Tales of the Freezer


I don’t know about you guys but I do a fair bit of batch cooking to help with our busy life. Nothing worse than coming home after a sailing event than having to then start preparing a hearty meal or even a light snack if we’re quite late back (Weymouth is a long way!) so in the freezer I normally have lots of homemade soup, chilli, the inevitable spagbol, curries, casseroles you name it!

The freezer is running quite low so today I’m making chilli using both beef & turkey mince & then a turkey korma. I’m learning to cook all over again, what having to feed an athlete now! Protein this & protein that!!!!! It’s been a sharp learning curve since Christmas & good job we all like turkey, what with being turkey being bursting with protein….

We’ve gone even more brown & wholewheat than we were before, which no bad thing, just need to remember brown rice takes that little bit longer to cook. Well the brown rice hasn’t gone down as well as other things but there’s no alternative in the house so it’s tough!

And then there’s lentils… One step too far that one, you really can’t disguise them. Unlike broccoli –  ‘it’s just green herbs’! Although with a spagbol I did recently I hadn’t mashed up the broccoli quite enough & there were complaints, outrage ran high & I thought ah well, that’s fair enough – he’s missed the mushrooms so you can’t win them all.

I’ve taken batch cooking to new level this year, one must always strive (Yes I know – must get out more – it’s on my list) I’ve addressed portion size, especially with soup, to make up individual sized portions, given that at any one time we have soup, we’ll all have different flavours. I know, I can hear you rolling you’re eyes at this one. But the world goes round that bit smoother, sparks don’t fly out the chimney, so it’s ok really…..

My next objective to address is plastic or more precisely, plastic freezer packaging. I use good ole Sainsburys freezer boxes, which you can pop in the freezer no problem. But I don’t have an endless supply of these, so once frozen I’ll remove the food from the boxes, placing them in a freezer bag labelled with the what & the when. Which when empty will end up in the bin. Recyclable yes, but I’d rather use something over & over.  I’m a bit of filer at heart, my cupboards are precision filed, the rest of the house however, is very much a different story, I just need more cupboards. Dilemmas, dilemmas!Maybe I should wash out the bags & reuse them too. I’m sure you all have you own methods, so if you have the perfect solution, share the wealth!

Right back to the domestic, Sailors Mum grind stone.  I though I’d also make some jam….

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❄️❄️❄️ Christmas Treacle Market Part 2 – The Finale!! ❄️❄️❄️


Christmas is Coming

As I write this I’m watching  Morcombe & Wise Christmas Special, kipper ties, wide lapels & Des O’Conner, oh & Angela Rippon now, its definite throw back to the 70’s, (not that I remember the 70’s of course, I’m purely guessing here you understand…) Either way, it definitely means Christmas is almost here! It’s very nearly almost time to hibernate & I really cannot wait!! But before all that (&  several more vintage Christmas Special of years gone by), there’s the very serious  business of the final, the very best till last, the amazing finale of the year, the last Treacle Market of 2014 & it’s going to be MAGNIFICENT!! It will be a perfect ending to a very busy year! So you’d best get out the trundles & trollies, bags & baskets, & fill your boots, you’re going to need it!

So if you’ve not been before & you’d like a heads up to Magnificent Stalls & local businesses (obviously I include myself in this list!) here’s a few of my absolute favourites!!

❄️ On Chestergate there’s the wonderful treasure trove that is Deja Vu! It’s a shop full to the brim with the curious, the gorgeous & the must haves, but hands off the cake plates – they’re ALL MINE!!! Mwhahahahaa!

❄️ Next is the wonderful Fudge Box to be found on Castle St, you’ll get the most amazing Cheshire fudge, the a tasty gift for Christmas!

❄️ The best Cafe by far is Plums Kitchen on the Market Place (opps the Library), the best food in Macclesfield in my honest opinion & they currently have the cutest Gingerbread House that ever was! (Ok, I admit to being utterly biased but it is cute don’t you think!!)Home Sweet Gingerbread Home

❄️ My lovely friend Doodle Lou is so very talented & she has a stall along with other very talented artists/designers, just out the entrance to the Grosvenor Centre, beautiful, quirky jewelry , cards & gifts!

