Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Introducing No5

By now, if you know me you'll know how much I love life on two wheels... Well...

Say hello to Number Five- No5. Suzuki GSX-R 750. What a bike - was getting to the point of being fed up with driving and getting caught up in traffic all the time. I was thinking of going back to a motorbike for a few months, this time I did a bit of looking into what bikers say. The GSXR is one of the best all round sports bikes, being great at handling a comfortable too. It's so far living up to everything I wanted, its quick and handles perfect. I feel if I'm looking ahead the bike goes right where I'm looking. I don't have to fight it as much as the Bandit.

It's an 08 model in black, a few extras on there already too. Sports exhaust ( not too loud ), double bubble, crash bobbins and tail tidy. I got a Shoei helmet - it's good, but a bit noisy on the motorway. It's got double glazing to stop it fogging up on the cold mornings. In my opinion it's good but a wee bit on the expensive side. Josh likes the bike, I've got to get him a jacket if I'm going to be taking him out regular.
Anyways, here's to more two wheel adventures, a bit faster though me thinks... :-)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Fairtrade Fortnight - Cakes

Believe! Saturday for a bit of fun I entered a cake baking contest at St Mary's church. It's held every year for Fair Trade fort night. With Thatcham being a fair-trade town and the guys running the campaign doing such a great job there are a number of events scheduled for all to take part in. Friday night I finished helping at the Youth Club, and got home about 10pm. I started putting my ingredients together and planning the cake…

Butter – English
Vanilla Sugar – Fairtrade
Icing Sugar – Fairtrade
Flour – Fairtrade
Coconut bits
Eggs – Free Range

This was the recipe, with a bit of elbow grease, love, care and careful measuring and blending I put together a four layer sponge with jam and cream inside. Covered with butter cream and coated with the coconut bits. Topped with a few cherries… It was a master piece  Well, kind of – when it had baked I thought the sponge was a bit heavy, it tasted good but was just not light and fluffy. I had no time to make changes it was past midnight… After it had cooled off, I put it together and went to bed, it was 1:30am.

Saturday morning came so I took it along to the contest. I’ve not got a clue who the competition were, I’m betting it was folks like me just having a go at baking to support the Fair Trade fortnight and Big Brew event…

Anyways – I won… The best overall cake, can you believe it? A great part of my new years resolution to do things I’ve never done before. So far, I did the talk at youth club – albeit with some help from Pete. Entered a cake bake, whatever will come next. Parachute, canoe, cycle rides are all on the horizon.

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