Tomato Powder

This isn’t the first time I’ve reduced an unwitting fruit or vegetable to powder. I have form. As long as I’m on the loose, no chili is safe – and now, no tomato, either.

I have experimented with oven dried tomatoesbefore – like sun dried, only you can make them in countries where you don’t get much sun. This time, I went a step further and completely dried out some cherry tomatoes, before…

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Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open. 

The absolute best part of this video is how incredibly supportive the audience and even the commentators are like EVERYONE is rooting for her, no one is looking down on her or doubting that she can finish it just because she’s a woman or because she’s built so small. Everyone is SO happy to see her soar through this and that is absolutely brilliant.

Couldn’t agree more with the last comment. It’s truly glorious.

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Spring Chicken Meatballs

This is a meal for when your heart says ‘summer!’ and the weather says ‘no. spring, at best’.

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My camera packed in when I was making this. I’m hoping it’s a ‘charge the batteries’ situation rather than a ‘you dropped me too many times’ situation. As a result, the few photos in this post were taken on my phone – not the best, but then again not the worst since we have plenty of lovely daylight…

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Knitted Tartan

Well, what do we have here? My first craft post, that’s what! Given that it *is* my first craft post, I wasn’t too sure of how to go about it. I have pictures of the finished knit, and I can work up the pattern to share (if people are interested in knitting their own tartan). Pointers in how to write a better crafting post are most, most welcome.

Knitted Tartan Cushion

Some background: before I embarked on…

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Well, here it is! That big project I’ve been working on – a wedding cake for two beautiful, generous, life-affirming friends. They were married on Saturday, and we had the most fun time celebrating. The wedding was wonderful, in great part because everything to do with it was made by friends and family. I mean everything – the crocheted bunting and pom poms that decorated the hall, the outrageously good food, the music during and after the ceremony, the personalised wedding rings, the stunning bride and bridesmaid’s dresses – I’m sure I’m missing something. Oh, the cake. That was my job, and one I was honoured to take on.

Cake Morning

Now, when I look at this photo (and, indeed, when I looked at the cake itself), I could see a distinct lean going on. There was a certain amount of hand-wringing about that, but after it had settled for a few hours it looked more even. I had placed dowels in each layer, to support the weight of the layer above, so once the weight pushed the top layers downwards the base boards were resting on these, instead of the surface of the cakes. Problem solved. Hand-wringing unnecessary. Phew.


Photo courtesy of the G-man.

The theme for the wedding was ‘Ginger Love’, and we wanted the cake to reflect this. It was ginger ombre inside and out – though alas, there are no photos of the inside. We had better things to be getting on with (read: dancing until we thought we were going to pass out from the heat) than photographing the inside of the cake. I had a Pinterest board to keep a note of inspiring cakes, colour schemes and techniques – here, you can have a peek at it.

This was super useful when it came to talking with the bride and groom about what they’d like the cake to look and taste like. In the end, we combined an idea from a cake we found online with the pattern from the sugar bowl on their dining room table. It’s not every day you make a cake based on a sugar bowl, but that’s how we roll.


Photo courtesy of the G-man


The recipe I used for the bottom and top layers was this traditional fruit cake from Mary Berry. Both layers were wrapped in homemade marzipan, which I coloured orange to match the theme. The top layer was then finished in a basic buttercream, and I piped Orla Kiely inspired hearts on top with royal icing. The bottom layer was draped in ready-made fondant before I stuck homemade sugar shapes round it. Some of those shapes were embossed with vintage patterns, and they were made in gradually lightening shades of orange.

The middle layers were this orange olive oil cake from David Leite, and filled with buttercream combined with homemade (and recipe-less) orange jam. The bigger layer was coated in buttercream and finished with royal icing, while the smaller had the same fondant and sugar shapes treatment as the base. Both cakes have the advantage of being suitable to prepare days ahead of time - in fact, the fruitcake would keep for months if you wanted.


I had a great time designing and making the cake for these two. It was made with a great deal of love, and a great deal of sugar, and an enormous amount of eggs. But, you know, most of all love.

Love you guys, ya coupla schmucks x

photo credit to stevegray81

photo credit to stevegray81

Orange Ombre Wedding Cake Well, here it is! That big project I’ve been working on - a wedding cake for two beautiful, generous, life-affirming friends.



You write a novel.

Everyone loves the novel.

Someone makes a movie based off your novel.

Your favorite actor is cast in the movie based on your novel.

You become best friends with said actor.

It can’t happen if you don’t sit your ass down and write your novel.

I need this on my wall.

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I lost it at the end.

Okay, I had to check out the Van Eyck thing. I was a bit in denial because, come on, every single person can’t look like President Putin!

There are no words to describe how wrong I was.

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but I’m a vegan

wakey wakey vegetables

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