There are so many more wonderful business I could go on all day & night & longer, but a few to look at anyways!

Right then.. CAKES!!!!!!

So Fairy Cakes & morsels are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00, gingerbread priced individually.

FESTIVE FARE

St Clements Cake – Oranges & Lemons – lovely zesty sponge with

Cosy Spicy Apple & Cinnamon – Moist & Spicy sponge with delicate vanilla buttercream dusted with cinnamon & a Christmas shaped Gingerbread Biscuit!

 Orange, Chocolate & Cinnamon – The King of the Christmas Menu, Zesty, aromatic & utterly Wonderful!

Mince Pie Cake – Warm & spicy Mulled spice & Mincemeat Christmasy Sponge – Christmas Perfection!

Vanilla & Nutmeg – subtly Spiced & slightly exotic – delicately flavoured buttercream – topped with perfect Gingerbread biscuit!

Christmas Trees – Decadent Chocolate Sponge with perfectly poised Christmas Tree Buttercream & Sparkly Sprinkles! (Natural food colouring)

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

Doodle Lou’s Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, Vanilla buttercream & dusted with golden caster sugar! NEW!!!

FAIRY CAKES

Karl’s Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of dark chocolate & caramel

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

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

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

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with seriously dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

ChoccyCaramel Cake – Moist chocolate sponge, a centre of creamy caramel, topped with Vanilla Buttercream & oodles of chocolate & caramel drizzle!

SLICES 

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

Vicki Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Batty Battenburg – Gorgeously moist almond sponge with oodles of raspberry jam & cosily wrapped with marzipan

Sticky MaccTreacle Cake – Deeply dark treacly, orange & ginger cake, utterly gorgeous!

MORSELS

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

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Best recipe ever!! 50p each!

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 Festive Mittens that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches, & Baubles 

Christmas Tree Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, a Very Merry Christmas to you All!

A Very Merry Christmas

 

 

Christmas Treacle Market Part 1


Christmas is coming

 

So it’s the first Festive Treacle Market on Sunday, how wonderful!! That means 2 chances at getting your mittens on some rather wonderful festive fare, heaps of treasures, cart loads of beautiful pressies, there’ll be festive music, a carousel & oh so much more! But to keep your spirits up & your energy levels high you’ll some to keep you going, which brings me neatly to this months menu!

 

So it’s going to be busy & if you see something you fancy but aren’t planning to get to the market till later, you can reserve your order, so you don’t miss out! email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk or message me on Facebook, easy peasy! (I don’t get much in the way of signal at the market so best to reserve your goodies before midnight Saturday)

So Fairy Cakes & morsels are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00, gingerbread priced individually.

FESTIVE FARE

Cosy Spicy Apple & Cinnamon – Moist & Spicy sponge with spicy warm buttercream with suitably Christmas shapes Cinnamon Biscuit!

 Orange, Chocolate & Cinnamon – The King of the Christmas Menu, Zesty, aromatic & utterly Wonderful!

Mince Pie Cake – Warm & spicy Mulled spice & Mincemeat Christmasy Sponge – Christmas Perfection!

Vanilla & Nutmeg – subtly Spiced & slightly exotic – delicately flavoured buttercream – topped with perfect Vanilla biscuit!

Christmas Trees – Decadent Chocolate Sponge with perfectly poised Christmas Tree Buttercream & Sparkly Sprinkles!

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

Doodle Lou’s Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, Vanilla buttercream & dusted with golden caster sugar! NEW!!!

FAIRY CAKES

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of dark chocolate & caramel

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

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

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

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with seriously dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

ChoccyCaramel Cake – Moist chocolate sponge, a centre of creamy caramel, topped with Vanilla Buttercream & oodles of chocolate & caramel drizzle!

SLICES 

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

Vicki Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Batty Battenburg – Gorgeously moist almond sponge with oodles of raspberry jam & cosily wrapped with marzipan

Sticky MaccTreacle Cake – Deeply dark treacly, orange & ginger cake, utterly gorgeous!

 

MORSELS

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

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Best recipe ever!! 50p each!

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 Festive Mittens that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches, & Baubles

Christmas Tree Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, bright & early!!!

