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Not Much Sewing, But Chatting A Plenty!

Spring Collection,Rocking Dog

Spring Collection

The Rocking Dog huddlers met last night. Alas, not much sewing was done but we made up for our creative inactivity with plenty of banter! If I had been a better host I should have been instrumental in getting the small but perfectly formed group sewing, stamping, sketching etc.. How rubbish am I!

Instead we talked. Much of the conversation was about family, predominantly of the dysfunctional variety. There would have been some good“Who Do You Think You Are?” episodes based on some of the skeletons in the cupboards! Other chatter centred around travels, significant birthdays, bee keeping, old age and hair. I discussed the man (I have strong suspicions of who he is) who drops cigarette packets in the lane. Am I somewhat OCD to be keeping a tally of the littering? (9 packets so far this year). This mornings’ packet carried a picture of some diseased lungs and the caption, “Smoking increases your risk of Stroke and Heart Attacks”. Frankly my blood pressure rises when I have to pick up yet another empty packet! Grrrrrrrr! As we have no kerbs in our lane we apparently do not qualify for road sweeping. A Womble I will continue being.

It seems I cannot allow my blood pressure to rise significantly or indeed get ill at all. Attempting to get a doctors appointment yesterday I was offered an appointment on the 23rd April. Audibly upset, armadillo skinned receptionist then kowtowed and kindly offered me an emergency phone appointment next Tuesday. I can begin to see why A & E departments and morgues get so full. Incidentally, the gangrene is doing well with my self applied leeches and sourdough bread poultices! Breathe, breathe, breathe.

Back to altogether nicer things we ate freshly baked stem ginger scones with rhubarb and clotted cream, and the evening went all too quickly. Drat, we didn’t even get onto“The Great Pottery Throw Down” and perhaps all too conveniently stayed clear of Article 50. As my mother used to say “in polite company you should never discuss politics, sex or religion“…. and we didn’t… but there’s always next time!

Thank you to the huddlers and as ever thank you for the teapot donations for Fine Cell Work.

PS. Diane you are an absolute angel. If I ever come into money I will buy you a big house for you to look after all those oldies.

Untouched Stash,Rocking Dog

Untouched Stash

Table Chaos,Rocking Dog

Table Chaos

Some I Made Earlier,Rocking Dog

Some I Made Earlier

The Great Rocking Dog Bake Off!

Last Of The Summer Fruit, Rocking Dog

Last Of The Summer Fruit

My weekend of baking is at an end, and I quite enjoyed myself! I methodically ploughed through my list of makes, leaving the scones and sausage rolls to the very last minute. The party would have warm fluffy scones together with golden un-solidified sausage rolls!

I am still amazed about how terrible some event catering is. How often have you been “welcomed” with cling filmed sandwiches, wrinkled grey cocktail sausages and anaemic looking chicken drumsticks? Knowing of my love for colour, Andyman trailed back from a recent buffet and warned me that the scene was reminiscent of a sepia photograph! Indeed, everything was a strange shade of greige and there was absolutely no attempt at any type of garnishing. Foil trays and cling film completed the unappetising scene! But…..despite all this, there were people exclaiming “nice spread!” AGGGGGGGGHhhhhh! I played safe with a packet of McCoys, (alas, no Kettle Crisps were to be had!)

Some of the worst catering unfortunately can be experienced at funerals. What could be more depressing than awful grey food on such a sad and solemn occasion? Even dead people deserve to be remembered whilst eating something gorgeous!

I once had to feed nearly five hundred funeral guests, and my brilliant team kept on filling freshly baked croissants with yummy things. There were homemade cakes, scones, pastries and lots of tea and chatter. Is it that many establishments or caterers feel it is slightly irreverent to serve showstopper cakes or sandwiches with any fillings apart from cheese, cucumber and ham (crusts reverently trimmed, naturally!) Please Ferguson kids send me off with plenty of bubbly, sourdough doorsteps, charcuterie and ice cream! Remember, I want a Christmas carol too- whatever time of year my demise happens!

I wonder when Britain will finally move on from curled sandwiches, quartered pork pies, damp crisps AND the cling film. Last year whilst on our Umbrian adventure we ventured into the medieval hilltop town of Montefalco. Six of us were needing lunch and we approached a restaurant in the sunny square. No tables were to be had. No worries, the restauranteur offered to magic a table out of nowhere. Indeed, within five minutes we were seated in the most glorious November sunshine enjoying a Prosecco and perusing the menu. Within fifteen minutes, tables next to us were laid up with the most beautiful Italian “buffet”, and ten minutes later an entire wedding party descended on the square. We felt so privileged to be witnesses at the feast. Needless to say there were no wrinkled cocktail sausages, soggy pastry or any form of grey!

Back to my cake table. None of my simple bakes will past muster with Mary and Paul’s technical challenges, life simply is too short! However, I hope the choice, homemadeness and colour pleased the assembled cricket pavilion guests, and helped to make it a truly memorable birthday.

PS. The photo labelled guinea pig cake, has absolutely and utterly no guinea pigs in its makeup. It’s just that I have never made the cake before, thus the guests were my guinea pigs!

Simple Floral Styling, Rocking Dog

Simple Floral Styling

Guinea Pig Cake, Rocking Dog

Guinea Pig Cake

Marvellous Macaroons, Rocking Dog

Marvellous Macaroons

Cake With The Midas Touch!, Rocking Dog

Cake With The Midas Touch!

Boozy Cake!, Rocking Dog

Boozy Cake!

Snow Sprinkled Brownie, Rocking Dog

Snow Sprinkled Brownie

For The Kidlets!, Rocking Dog

For The Kidlets!

Cream Tea, Rocking Dog

Cream Tea

No Sweet Tooth!, Rocking Dog

No Sweet Tooth!

The Ubiquitous Sausage Roll, Rocking Dog

The Ubiquitous Sausage Roll

Umbrian Buffet, Rocking Dog

Umbrian Buffet

Italian Crisps, Rocking Dog

Italian Crisps