Crochet

Sid the Punk Rock Crochet Dragon

Sid vicious punk rock dragonI had a recent request to make a crochet dragon for a friend as their house mascot. Well at the moment we are preparing to move house, busy, busy, busy!

I of course replied to my friend that although I would be more than happy to make her a dragon, could she possibly wait a few weeks while we pack up our lives and relocate! The lovely lady was perfectly reasonable and happy to wait, it would seem that I was less patient. In fact I started to make Sid that very evening. I literally have no self control when it comes to crochet. Ha ha.

I decided to use up some of my yarn stash for this, which is how the dragon became a bit punk rock. His profile is very much like a mohican I feel.

Dendennis is the creator of this pattern. The pattern can be purchased through Ravelry and Etsy

Sid profileAnyway, Sid is winging his way to his new home and the lovely recipient of this creature made a gorgeous donation to the fabulous Teenage Cancer Trust.

Could not be happier with how this turned out. Can’t wait to make another for me.

 

Enjoy,

Lx

 

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Christmas

Be an angel this Christmas

Somewhat off my usual stomping ground of cooking and recipes. I stumbled across this when I was sorting out my Just Giving site for the Teenage Cancer Trust (shameless plug 🙂 http://www.justgiving.com/jackclark ) .

Just Giving have hit upon the rather marvellous idea of giving to a random charity by a lucky dip.

A direct quote from their page is:

Spread the giving

This Christmas

There are over 8,000 charities that you can donate to directly using JustGiving. Sadly, some of them are feeling forgotten. Nine out of every ten donations we receive go to just 140 charities. It’s great news for them, but this Christmas, we’d like to make sure that everyone gets something.

You then click on a link, get a charity chosen for you and donate just a fiver. Lovely simple idea that will hopefully boost a few charities coffers who wouldn’t ordinarily get much.

The link to the page is http://www.spreadthegiving.com/getting_started

A fantastic way to start of December.

Enjoy

Lx

Baking

Chocolate Fudge Cake

This is another family favourite that apparently I don’t make often enough! I made it today for work colleagues (panic not, I saved some for the offspring, no starving teenagers here) in exchange for donations to my favourite charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust. If the urge takes you, please donate! http://www.justgiving.com/jackclark.
This recipe was in a magazine on a promotional piece for Carnation Caramel. I haven’t tweaked it at all, tis a very reliable cake. It serves 12 comfortably as a two tier cake. I usually is make it into two single layered cakes as it really is quite rich so in theory you only need a small piece! It also is gorgeous if you give it 30 seconds or so in the microwave (you will have to experiment with yours) and then dollop some double or clotted cream on the top. Yum.
Recipe
  • 175g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml corn oil (vegetable oil works fine too)
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 x 397g tin Carnation Caramel
  • 125g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar
Method
Preheat the oven to 180ºc, fan 160ºc, gas 4
Line the base of two sandwich tins with baking paper and set aside.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate and sugar into a bowl. Set aside.
In a jug, whisk together the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla along with two tablespoons of the Carnation Caramel, until smooth.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Pour into the tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until springy to the touch. Cool, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Once the cakes have cooled you can make your fudge topping.
Melt the chocolate, add the remaining caramel and beat until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and combine.
Sandwich the two cakes together with a third of the filling then spread the remainder over the top and the sides.

Enjoy.
Lx