This morning, I had a spare 10 minutes to try something I have been thinking about doing to add something arty to my office…
I am not really an arty person so I thought I would cheat and use other people’s art. I enjoy a good cigar and I think the tubes that some cigars are packaged in can be very pleasing to the eye. With that in mind I set about my project!
You will need…
A box frame (I got mine from IKEA)
Dark card (I chose black)
Double sided tape
Empty Cigar tubes
You need to…
Secure the cigar tubes in a line facing forward to the bottom inside edge of the box frame using the double sided tape
Secure the cigar tubes to each other for stability using the clear tape
Cut the dark card as a background
Put the back on the box frame
And the result…
I know that there is a bit of a gap, ideally that would not be there! I do intend to swap in a fatter tube when I get the chance to rectify this!
Is it art, or have I merely framed what was already art? I’ll let you decide…
My wife does a small amount of private English tutoring; she is the main carer for our son so it is nice for her to be able to do something away from that life every once in a while to keep her sane! Edward’s favourite outing at the moment is a trip to the university lake to feed the ducks. Today was nice and sunny and we went at ten which it turns out is the perfect time to see lots of wildlife!
You know the scene, the birds tweet and fly by, a baby deer wanders into the foreground and somewhere to the left in the background a couple of squirrels playfully fight over a nut whilst a baby rabbit watches on! If are unsure about what I am on about, this butter advert should give you an idea…
Today we had our own moment like this! We found some baby geese with their parents, a magpie kept swooping down to pick at the bread we were throwing. Two squirrels sat nearby darting in to get their own piece of crust whilst the ducks swam in the background. I tried to capture the scene, but it was too dynamic – this is the best I got…
Our own Disney moment!
In a separate incident, as we were walking through the supermarket car park, a young boy about 9 or 10 years old was staring so hard at Edward’s tracheostomy he walked full on into the bonnet of a parked car and fell over!
Watch any randomly selected cookery competition on television and there is one dessert that strikes fear into the heart of the most seasoned professional chef it seems; chocolate soufflé! It has to be said, on the few occasions I have followed a proper chocolate soufflé recipe I have ended up with chocolate scrambled egg or a chocolate scone!
To continue my theme of Kinder based recipes, I decided to come up with a soufflé like recipe that is easy to make… enter the ‘Gooey Kinder Soufflé Cake’!
Ingredients (to serve 2)
- 50g butter
- 5 Kinder bars
- 60g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 40g self-raising flour
- Icing sugar for dusting
- Heat the oven to 180C
- Place the Kinder bars and butter in a bowl and microwave on full (800W) for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for 40 seconds
- Beat the eggs and sugar together in another bowl until fluffy and then fold in the flour
- Fold the melted butter and chocolate into the egg, sugar and flour mix
- Butter 2 ramekins (or cheat and spray them with that spray olive oil, a lot quicker!)
- Pour the mixture into the ramekins and bake for between 12 to 16 minutes
- Remove from the oven and dust with icing sugar – serve immediately!
There are many things about this recipe which make it perfect for those of us too scared to try to make a soufflé for anyone other than ourselves!
- The flour in the mix, although it makes it heavier than a traditional soufflé gives the pudding more stability and less chance of overflowing or collapsing
- The mixture can be made in advance – no need to separate the eggs and whisk the whites before folding
- The mix is gooey enough to give more leeway with cooking time meaning that you are almost guaranteed an oozy middle (unless you go out for the day!)
The result should look something like this!
As ever my lovely wife was co-guinea-pig for another of my Kinder based experiments – fortunately there were no complaints! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!
I had fully intended to make a nice healthy tuna salad for tea tonight, but time is short, work is long and I needed something quick with quite a low-calorie count – step in the Ikea food bag!
A Pack of Asparagus
2 tbsp. water
A Poached Egg (see previous post on Perfect Poaching)
Salt and Pepper
This was a bit of an experiment as I didn’t know if the aforementioned Ikea food bags were microwave safe, but I was in a hurry!
- Wash, trim and place asparagus in plastic food bag with the water
- Pierce the bag several times (important!)
- Microwave on full power for 1:50 (800W) and leave to rest whilst poaching egg
- Poach egg as per instructions
- Grate cheese
- Drain asparagus and arrange on plate
- Add grated cheese on top
- Place poached egg in the middle
- Season and enjoy!
If all goes well, hopefully the result should look something like this…
It was super yummy, took about 4 minutes to make and was only 190 calories; win, win, win!
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One of Edward’s favourite things to do at the moment is feeding the ducks. Our local university has a lovely boating lake at the bottom of campus which has loads of wildfowl and squirrels. Edward particularly loves the moorhens that make the high pitch squeak and run across the water’s surface whenever he throws bread toward them.
Feeding the ducks
It is lovely to see that although his development is delayed in so many ways, his sense of humour does not seem remotely affected. Whenever he is sure someone is watching, he will pretend to throw the bread and then change direction and take a massive bite out of it! We have to make sure we do not use stale bread to avoid him aspirating dry crumbs but it is clear that all the ducks see fresh bread as a treat!
Cast thy bread upon the waters… Ecclesiastes 11:1
You may think from the title of this post, that it is about Coffee that is better for you or produced in an environmentally friendly way. Whilst I am sure that these would be worthy posts, this post if actually about making a cup of coffee look funky and taste yummy by grating a Kinder bar (as used in my surprise hot chocolate) on top! Using a mini grater makes the strands of chocolate curl better and the Kinder bar gives of a mixture of little white and milk chocolate shards. Anyway I tried it out on my wife today and it was a big hit!
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Hi! Just a quick post to link to a blog I have set up about my half marathon training! Please read, share and possibly donate!