Archive | September, 2015

Baking with the bake off: My attempt at a choux-stopper

27 Sep

Having initially set out to bake along with the bake off every week, I’m a little disappointed that this is only my second blog post.

Despite that, I’m pretty chuffed with myself this evening after successfully negotiating choux for the first time!

I’ve never made choux before so the religieuse seemed like a good place to start. 

I got Mary Berry’s recipe from the BBC Food website. You can view it here.

  
It’s a little complicated for my liking and I did have a mini creme pat disaster which required rescuing by the boyfriend. The choux didn’t rise very much either, they were more like mini doughnuts.

Still, having never made either choux or creme patissiere before, I was quite pleased with the result.

Sure they wouldn’t pass the bake off standards but they definitely passed mine šŸ™‚ 

I did cheat though, it seemed a little silly going to the effort of stacking them and dressing them as prettily as Mary did as I knew we’d be demolishing them immediately.

   
   

2015 Reading Challenge: Book 10 completeĀ 

19 Sep

I knew that after reading something as difficult as Emma I needed something light hearted and uplifting. I was right to choose The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

  
Possibly one of my favourite films, I had high hopes for this book. It wasn’t quite like the film but I actually loved that. Had I read the book first I may not have enjoyed the film so much though.

I love the fact this book is about mental health, something I don’t think is explored nearly enough in the kind of books I like to read.

I also love the moral behind the story, well the moral as far as I see it anyway. It’s about finding that person who loves you no matter what, who looks beyond your flaws and loves you anyway.

I think what I love even more though is that this isn’t a love story, at least not in the usual sense. It’s more real than that and I would recommend it to anyone.

So that’s ‘A book with a colour in the title’ ticked off the list.

Next is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass; a book more than 100 years old.

2015 Reading Challenge: Book 9 complete (finally)

6 Sep

Book turned out to be a looooong summer romance – and I mean looooong!

Going down my tick boxes, I thought ‘a classic romance’ seemed like a good idea. After a good peruse of my book shelves, I settled on Emma. All 495 pages of it.

  
If you read my book 8 post, you would know that was May. Yes, May!

FOUR months later I’m finally done, and about time too.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I’ve read it. It’s one of those books you can tick off smugly when those ‘how many of these classic books have you read’ posts does the rounds on Facebook! But boy did the time drag.

As a treat, therefore my 10th book is one I’m really looking forward to reading, Silver Linings Playbook  by Matthew Quick. A book with a colour in the title.