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Urgh… HOT!!!

Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Gothic, Homemade, Journal, Music with tags , , , , , , , on 27/05/2012 by Jen Healey

I hardly ever moan about it being cold, so I’m entitled to say “It is too hot”!  I’m well aware that this is nothing compared to other countries’ hot weather/temperatures, but I’m British ok, so I like it colder, cloudier, windier, rainier… you get my drift.

I have problems sleeping well in these temperatures, waking often and remembering crazy, heat-induced dreams.  I think it is time to start stopping off for some frosty frappucino-type beverages, coolness and caffeine, mmmm.  This is definitely the time of year for cold drinks, shade-seeking (as I do not yet own a gorgeously Goth parasol) and ‘full-on’ fans.

Speaking of cold drinks, I only have one sachet of Kool-Aid left from my pal in America, so I’ll be making more of these –

Thick Strawberry Milkshakes. 

They are easy and scrummy.

Please feel free to share any culinary coolers, they will be gratefully received and shared.

Today my incredibly sweet (and handsome) hubby took a trip into town with our daughter, they returned with lunch and two pressies for me!

Check ’em out –

This is the same game/box, can you tell the difference (apart from my using the flash!)?

Yes, the picture changes.  Tee hee.  Look closer –

Goodly, chaste lady becomes –

Rampant, blood-thirsty Vampire!

You gotta enjoy the little things.  It actually looks like a fun game, for 3-6 players… any takers?

They also bought this back for me –

Yes, that is a brand new copy of Mr Manson’s latest album!  Am I the luckiest, most spoilt Mummy ever or what?  How perfect are these gifts for me?!

Cool gifts on a hot day 🙂

I hope your Sunday is a good one y’all!


Happy Birthday to me!

Posted in Gothic, Journal with tags , , , , , , on 13/01/2012 by Jen Healey

Ok, so I’m a bit late with this, but I really haven’t had time to visit here lately.  So… catch up time.

Christmas was a lovely day, my little people had great fun with the many, many presents from Santa (who will have to watch the pennies now, I’m sure).  It really was wonderful to spend the whole festive season with my children, they really make it magical, ah to believe in Santa again.

My birthday, which I usually dread, was so lovely that my bottom lip split with all the smiling I did – I kid you not.  This was down to, as always, my sweet hubby, who will remain in the ‘good-books’ for quite some time – he still is almost two weeks later.  He had planned a surprise birthday party for me (on my 31st birthday! – New Years Day).  It wasn’t an ‘all-out’ do, just hubby, my babies and the in-laws at hubby’s parents’ house.  I don’t think that my poor mother-in-law would have appreciated her house being overrun by all the (fabulous) people in my life/address book!  But it was perfect.  My little people enjoyed playing with (or watching, in Jakey’s case) their cousins.  The food was scrummy and the cake…


Check it out –

It is almost all gone now, although I plan to save the largest black curl for as long as I can.  Which will be pretty tricky, as the black decorations turn your mouth (and fingers) really black.

Here are some more shots of the coolest cake I have ever seen –

For those of you who are not familiar with the works of the brilliant Tim Burton, this cake is based on his film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I have started collecting selected items of NBC merch for my ‘Goth Shrine’ in my kitchen.  Here is the cake where it would have been perfect to keep it forever, if we hadn’t started eating it.

My shrine is coming along quite nicely now, thanks to recent additions since Christmas of the big Jack Skellington with his pumpkin and the mug – which I can’t quite bring myself to actually use yet (what have I become?!).

…and yes that is an actual four pack of True Blood!  It is not actually blood but Blood Orange flavour pop/soda – tee hee.

A final testament to what a massive geek I am (which I am comfortable with), is this ‘piece’ combining both vampires and the Nightmare Before Christmas – Vampire Jack!




Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Homemade, Journal with tags on 16/10/2011 by Jen Healey

Well, as promised here are the pictures of my most recent experiments in the kitchen.  The first was meant to be some (as Nigella calls it) Hokey Pokey or honeycomb.  As implied by the title, it is not baked, but heated in a pan on the hob with three ingredients.

Yeah… it didn’t really work.  I made the briefest of notes whilst watching the recipe on tv and later gave it a go.  Afterwards, I actually checked the recipe online, duh!  I realised that I should have stirred in the bicarb off the heat.  It was too sticky and more bendy than smashable.  I guess that one needs another attempt.

The other creation was some Rocky Road, which again was not baked, but prepared in a saucepan and set in the fridge.  It was scrummy!  Modest, I know.

