Castle Mudcake

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I finally managed to buy a castle-shaped Bundt cake tin today. My experiments with my cathedral-shaped Bundt cake tin have twice ended with crumbs instead of a shaped cake. But I used the cake tin spray on oil supplied by the shop and voila! It worked! Welcome to Castle Mudcake. But danger is ...

www.beerstore.com.au

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Just ordered two bottles of Floris Chocolate: and two bottles of Redoak Chocolate Stout: from www.beerstore.com.au. I chose them because their freight is less than half of the other online Australian beer store, though they don't have Young's Double Chocolate Stout in stock, and won't have for two weeks (they answered my ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...

Easter Show 2007

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Went off to the Easter Show yesterday with Brian, Chris, Belinda and Fiona. I missed out last year, as I was in London at the time. Nothing much has changed at the Show, but it's one of those places you just have to visit, even if it's only once a ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Tracky Dacks in Harrods

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

The Globe was closed for a dress rehearsal today so I didn't get my Shakespeare. I made up for the disappointment by going to the Tate Modern and seeing the stuff I hadn't see last time and taking one of the free tours, this one around the Surrealists. Love gallery ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...

British Taste Tests #4 and 5

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

British Taste Test # 4 - Cherry Brandy Ice Lolly In Australia, water ice blocks on a stick are icy poles or ice blocks. In Britain, they're ice lollies. There was an ice cream van near the park where I had lunch and I bought a cherry brandy ice lolly. If ...

Birthday

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

In a very nice gesture, considering I've only worked there since the 17th of May, I got a chocolate cake, and a card signed by everyone at work for my birthday today. Then everyone sang Happy Birthday, and bought me drinks at the Queens Head. I (and everyone else) took lots ...

Paddlepops

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

At work there are three Australians, me, Nat and Michelle, sitting fairly close to each other and naturally, we talk about Australian things. The current discussion is Paddlepops. Nobody else knows what we're talking about as you can't get them over here. (In case you don't know, Paddlepops are Australian ...

Job

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I didn't bomb the interview. I've got the job! :-) Actually, I was offered 3 jobs in the end. A customer service job in Corby, a government office admin temp job and a sales job at Haymarket, the magazine publisher. I took the publishing job. I start next Wednesday. I can't ...

Hampstead Heath Continued

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I can download my e-mail but not send, it appears. Has anyone received an e-mail from me? So, what was I saying before I was so rudely interrupted by Starbucks closing yesterday? Let's see, yesterday I had hot chocolate and a chocolate tart at a wonderful shop at Hampstead, Paul Maison ...

Hampstead Heath

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Just had the most fabulous day. Went to Hampstead Heath by tube, as it was recommended in Lonely Planet London, and all the museums are closed because it's Good Friday and had the most sensational chocolate shop / geocaching / historical house hike of all time. I wish you guys ...