Jubilee Cake Pops {Guest post}

Today on Philosophy and Cupcakes we have a very special guest post from Nikki over at Nom.  I found her blog a year or so ago and loved reading her baking buys posts as it brings out my nosy side, and seeing her original ideas spring to life out of the page.  Her Blog is wicked and she makes brilliant cakes like this and this and has a very original flair.  I am very excited to hand over today to her so she can share with us her cute cakes.  I recommend you go check out her blog and see what else she has been up to recently!   

 …. over to you Nikki ….

Hiya, I’m Nikki from Nom! A blog full of indulgence; butter, and a minor shopping obsession. I’m really excited to be guest posting for Philosophy and Cupcakes, I love her blogging style so am really happy to be a part of it!

2012 is turning out to be an eventful year for England with the Olympics and the Jubilee coming up; being patriotic has become quite the trend. I have to admit I love it, my obsession began with the royal wedding last year and having another reason this year to whip out my royal cake stands is almost too much to bear.

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That Dirty Whore Always Wants S’more

This week Shelly over at Cookies and Cups has declared it S’mores week and I am so on board!

There might be a small glitch in my master plan at creating a kick ass s’more though.

I have never eaten a s’more.  This means I have no clue what they taste like.

But it can’t be that hard can it?

And so i did what is natural when faced with a challenge – I Googled it!  This was how helpful Google was:

image via Hershey’s Kitchen

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I Have Been Condemned {reasons for cookies}

I am not a bad person.

At least I really try not to be.

I recycle.  I pay taxes.  I don’t park in disabled parking spaces.

I do not belittle the beliefs of others.

I try to be kind and loving to all that I meet.

I resist urges to tell people what I think they need to hear, or tell them how horrible I think they have been.

Yet all of this has apparently gone unnoticed by ‘him’ upstairs.

It isn’t often I am approached by total strangers.  When I do I try to be courteous even if I am in a rush and they are looking for donations.

On this occasion I was not in a rush.  I was idly strolling through the street on my way to my favorite deli to pick up some scrummy bread and cheese for that days lunch.  Suddenly a man appears.

“Do you believe?” he announces in more of a statement than a question

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Freezer Food; Red Lentil Bolognaise

I think I have a problem

I can’t cook small

Maybe I am destined to have a enormous family with 7 kids or something {TERRIFYING THOUGHT –ouch!}

Every time I set out to cook something (usually for two or four people) it ends up making enough to feed the whole street.

Maybe that was where Jesus was coming from with his bread and fish?  – I feel you Jesus, its hard man!

Maybe not?

Either way no matter how carefully I weigh, or portion I always end up with extra.

Sometimes this is great – when you have unexpected guests, when you are coming in from a night out and have the munchies, when you need a lunch to take to work/uni the next day, when your having a fat day and so eat two dinners {just me? Come on I know you do it too!}

I attempt to never waste food.  I think it is programmed into me after thousand childhood dinners where I was told I must clear my plate to get pudding – and I LOOOVE pudding, (and I’m rambling, sorry) but in an attempt to not wasting things I always freeze loads of food!

Frozen home made ready meals are way more awesome than horrid supermarket ready meals I think – I just don’t like them. Bleugh!

Right now my freezer list goes something like this {you don’t have a freezer list? How about a cupboard list? Im sure you pinned one last week along with those chalkboard jars?}

  • 4 portions pasta sauce – red
  • 2 portions lasange white sauce
  • Miscellaneous casserole  – courtesy of boyfriends mum (unsure of content?!?)
  • 3 portions of red lentil spag bowl sauce
  • Chopped herbs (by the hundred weight!)
  • Buttercream (6 tubs of varying flavours)
  • One sheet sponge – vanilla (you never know when you will need cake in a hurry)
  • 5 portions of pasta sauce – green
  • 3 portions curry

Anyway you get the idea – the list goes on – and so in an effort to keep costs down the boyfriend and I are trying to eat it all up, yet somehow the list isn’t going down???

So the point of this post, rambling as it is, is to ask you my loves (that’s you reading this in your pajamas or sweat pants) do you do this too?

One of my fave meals to cook and freeze is lentil bolognaise – it freezes well, its cheap to cook, it defrosts quickly and it is healthy! OMG I know bet you never thought you would see that on here!

Take all your veg sitting in the bottom of your fridge waiting to be eaten – even that sad looking little parsnip (he just wants to be loved too) – peel and chop it up finely, either by hand if you have mad skills, or in a food processor, or with a food chopper like this one. {NB: you can add chili if you like it but that’s up to you!)}

Throw this into a pan with a little oil and fry off until it is starting to glisten and sizzle … mmmm fried vegetable goodness.

Add just enough water to cover the veg, cover with a lid and leave for about 2-3 minutes.  At which point the water should have mostly disappeared and your veg should be tender and cooked.

Add a handful of chopped basil and oregano, seasoning, a drizzle of balsamic vingar and some crushed garlic.

Stir that all up then add your lentils, chopped canned tomatoes, water/stock/wine and mix together.

Leave to cook and bubble and simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the lentils aren’t crunchy any longer.

Serve with pasta and lashings of cheese and black pepper!

{my apologies you cant really see the lentil sauce – this was a leftover lunch and so it is mostly cheese and pasta with some sauce thrown in for good measure!}


These are rough quantities for four people but use your judgment and play around with what you have and what you like to eat.

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 medium potato
  • 300g red lentils
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp chopped/dried basil
  • 1 ½ tsp chopped/dried oregano
  • ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can (400ml) chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml water/vegetable stock/red wine (for red wine I usually add half wine half water)
  • 1 chili (optional)

Vegetables I have used and that work well are; parsnips, turnips, salad onions, butternut squash, courgette, sweet corn and just about any root vegetables.  Just remember to add more tomatoes and lentils so that the portions have a tasty amount of everything together!

What are your favorite ‘thrown together’ meals? or what do you do with your leftovers?

any other freezer listing people out there – am I alone on this one?

Giveaway Winners Announced!

I have two goodie bags to give away, inside them are the following:

♥  Awesome Marks and Spencer’s tea towel with fun patterns

♥  Cupcake birthday candles

♥  Cupcake stickers

♥  Fun note cards

♥  Fun note pads

♥  Dr. Oetker cupcake cases

♥  Dr. Oetker sprinkles

♥  All together in a cupcake gift bag

Inside the Goodie Bag

All you had to do was comment on the blog to earn one entry and there were possible other entries!

To pick a winner I used Random.org and here are the two results

Winner #1

Winner #2

And so these winners are Sue Holmes and Michelle Diamond!

Please email me at katedickenson@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize!

  • If there is no response within 48 hours another winner will be picked
  • This giveaway is hosted on behalf of prize sponsor Philosophy and Cupcakes who will deliver the prize(s) following confirmation of winners’ contact details
  • The prize sponsor’s decision is final and binding on entrants; no further correspondence will be entered into
  • There is no cash or alternative to the prize stated
  • The prize is selected in good faith, however the prize sponsor may substitute with one similar value/type if original one is unavailable
  • Winners are picked by using random.org
  • Failure to claim prizes within 2 days will result in a replacement winner being chosen.