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By kikiamelia

1st Aug 2012

Category: Photography

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At Marina Beach

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    175g of caster sugar
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    175gm of self-raising flour
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    Grated zest of 1 orange
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    Not shown: 2 table spoons of caster sugar
    Some extra sugar to make the drizzle.
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    175g of butter
    Remember to put this in the oven for about 2 minutes to soften before mixing.
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    100g of dark chocolate drops
    Add about half a spoon of flour, and stir well to lightly coat the drops.
    Hotel Chocolat
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    A grater
    Microplane grater – super sharp equals better flavour.
    Microplanes at Amazon
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    Weighing scales
    Just a simple set of analog scales.
    Salter scales at Amazon
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    3 large eggs
    Or 4 medium ones.
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    Juice squeezed from the orange
    And then strained to remove the bits.

After making a few lemon drizzle cakes and lime cakes in my time, I wanted to adapt the recipe to work for orange. And if you have orange, you of course need something to partner its flavour – that would be the dark chocolate drops then.


  • 175gm of caster sugar
  • 175gm of self-raising flour
  • 175gm of butter
  • 100g of dark chocolate drops
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 table spoons of caster sugar for the drizzle
  • 1 large orange – grate the zest for the cake, and keep the juice for the drizzle.

Here goes…

Pre-heat the oven to 180c (fan-assisted).

Mix the caster sugar and butter.

Mix in the flour and the eggs – add half of each, then mix, then repeat with the remaining flour and eggs. If you add it all at once, you'll get a very lumpy mix. Not good.

Mix in the zest.

Gently fold in the chocolate drops.

Pour into a cake tin, then bake for 50-60 minutes.

Fo' drizzle

The cake's done, you've checked that it's really baked (using a skewer or small knife, and the poke-test)…

To make the drizzle, simply add the orange juice and the 2 tablespoons of caster sugar into a pan, and gently heat until the sugar's dissolved.

While the cake's still warm, pierce the top of the cake in several places, then drizzle the drizzle evenly over the cake.

Then eat

Suggested accompaniments:

  • Tea
  • Gin and tonic
  • Friends

Here's a photo of the finished cake, showing off its moist innards in graphic close up. (The one in the background is my girlfriend's ginger cake)

Got a favourite cake recipe? Can you do better? Share it!

Walking stick

By syrepotet

28th Oct 2011

Category: Animals

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    Casio Exilim 12.1 MPX camera
    My old, but great camera
    Available on eBay
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    Student Calendar
    To keep track of my life
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    Book about bugs
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    Walking Stick
    My walking stick animal

I found this a little funny.

Got an interesting pet? Let's see it!

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    Bright green tshirt
    Features a print of some sneakers/trainers.
    Gift from my sister
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    Dark green pants
    Flat front, reasonably skinny, but not stoopidly skintight.
    Uniqlo, they might be these ones linked…
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    Dark green adidas
    Adidas Nizza, dark green with bright green trim.
    Got them in a shop I can't remember the name of
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    Jasper Conran glasses
    Matte black outside, turquoise insides. I think they're no longer made.
    Specsavers 2-for-1, ahem.
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    National Theatre, London
    Up on the raised levels at one of London's finest chunks of concrete.

A very welcome Indian summer in London. Photo of me by Pardeep of Likeourselves, who I met for an afternoon catch up, that turned into an summer's evening of gin and tonic, and eating with friends up on the terraces of the National Theatre. Understand that in London, such fine weather is rare, so we really appreciate it when it happens.

By night, when the air had cooled, the National Theatre radiated its reserves of daytime heat, keeping us warm. The world's largest storage heater?!

And the photo here? On the way out, when it was too late to get changed, I realised that I was decked in various shades of green. I like green, but had not expected to head out looking like a modern Irish leprechaun.

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    Rose insolent (Chanel)
    Love Chanel's classic bottles. Great pop of color on gray days. Needed several coats and chipped easily.
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    Boots polish remover
    As good as any. Takes color off quickly.
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    Nail clippers from Muji
    Plastic cover stops the bits from flying everywhere - why did nobody think of this before?!
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    Fatigues (Mac)
    A nice change from beigey copies of Chanel's Particuliere. But needed 3-4 coats to avoid streaks.
    Bought from House of Fraser, but available direct from Mac
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    Tangy (Boots No7)
    Fab summery color. Dried quick with solid color but soon needs top-up to cover chips.
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    Artful Dodger (Butter London)
    Loved this color on other people, but wasn't so keen on it for me :(
    Bought in Oasis, but available from Boots
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    Old Blightly (Butter London)
    Love a vampy red.
    Butter London website (not available at

Having bright neat nails makes me feel smart, a nice pop of color really gives an extra lift to an outfit, and gives confidence. But as soon as its chipped its coming off...!!

Not a fan of long talons or claws. Clip into shape, neat, short and round, use file (not metal) to smooth. I only use base coat if I have a lot of time... At least 2 coats of polish (depending on how streaky it is). Top coat if theres time.

SOO annoying when you paint nails in evening and end up with fabric imprints from sheets. Make sure its TOTALLY dry before going to bed!!

May be one day will make it to Wah nails for their amazing designs...

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