 

 

Barnaby Festival (I may even wear a Hat) Treacle Market!!


It’s been a fabulous start to the Summer with Barnaby Festival kicking off in Macclesfield these last few weeks! There’s still an awful lot of things to see & do before the amazing festival closes on Sunday Night! Highlights so far have been the brilliant ‘Industry’ Parade on Saturday; amazing floats, toetapping music, visionary costumes & masses & masses of happy Parading folk (including me!)! It’s rumoured to have been The Biggest Parade ever! I like that!

Treacle Market Paraders! Thanks to Macclesfield Physio Pilates for use of this Excellent photo!
Treacle Market Paraders!
Thanks to Macclesfield Physio Pilates for use of this Excellent photo!

Other highlights have been Morella, Passages from a Gothic Opera at the hauntingly beautiful King Edward St Chapel, it was phenomenal! Given this is essentially a working project it really was fantastic & I cannot wait to see this again & possibly again! Tim Peaks Diner was great too, live music, great food & incredible atmosphere, & then there was Acoustic Sanctuary,  intimate, yet astounding gig with Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) & Stephen Morris (New Order – Macclesfield born & bred no less!) or so I’m told, sadly I didn’t get to go to this….The less said the better … Moving on.. So the Big Weekend was truly Big! I fear I may run out of superlatives to describe how amazing it actually was! I felt like I was on holiday, the sun shone, the atmosphere all over town was perfectly brilliant & I am in awe of the team who have created such a fantastic, fun filled, phenomenal festival! Hats off to you all!

Luckily for us all, there’s still a lot more to be packed into this weekend with the Music Fringe kicking off around town in all the superb pubs & bars – who needs Glastonbury! And then there’s Treacle Market, perfectly positioned & timed for you to forage & gather all the your favourite Treacle Treat to round off an truly spectacular fortnight of cultural fun!  Baskets, bags & Treacle Carts at the ready!!

Treacle Market!
Treacle Market!

Which invariably & inevitably brings your attention to Cake!! particularly CocoaNoko Cake of course! I shall be shamelessly tempting you with my wares on Castle St, who can resist!! See you on Sunday!

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

You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like!

All Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. 

SUMMER SPECIALS

WIMBLY WOMBLES – Fresh British Strawberry & Vanilla sponge with lashings of Vanilla Buttercream topped with delicious Strawbs!

RASPBERRY RUMBLES – Raspberry & white chocolate sponge with White chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate & raspberry drizzle

LEMON QUEENIES – Lush lemon sponge Mini Vicki Sponage, with Lemon Curd & lemon Buttercream – Lemon Heaven

BLACK FORESTY – Deliciously Chocolaty sponge with Morello Cherry centre, rich Vanilla buttercream topped with dark choc & a cherry!

Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!
Anyone for a Wimbly Womble!

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

FAIRY CAKES

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of dark chocolate & caramel

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

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

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 as button Gingerbread

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

Fairy Cakes Galore!
Fairy Cakes Galore!

SLICES 

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

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

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Sticky Treacle Cake – Delectably sticky ginger & treacle cake, with bursts of tangy orange!

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

Infamous  & Luscious Lemon Drizzle
Infamous & Luscious Lemon Drizzle

MORSELS

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

I Should Coconut Macaroons!
I Should Coconut Macaroons!

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 Hearts that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches, & Crowns 

Hearts & Flowers Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

It's all about the buttons in Macclesfield!
It’s all about the buttons at Blue Buttons!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

Happy May Treacle Market!


IMG_0319It’s the final Bank Holiday of May, it’s the start of Whit Week & that means Spring Half Term! Holidays for the children & hibernation time for me!! I’m hoping the weather will hold, well one can dream! Talking of weather it has been quite wonderful of late, well it has in Macclesfield which obviously pleases me no end! The grass has been trimmed to perfection & by the sounds of things over the garden fence, it’s not the only lawn being rather noisily sliced into submission! The weeding is well underway, yes yes I’m sure everyone else is well ahead in the gardening stakes, producing veg & fruit in abundance already by now, well, good for you, I’m more the trim things when they a)get in the way, b)if they cause me a problems or c)try to garrote me, kind of gal, nature as nature intended. I definitely not the type to trim the lawn with nail scissors unlike some people I could mention. However I do dream of a little veg patch but I’m planning to do that next year, again… Or maybe the year after, well one day, I’m ever hopeful. . .

