Archive for November, 2013

Using Vagrant to test Chef cookbooks

This is going to be a life-saver when testing my cookbooks

Macaron Templates

If, like me, you have become Macaron obsessive then check out the following printable PDF templates supplied by Pure Gourmandise.

Lime Macarons

Lime Macarons with Sprinkles

Mini (25 mm)
Small (35 mm)
Medium (50 mm)
Large (80 mm)


Banana and Fudge Cupcakes

I have been adding a number of recipes to my ever increasing ‘must bake wish list’ from the book Delia’s Cakes (which I received for my birthday from my Aunt and Uncle – thank you 🙂 ). The following jumped to the top of my wish list and I baked them last weekend:

Banana and Fudge Cupcakes

Banana and Fudge Cupcakes

I took my trusted Banana loaf recipe (sorry cannot share but try this) and created cupcakes which I then iced with Delia’s fudge icing and finished by topping with dark and white chocolate love hearts. A super tasty icing that I will definitely be using again!

Banana and Fudge Cupcakes topped with chocolate hearts

Banana and Fudge Cupcakes topped with chocolate hearts

I also used it to ice my mini loaf cakes and topped with chocolate shavings:

Banana and Fudge Loaves

Banana and Fudge Loaves

Please note that it is best to place the cupcakes/loaves straight into the fridge once decorated so it gives the icing a chance to set.


I got married in June this year and it became (unintentionally) a DIY Wedding for some of the elements. One of my projects was designing and printing the Order of Service. Although time consuming it meant I could add some personal touches to the finished result – one of which was a Norwegian translation of the key aspects of the ceremony.

However I quickly discovered that not all British traditions have an equivalent translation in Norwegian. I wanted this feature in the Order of Service to be a surprise for my family and so I could not lean on them for guidance and so I use this blog to share my findings and thank it’s contributors.

Firstly, thank you to my Norwegian tutor Kari at Edinburgh University and my Uncle for all the proof-reading. Secondly, and most importantly, thank you to Visit Oslo and the Church of Norway for helping me with the translations.

I hope the translations are useful and save time for future brides (and grooms) 🙂

Order of Service

Order of Service

English Norwegian
Order of the day Ordning for vigsel / Vigselsliturgi
Ceremony Bryllupsseremoni
The Welcome Velkommen / Velkomstord
Entrance of the Bride Brud Inngangen / Brudens Inngang
Opening Hymn Åpningssalmen
The Introduction Inngangsord
Readings Symbolhandlinger / Skriftlesning
The Marriage Fremstilling av ekteparet / Ekteskapsinngåelse
Hymn Salme
The Nuptial Blessing Bryllups velsignelse / Forbønn for brudeparet
The signing of the register Signering av Registeret / Signering av Vigselsprotokoll
The Blessing Velsignelse
Recessional Utgang

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