Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.

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Mother's Day and my bake-free weekend


So the blog has been super quiet this week, I went a bit mad in February and practically blogged everyday! I am trying to find a happy medium that works for me.

This weekend was a tough one for me as it was the first mother's day without my Mum. Part of me wanted to curl up in bed and sleep through the whole thing but on Saturday I really fancied a trip to the seaside. I live just a few miles from the coast so 15 minutes on the metro and I can dip my toes in the ocean. I really don't take advantage of this enough.

I put a plea out on twitter for someone to come to the beach with me and my lovely friend Janette text to ask if I wanted to go with her to Tynemouth market and have fish and chips on the beach. Perfect.

I thought I would share my lovely day with you all, I really do love the seaside plus it seemed like a nice tribute as it was one of my Mum's favourite places and we even scattered her ashes in Tynemouth...

Baking Mad with Eric Landlard - Filming


So today I made my TV debut! How flippin' exciting eh?

Now I can finally share my filming experience with you all, I have been wanting to spill the beans since January, but we weren't allowed until the show had aired. Now that you have seen me in all my baking-glory I can tell you all about my exciting day at Cake Boy! ...

Cinnamon Swirl Scones


I have never had much luck with scones in the past, flat, heavy and possibly could be classed as a deadly weapon was the best I could manage. So , when I saw that this months Tea Time Treats was scone themed I moaned and groaned and pretty much decided to sit this one out.

Then I had a little recipe epiphany.

I have been wanting to try making cinnamon swirls/buns forever but my inherent laziness has always found the idea of kneading and proving a bit of a long term commitment for a quick and delicious weekend bake.

LIGHTBULB!

Why not make them as a scone? I had a moment of doubt, would they rise properly? Would they even stay in a swirl? There is only one way to find out!...

Meal Planning Monday - 12/03/12

Last weeks meal plan was actually quite successful! We didn't stick to the days but we ate all of the meals I had planned and that's what counts. The biggest problem before I started meal planning was having those panic moments at around 6pm of "CRAP! What are we having for dinner, I…

Caramel Shortbread


I have never been a big fan of caramel shortbread, the thick sickly caramel layer always left me feeling a little queasy. It is however one of my Sister's all time favourite sweet treats and she has been nagging me to bake it for ever.

I mentioned to the boyfriend that I was considering baking caramel shortbread (or as he calls it Millionaires shortbread) and within an hour of the words leaving my lips he had nipped to the shop to buy condensed milk and chocolate. So, being the wonderful girlfriend and sister that I am, I set about baking...

Meal Planning Monday - 05/03/12

Monday has rolled around again. I had such a busy weekend I have hardly had time to sit down let alone plan or shop. Luckily last weeks shop was such a good one that we have plenty of food to tide us over. I simply popped to the local shop for fresh bread, milk and cat food.

This weeks meal plan i…

Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard Update.

I am super excited that the new series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard is starting on Channel 4 on Monday 5th March.

I found out today that MY episode will be aired on 15th March at 12:05pm on Channel 4.


So set your recording devices to see me bake up a storm, mess up the simplest part of my reci…

Shortbread Army - Coming to get you...

There has been a lot of celebrations and happy occassions this month from Christenings to Engagements, to Births and New Jobs. Lots of reasons to be happy and lots of excuses to bake something delicious to celebrate!

Some close friend of ours had their first child this month, a gorgeous little boy…