So that’s the lawns sorted (oh how posh, the lawns, really it’s just 2 patches of grass which is mostly moss & if I’m honest it’s not actually my job, I delegate this one to the boys… The lawn mover has wheels…) The laurels have been tamed(ish), they certainly don’t tower as much, so lots more lovely sunshine rains down on our little patch. I’ve been waging war on the suspiciously abundant dandelion too. Is it just me or is there a veritable riot of these much maligned weeds this year? They appear to be EVERYWHERE! (I cannot be blamed for this, I’m not one of those urban jungle gardeners, well not recently, there was one summer where I may have been a little generous with some poppy seeds, but nobody can prove anything & the less said the better…) Anyway, getting back to the dandelions, specifically in my garden, specifically you understand (what the wind does is none of my business), I see them more of a semi-cultivated crop, given we have a pair of particularly cute & characterful but essentially greedy pair of bunnies living with us, a win win situation don’t you think?

All this talk of gardening has made me feel a little peckish. What would be nice now would be a nice pot of tea & a small(ish) cake, but alas, the cupboard is bare, not even a crumb… Good job it’s Treacle Market this then! I’ve heard on the grape vine that this month, the Market will be even bigger & even better! Is that possible? Too blinkin right it is! It’s going to be rather smashing you know! So wend you way from the Market Pace, pop along Chestergate, scoot though the Grovensor Centre to Castle St, pop by my stall (of course!!), mooch down Mill St, all the way down to Exchange Square! You’re going to need lots of bags, baskets, trugs, small suitcases or even trailers, it’s going to be AMAZING!! Which brings me neatly & inevitably to my proposed menu! Here we go!

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

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You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like!

All Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. 

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

FAIRY CAKES

Crazy Caramel – Delicious rich Caramel Sponge with home made caramel buttercream, with drizzles of dark chocolate & caramel

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

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

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 as button Gingerbread

FlutterBy Choc – Delicious Chocolate Butterfly Sponge with raspberry jam secret centre & fluffy vanilla buttercream

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

ChoccyCaramel Flutterby – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

 SLICES 

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

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

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Sticky Treacle Cake – Delectably sticky ginger & treacle cake, with bursts of tangy orange!

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

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 Hearts that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches, Crowns & Dinosaurs

Hearts & Flowers Lollies

(All Gingerbread are priced individually)

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

* (As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

* (Please note morsels are created in an environment where nuts, wheat products, dairy products & eggs are present)

 

April Treacle Market!!!


Easter has arrived at CocoaNoko's with Bertie the Bunny hoppity skippiting all the way to Plum's Kitchen in Macclesfield!!
Easter has arrived at CocoaNoko’s with Bertie the Bunny hoppity skippity!

Well Easter has been & gone, I can’t tell if it was early or late or right on time this year. I know the school holidays were a little askew, which I admit has been a little confusing, I know I’m not the only one! I’m probably not the only one that feels a little cheated too, I mean there we were, Easter Monday, beautiful sunshine & then Tuesday all back to normal!! Just like that!!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, taking the perfectly formed shape of Treacle Market, well at the end of the week to be precise! What could be more perfect than that! Weather wise, it looks like it could be a mixed bag kind of day, a bag for your umbrella, one for you raincoat, a waterproof & sunshine proof one or two or three for your Treacle Treasures, that kind of day! I’m currently contemplating foot wear, I may just to err on the side of caution bringing out the snowboots, I do get cold feet! But then again it could easily be a flip-flop kind of day, don’t you just love the British Weather!

