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Marshmallow Recipe

This marshmallow recipe is great for making simple but delicious marshmallow squares, or with Halloween coming up you could use it to make yummy marshmallow ghosts!

Marshmallow ghosts

 Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of gelatin
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 140mls of water
  • Some icing sugar to dust over the marshmallows when they are set

Optional ingredients:

  • A few drops of vanilla extract (or any other flavouring of choice)
  • A small amount of melted chocolate to decorate marshmallow ghosts

Equipment needed:

  • Electric mixer
  • Thermometer which measures up to 120ºC

Method:

  1. Empty the packet of gelatin and 60mls of water into a mixing bowl and leave to stand (see photo.1).
  2. Pour the caster sugar and remaining 80mls of water into a saucepan and leave to boil on a medium-high heat until it reaches 120ºC (see photo.2).
  3. Quickly pour the sugar syrup onto the gelatin and using an electric mixer, mix on a high speed for 8-10mins until it becomes a thick, fluffy, white cloud of marshmallow (see photo.3). While the mixer is running you can also add a few drops of vanilla extract or another flavouring of choice to make flavoured marshmallows.
  4. Either spread the marshmallow mixture into a tin (dusted with icing sugar), to be cut into squares once set, or put it in a piping bag and pipe swirls of marshmallow (onto a surface dusted with icing sugar) to make marshmallow ghosts (see photo.4).
  5. The marshmallow mixture sets quite quickly, but it will stay sticky to touch until you sprinkle icing sugar over it.  Store marshmallows in an airtight container to keep fresh.

Photo.1 (Packet of Gelatin mixed with 60mls of water)

Gelatin

Photo.2 (Caster sugar and 80mls of water heated to 120ºC)

Sugar syrup

Photo.3 (Gelatin and sugar syrup whipped until light and fluffy)

Marshmallow whip-close up

Photo.4 (Marshmallow piped into swirls & decorated with melted chocolate to create ghost faces)

Marshmallow ghosts pre-icing

Photo.5 (Marshmallow mixture cut into squares and dusted with icing sugar)

Bag of Marshmallows

Cheesecake Recipe

There is no baking involved in this recipe for mini chocolate cheesecakes, which makes it a very quick and easy recipe to prepare. It serves four-six depending on how big a serving you want!

Mini-chocolate-cheesecake-recipe

Ingredients:

(Serves 4-6)

For the Base:

  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 65g butter
  • 20g drinking chocolate or cocoa powder

For the Topping:

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 150ml double cream (or single/whipping cream)
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 150g chocolate spread

Method:

  1. Melt the butter and stir-in the drinking chocolate or cocoa powder.
  2. Crush the digestive biscuits into crumbs and add them to the butter.
  3. Press the base mixture down hard into the bottom of 4-6 glasses and put in the fridge to set.
  4. Whip the cream until it thickens, then add the cream cheese, icing sugar and chocolate spread and continue to mix until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  5. Take the glasses back out of the fridge and spoon the topping over the biscuit bases before placing them back in the fridge to set (or if you can’t wait that long then just eat them straight away!)

Honeycomb Recipe

Making honeycomb is as easy as 1-2-3!

Only three ingredients needed and only three steps to make it!

Honeycomb-recipe

Ingredients:

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 5 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Preparation:

Place a piece of baking paper onto a large tray.

Method:

  1. Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix, but don’t stir once the pan’s on the heat.
  2. Let the mixture melt on a medium heat until it turns into a bubbling mass, the colour of maple syrup (this will take 2-3 minutes)
  3. Quickly stir in the bicarbonate of soda and the syrup will balloon into a golden foam. Turn this immediately onto the baking paper and leave until set, then bash it into pieces!

Mixture bubbling up (Step 2):

Honeycomb-recipe-step-1

Mixture having turned into a golden foam (Step 3):

Honeycomb-recipe-step-2

Honeycomb bashed into pieces (Step 3):

Honeycomb-recipe-step-3

A separate existence is a myth

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?

But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante.

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain.

This mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness.

a trivial example
A trivial example

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?

These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?

But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante.
On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain.

A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls

Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump. Joaquin Phoenix was gazed by MTV for luck. A wizard’s job is to vex chumps quickly in fog.

In the cable TV quiz show. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.

Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game. Woven silk pyjamas exchanged for blue quartz.

Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him. Adjusting quiver and bow, killed the fox. My faxed joke won a pager in the cable TV quiz show. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.

Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump. Joaquin Phoenix was gazed by MTV for luck. A wizard’s job is to vex chumps quickly in fog.

In the cable TV quiz show. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.

Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game. Woven silk pyjamas exchanged for blue quartz.

Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him. Adjusting quiver and bow, killed the fox. My faxed joke won a pager in the cable TV quiz show. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.

A paradisematic country, where roasted parts of sentences fly

The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar.

The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar.

Doing business like this takes much more effort than doing your own business at home

The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked.

he thought. It wasn’t a dream. His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls.

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather.

Could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

“How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul

Wonderful serenity
Wonderful serenity

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies

Then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss

And then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing.

Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!