Posts Tagged ‘just for fun’


Gingerbread Politicians

November 9, 2008

Yesterday was election day in New Zealand, and to make the evening of watching vote-counting a little more interesting we decided some themed snacks were in order.


Hamish’s genius idea was to make gingerbread versions of the main politicians. From left to right we have: Helen Clark (Labour, centre-left, incumbent prime minister); John Key (National, centre-right); Winston Peters (New Zealand First; weird and hard to place party – the ‘No’ placard refers to this incident – it was later discovered that the placard really should have said ‘Yes’); Rodney Hide (Act, far right); and Jeannette Fitzsimons (Greens, far left).


We also made various supporters (not remotely proportionate – the abundance of yellow is purely because I made yellow icing first and we got a bit carried away). Note the two babies – because, as Hamish rightly pointed out, politicians need babies to kiss. We did miss a few semi-significant minor parties – the Maori party being the main one. You should see Michael Cullen, Bill English, Heather Roy and Russel Norman in there too (although they are gingerbread and not necessarily true to life…)

New Zealand has a proportional government system, which means whoever can form a majority government gets to rule – it’s always either Labour or National who get the most votes, but usually they need to form alliances with smaller parties to make numbers up to at least 62 (maximum 122 seats in parliament).


This time round National came out on top with 59 seats – almost a majority by themselves, and adding Act’s five seats makes an easy winners. They’ll also include United Future’s Peter Dunne in their coalition, and apparently will talk to the Maori party regarding an agreement – because the more the merrier – but sadly we ran out time to create Peter Dunne, Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples. Maybe next time?

Oh, and what became of Winston? I think the picture speaks for itself…



Cupcakes… with a difference!

April 28, 2008

So, I wanted to make something different for dinner tonight… And what better than cupcakes? I mean, they’re tasty, cute, and I have these great new silicone cupcake cups, so I don’t have to  buy papers (the silicone goes in the oven, microwave, freezer, dishwasher… Pretty much anywhere, really!).

The boys were a bit worried when I brought out a plate of cupcakes and announced dinner was ready. However, on closer inspection… They realised the cream cheese frosting has been replaced with mashed spud, and the ‘cupcake’ is actually lentil loaf (like meatloaf but no meat!). Gotcha!

And I have to thank Lorraine, from Not Quite Nigella, for the inspiration for tonight’s meal – check out her version (hers are much prettier than mine!) here.


For your viewing pleasure…

February 1, 2008

This is how pancakes should be made (and eaten)!

Normal broadcasts should resume in the next couple of days – sadly at the moment I’m moving house, so even though I’m itching to bake everything’s in boxes and I have next to no spare time anyway… But I promise goodies soon!


Peanut Butter Cupcakes

January 28, 2008

Today: cupcakes. I was itching to get back into the kitchen, and since this week is likely to be hectic and not very baking-friendly I figured I’d better get onto it today!

These are peanut butter cupcakes (inspired by, and recipe courtesy of Cuppycakes) with a chocolate buttercream frosting. I’ve wanted to try a peanut butter recipe for a while, and although I probably overcooked by maybe a minute or two they were still absolutely delicious!

I decided they needed a little extra decoration, and since I got some new cutters last week which I hadn’t had opportunity to try out, and some tinted icing left over from my kayak, I was all set to make stars and hearts! Now, I need a reason to make cookies so I can use my other new cutters (they’re too big to be decorations). 😉

In case you want to try this yourself, here’s the recipe:
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
6 Tbsp butter
3/4 of a cup (or about 200g) smooth peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
– Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
– Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
– Beat the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar for about a minute or until colour lightens. Mix in egg, then add vanilla and beat for another minute, or until the batter is smooth.
– On low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 the milk, and alternate until all mixed in and smooth.
– Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners, and divide the mixture evenly between the cups. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
Chocolate Buttercream
75g butter
150g compound milk chocolate
– Melt chocolate, and stir until smooth. Let cool a little.
– Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the slightly cooled but still liquid chocolate gradually, until all combined and smooth.
– Spread onto cooled cupcakes, or, if you’re too impatient like I am and can’t wait for the chocolate to cool, resulting in a runnier mixture, dip the cupcakes into the buttercream. 😉


Wedding cake time!

January 9, 2008

So I’ve decided, because I haven’t had any excuse to bake for a few days, that it’s time to hone my wedding cake skills. The thing is, I don’t have a bride and groom, nor a theme for the cake, nor flavours to make the layers. So it’s up to you, readers – you have 24 hours to tell me what my cake should look like. There are a couple of conditions, though;

– It’ll be a three tier stacked cake, made in round tins, and covered with white icing to start with.
– I’m not going to make a fruit cake. I don’t like eating it, and think there are many better flavours, and since this is for fun I figure I can leave out the traditional flavour.
– I will make it pretty – so if I have too many suggestions I’ll pick the ones I think will look best.

So tell me – what flavours should I use, what should I decorate it with… Who should get married? Feel free to link to cakes you’ve seen that are pretty, too – I’m open to any suggestions.

If you’re a Christchurchian, you’ll be welcome to help with the demolition – time and date for this to be confirmed, but most likely some time over the weekend.


This one’s a little grisly…

December 21, 2007

… So it’s hidden behind the tag below. It’s a cake, a cake with a difference. It was quite fun, actually, and although it took me a while to figure out a concept (the person who asked for it just said “we all have a sick sense of humour” and told me I could do what I liked) once I had the idea it wasn’t too hard to create…

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Cakes by Oakley and Matthew

December 21, 2007

I made this cake and let a couple of friends make it pretty so they could eat it – I kinda thought they’d just slather as much chocolate as possible on it and then wolf it down, but I clearly underestimated their powers! I think it’s really quite cool… And maybe I should learn from these techniques! The text on the side says “Posa makes cakes”.