VE Day anniversary bulletin on Lincs FM

In amongst the news of the results of the 2015 General Election the country paid their respects to the end of World War Two.

A two minute silence was held across the nation at 3 o’clock. We observed this across Lincs FM, Compass FM and Rutland Radio as part of our news bulletin.

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Interview: David Cameron

In the run up to May 7th Lincolnshire had it’s fair share of visits from major politicians to sway people’s opinions. Inevitably the Prime Minister came to the county to bolster support for his prospective parliamentary candidates.

He used Lincoln, the home of one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta, to launch his English manifesto. The electoral promise would be an answer to the problem of Scottish politicians being able to vote on the rules that govern English people, but English politicians not having a say on some Scottish laws.

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I got the chance to meet David Cameron when he came to Lincoln’s Assembly Rooms for Lincs FM. It was interesting to see an important speech, the election campaign up close and how everyone interacted with the head of state. It was also great to get the chance to quiz the Prime Minister on issues that are important to our listeners.

Here’s the package that went out on the radio station about the visit.

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Photos: Poznan

In May I went to Poland for the first time ever. We travelled to a place called Poznan for a friend’s wedding.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Poland at all but it was very pretty and also thankfully pretty much everyone spoke English. I also haven’t been abroad that much before so was surprised to discover KFC, Pizza Hut and H&M as just some of the new and different shops we could visit.

Here’s a few snaps of Poznan city centre where I was very excited to discover an elaborate water feature, a cafe in a tram and the square.

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Photos: Sheffield skyline

An afternoon walk is not a usual Easter tradition for me, but this year in between chocolate and a roast we wandered to a new bit of Sheffield for us.

I knew the story behind the city’s amphitheatre and the Park Hill flats but I’d never walked up there before. I see them on an almost daily basis with my walk to the station so we finally went to go and find out more.

I learnt that it’s very quiet up there and is also a good example of Sheffield’s green credentials. You also get some fantastic views of the city. It was the wrong time of day to take good photos, the sun was right in my eyes, so these photos are actually heavily processed. Again it’s just photos on my phone and the tweaking was all done by Google’s automatic features.

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Mini creme egg mini cupcakes

It’s that time of year when I start to bake with creme eggs. Over the last couple of years I’ve made cupcakes, brownies and shortbread so I wasn’t too sure what to do this time.

I experimented making creme egg doughnuts, using custard and cream to make the white and the yellow of the egg. Not having the right equipment to make fried doughnuts meant I couldn’t make it work well enough — I’ll get a recipe sorted next time though.

I did like the idea of using custard and cream though, it has the right egg colours but it’s a slightly different take on egg whites and yolk. I then used them in the safe territory of a cupcake and made mini creme egg cupcakes.

Mini creme egg cupcakes

You will need a mini muffin tray, but if not then you can just double the mixture and make normal sized cupcakes.

Ingredients

For the cake

110g of butter
150g of sugar
1 egg
250g of self raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
250ml of milk
30g of cocoa powder

For the custard

Half a pint of milk
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of cornstarch

And 250ml of whipping cream and a packet of mini creme eggs.

Begin by making the custard as this will then have time to cool and set while the cakes are baking. Start by pouring the milk into a saucepan and put on a gentle heat. In a bowl beat together the egg yolks (keep the separated egg white for something else such as meringues) with the sugar, vanilla extract and cornstarch.

When the milk is warm pour it slowly into the egg yolk and sugar mix, stirring gently. Then when they are mixed together pour it all back into the saucepan and put back on the heat. Then stir the custard until it thickens. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes. The test is to see if the custard sticks on the back of a wooden spoon. If it runs straight off it needs a bit more time.

Then pour into a clean bowl and cover with cling film. Actually push the cling film onto the top of the custard, this prevents a film from developing on the custard as it cools. Pop it in the fridge to cool and set.

Next, make the cake. Beat the sugar and butter together. When it’s creamy add the egg to the mix. Then the flour, baking powder and milk. Finish with the flavourings, the vanilla extract and the cocoa powder. They are only little cakes but I think it works to have them very chocolatey tasting in the spirit of Easter.

Spoon the mix into mini cupcake cases, you don’t need much before it spills over the tiny cases when cooking. Then put in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about fifteen minutes. Keep an eye on them because they’re small. When they’ve finished baking take them out the oven and allow them to cool.

Now whip the cream, it needs to be stiff enough to hold it’s shape when piped on the top of the cakes.

Make a hole in the middle of your cool cupcakes and fill it with your cold custard. A couple of teaspoons should be enough and noticeable. Then put the whipped cream in a piping bag and squidge it on top of your cake, covering the hole and custard. Do this on all of your cakes.

To finish unwrap your mini creme eggs and put on top of your miniature cakes.

Mini creme egg cupcakes for Easter

The cakes are just an assembly job really, the custard is a bit complicated but actually quite fun to make once you’re used to it.

If you fancy trying out one of my other creme egg recipes you can find them here. Here’s brownies, millionaire’s shortbread and whole creme egg cupcakes.

Happy Easter!

Photos: Leeds

I popped over to Leeds this weekend, and ended up taking lots of photos of ceilings. In fairness they are really pretty ceilings. I really liked the Victorian markets and arcades which are modern but retain their original feel.

So here’s some pictures of Leeds, only taken with my phone — nothing fancy.

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And here’s one that can be ‘whoooo’d’ in just a few months. I can confirm The Dress is black and blue.

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Photos: Cardiff Bay and Doctor Who

To mark Peter Capaldi’s tenure Doctor Who upgraded from the small screen to the big screen as the first episode of the new series premiered at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. It was a popular event but somehow I managed to get tickets so it was a chance to see the new Doctor Who and visit beautiful Cardiff.

Here’s some of my photographs inlcuding the Cardiff Bay, grand buildings in the city centre and Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman from Doctor Who.

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