Thursday, 26 August 2010

At the movies on a rainy day...

So, if you hadn't noticed, it rained a bit, so much so that i was considering building an arc in my garden...
Bad weather aside, off we went to the cinema, to experience the joys of watching a film on a really big screen for seven quid or so and £6.30 for popcorn and a drink, have they been to a normal shop before?? Anyway, enough complaining about overpriced popcorn, i thought it would be nice to give a little review of the film, Scott Pilgrim vs The World! (which was awesome btw)

Tis, trust me, its based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, with the screen play written by Micheal Bacall and Edgar Wright(also director), who gave us such greats as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so i was expecting good things.
And i wasn't dissapointed, funny, clever and a strange mix of street fighter/real life, my crush on Michael Cera really isn't going anywhere and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Ramona Flowers, was adorable. The plot is pretty basic, for Scott to date Ramona, he has to defeat her seven evil ex's, much hilarity ensues. Also Kieran Culkin, who plays Wallace Wells was brilliant. I laughed so much i think i might have gotten some of my drink in the person in the poor person's hair in front of me. I also think i may have to buy the soundtrack cause it was rather badass, yeah i said badass.

Seriously though, go, see it, it truly is "An Epic of Epic Epicness", aaand you can create you own avatar on the website! Yes, i did, yes, i'm a dork...


Thursday, 19 August 2010

See our friends, see the sights...

Soo, went to London a couple of days ago and thought i should post some pictures from the amazing tate modern, sadly the Exposed exhibit cost some of that money stuff and my friends wanted to shop...
Yeah, shop, in the same shops we have in Bristol, no i don't get it. Anyways, pictures for your enjoyment.

One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square, a mixture of rain and chlorine :) good times

Trying to be all arty with my shot of the tate, as you can see, this is why I'm taking English Lit...

The wallpaper in the Andy Warhol room was amazing, i really think it would work in my bedroom, what mother, it would ¬.¬

Yeah, it would've been helpful to get the artists names, but, it more fun this way, right... :)

Sunday, 15 August 2010


So, i got bored, and i've decided that sunday boredum allows me to post the recipe for the rainbow cake :)

It's basically a vicotria sponge, but split into six parts...

337g butter or margerine @ room temp
337g caster sugar
4 large eggs/ 6 medium eggs
337g self raising flour
4 tsp vanilla extract
milk, to loosen

Now, i used three 9inch cake trays, and just sort of rotated them. The trays we're those silicone ones (i would really suggest getting them, it makes the clean up a lot easier) but if you dont have any, just remember to grease the tray.

1) Pre-heat oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4
2) Cream together the butter and the sugar in a bowl until it's pale and fluffy
3) Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and then add the vanilla
4) Fold in the flour, adding a little milk if needed, the batter shouldn't be too runny
5) This is where you'll need to be careful, you need to weigh out roughly 207g for each layer of the cake, to make sure that the cake is relatively flat. Because my oven is rubbish i decided to bake the cakes one at a time, but, you can do it any way you want, just remember to measure each layer before baking
6) When you've measured out one layer, you need to add you dye, its better to use a colour jell or paste, so that the colour is really strong, i used various colours from Squires Kitchen, which can be found via google. Add the colouring to the cake in the tin using a cocktail stick and mix until you have a strong colour
7)Put the cake into the oven and bake for 10-15 mins, don't worry if it doesn't rise that much, the layers aren't ment to be too big
8) Do the same with all the cakes, leaving all of them to cool compleatly.

And now to the frosting...

750g icing sugar
240g unsalted butter
50ml of milk
a few drops of vanilla extract, add extra of you want

1) Cream butter a sugar together, easiest to do this in an electric mixer
2) Add the vanilla, and the milk, a little at a time, so you can get the right consistancy. The more you mix, the lighter the mixture gets.
3) And now to frost, i found an old cake tray, the kind you get from shop bought cakes, and used that, as i dont have a table thing, but again, whatevers easiest for you. The frosting is relatively easy, just make sure you put an even amount of frosting between each layer, and fost the 'outside' of the cake evenly as well.
4) Decorate using sprinkles, edible glitter, sugar letters ect.

Hope this is useful for people, as i said, its just the working out that can make it a bit complicated, but when you get into the swing of it, it can be fun. Gawd, how nerdy am i for finding baking fun...

Cheers x

p.s. if you need to convert the unit i found this website that could help
Also, sorry for that un-exiting lack of pictures, im typing on my laptop and the pictures are on the computer...

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Summer School & Cupcakes

So i've just spent three glorious days at a Bristol University Summer School, and despite my original reservations, i thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Spending three days in student diggs, exploring the libraries and meeting some of the nicest people i've ever met was a genuinely brilliant experience, despite getting myself lost in the library and hauling my suitcase up a rather large amount of stairs, (my room was on the top floor...) It was fun, and i may sound like a major nerd, but i had so much fun learning new things, plus i got a free book out of it, yeah, its in Italian, but the covers so pretty.

Anyways, when i got back, i felt the need to bake some cupcakes, as a kind of welcome home present to myself, and the fact that i hadn't baked cupcakes for far too long a time. I made two batches, basic but lovely Vanilla Cupcakes and the very yummy Choco-Hazelnut Cupcakes.

I used recepies from the Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book, which is my bible, but if anybody wants be to post the recepies, just ask :)