Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Great British Bake-off



Over the past eleven weeks I have been glued to my screen every Tuesday night at 8pm. The Great British Bake off has been compelling to say the least. Who would have thought that watching eleven amateur bakers attempt to master a variety of baked goods would make for such addictive viewing.

So many elements have made this series special from the judges, How can you not love Mary Berry? The presenters, Mel and Sue and their innuendo filled speeches and voice-overs. And how can we forget the contestants!?

Monday, 26 September 2011

Share the crumbly love day.


I have been itching to make a crumble all summer, I have been waiting for the weather to turn and the leaves to fall. Autumn is by far my favourite time of year, the days have cooled, the leaves have turned, and the food! Oh the food!

Autumn flavours are the best! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger; I am drooling as I write this. Autumn to me means comfort food, rich soups and stews, puddings with custard, which make you feel all warm inside.

As I was contemplating making my first crumble of the year I saw Delicious Magazine was promoting their "Share the love day". The idea was simple; instead of making one crumble, why not make two and give one to someone who you don’t know, someone you wish you knew better or someone who needs cheering up.

It is all about spreading some much-needed good cheer, and fostering community spirit in the process.
So I set to work making some yummy crumbles.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sunday: my week in pictures.


Well, it has been a pretty exciting week this week!

1. I coloured my hair for the first time, I used Henna. It was a bit messy but very worth it as my hair is gorgeously smooth and silky, not to mention BRIGHT RED!

2. I baked some rather delicious muffins this week, they were a bit of a recipe adaptation which is a first for me. I have always followed recipes to the letter but these muffins were me just experimenting. (Recipe blog post to follow)

3. I got a rather special piece of paper in the post this week. For the last two years I have been studying part time for my foundation degree in Human Resource Management. I finally got confirmation that I PASSED!

4. Autumn is finally here, so to celebrate this fact I dusted off my slow cooker and made a delicious beef stew! It was really comforting and I made enough to have it two nights in a row! On the first night I had it with fresh home-made bread and butter, on the second night I had it on a jacket potato.

Keep your eyes peeled this week for posts about yummy experimental muffins, scones and crumble. Also next Saturday I am off to a cupcake workshop! Exciting times.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Make and Mend at Grainger Market

Since coming back to blogging last month I have been making a real effort to get out and about. There are so many fabulous events that go on in and around the North-east and I always mean to go but never get around to it.

I heard about the Make and Mend Market on facebook, and as soon as I saw that Pet Lamb Patisserie were going to have a stall I just had to go and try their delectable delights for myself.
Check them out on facebook


Who are Pet Lamb Patisserie you ask?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Roadtrip; the one with all the jam.


Last weekend me and my lovely sister went on a little roadtrip!

I may have annoyed quite a lot of people on social networking sites by tweeting the entire journey, but we made it in one piece!

We were travelling from Newcastle to Ipswich, which we managed in just under 5 hours. We didn't set off until after 5pm, I had taken a days holiday to pack, burn roadtrip CDs and bake bread, but my poor sister had to work all day then drive 5 hours! (I don't drive; sorry Jen!)

Friday, 9 September 2011

A simple white loaf

Not bad for a first try!


As anybody who follows me on twitter or facebook may be aware, I am a big fan of the Great British Bake-off on BBC2 (Tuesday nights at 8pm). I love the concept; sort of like the masterchef of cakes and other baked goodies. A few of my posts have been inspired by the show and this one is no different.

Last week on the show they tackled bread. I have never attempted to make bread myself, I vaguely remember making it with my Mum as a child but I have never tried it all by myself. So this weekend I set myself the task of making a simple white loaf.

So I pulled out my Great British Bake-off book and found Paul Hollywood's recipe for a basic white loaf, it said it was the prefect starting place for beginners! Brilliant! So off I went to my kitchen...

Friday, 2 September 2011

Dulche de Leche Brownies

Dulche de Leche brownies


One of life's little pleasures for me, is sitting down on a Sunday morning with a nice brew, a bacon sandwich and watching Something for the Weekend on BBC2.

Simon, Tim and Louise - My Sunday morning friends


One of my goals in life is to appear on the fridge with my version of one of Simon's recipes. I did send a photo in once or twice but alas it has never happened.

The week before the "big move" they made some delicious looking Dulche de Leche brownies on the show. I have just been calling them caramel brownies as I think trying to pronounce dulche de leche makes me sound like a tool.
I decided these were the perfect treat for my lovely helpful moving buddies.

So here is my attempt at the brownies, I have only ever attempted brownies once before and they turned out more like cake so I had very high hopes for these bad boys.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The big move and exploding ovens

First of all apologies for lack of posts over the past two weeks, however, I do have a valid excuse; I was moving house! We waved goodbye to our grotty old flat and moved into our gorgeous new home! I cant even put into words how happy I am with the new house. It is a proper grown-up house with an upstairs AND a downstairs!

Shiny new house


The day before the big move I decided to bake some delicious cookies and brownies for all the wonderful people helping us move, because I am nice like that.

Although, not everything went according to plan...

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