Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Secret to Storing Coffee Beans

How to Store whole Coffee Beans and get the best from them.

Is it the same for you? Do you have to have a cup of good coffee first thing in the morning? When you're walking into a coffee shop, does the smell of freshly ground coffee momentarily stop you in your tracks? Well I am one of those people and I really love coffee. Is there anything nicer than enjoying a relaxed breakfast with your family while savouring the taste of  a decent cup of coffee.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

1,000,000 Hits and hungry for more!!

Nobody is more surprised than me that my tiny spot on the internet has managed to garner any attention at all not to mention hitting one million hits! 

When I started blogging in the summer of 2011, I wasn't really expecting it to become anything other than a personal online recipe box or a legacy for my children to look back on and make the recipes that I had cooked for them in their childhood. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Layered King Prawn Salad

Layered Prawn Salad, healthy and colourful fit for any BBQ or summer lunch.

I'm slowing making my way through The Lord of the Rings book by J.R.R Tolkien - I haven't seen the films so it is a very exciting read, oh there are times when I fly through the chapters, fight scenes, chases through beautiful countryside with beautiful elven queens bestowing their knowledge on shrewd hobbits and then it slows to a halt where I feel it is happening in real time, every nap, every meal and every tree is accounted for, where it seems that nothing can happen in middle earth but Mr. Tolkien has described it in minute detail. 

Layered Prawn Salad, healthy and colourful fit for any BBQ or summer lunch.

However, after that belly aching I am enjoying it. It is in my opinion the seed for a large number of the fantasy books that I have read. I can't help but compare the ringwraiths with Harry Potters Dementors and faithful old Dobby is the kinder less deadly version of Gollum. There are characters that I love. Who doesn't love Gandalf - not to mention his similarity to Dumbledore, okay I'll stop now I promise - his all knowing knowledge of all the creatures of middle earth and his astounding ability to be two steps ahead of the "One" we don't speak of -no not Voldemort but Sauron. 

The wood elf Legolas, is very easy to like, he is like all elves in fiction, light footed and deadly accurate with his bow and arrow, he has had such a very long life that there isn't much he hasn't seen. Samwise is utterly faithful to Frodo and apart from the occasional blunder he just the kind of person you would want on your side, but it is Frodo that I admire the most, this unwanted burden bestowed on him that has lead him on a dangerous but wonderful journey, his courage and wisdom make him a very likable if somewhat aloof character. I am on this journey with you little hobbit. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Oreo Cupcakes

Very easy to make and even easier to eat, Oreo cupcakes. The perfect treat for the whole family.

Delicious aren't they, soft with a bit of crunch. Now don't be fooled into thinking that these are difficult to make, au contraire my friends. I wouldn't tempt you with such mouthwatering photos and then set about putting you to work for hours in the kitchen. 

Very easy to make and even easier to eat, Oreo cupcakes. The perfect treat for the whole family.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

3D Shark Cake- How To

How to make a 3D Shark Cake with step by step recipe and photographs.

Oh we had fun making this cake, my son is nothing short of obsessed with all things shark like. We searched YouTube for tutorials on how to make a 3D shark cake. It wasn't long before we came across CakesByChoppA and his tutorial. He makes it look so easy so I thought sure why not! 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes, the perfect gift or centrepiece for your Easter table. Easier than you think to make too!

Who could resist these tasty Easter treats, well not me that's for sure! These cupcakes are easier than you think to make and they are great for getting the children involved in the kitchen.