Oh dear ! Has it really been that long since I graced you with my presence ? My sincere apologies !! In the last 6 months or so I have gone through major life changes and somehow I lost a grip on the things that made me me !!
For one … I got made redundant AGAIN !!! I know its like a bad habit of mine … I then went from having worked part time for 17 years to my first full time position since before my first born entered the world … and believe me a transition from a 15 hour working week to a Monday to Friday 8 until 4 timetable is punishing for the soul !!! Not in an altogether bad way ! I’m now working in finance – who saw that coming ??? Its tough and I’ve got oodles to learn but I’ll get there …
Next in the ever continuing saga that is my life – I became ill !! I thought I was just tired due to the above ! But when after some rest time ( well as much rest time as you get with 3 kids and a mad dog) I was still enormously fatigued and having lost all zest for everything – work .. home … recreation .. . cooking .. writing … ( you catch my drift I’m sure) – I took myself off to the docs for some answers !! Over Christmas I had some bloods done and then a summons back to my Doc ! It appears I have something called Pernicious anaemia and folate anaemia !! The folate side of things I’m dealing with by taking folic acid and increasing my intake of leafy greens … I guess I should enthral you all with some recipes with them huh ?? The pernicious anaemia is being dealt with via regular B12 injections – just call me a human pin cushion !! I can’t say I’m feeling the benefits just yet and have spent the last month struck down with a plethora of colds, viruses and chest infections but I live in hope that I’ll improve in time !
So there we have it – I have my laptop back in working order after smashing the screen and subjecting it to a year lost under the sofa … and I have a slight stirring in my creative juices !!! I’ve also decided the change the focus of the blog back to how I started all those years ago – more focus on my family and boy friendly cooking ! Less focus on trying to run with the big boys … I’m just going to keep being me and bringing you fun family friendly recipes , cooking tips and anecdotes !!! I hope that’s ok ?
See you very soon with a simpler than simple family favourite 🙂 FLAPJACK !!!
Ooooops I did it again ! This weeks Great British Bake Off was Biscuit week – How hard could a biscuit bake actually be ? As we watched the contestants tackle iced biscuits – surely a doddle ? Then onto Mary’s Viennese Whirls … followed by a ginger biscuit structure of epic proportions ! We gasped as biscuits tumbled to the floor , as time ran out , as the elusive snap was more of a rip … we held our breath as the whirls disintegrated into smooth velveteen crumbs of buttery deliciousnes … we all cried with dismay as ginger constructions collapsed and snapped … I was fair exhausted by the end of the show !!
I had originally intended to make a batch of vanilla cookies and ice them with artistic flair however I decided to embrace the technical challenge once again ! I have never attempted a viennese finger so a whirl might just be the ending of me !! I used Mary’s recipe as why tamper with the best ?? And the results … well catastrophic actually !!! The dough was that short that it crumbled beyond recognition – tasted blimmin gorgeous , so silky and buttery and delicious ! But looked an absolute horror … I managed to salvage 2 fully constructed whirls !! The rest of the biscuits were put in a tub and devoured without an ounce of respect !!!
So I say to you all – never underestimate the humble biccie ! Respect the whirl !!! Its a technical feat which yet again beat this baker !!! Next week I’m having it – I promise you !!!
I have joined in with Week 2 of The Great Bloggers Bake Off – you can join in too here with Mummy Mishaps
You can join in more baking fun with Tesco who kindly sponsored my bake this week ! Many thanks … Go visit their baking pages here
It’s back … we’ve waited patiently through an amazing Olympics and now we are enjoying the spoils …
The Great British Bake Off – fast becoming a great British institution as is the fantastic Great Bloggers Bake Off !! Hurrah …
I sat with most of the nation last Wednesday eagerly watching as the new contestants were put through their paces … firstly a drizzle cake .. and I was feeling rather confident at that .. Ha ! Who can’t make a decent drizzle I thought to myself !! turns out quite a few find it a struggle … Next onto Jaffa cakes … Well I sat there giving my armchair advice quite literally shouting at the TV that surely it wasn’t that blummin hard !!! Then onto the showstopper – a mirror glazed cake ! I sat down to digest the first episode and thought well good on you BBC , finally bringing it back to basics ! To good old fashioned baking !!
So , now it was my turn !! I decided to go with Mary Berry’s Jaffa Cakes with the naïve idea of showing these so called bakers just how easy it actually was ! Oh boy oh boy oh boy – How wrong was I ? Jaffa Cakes ? Jaffa fail !!!! The sponges were fine , the jelly was fine , the chocolate was fine but on construction of this spongey orange morsel it all went horrifically wrong !! I am an impatient person by nature – the chocolate was still far too warm that it hit the jelly and melted the orangey centre then slid off into the waiting tray …. and this happened time and time again ! Meaning after only 3 successful ish Jaffa cakes I declared the whole sorry episode an Epic Jaffa Fail and consoled myself with a cup of tea and some sponge mess !!! I now take it all back – sorry GBBO contestants – I apologise profusely for the names I called you all on Wednesday evening , for ever questioning your ability as bakers and your eligibility to grace my screen ! I truly am sorry – Jaffa Cakes are hard !!! I will never ever venture there again …..
