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Showing posts from July, 2014

Short Stack Cookbooks

Gosh they're pretty

Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about inspiring ingredients, authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients.

Country & Western themed party menu

Cake from Uber Angel Cupcakes
Since my birthday falls in July, and going out drinking has lost it's appeal, for the last few years I've hosted a vaguely themed garden party.
Last year was just a big celebration, as it was my 30th, and my best friend and fellow cake judge Charlotte's birthday is 2 days before mine and the planets aligned so that we could hold the joint party we've always wanted to.
The year before was Cuban themed, and there were cuban sandwiches and twix bars with labels on to make them look like cigars, the year before that was classic garden party miniature food, cucumber sandwiches with added home made drinks and wine. 
Anyway, this year, in honour of the marvelous that is country & western, and the fat that this time last year we weren't long back from our trip to the Deep South we went with a Deep south / Tex Mex / Amercian themed menu - and a 40 hour Spoitfy Playlist.
With a guest list of 25ish (according to facebook) and rain planned all day …

Busy Times, but Celebrations too

I'm very aware I have posted anything up here since March - I'm not really sure how it's now the middle of July, and where that time's gone. I imagine most of it has been consumed by work.
So here's some highlights from the last few months:
April - Presented a paper at FDG 2014 (on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico)

May - Spent a week in Poland's 8th largest city - Bydgoszcz - talking about Gamification

June - Spent a week in Minorca on an actual holiday, with my husband, not on a work trip going to visit things like light houses, forts and neolithic structures.

July - had the very loveliest of birthday parties, surrounded by lots of friends, some of which are talented enough to make cakes that look as amazing as this birthday cake - which I'm off to have another slice of before I sit down to some Minecrafting.
Cake from Uber Angel Cupcakes