The End of November!!!!

Today’s video is the last in the month of daily videos! Yaaaaaay!

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Slow Motion

Today’s video is the penultimate of my daily videos. 🙂

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Autumn Leaves

Today’s video. I’m nearly at the end of my month of daily videos!

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My Weekly Geekery | Episode 17

In this week’s episode I talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special (The Day of the Doctor), the Doctor Who Christmas special (The Time of the Doctor), The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, An Adventure in Space and Time, Sherlock series 3, and Orphan Black season 2.

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Monochrome

Today’s video is my first in black and white. I thought the black tree branches looked really pretty against the white sky, so I made pretty much a whole video of them.

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Scurry

Today’s video is a scurry of squirrels. 🙂

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The Day of the Doctor Reaction

In today’s video I talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor. It’s sort of a reaction video, in which I act out my internal monologue during the episode.

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Fish Fingers and Custard

In today’s video I make and eat fish fingers and custard, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

I really don’t like custard.

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TARDIS cake!

Today I baked a TARDIS cake, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. As you can see from the thumbnail, it wasn’t entirely successful. I used a Madeira cake recipe and butter icing. Find the recipes below.

 

Madeira Cake

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 175g unsalted butter, soft but not runny
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs at room temp, beaten
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 an unwaxed lemon
  • 20cm round deep cake tin or loaf tin (I used loaf tins as they were more TARDIS shaped), greased with butter and lined with greaseproof paper.

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius/325 degrees fahrenheit/gas mark 3.
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the butter until it is lighter and creamier.
  • Add the sugar and beat well for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is very light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition and adding a tablespoon of the flour mixture with the last portion of egg.
  • Beat in the lemon zest and juice, the n sift in the rest of the flour mixture into the bowl. Using a large metal spoon, fold the ingredients together.
  • When combined, with no visible streaks of flour, transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and spread evenly. Gently bang down the tin on a work surface to dislodge any air pockets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  • Remove from the oven and stand tin on cooling rack.
  • When completely cold, remove cake from tin and peel off lining paper.

 

Butter Icing

Ingredients:

  • 125g unsalted butter, very soft but not runny
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used vanilla extract)
  • Blue food colouring

Method:

  • Beat the butter until very creamy in colour and texture.
  • Sift the icing sugar into the bowl.
  • Add the milk and the vanilla or cocoa and beat (use low speed if using an electric mixer) until very smooth and thick. Add the blue food colouring before the end, a few drops at a time until you achieve the right colour.

 

TARDIS Assembly

You will need to cut your cakes up and make them TARDIS shaped. Use the butter icing to stick them together, and don’t forget to stick the cake to whatever plate/cakestand/board you are going to put it on, so it doesn’t fall over. You can use the butter icing to decorate the outside as well, or use royal icing/fondant icing for a more professional finish. I piped black icing for the panels and used white royal icing for the windows.

Happy baking!

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In Search of Christopher Eccleston

Today’s video is a little vloggy thing, which I filmed in extremely bad weather, because I am a stupid person.

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