And so on to the cakes & bakes I have in store for you! I’ve decided to be defiantly Easteresk & use up all the mini eggs I have left, (this has the added bonus of them not be in the cupboard, calling to me & tempting me & given my weakness for all thing chocolate this has been a difficult decision, I feel most grown up!!) Talking of chocolate though, we have a new Dark Chocolate supplier, only Pure Origin Chocolate of course, another wonderful Treacle Market regular! I can think of one particular customer who will be very pleased!!!  Of course there will be the usual suspects, blatantly tempting you but there’ll also be a few specials, & may involve rhubarb as it’s in season at the moment! There will also be the most wonderful Treacle Cake, making a return! Apparently this could be better than the legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle… So I’ve told, I couldn’t possibly comment either way of course…

As for the Gingerbread, we shall be celebrating a little this month, so not only will there be the usual hilarious Moustaches & Hearts & Flower Lollies, there will some lovely crowns, a nod to ole Queenie who celebrated her 88th birthday this week & of course the Dragons are back for St Georges Day!!

ROOOAAAARRRRR!
ROOOAAAARRRRR!

Anyways, on with the Menu!!

Lots of delicious mouth-watering flavours as always, so do pop by Castle Street, on your Treacle Travels, where I’ll have my stall strategically positioned to tempt & tease. Given I’ve not been to Treacle since February I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, even more than usual! So wrap up warm & bring shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

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

You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like!

All Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. 

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

FAIRY CAKES

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

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

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

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 as button Gingerbread!

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

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

Rhubarb & Ginger – Lightly roasted fresh British Rhubarb & ginger sponge, topped with delicious Vanilla buttercream

ChoccyCaraHoneyComb – Gorgeous chocolate sponge with lashings of caramel buttercream & home-made honeycomb

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

  SLICES 

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

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

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Sticky Treacle Cake – Delectably sticky ginger & treacle cake, with bursts of tangy orange!

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

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 Hearts that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons, Moustaches & Crowns

 Hearts & Flowers Lollies

Dragon Lollies

All Gingerbread will be priced individually!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

* (As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

Happy Mother’s Day


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I think receiving something hand-made by my offspring for Mother’s Day is just the most precious thing. I have a box (ok maybe 2.. 3, ok a room!) brimming with hand-made creations. Beautiful cards, crazy surrealist paintings & drawings, heaps of pictures of cars & rabbits, all made just for me. Each one a nugget of love. And in turn I love them all. And just because I give the appearance of being a ‘growd up’, doesn’t mean I should stop making crazy, slightly surrealist, brimming with love creations for my Mum either. It’s something my siblings & I have always done, from things made at school when we were little nippers, to full-blown theatrical productions, my poor brother only occasionally being made to dress up as a girl. There were some very ambition projects undertaken, just for our Mum, I think she liked them…

These days I would normally bake something I know my Mum loves, and she is very much allowed to scoff whatever it all to herself but she never does, she’s generous like that. And I have to say, it’s an easy thing to do (especially when you bake for a living), but it’s not all about cake here at CocoaNoko Makes you know, especially last week! Being ill the lead up to Treacle Market & Mother’s day was not my finest moment but what can you do? Well, what I can do is make things & having a bit of time on my hands, I decided to hide away in my very neglected work room & make a little something for my Mummy for Mother’s Day. I’m glad did it, I’m very pleased with my efforts, to me it’s perfect, I know she’ll see how much she is loved.

To My amazing Mum
To My Amazing Mum

It may sound a little smug, but making your Mum happy, to show she’s loved on Mother’s Day is what it’s all about isn’t it? To each their own…

I hope Mother’s Day was a beautiful moment for all yesterday. In our busy, non-stop lives, those little moments of unconditional love make all the difference. A simple, single thoughtful gesture, that cuts through all the commercialism, through all the lifestyle pressure, time constraints, distance & family politics, can make all the difference.

So love & be loved, create, eat cake, drink tea! And stop…. Take a moment…

February Teen Treacle!!!


