adventure: cuba libre cupcakes

ingredients: all the usuals but there is coca cola in the cake mixture, which makes it really gooey and caramely and rum in the butter icing which is yum! Topped with lime fruit pastels.

inspiration: the recipe is from Cupcakes Galore


adventure: my birthday tea party

ingredients: chocolate cream cake, mini cream cheese and salmon bagels, cucumber sandwiches on milk loaf, mini plain and sultana scones with jam and cream, darjeeling tea, chums

inspiration: the cake was based on a black forest gateau recipe in The Prawn Cocktail Years, i just put raspberry jam in instead of cherry goop. The milk loaf was from the Guardian Book of Baking and took hours to make but was definitely worth it. Mini things…just taste better than unmini things. I was extremely stuffed after this, and everyone took home a party bag with the leftovers! Ooh and I finally got to use my plastic flower placemats that I got in the pound shop, and my yellow melamine tea set. Hurrah for birthdays!

adventure: nature buttons

ingredients: vintage self cover buttons, embroidery threads, accidentally felted jumper

inspiration: moss & lichen

adventure: button and lace embellished tees

ingredients: cheapo primark t shirts, buttons, lace trimmings

inspiration: i just wanted to show off a gift of lovely purple buttons which resulted in the black t shirt. Then the cream t shirt which I had never worn looked so folorn I decided it should get the same treatment!

adventure: from top – raspberry yoghurt cupcakes, wholemeal fruit muffins, strawberry and peach jam filled cupcakes and flapjacks

ingredients: sugary, buttery, eggy, jammy goodness!

inspiration: cupcake recipes are from Cupcakes Galore, muffins are from The Big Book of Bread and flapjacks are based on this recipe although I just mixed the date goop into the oaty bits. I am not going back to flapjacks without flour!

red panda bento

adventure: bento lunch from last week


left hand container: red lentil and vegetable korma

right hand container: red panda egg with tomato ears and smile and olive eyes on a bed of lettuce with a tomato and olive kebab.

inspiration: red pandas like these

adventure: bento for wednesday lunchtime


left hand container – vegetable chilli and couscous

right hand container – cherry tomatoes and sundried tomato (in cup), chunk of cheese, baby spinach, boiled egg with peppercorn eyes

inspiration: this is what got me really excited about bento www.lunchinabox.net they always look so tasty! Here’s a close-up of the egg man, just for fun…