How a Cherry Pie and a DeLorean was my undoing

A few months ago I signed up to Michelle Bridges' 12-Week Body Transformation (12WBT), a 12-week online weight loss program.  So have I lost any weight? Yes, I did, in the first three weeks. But today, 16 weeks later, I really don't know what I weigh, and I don't care about the number anymore. At the end of week…

The Road to Hell is Paved with Beer Truffles

You may have gathered from previous posts that I am sporadically motivated to “do something” about my weight. I think about doing something a lot. But just thinking about something doesn’t lead to results. As the old saying goes, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”. In other words, lazy as I am,…

School Cake-stall Baking

I saw some really cute panda-face cupcakes on Housegoeshome,  so I decided to have a go for the recent Federal Election day cake-stall at school, because they were just so cute, and importantly, looked easy enough. Still, when I was at the supermarket buying my ingredients, I bought a pack of ready-made cupcakes with brightly coloured icing, just in…

Nothing Like Nigella. Part 2

You might remember my cheesecake disaster from last week: the rubbery, salty garbage-tasting lump with flesh coloured gelatinous globules in it that actually made me dry-retch when I tasted it. The big pictures and step-by-step instructions in a children's cookbook borrowed from the library made it look so easy. But my cheesecake didn't look like the pictures.…

Nothing Like Nigella. Part 1

It should have been so easy. It was a no-bake cake. I had borrowed a cookbook from the children's library. Five-year-old Spider Boy and I had chosen a strawberry cheesecake recipe to try. From a children's cookbook. We followed the instructions to the letter. The recipe called for "I package (85g) strawberry gelatin" (spelt gelatin without the 'e' - it was an…