Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sweet cheeks and cupcakes

I watched Moon last night and, despite the absolutely gratuitous shower scene, it was a good solid movie. I watched it expecting more surprises, though. I thought it was going to be one of those 'clever' movies. Some reviews presented it as a psychological thriller but it is more of a psychological drama. Sam Rockwell gives a phenomenal performance.

I won't spoil it for you.

I also made marble cupcakes last night - chocolate and vanilla. I tweaked the recipe a little because I had no chocolate and white chocolate chips but they turned out really well, if a bit heavy for my taste.

Thus far I have made:
Banana bread - 3 stars, too heavy and sweet and the bananas sunk to the bottom.

Mint chocolate chip fairy cakes - 6 stars, used mashed up mint chocolate bar. They were light and easy to eat. Next time I'll use more chocolate bits.

Scones - 6 stars for my first couple of batches, which were made using wholemeal flour. Every time I've made scones the dough has been incredibly sticky and I've had to add more flour, and more flour, until I finally have something manageable. Also, I don't have a rolling pin or a cutter so I just have to pat out the dough and tear bits off, which, because the dough is so sticky, always ends up in a mess. The resulting scones are lumpy and crumbly but still delicious.

My last batch was the best - I added some allspice and cinnamon to give it that extra aroma and a hint of flavor. 8 stars, I think, but perhaps the bar is too low at the moment.

Marble cupcakes - 6 stars for decent, moist cupcakes.