I have joined in with Week 1 of The Great Bloggers Bake Off – you can join in too here with Mummy Mishaps .
Hello you lovely lot … it appears I’ve been neglecting you all for some time !! For this I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies … the truth of it is , I kind of lost my lust for life in general and everything went a little dark . I wasn’t really in the best place to stun you all with my witty repartee and quite frankly I don’t think I would have had the energy if I’d have tried !!
I even took myself off to Blog On MSI to see if it could lift me from my bloggy doldrums and it just didn’t work – just served to make me feel even more inadequate , out of touch and old !!
To top it off as you all know I turned 40 this year and since that dreaded number appeared everything seems to have gone a bit BLEURGH !!!! I’ve basically been a Misgog Mildred so it was better for me to take a step back and bore myself with my own melancholy than inflict it on the wider stratosphere !!
But anyway … I’m just here to tell you all I’M BACK and hopefully I’m going to amaze you all with some fantabulous creations of the finest fare !! I hope you don’t mind if I interject the odd story about them boys of mine and the wooftastic Freddie Bear …. I think it’s time A Wannabe Foodie celebrated life , family , love and laughter once more …. don’t you ??
My eldest son turned 16 yesterday … 16 !! I know …I don’t look old enough …aw shucks …you make me blush …😂
As usual I was so very last minute in making his cake and truth be known I had a bit of a disaster !! I used a recipe for a Victoria Sponge bundt that I saw on http://www.dollybakes.co.uk …with Rachel being Queen of bundts it seemed rude not to !!! You can find the recipe here http://www.dollybakes.co.uk/2014/02/Victoria-Sponge-Bundt-Cake.html?m=1
… Now when it says turn out after 10 minutes please do …otherwise you end up w
ith half your cake stuck nay welded by jam into your tin !!
A sense of panic did set in I must admit as I surveyed the half cake covered in jam … until inspiration struck and I pegged it to the supermarket for supplies to turn Billys birthday Bundt into the Victoria Eton Mess Birthday Bundt !! Whipped cream , crushed meringue and some gorgeous fresh fruit …. and here it is folks …. Billys Birthday Extravaganza …. Delish !!!
Well … I feel like I changed nothing … I listened to the pod everyday …right up until birthday fever hit !! I mean a gal turning 40 needs to party like she’s 21 …right ???
So I did have a wee slip up week … but hey !! The results are in … In the first month of slimpodding I lost a fantastic 5lbs . Not a mega amount but for saying I still drank the wine …lots of !! I still ate the cake !! I still chomped down a 3 course meal and then some … I think I did pretty well .
Right now I’m experiencing some technical difficulties so the Gold programme has had to be shelved and in the mean time I’m listening to The Drop 2 Dress Sizes programme daily instead !!!
The trick is to keep listening … The human mind is an incredible thing !!
Find out more at www.thinkingslimmer.co.uk where the lovely Sandra will explain all …
I’ll be back soon with my usual recipes and culinary gaffs …I promise !!!
My 40th birthday meal with mh boys x
The Before Pic
Yeah yeah yeah we’ve all heard it all before … right ?? Every January … February .. March and so on .. I promise myself that this is the month I tackle the issue that makes me the most miserable ! My weight !! You see as a lapsed foodie … yes I admit it I’ve been rather rubbish at “food” of late … this wannabe foodie has relied an awful lot on the processed easy food that I can just bung in the oven … and been rather too indulgent in the odd takeaway … actually not all that odd as the takeaway delivery man now stands and has conversations with the husband ” How’s the kids ? ” … ” We’ve got you a little Christmas present ..!” I kid you not !! Anyway I digress …
I’ve recently been presented with an amazing opportunity to sort out my issues with over eating .. under moving .. and over stressing ! For the next 12 weeks I will be using a marvellous little download from www.thinkingslimmer.com – I will be logging my ups and downs and thoughts and feelings in my own personal log but I hope to be able to share some of those logs with you . I have quite a substantial amount of weight to lose so small steps … slowly slowly catchee monkey so they say !!!
I’ve listened to the pods for the last 4 days and I have to say not only are they forcing me to take a break – take some time out of my day – 8 little minutes of solitude (BLISS) but they are really helping me to start to take the control back for myself ! So as I sailed past the camembert in Aldi this morning without giving the cheeky wee chap a backward glance I couldn’t help but smile to myself – especially as the crisps , despite calling my name , were given short thrift and I escaped from the shop with just exactly what I had gone in to buy !! Small steps … small victories !!
But never fear my faithful friends I am hoping to be able to bring you some wonderful recipes this year – going back to basics and bringing A Wannabe Foodie back to our roots . Food , life , love and laughter …
Happy New Year Lovelies x