The Year that was a Rollercoaster…


It was about this time last year when I had a moment of literal fluidity, spouting all things New Year-ish, declaring how exciting the prospect of the forthcoming rollercoaster of a year that I envisioned landing on my doormat would be. Turns out it was exactly that, and more bumpy than I could ever have imagined & I am most definitely glad 2013 has almost waxed & waned its last.

But before 2013 finally chimes out to make way for 2014, I’d just like to have a nosy as some of the highlights!  Very proud to have been a small part in some spectacular events this year, very special birthdays, a wedding or two, plenty of Treacle Markets, lots & lots of Crazy Caramel Fairy cakes headed out for breakfast, dinner & tea, indeed lots & lots of cake! Quite a few little gift boxes headed over to Blue Buttons too. And then there was Barnaby 2013 of course, who could forget our magnificent Parade! So despite the moments of unimaginable sadness, unexpected illness & other such bumps, there have been some gems… And every cloud has a silver lining, including 2013.

There is another silver lining to 2013, somewhat invisible but there all the same & that’s the wonderful collection of people who have been a part of my rollercoaster year. New folks, old folks, lost & found folks, family folks & friend folks, wouldn’t/couldn’t do without folks, all cherished… To you all I wish for a prosperous, inventive, aspiring, rewarding, positive & productive 2014, may you find happiness in the weirdest of places, & as always love & be loved.

So with that I look forward to 2014, not with as much excitement as last year perhaps, I hope for the usual summer sunshine, a filing system that repels those that interfere, definitely no rollercoasters, but possibly a nice pot of tea & a slice of ever so tempting cake…

Happy, Happy New 2014 to all!

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Autumn Light


Autumn

I love Autumn! It’s such an amazing season, so much change, so much colour & so much seasonal yumminess! We’ve got three pears on our tree in the ‘orchard’, 2 fruit trees make an orchard don’t they? They’re hanging on in there, it’ll be our first ‘crop’, too excited for words!  The alleged ‘Pink Sparkle’ apple tree is having an amazing year with a bumper crop, I’m growing inpatient waiting for them to be ready to pick & it seems so are the squirrels! This may be war!!  The brambles have been making a run for it, they are prolific growers are they! I thought I had it all under control, relegating it to a patch under the fruit trees, but no, they are EVERYWHERE!!! Given that my gardening ethos runs along the lines of ‘the natural look’ with the emphasis on ‘slightly wild’ it really should come as no surprise! The benefits are a bountiful crop of rather delicious blackberries!! Once again I’m thinking impossible thought of growing my own, of working the ‘land’ and the book on self-sufficiency is out again… Maybe it will get done… Maybe..

Blackberries!

The season of Autumn brings with it a change in our needs & wants with regards to food.  No more calling for refreshing salads, thoughts turn to hearty soups, veg laden stews & streaming hotpot, of crumbles & pies, syrup pudding & custard, & treacle pie & custard, of wholesome things & filling stodgy – warming, cosy comfort food & custard! And lets face it Autumn has well & truly arrived, like a switch, suddenly it was here! Cold, wet & cloudy, outdoor adventures to be rewarded with cake & hot chocolate & indulgence – it’s chilly, we need the extra calories to keep warm! Yep, of course we do…

The first crumble of the season has been made & it was divine! Apple, pear & blackberry with lashings of fresh homemade vanilla custard! It was the food of kings, with just enough let over for breakfast! The perfect amount made! I did forget the oats, but it just means I needs make it again to aim for perfection, with custard.

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The change in flavours brings about a change of menu too & I’ve been having great fun, looking for old Autumn recipes, mouth drooling as I work and now I have the daunting task of putting it all into the menu.  Simply, there’s just too much loveliness to choose from. Old favourites such as sticky toffee are back with a potentially explosive twist, apples feature hugely starting with apple & cinnamon & ending with Queenies!! And Treacle, Autumn without a mention of Treacle is just wrong! Or pumpkin! Lovely, squishy, squashy pumpkin with hints of spice! Are you drooling, you should be! I haven’t even mentioned gingerbread yet, my utter delight! I LOVE to make gingerbread, & my modest (ahem..) collection of cutters is ready & waiting to tease into fantastical shapes & things, if only for my amusement!Silly Moo

Hugely looking forward to the traditional activities, the Autumn season creates, Harvest, gathering in the fruits of our labours! So pleased to see this becoming something we talk about again.  It seems to have become something taken for granted over the years, but with the resurgence of interest in where our British food comes from, it’s logical Harvest should now get a mention! The glorious taste of carving the pumpkin, although I remember it being a swede when I was youngun! How things change! I can’t wait for Hallowe’en & Bonfire Night!! And all the food & yumminess associated with them! Glorious feast of apples & spice & treacle!! I just can’t wait!

So I will try my best, to create the best Autumn Menu I can, full of warmth & delight, of morish mmm’s, & magical morsels, perfectly resplendent in the lovely Autumn light! Ready & waiting to tempt you at Treacle Market, at this seasonal time of year!

Pumpkins

JULY Treacle Market Menu!


Luscious Lemon Drizzle

Luscious Lemon Drizzle

JULY Treacle Market Menu!

This is the intended menu for July’s Treacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday! 

FAIRY CAKES 

Gluten Free ~ Simples ~ Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Crazy Caramel ~ Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home-made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel!

Simon’s Coffee ~ Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilli ~ Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon ~ Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate ~ Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

Minty Chocolate ~ Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterBy ~ Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with chocolate secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Summer Strawbs ~ Fresh British Strawberry laced sponge with vanilla & Strawberry buttercream topped with chocolate coated Strawbs

Raspberry Rumble ~ Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with seriously gorgeous white chocolate buttercream – delish!

