake

14. Where do cupcakes get their name from?

  • a. Originally cups were made from cakes
  • b. They were made to look like cups
  • c. They were baked in cups
  • d. The first person to bake them was called Mr Cup

15. What is Homer Simpson’s favourite food?

Answers: 1) C. 2) D. 3) C. 4) D. 5) B. 6) D. 7) A. 8) Victoria. 9) Prue Leith. 10) C. 11) Six o’clock/All the time. 12) D. 13) D. 14) C. 15) Doughnuts.

Countdown to cake!

Right then.

• Giveaway (on Instagram only) almost ready to share

• Quiz done

• Donations coming in already

• Those leaflets I was meant to be emailing/posting out definitely lost

• Icing sugar on its way!

• Flour found courtesy of a lovely surprise delivery from an friend on Instagram

ID: Anna is washed and dressed! She smiling at the camera as she sits in her husband’s office having one final search for the missing 2018 tea party leaflets! She’s wearing a ochre yellow jumpsuit and a cornflower blue cardigan.

I’m hoping by now I’ve shared with you everything you might need to know ahead of Sunday’s virtual tea party. It really is quite straightforward; wear something blue, have yourself a lovely pot of tea, treat yourself to a slice (or two) of cake, donate the price you’d expect to pay for said tea and cake in a café (if you are able to), and connect with others online who are doing exactly the same.

I’ll be using and following the hashtags #BlueSunday2020 and #TeaPartyForME2020 on both Instagram and Twitter. I’ll also be using the Facebook Event (link in the Blue Sunday section on my blog.)

My JustGiving page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AnnaRedshaw2020 and there is also a code you can use to get there direct from your phone/tablet camera. I will share this next.

Holding your phone/tablet camera over this code should take you directly to the JustGiving page. I’m not sure how helpful that is if you’re reading this on your phone or tablet though hahaha…

If there’s anything else you need clarifying please get in touch. Thank you so much to everyone who’s planning to join in on Sunday and to all those who’ve already spread the word. It means the world 🥰

A little reintroduction

There are a few new faces around here so I thought I’d reintroduce myself ahead of next week’s tea party

I’m Anna. I’m 31 and I’ve had #ME/CFS since 2010

I write a blog called ‘M.E. myself and I’ where I share, quite honestly, my own experience of having M.E. It started as a place for me to help those in my life understand the huge changes that came about when I suddenly became unwell

I live with my husband, known as Mr Tree Surgeon. We met four years into my chronic illness ‘journey’ and within the first six months of our relationship we experienced things most healthy couples will likely not experience until old age, if at all

I have one sister and two brothers, who all avoid my baking efforts like the plague

Over the 9.5 years of having M.E. I have made monumental progress. But I am still unable to work or live independently. I am still unimaginably unwell every single day but I’m so grateful for the progress I’ve seen

I started the ‘Blue Sunday’ tea party in 2013. The name came from the title of a blog post I made about the 2014 tea party and stuck. It was @oliviahcole (on Instagram) I believe, who came up with the tag ‘The tea party for M.E.’ when she joined in years ago 💙

For someone whose greatest achievements have become managing to boil an egg independently and safely, it was a pretty big deal that the ME Association approached me and asked if they could use ‘Blue Sunday’ as the inspiration for their Go Blue 4 ME campaign. No biggie

I have a walking stick, a mobility scooter, and a wheelchair. Different aids for different days hey! (@health_and_unwellness & @wheely_good_time On Instagram have an amazing graphic on this)

In the last year I have experienced a decline in my mental health after reaching the conclusion that I will not become a parent; a direct result of how the severity of my M.E. impacts on my daily life. (I do not accept unsolicited advice or suggestions on this topic at all, but I cherish your understanding and support)

I have three ‘free range’ guinea pigs. Rowan, Delores and Juanita. Delores and her sister Popcorn were my first ever pets, and Pop was the best rest buddy a chronically ill gal could ask for

Bring on the cake!

This is your official ‘One Week To Go’ reminder! 💙💙💙

You can donate HERE

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Blue writing on a white background reads “Blue Sunday. Join us online for the tea party for M.E. Sunday 17th May. 12-3pm. Wear something blue. Have yourself a slice or two of cake. Post a photo online. Donate the price you’d pay for tea and cake in a café. Connect with others online doing the same. Use the hashtags #BlueSunday2020 #TeaPartyForME2020 on Instagram and twitter or post in the ‘Blue Sunday – tea party for M.E. 2020’ Facebook Event. Photos can also be shared on http://www.the-slow-lane.com”

Please note: 12-3pm is simply the time when the ME Association and I will be more present online, but Blue Sunday is not limited to these times. I understand only too well how we all need a bit of flexibility with these things! An Instagram giveaway will run throughout the day (not affiliated with the MEA or Instagram) and you can post your tea parties photos and comments at anytime.

Joining in with Blue Sunday without Social Media

I have been looking in to how you can join in with the tea party for M.E. via my blog, rather than via social media. With the help of a friend on Twitter I have found a way!

If you’d like to join in by posting a photo of your own little tea party set up and share it, you can do so in the comments section of the blog posts I share on the day. I will then be able to reply to you and we chat about all things cake!

Please get in touch if these instructions aren’t clear enough and I will do my best to help.

1. Go to Post Images

2. Click on Choose images. This will take you to your Camera Roll (phone or tablet) or give you the option to find the tea party related image you wish to share that you have saved on your laptop/computer.

3. The photo you’ve selected will appear with a choice of links below it. Copy the Direct Link (circled here in red.) It will likely be the second link down.

4. Come back to the tea party post I’ll have shared on Sunday 17th May (www.the-slow-lane.com) and scroll down the blog post until you find the comments section. Circled here in red. You will need to enter r name and email address but your email address will not be visible once the comment is posted.

5. Ta da! Your image will appear in the comments section under your name. I will then be able to reply to you and we can chat. Other people may reply too and you can strike up a conversation with them if you feel able to.

Delores in her Blue Sunday tea party modelling debut

Please feel free to have a practice on this post if you’d like to.

I hope these instructions help and that more of you will be able to join me on Sunday 17th May!