Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pigeon tales: something funny happened last week……

Last week I had a comment on one of my posts: Well… the pigeon costume is massive. While wearing it at my friend’s party, I couldn’t enter the kitchen, other than edging through the door then reversing back out again, as I literally couldn’t turn around in there, (a good excuse to make Mr M fetch me […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 3 – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart

So this week’s technical challenge is going to be a Treacle Tart. I know I’m a day early, but I’ve got to go to work tomorrow, then my friend is coming a-visiting to pick up the sugar flowers, so I thought I would bake today. Plus it gave me an excuse to prance about the […]

Bank Holiday Monday…

My only day off this weekend, and it is… Raining. Sheesh. Typical English weather. The only thing we can rely on is that it is unreliable, unpredictable, but…. what else would we talk about with random strangers as small talk otherwise? “Some horrible weather we’re having” “Oh yes, raining cats and dogs out there” So… […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 2 – Paul Hollywood’s 8-Stranded Plaited Loaf

I love the Great British Bake Off. Oh yes. It’s a combination of Mel and Sue (bring back Late/Light Lunch!), the double entendres, possibilities of exhibitionistic Squirrels, and the inspiration to try new things, that makes me cast aside my usual avoidance of anything that involves reality television and watch. That… and all the baking […]

I joined the Giant Camera Brigade.

So forgive me, but as yet it is mainly fixed in auto… as well…. I don’t know how to use it. To sustain my blog posting while I await being able to post pictures of some other things I’ve been working on (shhhhh! They’re secret!) I thought I would share with you a few pictures […]

Cheese, Pea, Red Pepper, and Garlic Scrambled Eggs

So, tonight was a “yeah, we really need to go shopping” kind of food night. You know, when you only have random bits and pieces in the cupboards? On investigation, the fridge contained: mouldy broccoli; a red pepper; some sad looking spring onions; and some eggs. Hmmm. Problematic. What’s that Lion eggs advert? Fast food […]

A Custom Wedding Sampler.

This project was based on a wedding sampler from CrossStitcher Magazine. It is also part of the reason I haven’t posted much lately, as it was a fairly big project, designing, stitching and then finally getting it framed, and was done as a surprise for my lovely Mr M. It was published around the time […]

Cream Cheese and Spinach Quiche

Today, I’m not gonna lie to you, started off pretty well, working with some of my favourite people, having a giggle as we worked…. Then a couple of depressing mini meetings later… everything went bad…. I didn’t get to eat my lunch until half 3 (the bad/good thing of being a Microbiologist is that you […]

Mycobacterial Cupcake Toppers.

It almost seems like a waste of an afternoon off, when the rain is pouring down, and it’s super miserable outside. However, we have had excitement today! Part of our laboratory at work has been out of action for about…. 6 months (!) or so, which has been very annoying. Today, the work is finished […]

Goat’s Cheese, Pea, and Lemon Risotto

A simple-ish meal tonight, revisiting and adapting the risotto recipe used in a previous post. Goat’s Cheese, Pea, and Lemon Risotto recipe – adapted from Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian   Ingredients 1.2l (2 pints) vegetable stock –I use this homemade bouillon from 101cookbooks/ River Cottage 25g (1oz) butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 […]