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Creepy Halloween Cakes!

Posted in HOME with tags , , on October 30, 2009 by echostains

wonder if you could use ice cream  for the body?

It’s Halloween soon, but unfortunately I shall be working so I will miss out.  The other night I went out.  Two pubs had been given the same decorations, including those cobwebs that you shred.  One pub shredded and draped their cobwebs, and the other, just opened the sheets up and stuck them over glass cases!  I wished I’d had my camera so I could show what I mean.  Talk about, couldn’t be bothered….perhaps they are going to put the undisturbed cobwebs away for next year….

I came across this unusual site the other day (or should I say Stumbleupon)  I couldn’t resist these cakes, they are so cute and just the thing for Halloween!  Please check out this site HERE for instructions about how to make them.

make all these variations

I’m sure that you can find equivalents for some of the ingredients (like Pocky).  Perhaps joining a pair of ‘Matchmakers‘  by melting the chocolate a bit to join them, would work for the legs. Or, what about a Tunnocks Tea cake for the body?  Children would love these wouldn’t they!

Tunnocks Tea cakes, the legs would be a bit of a challenge

The website has lots of ‘unusual’ things to make……..   HERE

Watched: The Hairy Bikers (Better late than Never!)

Posted in HOME, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by echostains

The incorrigable Hairy Bikers

The incorrigable Hairy Bikers

Recently, I’ve discovered the Hairy Bikers (BBC2).  Yes I know they’ve been going a while, but I’ve only just latched on to them (they don’t call me Ten Years after for nothing…).  I did see a programme last year where they went to Morrocco and were cooking in a Tagine.  Excited by this, I rushed to Lakeland and bought one!  I’m glad I did as it has proved invaluable and I use it rather a lot.

My tagine, spicy, beany, ricey, stewy...yummy!

My tagine, spicy, beany, ricey, stewy...yummy!


Anyway, these Hairy Bikers can really cook! Plus, I have picked up so many tips from them and the top chefs they compete against.  They have a real no nonsense approach, and a real appreciation of food.  I also like the way they use the natural larder of each county to bring that region to the viewers ‘on a plate’.  I’m going to continue watching this programme – I’ve a LOT of episodes to catch up on lol!

Hairy Bikers with guest chef

Hairy Bikers with guest chef

The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers  and Simon King have their own website with lots of recipes HERE

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 2 Kitchen media

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the experimental project ‘Alchemy’; –




The experiments on this page took place in the kitchen.  Soft pastel pigment mixed with washing up liquid (1) add vinegar (2) add cream kitchen cleaner (3) add crimson drawing ink (shellac based) (4).  Linseed refined oil added (6)