I don’t know if you noticed from any of my recent posts, but I love making cakes… Well, one seriously unfortunate side effect of what I will be calling research and development, searching for that perfect recipe, means that you make a lot of cake to test and quality control. Also means about 6 months down the line your hips start swaying about when you walk in a way they never have before and the clothes that have fitted you since you were in your teens all of a sudden seem to have a problem going over said hips. Now this isn’t a whine that I’m fat or a rant about how everyone should be on a diet at all times or any of that rubbish. I just messed with the balance. I’ve always looked and mainly weighed that same since I hit my teens, a weird little fact that saw me fully able to be served alcohol in the off licence at 13 with nothing more than a smile for ID and since the tightening of the drinking laws, another 13 years later, I’m getting ID’ed for a bottle of red and a lighter in Sainsburys. It’s always the body I’ve lived in. Well now I have cakes in my freezer on constant rotation and a car to drive me to KFC whenever I fancy it, which is a lot. A LOT. I’ve also got to the stage where my body is craving apples instead of chocolate so I must have really done it some damage in the last year and I’m getting lazy, something I never thought I’d be. So I got veggy box. Continue reading
- Cubed Beef
- Onion chopped however you like
- Garlic chopped/minced, what ever takes your fancy
- Carrots (between 1 to 3)
- Potatoes (between 1 to 3)
- Beef stock (cubes are totally fine)
- Herbs (I like rosemary an thyme)
- Salt and Pepper with any other veg/meat/herbs/spices you fancy.
- 100g flour, I like self-raising
- 50g suet or half the amount of flour used
- Herbs if you like, I use rosemary and thyme like in the stew
- few drops of water
When I started this blog, with the exception of being somewhere I could talk about cake for hours without people around me falling asleep mid-rant, I really wanted to properly learn and document how to cook but as simply and easily as possible with minimum effort, but also without fancy tools or specialist equipment. I mean I’ve only this year upgraded my rolling-pin to a proper wooden one rather than a labeless wine bottle! Soooo, slow cookers then. If you don’t have one fine, I pretty sure there’s nothing you can cook in the slow cooker that you can’t do in an oven but as the temperature drops, I find my love affair with it rekindled. For aaaaaaaaaaages, my slow cooker was the only bit of ‘kit’ I had and genuinely couldn’t get it to create anything resembling edible so it spent a few years under my bed taking up valuable storage space. My family (and a fair few friends) swear by them and I’m often regaled by tales of how my uncle’s slow cooker nursed him back to health after breaking his leg and living alone, miles from any family members who could help or stand by a cooker for more than a minute or so to make dinner. Continue reading
I got a request for a tutorial for the high-waisted skirt I posted a couple weeks ago... So here is my awesomely drawn tutorial.
You will need:
fabric for the skirt. I got my ombre effect fabric because (shh) the fabric was being used as curtains. The part that the sun faded is the ombre.
a 7" zipper…