Love is all around & made of gingerbread...
Love is all around & made of gingerbread…

I feel like I’ve experienced a moment of déjà vu whilst I’ve been creating the menu for February Treacle Market. Here I am again, wondering what the weather will hold, still conscious I’ve not had a stall at what has become the normal bustle much love Macclesfield Market, and being slightly nervous of all of that, again!!! The weather was awful last month wasn’t it, so much weather in one day was enough to try anyone.  It was amazing to see the hardy Treaclers & stall holder braving the elements & sad to see the damage the weather took on some of the stalls, it was a brave day for all…

But it’s a new month, a month of LOVE!! Love has been all around during February around Macclesfield, thanks to the hard work of the Totally Locally Team!  Lovely Hearts of love have been popping up everything, declarations of love of all things Macclesfield! So it’s only right, logical & really about time the much loved Treacle Market returned for another outing don’t you think! Oh Treacle Market what incentives have you for us this month! Well let us count the ways! Well, there’s the amazing inaugural Teen Treacle market in St Michael’s church yard, brimming with young entrepreneurs! I’ve heard on the grape vine there’ll be  design technology students from Fallibroome Academy, showing off their skills, Macclesfield Community ArtSpace be there will some fab creative activities, the amazing Macc Youth Club will be there & Macc College! Plus all the amazing stalls with an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, clever creations, must have treasures, to die for/can’t live without artisan edibles to list but a few, something for one & all. There’ll be spanking brand new stalls, old favourites, new favourites, yet to be discovered favourites, all there to make an amazing day out, what’s not to love!

Which brings me neatly & predictably to Cake! Lots of delicious mouth watering flavours for you this month, so do pop by Castle Street, on your Treacle Travels, where I’ll have my stall strategically positioned to tempt & tease. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, wrap up warm & bring shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

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

Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. (You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like! 

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

FAIRY CAKES

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

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

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

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!

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

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

  SLICES 

Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! £1.50 per slice (or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

Sticky Ginger & Blood Orange – Delectably sticky gingercake, with bursts of tangy orange!

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 Flowers that will only be available while stocks last!!

Buttons – 50p each, 3 for £1.40

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

Moustaches – 30p each or 5 for £1.40

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

* (As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

Tempting Treats for January Treacle


It’s been a while since I devised a Treacle Market Menu, the last one was back in August! Far too long in my opinion but better late than never & it’s so good to be back!

I’ve deliberately gone for a smaller menu for my first trip back, didn’t want to over do things and all that!  However, I think there’s something for nearly everyone, including copious amounts of my Luscious Lemon Drizzle, always a firm favourite! And the good news is this gorgeous cake is going to be created with some very exciting flavour combinations over the coming year! Definitely watch this space, I can’t wait, I do LOVE this cake!! There’s also an abundance of Gingerbread this month, with a small nod to the imminent arrival of Valentine’s Day! Life would not be the same without Heart Shaped Gingerbread Lollies would it! And never fear there will also be abundance of the very popular Gingerbread Moustaches!  I really must get Fred the Head to model some more of the designs for me! ! ! There’ll also be 2 Gluten Free creations too, ‘Simples’ & ‘Double Trouble’, you really can’t tell the difference!!

I guarantee each & every morsel will be delicious, possibly even more so, as that lovely phrase declares – ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ & the taste buds too!

Fairy Cakes are priced at £1.50 each or the special Treacle Market Box Price of 4 for £5.00. (You can order in advance if you wish so as not to miss out, just email me on cocoanokos@hotmail.co.uk (BEFORE 5pm SATURDAY) , detailing what you’d like! 

(As usual, this is the intended menu for Treacle Market & is subject change.)

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, wrap up warm & shopping bags & baskets aplenty!! And don’t forget –

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

GLUTEN FREE FAIRY CAKES

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

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

FAIRY CAKES

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

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!

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

Deepest Darkest Chocolate – Divinely moist chocolate sponge with serious dark chocolate ganache! Only seriously chocoholics need apply!

  SLICES 

Lemon Drizzle – The Infamous & Legendary Luscious Lemon Drizzle, one slice is never enough! £1.50 per slice (or 4 slices for £5.00 Deal)

Victor Victorious Sponge – layers of gorgeously light Victoria sponge & raspberry jam, dusted with golden caster sugar!

Simon’s Coffee Cake – Rich Coffee layer cake, with a tiny hint of Vanilla topped with wonderful Coffee Buttercream & chocolate coated coffee beans!

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 Flowers that will only be available while stocks last!!

Small  Hearts – 50p each, 3 for £1.40

Hearts Lollies – £1.50 (or 4 for £5.00 Deal)

M0ustaches – 30p each or 5 for £1.40

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!! 

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!!