James And The Giant Cheesecake

There is nothing quite like a fresh and perfectly jewelled strawberry cheesecake made with love. James, my right hand man, loves cheesecake and always requests this when given the choice. Life is difficult and chaotic and overwhelming for most. I believe one of the kindest acts to show you care and appreciate another, beside simply

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Taking A Break…

Despite how utterly lovely, supremely talented, supportive, kind and uplifting most bloggers are, I will be taking a break to focus on my medical appointments and energy levels. For anyone who would like to stay in touch you can reach me on the contact email. For new followers and those who do stick around, I

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Elevation

Major bummer alert. Elevation by Stephen King is a kooky short story set in a small, conservative town about a nice fat bloke called Scott who is losing weight but still looks exactly the same, and the initial fractious engagement with his lesbian neighbours. …..I know….. Sigh. Several pages in, there is still little attributing

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Tales Of The City

Like so many, I really enjoyed, ‘Tales Of The City’, growing up. It was fresh, different, character driven, and really pushed the boundaries of what people were comfortable with in the most gracious and humorous way. Armistead Maupin, now in his seventh decade (!), has finally published his highly anticipated memoir, ‘Logical Family’. Turning the

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tired of the ever reliable daily serving of a triple decker s—t sandwich that life insists on feeding us? Why not try an ice cream sandwich instead? Cinnamon, Oatmeal And Raisin Cookies Ingredients 250g unsalted butter at room temperature 300g soft brown sugar 3 eggs – beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 generous teaspoons ground cinnamon

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The Outsider

If you’re ever jonesing for an existential bummer of a book then ‘The Outsider’, is for you. Fans of absurdism will love reading about a bunch of arseholes, indulging in their varying degrees of arsehole behaviour, and will likely savour the detached indifference of the main character as he gets himself into some major shit.

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Apple Pie Spice Cake

Apple Pie Spice Cake Ingredients 90g unsalted butter at room temperature 1 large egg 150g golden caster sugar 2 tablespoons of fresh sour cream 300g self raising flour 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla essence A generous pinch of ground cloves 3-4 red apples peeled, cored and diced

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Big Magic

If anyone is feeling unsure or in a funk with their creativity, I highly recommend a weekend with ‘Big Magic’, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s essentially a book of essays, musing about the magic and origins of the creative process. Something in there may well stir something inside of you. When I was a kid, I

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Self Help ?

Self help really can enable some of us to develop, change, or discover our ‘true selves’. Personally, I am finding that self help books are nothing but a load of old bollocks. Do the self help, ‘experts’, truly offer any practical tools to implement these changes? Is there anything already written that hasn’t already been

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Pistachio Rose Lassi

Pistachio Rose Lassi – Serves 2 500g Natural Yoghurt 1 x chopped frozen banana 3 Teaspoons rose water 20g shelled pistachios 3 x cardamom spice drops 1 Tablespoon maple syrup Large handful of ice Blend everything really well and decorate with gay rose petals for self love and clarity if you’re feeling as indecisive as

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How To Hygge

Now that so many of us are sleep-drunk from another heatwave, and the storms are fast approaching, it feels like an ideal time to curl up indoors with, ‘How To Hygge’, by Signe Johansen. I absolute love how the Nordic attitude to life is simplistic yet decadent, soulful yet matter of fact. Signe Johansen’s unapologetic

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

……with hard work, commitment, love, patience and a shit-tonne of hypoglycaemic attacks, I have recently shaped my verdant, unruly gardens into someplace worth collapsing in. Throughout the shovelling, planting and nurturing, I have been reflecting on the neglect I feel at a core soul level. If I were to post a screenshot of my spirit,

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The Hospital Bed

Have you shit in your bed recently? No? Believe me, then you really are, ‘Living The Dream’. In between oncology and cardiac care, I wondered if the patient before me watched the same fractals of sunlight pour though the blinds across this bed as they lay dying. The room felt like death the moment I

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To The Yard

If my milkshake does in fact happen to bring all the boys to the yard, that’s absolutely fine. I keep men as pets. Peanut Butter And Banana Milkshake – Serves 2 2 Chopped Ripe Bananas 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream 2 Tablespoons Crunchy Peanut Butter Splash Of Milk Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup For Glass Whipped Cream

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Lanny

Max Porter’s debut novel, ‘Grief Is The Thing With Feathers’, was beautiful and brilliant but had me crying for hours. In a similar vein, ‘Lanny’, was all mischief, myth and mind bending poetry. In ‘Lanny’, Max Porter marries the profound and the pettiness of a small rural English village by weaving folklore and the mundane

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How To Make Gay Ice Cubes ❤️🌈

These beauties are so easy to make and well worth the effort to bring a little sparkle to the monotony or frustration. But make sure your flowers are both edible, and clean. I bought mine from Maddocks Farm. Use still mineral water to fill the trays, then carefully stack in the freezer away from any

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Authentic, precise, tight writing in which timeless characters are as real as the people you know. Or rather, the people you think you know. There are few writers that make me feel like I’m eavesdropping, but Carver is one of them. You know you really shouldn’t….but the subject matter is more absorbing than your probable

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Apple, Cinnamon And Sultana Overnight Oats

Apple, cinnamon and sultana overnight oats recipe – Serves 2 – generously. Apple Compote – Make this first 2-3 diced cored and skinned sweet apples Splash of vanilla essence Squeeze of runny honey Pinch of ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon of plump sultanas Simmer together on medium heat in a frying pan until apples soften slightly.

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Do I Come Here Often?

Throwback perusal through, ‘Do I Come Here Often?’, with the mordant, miserable and entirely loveable Henry Rollins. Rollins is an insightful man. His writing depicts an interesting and unusual paradox between intense masculinity and profound sensitivity. Emotionally eloquent throughout, the ‘Black Coffee Blues’, journal trilogy is well worth a read, especially if you’re tired of

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