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle ~ The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Regal Victoria Sponge ~ layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

Batty Battenburg ~ Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons ~ Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! 

Queenie V Cakes ~ Individual Victoria Sponge Cakes with a Royal Twist of Lemon

(£1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread~- Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Prince George & the Dragon Lollies £1.50 each

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

And in honour of the new Royal Baby Prince George – Gingerbread Crowns!

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

(*Menu subject to change)

(Please note produce is created in an environment where Wheat/Gluten, Dairy & Nuts are present)

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON TREACLE SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!

Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market Menu!


Deepest Darkest Chocolate!
Deepest Darkest Chocolate!

Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market Menu!

This is the intended menu for June’s very Special Barnaby Festival Treacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday!

FAIRY CAKES 

Gluten Free ~ Simples ~ Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

Crazy Caramel ~ Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel!

Simon’s Coffee ~ Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilly ~ Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon ~ Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate ~ Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

Lemony Ginger ~ Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute a button Gingerbread biscuit!

Deepest Darkest ~ Chocolate sponge with gorgeous dark chocolate ganache swirls topped with chocolate treat!

Minty Chocolate ~ Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterBy ~ Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with choclate secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

Summer Strawbs ~ Fresh British Strawberry laced sponge with vanilla & Strawberry buttercream topped with chocolate coated Strawbs

Sticky Toffee ~ Seriously yum sticky toffee sponge with Treacle & brown sugar butter cream

Raspberry Rumble ~ Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with seriously gorgeous white chocolate buttercream – delish!

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Regal Victoria Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

Homely Honeyed Fruit Cake ~ Old fashioned fruity honey cake – perfect with a cup of tea!

Batty Battenburg – Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

MUFFINS

Triple Trouble Chocolate ~ Bursting with decadent Belgian Chocolate – perfect partner to a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

Strawberries & Cream ~ Summer sunshine in a muffin!

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Summer Flowers & Hearts £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal) 

Dragon Lollies £2 each

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON TREACLE SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!!

Hats off – It’s Marvelous May Treacle Dandy Market


Marvelous May Treacle Dandy Market


Treacle TreatsThis is the intended menu for May’s Treacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) & 12 (£15.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday!

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

Gluten Free Simples – Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

FAIRY CAKES 

Custard & Rhubarb – Tasty roasted rhubarb sponge topped with homemade vanilla custard buttercream!

Sticky Toffee – Sticky toffee sponge with oodles of dates, liberally swirled with brown sugar toffee buttercream

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel!

Simon’s Coffee – Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilly – Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon – Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

Lemony Ginger – Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute a button Gingerbread biscuit!

Deepest Darkest – Chocolate sponge with gorgeous dark chocolate ganache swirls topped a with chocolate treat!

Minty Chocolate – Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterByes – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Classical Victoria Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

Battenburg – Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

MUFFINS

Triple Chocolate – Bursting with decadent Belgian Chocolate – perfect partner to a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Hearts & Flowers Lollies £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal) 

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!! 

TREACLE MARKET MENU – APRIL


St Georges Day Treacle Market

This is the intended menu for April’sTreacle Market! Boxes of 4 (£5.00) & 12 (£15.00) will be available & can be ordered ready for collection on Sunday!

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

Gluten Free Simples – Wonderfully Moist Chocolate Sponge with a swirl voluptuous Vanilla Buttercream – Gluten Free Perfection!

FAIRY CAKES 

Custard & Rhubarb – Tasty roasted rhubarb sponge topped with homemade vanilla custard buttercream!

Sticky Toffee – Sticky toffee sponge with oodles of dates, liberally swirled with brown sugar toffee buttercream

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of yumminess, topped with a homemade caramel filled chocolate egg!!

Simon’s Coffee – Rich Coffee with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream!

Silly Vanilly – Simply the simplest flavour there is but oh so yummy, Vanilla Sponge topped with the whippiest lightest Vanilla Buttercream ever!

Luscious Lemon – Lovely Luscious Lemon Sponge with zesty lemon buttercream – Lemon Lovers Heaven!

Double Trouble Chocolate – Divinely moist Chocolate Sponge with rich chocolate buttercream with a top of sprinkles & chocolate stuff!

I Should Coconut – Unbelievably moist Coconut Cake with lashings of Coconut Buttercream with snowy white sprinkles!

Lemony Ginger – Zesty, spicy Lemony Ginger sponge with equally yummy buttercream, topped with a cute a button Gingerbread biscuit!

Deepest Darkest – Chocolate sponge with gorgeous dark chocolate ganache swirls topped a with chocolate treat!

Minty Chocolate – Minty Chocolatey sponge with seriously lush buttercream adorned with chocolatey mint stuff!

Chocolate FlutterByes – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream, topped with sprinkles

SLICES 

Luscious Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! 

Classical Victoria Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam!

(£1.50 per slice or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

St George’s Cross Battenburg – Lovely vanilla sponge quartered by lush raspberry jam, carefully wrapped in marzipan!

MUFFINS

Triple Chocolate – Bursting with decadent Belgian Chocolate – perfect partner to a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

MORSELS

Coconut Macaroons – Utterly Moist & seriously flavourful Macaroons, liberally draped in Dark Belgian Chocolate! £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

Anzac Biscuits – 75p each or 3 for £2.00

GINGERBREAD

Gingerbread – Secret Recipe Gingerbread, extensively taste tested as only the best will do!

Please feel free to sample the specially created Treacle Market Gingerbread shapes that will only be available while stocks last!!

Dragon Lollies £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal) 

Also, ‘must have’ Gingerbread Moustaches!!! 30p each 

Time permitting we’ll see what other gorgeousness can be created – just for you!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

First Up gets the cake – only crumbs if you’re late!! Mustaches