Pages

Monday, 15 December 2014

LIDL vs ALDI CHRISTMAS CAKE TASTE TEST 2014

No comments:

This year I thought it would be fun to try a blind cake taste test on my family. Judges consisted of my mum, dad, husband, aunt and uncle. I presented them with these two cakes, without them knowing where they were from and here are the results. 



LIDL CHRISTMAS CAKE

The Lidl cake is described as A luxury Christmas Cake: A luxurious moist and rich fruit cake laced with brandy, wrapped in almond marzipan and sweet icing. Hand finishes with edible decorations.

Serves 14, weight1kg, calories per 14th 268Kcal, fat 7g, sugars 39g

APPEARANCE:  8/10 - Good, festive and traditional. the best of the two. We liked the wreath design, although felt the little ribbon bow was a bit tacky. Out of the two this designs, this would have the most visual appeal and would make us buy it.

TASTE: 7/10 - Nice, very fruity, but could be moister.

OVERALL SCORE: 7/10

WHERE DID THE BLIND TASTERS THINK IT WAS FROM? Waitrose

COMMENTS: This is a good looking cake and has shop appeal, however the sponge was a little dry comparably.


ALDI LUXURY ICED FRUIT CAKE

The Alidi Cake is described as Rich all butter Luxury iced fruit cake, infused with cognac hand decorated with soft icing. Baked with sultanas, raisins, glace cherries, almonds, mixed peel, hazelnuts. Selected by our experts. 

Serves 16 (although it is the same size as the Lidl Cake) , weight 1kg, calories per 16th 232 kcal, fat 5.8g, sugars 34g

APPEARANCE: 6/10 - Not great, Aunt's comment " Whoever designed this needs to go back to art school" The reindeer was a bit of a strange shape, there could have been more to this rather basic and simple design.

TASTE: 8/10 Delicious and moist, the better of the two. You can really taste the cognac and the icing was lovely and soft.

OVERALL SCORE: 8/10

WHERE DID THE BLIND TASTERS THINK IT WAS FROM? Tesco Finest

COMMENTS: Although the actual cake design is pretty bad, the taste is so good it is a winner.

FINAL COMMENTS
We thought the Aldi cake had the edge on taste, so much so that it outweighed its terrible design, making it our winner by one point. The Lidl design was so much better and would sell better due to the pretty wreath. However, on taste, it wasn't quite as moist. These were both good cakes though and we would recommend both.

DIY CHRISTMAS: COOKIE CUTTER CLAY ORNAMENTS

No comments:

These decorations are so much fun, I used air-drying clay for the first time to make them, it worked a treat. Just choose a cookie cutter shape you love and grab a good letter stamp set. Easy peasy.

I created this video for Love Your Home. For full instructions click the YouTube link below. 





Sunday, 14 December 2014

DIY CHRISTMAS: RED BURLAP CHRISTMAS WREATH

No comments:

I have only recently discovered Red Burlap, or Hessian for all us English folks! Its so easy to make a basic wreath shape out of it, then you can add pinecones, ornaments, ribbon... anything really!

I made this video for Love Your Home. Follow the YouTube link and full instructions are below.

Friday, 12 December 2014

DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT: CUPCAKE WRAPPER TREES

No comments:

This is such an effective way to create Christmas Tree Ornaments, plus its really easy to do with brilliant results! Use up old wrappers or buy new Christmas themed ones. Great for a table centre or mantlepiece.

I created this video for Love Your Home. Click the video YouTube link and full instructions are below. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT: GINGERBREAD JAR

No comments:


I love this idea as its great for fellow creative friends, perhaps for someone who just loves baking. Why not try it out this year?

I created this series for Love Your Home. Click link to go to YouTube & instructions are below.

Monday, 17 November 2014

DIY Glitter Reindeer Christmas Card

No comments:

Anyone feeling Christmassy yet? Why not get ahead of the game and make your Christmas cards early? This beautiful idea is easy to make & who doesn't love a bit of gold glitter, huh? 



Thursday, 6 November 2014

20 % OFF ROSIE THE REINDEER TOY PATTERN!

No comments:


So I've finally done it, I've opened an Etsy shop. Since having baby Teddy 9 months ago I have been thinking upon thinking about work, craft and presenting a lot. I have already started work back as a presenter for VideoJug, currently shooting some stylish Christmas makes, but I wanted to create a bit of festive sparkle for myself & it has come in the form of my darling Rosie!

Rosie is the cutest reindeer in town, she jingles as she walks and is always full of Christmas cheer. She originally comes from London, although now works full time for Santa in Lapland. 

This is a simple felt sewing project, which is great fun for the festive season. This Rosie toy can be scaled up or down in size, it comes with clear instructions and a photographic guide to make it even easier to follow.


She is only £3.99 to download from Etsy, but guess what, Christmas has come early if you are a Couture Craft follower, as if you enter the discount code: ROSIE20 I'm offering you a massive 20% off until the end of December! Go on, get making!! CLICK HERE TO BUY

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Crocheted Cardi!

1 comment:

The most beautiful surprise arrived this morning, after an extremely sleepless night, what a joy. Thank you to Claire, the clearly multi talented mumma who designed all my/our books for Quadrille, made Teddy this stunning crocheted sand coloured cardi: Which in fact will look super co-ordinated with his sand coloured Bugaboo! He will be wearing it today at the pub, even if he is a bit hot!!

So beautiful, so lovely, thank you!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crocheted Converse Hightops

No comments:

These supercool Converse were crocheted for my son Teddy by Mummy Mashford, the talented mum of my NCT namesake Hannah. 

There are a few free projects online for them, this seems to be the best from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-baby-converse 

Enjoy! X

Happy Easter

No comments:

Sorry for being away for so long! There are a few excuses, but the main one is second from the left! Yes I had baby Teddy George Baldrey 10 weeks ago this Sunday. He is a beautiful boy with a gorgeous smile, aside from sleepless nights and lots of nappy changes he is pretty much a perfect boy.

Here are the lovely bunny babies from my NCT group - from left to right, Sam, Teddy, Ivy & Felix.

Have a wonderful Easter all! X