Saturday, 4 February 2012

recent projects

A needle felted fairy-toadstool and a hand sewn bunny made from an old mohair jumper for my daughter's birthday....

A pair of "minions" for a friend's twins....

A needle felted hare made for the sake of it....
(now less ghostly with a brown coat; need to take pics!)

And a baby-sized tutu as a birthday present for a friend's gorgeous one-year old, modelled by my ever so glam son!

I thought I hadn't made much over the past month but it seems I underestimated myself! I'm now itching to play with the Fimo my sister bought me for my birthday but am working long nights for the next couple of days so will be unable to create anything else until Tuesday....

Friday, 3 February 2012

Nutty Rocky Road

There's something ever so moreish about the combination of salty peanut butter and sweet chocolate. This recipe is ridiculously quick and simple to make and satisfies that naughty treat craving for a bit. Why, yes, it IS rather naughty but you won't be making it every day will you... If you have a nut allergy obviously don't use the peanut butter; you can replace it with tahini paste if you are not allergic to sesame seeds, otherwise just add a bit more chocolate and it will be plain old non-nutty Rocky Road!


150g chocolate - approximately half dark half milk
25g butter
Generous heaped tblsp of golden syrup
Generous heaped tblsp of crunchy peanut butter
6 or 7 crushed digestive biscuits
Generous handful of chopped dried fruit
Generous handful of either mini marshmallows or chopped up big ones

Pop the chocolate, butter, syrup and peanut butter in a microwavable bowl and microwave on full for 1 minute. Stir. If it isn't fully melted then put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds; this should be enough.

Add the dried fruit, crushed biscuits and the mini marshmalloows to the bowl and mix together thoroughly.

Pour the whole lot into a cake tin and refrigerate until firm.

To remove from the tin; hold it upside down & run warm water over the underside of the cake tin until the Rocky Road will rotate in the tin. Turn it out onto a plate, chop into bits & enjoy!