Raindrops keep falling on my head…

Once again it has been too long. To the casual observer it may seem as though I’ve stopped baking, cooking and decorating cakes. To my friends they’ll know that the new school year has thrown a tonne of challenges my way, none of which have been easy. I’m still alive and just about smiling though so it’s not all bad!

In early September my best friend took me to the Cake and Bake Show as an early birthday present. There we met Simon Rimmer (who was lovely and just as pretty in real life!), Rosemary Shrager, Eric Lanlard, Mich Turner and last year’s GBBO contestants: John Whaite, James Morton and Cat Dresser. The best bit, aside from getting our show programmes signed, was taking part in the Sainsbury’s Bake off, baking madeleines with James Morton, on stage, in front of people!! We were competing against Cat Dresser and sadly we lost but it was a lot of fun so thank-you Helen for an ace birthday treat.
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I was also asked to make another 1st Birthday cake with a princess theme and it went down pretty well apparently with lots of compliments. So, if I ever get tired of teaching my next career may be lined up ready!!
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Even with Mich Turner roses after a demo from her at the Cake and Bake Show.
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Last weekend I baked some choc chip cupcakes and blueberry muffins for my class. We’ve been learning about space as our topic and after creating a loo roll solar system (follow this link for more information; http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/stargazing-challenge-building-the-solar-system-from-fruit/13901.html) I had leftover blueberries which my class were begging me to bake with. 

I followed this recipe; http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/blueberrymuffins_67846 and doubled it to make 12 blueberry and 12 double chocolate chip.

For the chocolate chip I grated 50g of white chocolate and added 100g of milk chocolate drops.
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My class were impressed anyway!

This evening we’re having my best friend James and his wife Gemma, over for dinner and hopefully a game of poker. I decided to play it safe with the main course and am cooking my tried and tested pulled pork with homemade bbq sauce, sweet potato wedges and a green salad.
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The pork cooking in the slow cooker.

For the starter though I’m making sticky sweet chilli chicken with a satay dip and for dessert I’m attempting crème brûlée using this recipe from; http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/originalcremebrulee_81524 </

As soon as it reaches half time I will be going to check on them!
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In the oven waiting to cook!

The sweet chilli chicken recipe is from here; http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/851647/chicken-skewers-with-satay-dip and is all ready to be cooked. Chicken satay is one of my favourite flavours so I’m hoping it will be a light, but different starter.
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Today’s blog has felt like a long and maybe, tedious run down of the past 2 months. So I’m just going to finish by thanking those people who have been so supportive & kind this school term. You should know who you are!