Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Christmas Day TV

On Shimelle's blog today she's posted a link to this cracking You tube video.

A chap called Nick over at the 52 New Things blog began 2010 with the idea of doing something new every single week, and hopefully raising some money for a worthwhile cause along the way.

One of the things on Nick's list was to write and record a Christmas single in 52 days. He's done it, and you can see it above.

Nick's goal is to get his song "Christmas Day TV" to number 52 in the charts by 12th December and raise £5,200 for the Alzheimer’s Society. You can buy the song from iTunes here:


for the very bargain-licious price of just 79p.

Sign up for the Facebook group in support of the cause here:


Go on....do something new today :)


Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Easiest Chocolate Sponge Pudding In The World...Ever!

Last night Kendo decided he must have chocolate cake.

I wasn't really in the mood for an all out baking session. I was even less in the mood for having to drive to the shop to buy baking supplies. So, time for a bit of ingenious throwing together of ingredients to make yummy chocolate sponge pudding..... in the microwave!

Here's my "bung it together from what you've got" recipe:

Marie's Easy Peasy Microwave Chocolate Sponge Pudding.

4oz caster sugar
4oz unsalted butter
4oz plain flour
1tsb baking powder (or you could use 4oz self-raising flour and skip the baking powder, I only had plain in though)
3 eggs
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 oz cocoa powder


Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl, add the eggs one at a time and mix well, add the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add the milk if the mixture is very thick.

Put some chocolate in a microwaveable bowl (I used a packet of milk chocolate chips I found lurking in the cupboard but any chocolate will do), add the pudding mixture on top. Cover with cling film (DON'T VENT!). Put the bowl in the microwave on full power for about 5 and a half minutes (my microwave is 700 watt - adjust the time accordingly). Leave to stand for 5 minutes

I served mine with minty green custard (a la school dinner puddings) and it's delish. To make the custard....well....open a tin or packet of custard, stick it in a bowl or jub, heat it in the microwave as per the instructions. Add 1-2 tsp of peppermint essence and a splash of green food colouring (this is completely optional, but somehow it always tastes mintier to me if its green!).

It was a bloomin' gorgeous pudding (if I do say so myself) and for a cold winters night the fact that it took about 15 minutes start to finish was a total bonus (not long stood in the cold kitchen!).

Sorry there's no photos.... it got snaffled up by the hungry hoards (including me!) before I even had a chance to think about taking a snapshot. Maybe next time.


Wednesday, 1 December 2010