Saturday, 19 May 2012


Well, Same lovely neighbour ( Going to grow to be like Sandy as I love her eccentricity ) has now given me a very secretive recipe complete with little hand drawn pictures of what is a  German Tree Cake. This is really complicated and time consuming but I am going to have a stab at it this week as my kitchen is looking a little like a building site...Mr Debs and a new door going in, need I say more :).

This is what it should look like upon completion, photo whipped from Google of - what I think - should be my finished product.


Suits me I think.

Me and Mr debs trotted off up north last weekend to see fab holiday friends and their lovely boys and I really think that holding a squishy baby suits me. Almost time for Grandchildren I think

Georgeous happy baby, good times


Windowboxes and Steampunk

Poor blog hasn't seen a lot of love in the last couple of weeks but I feel as though I have been busy everywhere else in the house. My window boxes are all planted up and starting to look a little fuller, I'm trying to learn a little French....very slowly..... and Chepstow is alive today with this

Yes, it's  a steampunk weekend. Eh?? I don't really understand it but it gives the town a lovely kind of bonkers feel.  Bring it on


Life of Herman

Well, following on from what is now a couple of weeks ago, Herman took shape this way. The day after adding all the ingredients on day 4 Herman is looking a little livelier - and then some!

And so it was each day stirring and nothing else until day 9 when I fed him again as on day 4, gave him a good stir and then separated him into 4 equalish portions

I kept two portions for myself and gave two portions to unsuspecting friends

Then came the interesting bit, I added all the lovely yummy ingredients. I have to say that ( I don't know why ) I was very haphazard about actually measuring much at this stage. I had a cup measure but tended to just throw a bit of this and that in....squirt of golden syrup, handful of sour cherries. It was a very thick mixture so I decided to pop it into a nice big cake tin rather than a tray bake.

I could see little point in the melted butter so omitted that from my cake, gave it a nice sugary crust and bunged it in the oven for the allotted time - 170 deg for 45 minutes. Way too short a cooking time, it needed about a further 30 minutes until my skewer was coming out clean. Then this...

What a lovely looking cake....

Unbelievable, and whats more it tasted fab, really moist, georgeous, even Mr Debs liked this ( miracle ).

It's quite strange as you do get kind if attached to the little guy over the course of 10 days and cooking him feels a little final. Yummy tho'


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bwydydd Gwy Facebook Page

We had to give the small business I've created a name, and so we've come up with Bwydydd Gwy. Which is Wye Foods in Welsh.

Please take a look at our Facebook Page and Like if you have time.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Castle Inn May Fayre

For those readers who may be close to Chepstow this coming Sunday 6th May, the Castle Inn is having a May Fayre.

There will be about 25 stalls selling jewellery, clothing, paintings and produce etc.. I will also have a stall, manned by my very forgiving girlfriend, from which we shall be selling smoked garlic, smoked chillies (jalapeno's, habenero's, scotch bonnets and any others I can get my hands on), oils and speciality nuts.

Fingers crossed, this could be the start of something prosperous!

Sam x