It’s oh so still…Sshh, Sshh!
I wish. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. What with December birthdays to plan, get-togethers and school being crazy busy at this time of year, there’s no wonder I was in bed by 9.45pm on a Friday night. Part-Ay to the B = bed!
Oh, and then there’s a small little celebration coming up, where generally everyone spends, eats and stresses too much for a single day. I’m sure that only weddings equal the amount of pre-planning put into Christmas based on length of festivities. It’s only 24 hours though…we can do this!
Except, I can’t do it all very well whilst blogging. Not if I want to make sure I don’t wrap a child in festive paper, add categories and hashtags to presents and give you all detention if you don’t read my posts! 😉
Hello everyone – firstly, a little business to attend to. Last week, I hosted a giveaway to mark my six month blogoversary and to give a little gift of thanks to my wonderful readers.
I’m pleased to announce that after my very technical, randomising robot (my other half, S) picked a name out of a hat, the 2016 Aloada Bobbins calendar shall be heading its way to Steve from SteveSays / Talk About Pop Music. Congratulations! 🙂
This week’s Wednesday Lensday is a bringer of light. S first introduced me to the craft of light painting a couple of years ago – essentially using a long exposure to capture a light source ‘painting’ a picture against a back drop. Think ‘writing your name with sparklers’ then add a little flair and creativity!
There are some amazing examples of light photographers out there (like the one above) but sadly, I’ve yet to accomplish their outstanding images. Seriously, just Google ‘light painting photography’ and be amazed and inspired!
Gingers get a bad press. Mercilessly teased for their flaming tresses or expected to unleash fury at every opportunity, they have been subjected to negativity for eons!
I’m not sure she helped their cause either…
But like Hermione, I love a good ginger and that goes for the real ‘ginger spice’ too. In both savoury and sweet dishes, I adore its warming, tangy flavour, that is full of health benefits – I have often nibbled on stem ginger to calm a queasy stomach or prevent hunger pangs.
However, the smell (and taste) of ginger sweet treats is synonymous with Christmas for me – you can’t have Christmas without a ginger bread house! So whilst my culinary skills may not extend to creating Kings Landing or this full-sized Hansel and Gretel style house in San Francisco, I do have some delicious ginger imbued muffins for this week’s Monday Munchies.
If you grew up in 80s Britain, chances are you remember the Cadbury’s advert for their raisin and almond chocolate bar. No? Well, I couldn’t tell you what happened in the ad either but what I do distinctly remember is the music and tag line. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Danse des mirlitons‘ from The Nutcracker, I doubt very much it would be considered ‘p.c.’ these days, having the main line of ‘…everyone’s a fruit and nut case‘ – but it’s certainly something that stuck in my head!
Except, it was never anything to do with chocolate because, as with everything else in my life, I had to change it about to suit myself. So my revised slogan became ‘everyone’s a fruit and nut CAKE’ and whenever I look at, eat, or as in the case of this week’s Monday Munchies, make a fruit cake I’ll happily hum the tune or have it skipping about in my brain!
Yes, as it’s nearly Christmas, the time has come around to create a slab of rich fruity goodness, doused in lashings of whiskey, ready for the big day. I always assumed making a fruit cake would be really hard work, but this boil and stir recipe from BBC Good Food is so simple and has worked well for the last couple of years. Okay, it takes about four days to bake (actually only 2 to 2 and a half hours but I’m impatient!) and it needs to mature so it’s best to organise making it at least a month before it’s needed. But as a self-confessed connoisseur of this type of cake, believe me, it’s sooo worth it!