Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chocolate Dipped Sticks

Chocolate Dipped Sticks by Mrs U Makes

A few days ago, whilst in the biscuit isle of the supermarket, I stood in front of a box of Mikado and wondered when I'd last had this tasty chocolate stick. I really love these and was seconds away from picking up a box when a little voice said "You do know that you can make these yourself" "Yes, I can make these myself", I thought, so I gathered together all the things that I would need.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ijeoma Ruana Update: Back almost complete

I'm really proud of myself, I've almost finished the back of the ruana. It's looking great and I can't wait to start the front, which shouldn't take too long, so my aim is to get it finished or almost finished by the end of the month.


Once it's finished I'll try and get it tested through a pattern testing group on Ravelry. After the problems I had when writing up the pattern for Elise, I'm making sure that I write the pattern as I go along. Here's hoping there aren't any errors.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pizza Wraps

Yesterday was the tripolatas' first day of school so I wanted to give them a treat for when they got home. They all love pizza but pick out most of the toppings, which they hand over to me. To get them to actually eat the whole thing I came up with these.

Pizza Wraps by Mrs U Makes

Thursday, 4 September 2014

New Look Blue Peter Brownies

Blue Peter Brownies by Mrs U Makes

As long as I can remember I've always loved baking, though I really caught the bug when I was in 6th form (sort of similar to the senior year of high school in the US). My friend and I helped our tutor make a cake for a school event,  after that we were always called upin as helpers to make treats.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Peach Frangipane Pillows

Peach Frangipane Pillows by Mrs U Makes

On Thursday I decided that I wanted to make use of the filo pastry sheets that had been sitting in my freezer since we had the tripolatas birthday picnic in Southend. I'd only ever used filo pastry to make baklava and I didn't have all the ingredients needed for that.

After mentally shifting through the various treats I'd seen on the Internet, TV, Pinterest and in recipe books, I went for an adaptation of something I'd seen on an episode of Dinner Date where the guy wrapped pieces of chocolate in filo and deep fried them.

I didn't have chocolate but I did have a couple of peaches and almonds and so this recipe was born.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ijeoma Update: Coming Along

Ruana progress by Mrs U Makes

In my last Ijeoma update, I mentioned that I had 14-32 rows left in order to reach the middle of the motif. Fourteen plus rows later I am now at that point, and I'm extremely happy. At the moment it looks like the finished piece will be longer than I thought, but that's not a problem. I'm more than halfway through the third ball of yarn and on track with the total amount of yarn that I calculated I would need.

Once the back is done I'll have to decided what I want the front to look like. I have a couple of ideas but won't commit to anything until I get to that point.

Over the last few days I've also worked on the chart for the the back, using Excel. I looked into charting software and online apps but the software was too expensive and the apps didn't provide me with what I needed. Excel is a little fiddly to start with but once you get into a groove it's quiet easy.

My target for the rest of the week is to finish the motif, this will be the last week before the trips start school so they'll be a lot of back to school errands to run.

I really can't wait until this is finished, I'm even considering making another one to sell as a finished piece. Lets see how things go.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge Tarts

Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge Tarts by Mrs U Makes

Before I begin I have to be honest with you. I had intended on posting a recipe for 'Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge Flapjacks', however it didn't quite go to plan. The flapjack base was great, however, the fudge did not set, even though it spent the night in the freezer.

The recipe I was working on used coconut milk instead of condensed milk, you have to get the proportions right for it to work. Most likely I needed more chocolate, I will work on this again but will use double cream instead of coconut milk. The last time I used cream, the fudge came out perfectly.