Rocking out in the Kitchen

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A foodie, a graphic designer and a TV producer get together and create something that rocks!  It will come as no surprise to you that I am a huge fan of Dark Side of the Spoon – The Rock Cookbook, by Joseph Innis, Ralph Miller & Peter Stadden (published by Laurence King).  This cookbook is a celebration of rock and food (what’s not to like?).

Featuring 30 recipes that have taken inspiration from legends of rock, each dish is accompanied with an illustrated artwork that looks like an album cover (I know, I said album cover…I’ll pause for a moment, for Generation Z and Alpha readers to search what an album cover is on their smartphones).

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There’s Fleetwood Mac and Cheese, Primal Bream…But leave some room for dessert, how about some Smashing Pumpkin Pie?  I’m keen to try Iron Raisin (crispy rum and raisin cakes) and Nirvana Split (baked peach and banana split with a twist of whisky).   I’ve noticed a few recipes with just a smidgen and a splash of ‘the good stuff’, but I’m sure you can remove this, and it won’t hamper the taste.

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There’s even a recommended playlist at the back of the book. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love to Bake and Shake. So, raid the drinks trolley, crank up the stereo (I know, another word from the 20th Century) get your apron on, and let’s rock and bake!

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Creating your own sweet narrative

There has been a lot of talk and controversy about the H&M hoodie and the child chosen to model it. I’ve seen blog posts, video clips, tweets and posts on Instagram.  We’ve event had lengthy discussions around the dinner table, in the Delights Kitchen about it (you’ll be surprised at the insight and perspective of a nine year old and a teenager).

There’s a lot that I (and others) could say about this matter. But sometimes…sometimes, incidents happen, which can stir you to anger or spur you to creative solutions.  There are times when you have to create your own narrative, instead of reading and resonating with others think or perceive about you. And when you do it, make it sweet.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been creating cookies – festive jumpers, valentine’s treats, and then it just came to me…

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There will be situations just spark you into creativity…You can choose your words to make a statement (and eat them too).

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LEGO Lady

I am thrilled to be immortalised in LEGO. I’ve been LEGO’d  Here’s the mini, plastic version of me.  What do you think?  Pretty cute, huh?

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Over the next few months, LEGO – me (also known as Chef Cynth) will be popping up all over the Delights Kitchen, getting up to all sorts (mainly mischief).

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I’ve already had a run-in with a gingerbread man and it wasn’t pretty…

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Purple Haze

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The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet.

“The Pantone Colour of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute.

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Purple is well-renowned as being a royal colour.  When I envision purple, I definitely cast my mind back to Prince.  But I also think about Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Ultra-Violet is described as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,” by Pantone.  One that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”  Which also makes me think of David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.

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This year I am going to kick back and imagine purple –toned pictures of stars scattered across the galaxy, and visualise the “vast and limitless night sky” and the “mysteries of the cosmos”.

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In Alice Walker’s novel The Colour Purple, the colour purple is also presented as an example of God-given beauty.

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Excuse me while I kiss the sky…

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Don’t say it, spray it

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My resolutions for 2018 will be centred on all things cake.  One resolution is to step up my creativity by creating cakes that have been roaming around in my head, or hidden away in a sketch pad, for years, and I’m not bringing them to life.  Part of this new phase means I must make a start by making use of my airbrush.

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I pleaded with my husband to buy me one for my birthday in 2016, and he did.  I took a half-day course, learning the basics of using an airbrush and it is still sitting in the box, untouched.  I watch several cake shows on TV, and marvel at how the simple shading with an airbrush can add colour, shade, depth, definition and sparkle to a cake.  I’m not sure what’s been holding me back?  But enough talk, it’s time to get cracking.  I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.

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Happy New Year!

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I can’t believe it’s 2018.

Happy New Year!

Here’s to another sweet year with great occasions to (bake for and) celebrate.

Much love,

Cynthia 

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Jump Around

I love a Christmas jumper (although I’m yet to actually possess one) and it seems that I’m not the only one.  Remember the delightful Mark Darcy in his Christmas jumper in the Bridget Jones Diary.

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You don’t have to look too far on the High Street to see a selection on offer, while out Christmas shopping.

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If you work in an office, you might even host a Christmas jumper day in aid of a charity. My daughter’s school usually holds a Christmas Jumper Day (I’m also the insane woman running around Primarni or New Look, the day before trying to buy whatever is left).

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If you’ve been invited to a party this season, check out the fact that even the coolest cats may be sporting this festive fashion.  Football fans go all with a woollen wonder.  You can even buy one for your dog!

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So it hasn’t come as a surprise for my customers to request a sweet treat in the form of a Christmas jumper.  I created this Christmas jumper cake last year, for a customer who orders something for her family, every year.

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I recently made these Christmas Jumper Cookies.  A customer ordered some festive cookies which were going to be used as place settings for a festive lunch – what a creative idea (don’t worry, I’ve already banked it for my next get together).  I decorated each one individually and on some of them, I embossed the names across the tops of the jumper.

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As I was adding on dragees, glitter and sugar snowflakes, I actually felt like one of Santa’s little helpers.

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I had the Christmas music on in the Delights Kitchen and a mini festive production line (I did fancy a glass of Bailey’s but restrained myself…I can drink and wrap presents, but not have a tipple ,bake or decorate).  I’ll definitely add these little darlings to the Delights by Cynthia collection for next year.  A super-sweet treat, almost too good to eat.

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