Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.


I thought we'd have a little catch-up as I didn't blog over Christmas I didn't show you some of the pictures I took.  I was really pleased with this lobster stocking which I made for the last facebook giveaway of 2010.  Here's the question: -It’s the final giveaway and I…

Valentine’s Day Baking

Baked my Beloved a big ole heart shaped scone for V-Day as we are 'esconced' together! Added some Jersey cream, Bonne Maman strawberry conserve and a mahoosive fruit and nut Toblerone (now gone!)Valentine's loveMelanie xx

Schiacciata with Mozarella and Bacon

I made schiacciata as it is known in Florence and is what I would call focaccia.  The recipe was from Nigella's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'.  I didn't have the gorgonzola or pine nuts it required so I used mozarella and bacon.  As my eldest son would say "Nom, nom, nom".Love…

Attack of the Killer Almond Cakes.

I have been going through an almond phase. My Mum picked up a load of sugared almond favours which were left behind after a wedding she went to (I take after her I can't abide waste either!) and that started me off. I made my husband an almond cake for…

Coconut Bars

Another winner from 'The Big Book of Baking. I wanted to bake something quickly this morning for my guys to take on their football trip and I had some sour cream left over which I wanted to use. I made the sticky toffee cake from the same book yesterday for…

Happy Lactose-Intolerant Christmas!

Made a Christmas cake today for my husband's secretary who is lactose-intolerant. Searching through the internet I found a recipe for Wacky Cake which seemed to fit the bill. The frosting cracked somewhat when I lifted it.Decorated with (lactose free) candy canes!Love Melanie x

Pear, Pistachio and Chocolate Loaf Cake

I've made two of these already this week and I'm going to make another one for my father-in-law's birthday tomorrow. The recipe is from 'The Big Book of Chocolate' - 365 decadent and irresistible treats. Only 364 more recipes to try!Cellophane and re-cycled gift ribbon increase the glamour!Love Melanie x

Snow-Topped Spice Cake

I returned to an old favourite book today and made the snow-topped spice cake from Nigella's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' for my practice manager's birthday.I always try to get her a really naff, joke present and this year I got a real humdinger. It was a lurid, lilac…