Discovered the amazingness that is Stromboli the other day so that was dinner sorted for a couple of days! Here is one of our achievements. We used green and red pesto, olives, various Italian hams and mozzarella and it was 'da shit'. So easy and so yumdidelleyumptious.
It may not look like it but this cake took over a week to make. I've been dying to try the Chicago Fudge Cake in the new Hummingbird cook book, Home Sweet Home, since I bought it - it looked so yummy! Turns out this cake and me were not meant to be.
Attempt 1 to make fudge: it turned into toffee.
Attempt 2 to make fudge: it turned into fudgey toffee.
Attempt 3 to make fudge: the end product was as similar to fudge as I am to Kate Moss.
Fudge abandoned we set about making the cake. A ridiculously complicated recipe that didn't rise, leaving us with two paper thin sponges that fell apart as soon as you looked at them. Not ones to be defeated, we made two normal sponges (which also didn't rise) and eventually managed to piece it all together.
The final result tastes great, despite a slightly wonky finish, but there is no way I would ever recommend the recipe. Far too complicated to bother with for a result I probably could have got just playing around with a standard cake mix.
On the plus side the icing is amazing! Think Lindor balls center filling. Melt in the mouth goodness. Even if the recipe did mean we made about three times too much (well two times too much after we had attacked it with a spoon...)
Anyway, enough of my cake induced break down, enjoy these deceptive photos of an innocent cake with a dangerous background.
Fancied trying something new so, armed with a cookbook or two and some mangoes I besieged the kitchen with healthiness. The result? This:
mango and prawn curry
spicy prawn and herby chicken mango salad
I have a confession to make: I kill plants. I don't try to kill them but they somehow always end up dead. This time I thought I did everything right but this is the result. Wilted greek basil, pale coriander and slightly better than dead looking parsley. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?
I tried googling it but nothing was of use. Although I did spy this advert:
Got up, it was sunny, we had pancakes. These are Susie's Pancakes with added apple, cinnamon and vanilla topped with lashings of blueberries and apples cooked in maple syrup. They were yum. Wish every breakfast could be this indulgent.
Part of my illustration drive. You only get to see a tiny glimpse of it in the final piece so thought I would share all my hard work here first. It is created using a mixture of cut up stickers I had lying around, felt tips and water colors. Might have slightly spattered the wall in my impatience at watching very wet paint dry. It will wipe off.
Once upon a time I started to develop an obsession with fairy tales. I have since been writing some of my own versions of the famous tales, which are coming soon. Here is my first illustration though. I am going to use the first story to experiment with some illustration styles. This one is my normal style, it's very 2D and I call the people square heads...because their heads are square. I want to try some other ideas I've picked up from Etsy and Pinterest though so watch this space. Chapter 1 shall also be coming very soon. It's going to be a busy weekend.