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Why do foxes glow?

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In which I bombard you with photos and beat a hasty retreat to answer REALLY important questions from Big Bear about why foxes glow when they’re pregnant*. And to stop Baby Bear from dialling 999…. again. 

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I claim they are homage to Wimbledon and strawberries. Really I just got over excited with the Cath Kidston sale. 

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They’re Earl Grey flavour. Because there’s no time for the Great British tea and cake tradition when you’re trying to fish out coins that have been lovingly inserted into air vents. So it has to be tea flavoured cake instead. It’s just as good, although cake flavoured tea might be quicker. Just a thought. 

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Pretty sure the Bears are the ONLY people who don’t understand the Pimms fascination. They aren’t particularly British summer-esque, but at least they taste pretty awesome: Malibu and Coke flavoured Bear-y cakes. Having said that, Daddy Bear doesn’t like Malibu. Herein lies the reason why Mummy Bear’s diet always fails. Cola flavoured sponge topped with a malibu and lime buttercream frosting, amazingly cute straws, and the most humongous tantrum from Baby Bear when I wouldn’t let him lick the frosting bowl. 

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Actually, this is more Wimbledon-ish isn’t it? I did start a diet. And then I made this. And it had no soggy bottom and was absolutely delicious. But did have an entire tub on marscapone in it. So basically the diet had been pointless. 

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And that moment when you realise LAST weekend was Father’s day, and the computer won’t print your amazon voucher? Gluten Free Cherry Bakewell flavour Bear-y cakes. Almond sponge, filled with cherry jam and topped with lemon glace icing. Or, how to get out of a tight spot using lots of sugar. 

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Except I haven’t showered yet. So maybe the recipes will come later. Much later.

Mummy Bear x 

*Fantastic Mr Fox; confusing asd kids since 2009. 

Mr Fox: By the way, you look unbelievably beautiful tonight. You’re practically glowing. Maybe                                                                                                             it’s the lighting. 

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Toddler trouble.

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The Bears and I have been absent for a while. There is a very good reason for this, and it comes in the shape of a not-so-small two year old. I tried baking with him.

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It ended in a state of sugar induced hyperactivity, a broken measuring jug and very very little sleep. Oh yes, and a cake which looked like I had assembled it, run over it with the car, and then tried to fix it up again.

Image(It’s a Maple Syrup and Pecan layer cake with marscapone frosting, from Delia’s gorgeous new book. It did taste fantastic, but not fantastic enough to warrant only two hours sleep.)

And then I tried baking without him. This time the cakes were at least edible looking. And tasted exactly as they should:

 Image(These are Turkish Delight Bear-y Cakes: Chocolate cake, topped with a rose flavoured buttercream and dark chocolate sprinkles. Recipe may follow. Should the Toddler ever sleep.)

However, my living room wall no longer looked like it should:

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Neither did Daddy Bear’s computer screen. Or the sofa. And so, we stopped baking.

That completes my absence letter.

We hope to be back soon!

Mummy Bear x

How Not To Make Fudge

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The first in my series of self help guides, which also includes How To Commit Social Suicide (give up facebook for lent) and How To Park Cars Without Crashing (turn off ignition, get out, let someone else park the car).

I used this recipe, but changed the 450g demerera sugar to 450g castor sugar. Because it was snowing outside so I took my chances with what I actually had. Also, I didn’t have a sugar thermometer. And I definitely didn’t beat it for 10 minutes whilst cooling because Baby Bear needed the toilet. And a drink. And rescuing from Big Bears Bunk bed.

And what I definitely don’t have is fudge. But what I do have is an amazing fudge sauce to use on icecream. Oh, and a supersweet bloggers award from Paula at All About the Bake. (Yes, I am diverting the topic away from my awful not-really-baking disaster. Clever huh?!)

Super Sweet Bloggers

The rules of the award are:

1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

So, the Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Both.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla. Unless there is lemon. And then it’s lemon.

3. What is your favourite sweet treat? Everything. I’m not fussy. Except salted caramel.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When I’m awake. And sometimes in my dreams.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Muffin… at least then it would be factually accurate.

My nominees are (in no particular order):

We’re calling Shenanigans

The Baking Fever

Add More Butter!

Pennywisemummy

The Greedy Frog

Bitch, Stitch and Bake

Pud Bakes

White rabbits and hungry habits

A young foodie

make me cakey

Handmade or the Highway

Confessions of a cake addict

HappyLittleBaker

See… now you’ve forgotten all about the hideous attempt at fudge. Genius!

Mummy Bear x

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Actually, I don’t know. Is it?

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English Summer Cupcakes, the recipe released in a book designed for Red Nose Day. Which is in March. And it’s snowing outside. Although based on last year, that is pretty much Summer in England for you. 

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Ironic or not Bake #9 of the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge are delicious. Cupcakes with chopped fresh strawberries in the sponge, filled with strawberry jam, topped with cream cheese frosting and a strawberry slice.

Go buy the book and bake them. Then eat them all in one go. And maybe sing a bit of Alanis. Or not. 

Mummy Bear x

Beauty is only skin deep

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Beauty is only skin deep

If this cake was a person, you’d say they had a face for radio. It’s so ugly, I had to photograph it with the recipe book just to prove that the Sticky Lemon Cake is SUPPOSED to look like this.

However do not be fooled, because bake #7 of the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge is delicious, and every thing you would possibly want in a lemon cake. And I followed the recipe exactly, except for the part where I bashed the cake against the side of the oven and created a huge sunken part in the middle. And that I’m claiming as a stroke of planned genius because it meant the syrup didn’t run off the side of the cake!

Mummy Bear x

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Comic Relief challenge bake #4: Sprinkle Bear-y cakes .

They are made using the recipe for Sticky Confetti Cakes from the Great Comic Relief Bake Off book, but in cupcake form. (Because EVERYTHING is better in miniature. Except bank balances.)

If you haven’t tried baking sprinkles inside your cake batter, do it. Ridiculously easy and instant multi-coloured polkadots. Awesome!

Mummy Bear x

A wedding! I love weddings! Drinks all around!

I also love Johnny Depp. But that’s besides the point. 

A friend has trusted me to make the top cake for their wedding. It’s not till October, but I am excited. And pooping my pants.

So last night we practised. And avoided any more research into the value of Reggio Emelio inspired displays in the outdoor classroom.

And then this morning Baby Bear helped me to take some photographs. Well, I say helped. I mean that whilst I was trying to find some natural light in the Bears teeny tiny flat, Baby Bear painted my drying foam with edible glue. Very helpful.

  

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At this point Baby Bear was poking at the flowers between photos and saying “Mmmmm, hungry mumma” and making exaggerated licks towards the cake. 

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And by now he was drawing on the oven in blue edible pen, and singing “Paint, paint, Dora, paint”. So we pretty much gave up. 

 

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So now we’re off to scrub the oven. And the kitchen floor. And Baby Bear himself. And then maybe bake some stem ginger shortbread!

Mummy Bear x

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