I feel the urge for something different, so plan to try my hand at a Baked Egg Custard Tart soon.  Pastry, eek!

Leamington Food and Drink Festival

Posted in Food, Journal with tags , , on 18/09/2011 by Jen Healey

Last Sunday my little family and I went to the Food and Drink Festival that was held at the Royal Pump Rooms Gardens, it was a really nice morning.  I had been to the library a few times, but never actually walked round the museum at the Pump Rooms.  Neither did I realise that there was a gorgeous room like this in there –

But enough of that, there are pictures of cakes to look at.  Here are a few pictures of the festival, taken wide so that people don’t go kicking up a stink about their image being used without consent forms!

On the far left of this picture there is the stall of a very fine local food producer – Offchurch Poultry, their chicken burgers and sausages are eaten very frequently in our house (not that we’re related or anything!).

There was even a Mexican-style Mariachi band, which was fun to watch –

People always step in the way at precisely the wrong moment, apologies to the middle musician!

Now for the cakes…

The elusive Red Velvet cupcake, which I am yet to try, let alone bake.

Well it is the end of National Cupcake Week, so, as I didn’t bake any yet, I’ll show you some funky-looking cupcakes made by someone else.

Of course I had to buy a couple, Beth had one with a black ribbon (her choice, surprisingly, I’d have guessed pink!), which just about made it home.

I had to go for a chocolate one –

Hubby’s not really a big cake fan, but he does like bread and cheese, so I spied and bought him some caramelised onion bread and a gorgeous cheese and onion focaccia bread.  I barely had the chance to snap the focaccia before it was completely devoured!

It was a circle of bread!!!

It was so soft, not crusty like the ones on the Great British Bake Off, which I think is a good thing.

This Sunday I have a family birthday party to go to, so I’m off to get people ready.  I hope your Sunday is/was an enjoyable one x


Grandma’s Cheese Puff Triangles

Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Homemade, Journal with tags , on 17/09/2011 by Jen Healey

Today’s baking attempt was from a childhood memory that I hold dear, making cheese-filled and topped puff pastries with my grandma.  The finished product would look a bit like this –

I don’t think that I’ve cracked it yet, but I really enjoyed that first bite.  Despite not being quite right, it still took me back and I was back in grandma’s kitchen as a little girl.

I ran out of cheese, so didn’t top them all enough and I think that I rolled the puff pastry a touch too thin.

This one was probably the best of the batch.  Lotte, you may have to help me fill in the gaps!  I’m not sure but I may be missing something…

Beth had some puff pastry fun too –

Sitting on cooling racks is how I most remember Grandma’s cheese pastries, my impatience cementing the image below in my young mind, waiting for them to cool always took too long.

They are not likely to last very long, as everyone in the house loves cheese, so I guess I’ll be using my kitchen as a time-machine again quite soon.  Maybe I should go for mince pies a bit closer to Christmas?  I haven’t tasted a better mince-pie than the ones grandma used to bake.


Jakey’s 1st Birthday

Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Homemade, Journal with tags , , , , on 08/09/2011 by Jen Healey

Today is/was my little baby boy’s first birthday, it was pretty busy in places, but he’s fast asleep as I type – all tuckered out!  He’s not the only one!  The whole household is pretty tired, but I think we’ve all enjoyed marking the occasion.  We didn’t have a party, but there was a cake or two, obviously made by yours truly.  There were fairy cakes, which I baked yesterday and iced today –

The birthday boy, whilst I was icing and assembling the above, ate an entire (un-iced) fairy cake – that’s my boy!

His birthday cake was a chocolate sandwich cake, from a Cadbury’s cookbook, which I baked and iced yesterday, but applied the crumbled Flake today (as suggested by my hubby).

This was pretty much it’s best side!

I think I should maybe have a few days off baking, after one last batch of biscuits tomorrow (Rachel, save some room at lunch time).  This obsession is taking over my blog and I have many other subjects to blog about which aren’t getting a look in at the moment.

My First Chocolate Cake

Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Homemade, Journal with tags , , on 03/09/2011 by Jen Healey

Sounds like the title of a children’s cookbook.  Anyway, yesterday (2nd September) I baked my first ever chocolate sandwich cake.  It looked better than it photographed and tasted yum!  That sounds like I ate the whole thing to myself… I haven’t.  There is still half of it left and I had two (and a bit) pieces over yesterday and today.

The top is dusted with Cocoa powder, although, I think whipped cream might be nice to top it with if it is going to be shared with a crowd next time.

Today I made some cookies with the same recipe I used for my first attempt/flop, these weren’t much better really, but they are going down pretty well, considering.

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