Thursday, 25 November 2010

Lemon Cake voted in for last week!!

Well it's the last week with Northern Broadsides and, therefore, the last week of cake club.
Decided to have a vote to decide the favourite cake of the tour and Lemon won by a small majority.

York is a beautiful city and woken up this morning to snow.
Had my usual visit to Betty's tea rooms for afternoon tea and it was delicious.
I'm really going to miss everyone but looking forward to other projects.
Look out for me making Lemon creams and puff pastry biscuits next wednesday on This Morning and singing on Friday 3rd on radio 2's Friday night is music Night.
In January I'm touring with Hull Truck theatre company in April in Paris. So busy times ahead but looking forward to holiday in a couple of weeks,
So Goodbye from Northern Broadsides!!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Awards night with Sexy,Sticky Toffee Pudding!!

Last night was Northern Broadsides Comedy Awards and show party for all us cast in't The Game.
Had a really great night and lovely food made by Barrie Rutter and puds by me.

Made Cappuccino Pavlova and my famous Sticky Toffee Pudding which John Torode loved.

Barrie looked great and felt very special in his F Word chef's whites and Liz and Jos couldn't wait to tuck in!!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Scarborough has a new cake creation - Lettuce !!!

Back to a proper theatre yesterday - the lovely Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
Didn't get home at the weekend so I was limited to what I could bake. I decided to do a recipe I've adapted and make a Lettuce drizzle cake.
Has a really unusual earthy taste but you'd never guess there was lettuce in it until it's been in a tin and you take the lid off. Cut into squares and it went really quickly.
We have an awards do on Thursday and end of show party so I'm making a couple of puds. Will post when made.

Ginger and honey cake in a cattle market!!

Skipton beckoned last week and it was an interesting experience!!!
The Mart Theatre is in the Cattle auction mart. Cows were still being sold on the Thursday afternoon as we were due to open in the evening.The space was warm but a little smelly!!!
I made a Ginger and Honey sponge to cheer us all up.

250 g butter
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
250g self raising flour
2 tsps ground ginger
1 tblsp runny honey
3 balls crystallised stem ginger in syrup (chopped very small)

Cream butter and sugar
add eggs,honey,ground ginger.
Sieve in flour and baking powder
Add chopped ginger
Split and place in 2 bottom lined sponge tins
Into 190oc oven for 20 mins


125g butter
150g icing sugar
2tsps runny honey

Mix together and layer sponges with buttercream and ginger preserve (if possible)

Spread top with icing and decorate with chopped ginger and flaked almonds

Really gingery and gooey - didn't mind the smell after a big slice.

On Saturday there was nowhere to eat between shows so Matt and Mr Roy did a fish and chip run and Phil made a spectacular cheesecake.What a healthy supper we all had!!!! Here's Phil with his creation and Mr Roy with his chips!!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Courgette Cake in Huddersfield!

Arrived at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in a very rainy Huddersfield with a courgette and lime cake.I could see a bit of apprehension on a few faces COURGETTE - - CAKE!!!!!!! as in Peter Kay's GARLIC - - BREAD!! but as soon as they tasted it, it was a hit.
You really can't taste the courgette even though you can still see specks of green and it makes the cake incredibly moist.I used Nigella's recipe from her baking goddess book but changed the filling a little.Instead of using lime curd I used lime marmalade and made extra cream cheese topping for in between too.Delicious!!!Not sure what to do for skipton this week - will keep you posted.
I'm doing The Wright Stuff on Tuesday to promote the last 3 weeks of the play. Hopefully get pudding plug in too!!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Halloween - Black Cupcakes!

Lovely week off ending with Halloween. Gracie carved a pumpkin and we decided to make some cupcakes and see how they would turn out by using black paste food colouring. They looked great and reall fooled the tastebuds when bitten into - you don't expect vanilla sponge from something so black.Gracie didn't just dress up for trick or treat , she had a dance show in St.Albans. She looked fab but did get loads of sweets while trick or treating too !
We went to our friends, Sam and Rob's for dinner on Saturday  night and had a really lovely time - haven't been able to catch up with friends for ages being on tour. There were a group of ten of us and the food was great including this white chocolate cheesecake, a Mary Berry recipe. That's Sam holding her creation.
Huddersfield this week and I'm about to start making a courgette and lime cake. Never tackled one before and am adding some twists too.