Chelsea Buns

Chelsea Buns

Tank is now officially a tank! The power steering is not working at all. I was just out running an errand in town and my wrists are killing me. It was so hard to turn that steering wheel.

Tank is not working well at the moment, hasn’t been since we first took her in to the garage when the engine light flashed on. They didn’t know how to fix her, charged us $4,500, and had her there working on her for weeks. Then we took her in to our regular garage, he did some work, charged us $500 and it made no difference at all. The money is gone now, there is no more where that came from, and Tank is limping along. The dash lights are coming on, and no one has the skill to diagnose the problem. I am interacting on forums and we are slowly trying to work out what is wrong. From what I gather on the forums, dealerships don’t know either, and her problems are not unusual for her make, model, and year. So it is, for now, a matter of working through all the different possibilities, in hope of hitting on the issue that is causing the problems. We have a code reader coming via Amazon, so that is where we will start.

Since Saturday saw cold rain and snow, it was a day that needed some comfort. Comfort food always seems to make a dreary day a little more cheerful. Attila cooked a turkey dinner, and this time we will only eat leftovers for three days, having diced and frozen the rest of the turkey meat for use in quick Instant Pot meals.

It was a busy day in the kitchen, as I baked bread and muffins in the oven, and cooked three meals worth of kidney beans in the Instant Pot, which were frozen for future meals.

I have been craving Chelsea Buns ever since I discovered the wonder of fresh milled flour. So when Sunday presented itself as cold and windy, it was time to cancel out winter’s last gasps. Out came the recipe book, and I set to work. I didn’t skimp on much in the way of ingredients, reducing only the salt (1/4 teaspoon instead of 1 1/2 teaspoons), and substituting low-sodium margarine for butter. By late afternoon the aroma in the house was simply amazing. Attila was reveling in the garden, and I was tempted, when the Chelsea Buns came out of the oven, to wait for him to come in… but NO, I did not wait. The first one was so delicious that I ate another, then another. When Attila decided to work out in the garden until darkness fell, I ate two more! That was my lunch and my dinner. Attila ate leftovers, and then had a Chelsea Bun for dessert. That left four Chelsea Buns! Two went into the freezer, wrapped for Attila’s lunches, and two were left out for me. Guess what I had for breakfast this morning.

I probably won’t bake Chelsea Buns again until late October or early November, to celebrate the end of harvest and canning season. By then I will be craving them again. But for now, well, lets just say my craving for Chelsea Buns is completely gone.

P.S. and note to self, I milled flour today, 11 cups of wheat berries to equal 16 cups of whole wheat flour.



Date: 1:00 PM EDT Monday 29 April 2019
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 7.5°C
Dew point: -4.8°C
Humidity: 41%
Wind: SE 17 gust 27 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.”
Sheilah Graham
1904 – 1988


  1. Sandy

    Mmm your description of Chelsea buns made me hungry! They must be delicious 🙂 The code reader should help pinpoint what’s making the engine light come on. I hope you can figure out what’s ailing tank and that it’s an easy fix.

  2. Thanks Sandy, I love Chelsea Buns! My Great Aunt Goldie used to make wonderful Chelsea Buns, there always seemed to be a fresh batch in the kicthen, kept warm in the warming oven above the wood stove. She was as wonderful as her Chelsea Buns.
    I am hoping we will be able to fix Tank, but who knows. I’ve started looking at alternatives, so we can move quickly if we have to. Both of our vehicles are older models, 2007 and 2010, and we have so far had at least one of them working well, but with one down, if the other runs into problems we will have to do something about it fast.

  3. Teri, I have my doubts that a 2007 model car would be eligible for a recall. We have yet to determine if the steering issue is related to the engine issue. The sterring issue isn’t the one that other people are describing, it is the engine light issue that is common for this vehicle. I’ll check it out though, anything is worth a try!

    Thanks re the Chelsea Buns, they are gone now, 🙂

  4. Thanks Joan, it is always a pain in the backside when the infrastructure of life has issues that need to be resolved, I know you and Julia have been there with home maintenance. This too shall pass.
    I shouldn’t really be eating Chelsea Buns either, too much sugar for this girl. BUT this is a guilty indulgence, not to be repeated until the weather turns towards winter once more. They certainly aren’t good for me! The homemade are way better for me than anything I’ve found in the store, mine have little sodium, no glucose-fructose, and no chemical preservatives. I also know I am using high quality ingredients, even if they aren’t particularly good for me, at least they are high quality. 🙂

  5. Thanks Bex, it is a bummer about Tank. We shall carry on!

    I saw the link to Chelsea Buns you put up in Facebook, they look good. Mine had no nuts, raisins, or cherries, just cinnamon and brown sugar. For the dough I used the bread machine, it has a very nice recipe for Sweet Dough, I used the dough setting to make the dough, then just rolled it out, lathered it with margarine, sprinkled it all with the combined sugar and cinnamon, rolled it, sliced it, put them in the pan, and baked them. No recipe really beyond the dough recipe.

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