Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lemon and Almond Salambos

I had never heard of the Salambo. Apparently named after a literary character (by Gustave Flaubert), it is a choux pastry ball filled with pastry cream. In anticipation of Patisserie week, I used some of my day off to make (for the first time ever!) choux pastry, and decided to make a variation of one […]

Thai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

The weather. It has turned. I was working last night, and it was cold, drizzly, and horrible. It was also quite busy, and I didn’t get a lot of sleep. So today has been a bad day, in all kinds of ways. But rather than go into all of them, I’m going to share with […]

Gnome love.

I fancied a little cute quick project. Meet Mr Gnome. Too cute. Who doesn’t love Gnomes? I actually have two gnomes in my garden, they are Royal Wedding themed Gnomes from last year, I got them for a super bargainous price after the event, I had managed to resist… (just about) beforehand, but once those […]

Gangster’s Moll.

Woo Fancy Dress! The thought that always goes through my head whenever someone suggests themed Fancy Dress parties. We tend to go all out for them, and mostly make it, or some portion of it. When I was researching dresses in the 20s style, something twigged in the back of my mind, and I realised […]


…. I have been feeling like I need to post a little bit more often. So, I took heed from this post, and decided to share with you what is going on. I have been reading a lot of books on my kindle, especially by a writer called Sally Clements. They are romances, I love […]

Triple Ginger Caramel Cookies

I know………….. for weeks I post very sporadically with the stress of work and a busy life, then……………… I post 3 posts in one evening! To be fair, the post on Lemon Squares should have been posted a couple of weeks ago, sorry about that, I teased you with a picture of the little lovelies […]

Happy Happy House

I have had this pattern awaiting stitching for a little while, in fact, since I saw it in the April issue of CrossStitcher. To begin with it looks like a random collection of colourful shapes… I showed it to my cousins wife and she said “ooh lovely… it’s very… abstract… Are they trees?” Once it’s […]

Lemon Squares

They say “Never judge a book by it’s cover”. I did. We have The Book People at work, they come in from time to time and leave us books to peruse and buy. I saw this book…. and to be honest, I thought it looked a bit naff. A lot of the baking books available […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 7 – Paul Hollywood’s Jam Doughnuts

I have been dying to have another go at doughnut making. This time I wanted to make yeasted raised doughnuts, and as last week’s GBBO technical challenge was Jam Doughnuts….. time was ripe for another go! First off though, these guys take time… An hour at room temperature for the first rise, then knocked back […]