The Unicorn Cake in its glory.

Happy Birthday Colonel Tom!

I made a special birthday cake for Captain Tom.  Now he is Colonel Tom, thanks to the Queen for conferring the honourary title.  The nation wishes him a very special 100th Birthday, and may he live a long, healthy and happy life. I have been toying about making this agar cake for quite a few …

Sio Bao Pasty on a plate showing ther filling.

Peculiar Pasties: Vegan Pasties with an Oriental Twist

You might be wondering why I am doing pasties? The Pasties are rather peculiar as it is not your usual pasties. That is why I call it  Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Well, it all started when a business customer asked me to make vegan chocolate  …

Stonhenge, tourist, Salisbury, pagan, winter solstice

When Does the Preparation For Chinese New Year Begin?

Good question. I think it varies with different families. Tang Yuan.For our family, it begins after winter solstice. Winter solstice is on 22nd December. It is a very important day in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is the shortest day of the year. After that day, one can notice that the sun rises earlier. This …

Interior of Poachers Brasserie

Where To Find Good Food Outside Leicester City

There is a nice restaurant near me. I have been there several times before, and it never fails to please me. My recent trip there was great. Poachers Brasserie in Thurlaston is run by a couple from Poland. The food is modern, using different, unusual and seasonal ingredients. The presentation is always pleasing to the …