Travelling and holidays

Schools out for summer ! My 5 must have essentials for travelling 

Hey guys, 

So that’s it schools out for summer! 


Gosh who doesn’t remember being excited For prom, leaving that year or stressed about exam results and looking forward to having 6 whole weeks to have time out

And going on a break with family or friends whether it was on a caravan holiday or going abroad. 

So I Thought I’d share my “Always be prepared” 5 essentials when travelling” 

We’ve both been to many places on holiday Like many of you have over the years 

Isle of wight, Norfolk broads, Spain,Maldives,portugal, Egypt,

 (dreamt of going to Australia maybe one day)

And Now our next stop thanks to my amazing other half, quite a few months ago before Christmas only went and won us 2 tickets to New York Baby

NEWWWW YORKKKK of all the places. 

😆 I know right! 

We just couldn’t believe it so we’ve booked a time to go pretty soon and well….
One things for sure we definitely need essentials on holiday.
1. Comfortable shoes & hat: I never travel without A hat or some comfy shoes and my go to hat for quality is Loud Elephant because each one is unique quirky and stylish.  I also choose Adidas high tops for long walks or comfy converse low tops for summer choosing between the 2 depending on the weather. 

2. A Decent Suitcase:

I currently have a blue borderline one but so need to get a new one as it’s been with me for 10 years and isn’t up to scratch no more the other half always uses his trusty samsonite. 

3.toiletries & meds 
Another is Certain Toiletries & meds A must that you can’t not take! Plus my other half always makes sure we’re organised.


We always take the following
:
Imodium, insect repellent, headache medi stick a mint roll on (it works wonders) & anti bacterial Hand gel. 

4. teabags 
Because let’s face it! you can never get a decent cuppa abroad & who doesn’t love a proper cuppa (we do) 

5. Reading material
depending on your destination. If it’s a city break you’ll be to busy sightseeing. I love a good book whilst I’m awáy on a beach chilling which we haven’t done in forever.

So there’s my top 5 essentials for travelling. A pretty basic post but there you have it.

Do tell us if you wish what’s your essentials you usually take with you ? 

I can’t wait to share my latest trip with y’all from our New York trip soon.
You can follow me on my instagram for any posts including our upcoming trip.

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News & Celebrities

Celebrating 40 years of the Rainbow Flag 


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged with many factors as to why 

but…..
Last year, I created a design to celebrate & mark 40 years of the rainbow flag for this year.

A piece combining both things that Inspired me the rainbow flag & the Quote by Maya Angelou “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” 

A lady who was a world renowned Poet, author, and activist but also an LGBT Advocate. 

So using her positive quote which many of you may have heard over the years & the flag was and turned out to be a “big hit” with many of you worldwide.

So I made 40 of these to mark the occasion & to date since its launch in February 2018, we’ve sold nearly all of them, Each one comes with its own Coa Numbered Card. (Pictured below) 


One of our many customers included Jamie From Collabro (pictured below) wearing his with pride, before heading off to his rehearsal for the Olivier awards recently.


If you’d like to order one the few remaining rainbow cloud pins for yourself to wear with pride & Promote Some positivity you can purchase HERE

Many thanks for reading 

Tom x 

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Rum Raisin & Spiced Choc coconut cream Sandwich biscuits 

It’s biscuit week! week 2 of the New great British bake off  (without Mel sue & Mary) but it isn’t all that bad after all, even if we do miss them. It’s all about the bake & the bakers it’s tense & funny plus always great to see what each bakers capabilities are each week.

Now I love a biscuit & an excuse to bake along with the bake off even more so as many of us are doing and sharing it on twitter using the hashtag gbbotwitterbakealong created by thebakingnanna1 & robcallen 

So This week I decided to make my own signature bake Called “Perfect Match”.

Some bakers this week had a story to tell about theirs and I have one of my own.

Me & my partner are not only a “perfect match” But everything in the biscuits I made are some of what we love. Spicy food,rum & we like having a laugh hence the fruit & nutty part of the bake.

So anyway 

I created a 2 tone flavour sandwich biscuit & this was the recipe in case you feel like making them yourself.

Rum raisin & spiced chocolate coconut cream sandwich biscuits 

rum & raisin shortbread ingredients:

85g plain flour 

Sugar 27.5g

60g Unsalted Butter

30g raisins

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Spiced chocolate shortbread ingredients :

85g plain flour

27.5g sugar 

1tsp of all spice 

20g of cocoa powder or 2 tbsp 

60g unsalted butter 

Coconut buttercream Filling:

1 sachet of coconut cream 

Softened Unsalted butter 100g

200g icing sugar 

Add all in ingredients to a bowl & use an Electric whisk.

If you prefer to cheat with your filling just buy a tub of bounty spread to save time.

Ingredients make approximately 12 bite size of each batch of shortbread, and you can Double the ingredients if you want bigger biscuits or more bite size ones.


Method for shortbreads: 

In seperate bowls 

1. Cream softened unsalted butter and sugar together

2. Add the flour and lightly mix (for chocolate shortbread blend in the cocoa powder too)

3. Then drain excess rum off & Add Pre Soaked seedless raisins in 4 tbsp of rum for a about 2 hours. (Exclude this part for chocolate shortbread) 

4. Bring together all ingredients by kneading into a ball dough.

5. Roll out thin discs (dough may well be a tad sticky) if so sprinkle a little more flour to stop sticking & cut out using a small cookie cutter. 

6. place on baking tray & Use 1 of 2 baking trays needed lined with brown baking paper. 

7. BAKE! For 20 mins FAN Oven 170C until golden 
Once done remove from oven & leave to stand for 5 minutes to cool then place immediately onto a baking tray to cool completely.


Finishing touches:

spoon or pipe a small layer of buttercream on one side of 12 biscuits then sandwich together.

Dust with cocoa powder Then simply tuck in & Enjoy 

Tom x 

News & Celebrities

Change in season & in style 

I recently did a poll on twitter to find out what everyone’s favourite season was and yes…. you guessed it Autumn Won! 

So as the seasons have changed and our styles do too, It’s time to think about dusting off your favourite coat,scarves and digging out accessories OR buying new.

Whether your the kind of person who wants to be on trend Or a trend setter. The difference between the two varies – those who follow the crowd or those who find their own unique style.

including Shopping in your favourite stores Or local in quirky small businesses from the bakers,butchers,cafes & designers of all trades, Online as well as on the high street.

So what are you waiting for get out there and shop small and be unique.

I’d also like to mention as a small business myself I’m thrilled to announce:

It’s been a few weeks now but I’ve just released my Newest collection celebrating all things autumnal & colourful about the season.

Please feel free to stop by and take a look at the new collection online Icedrainbow.co.uk


You can also follow me over on twitter @icedrainbow

follow me on Instagram 

Like me on Facebook

Thank you for stopping by 

Tom x 

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Getting my art mojo Back

I’m thrilled to have finally after many many years to pick up a pastel,paintbrush and Paper and start getting arty once again.

I’ve often get asked many things, some of them being Did you make that & how did you make that? Or Where did I learn it? 

Well the answer is,

I always saw myself as a child finding time to draw & stop & observe the skies as I lay on the grass in the summer & enthusiasm for art at school my baking side of me and just General flare for being creative.

They say kids go through phases as they grow up but my creative side never left me. 

Especially my love of drawing,painting,learning the keyboard (but failed to learn that) but being creative from working with my hands like woodwork, art class, music and home economics and now that I’m in my 30’s everything except the making music (except listening & loving it of course) 

has stuck with me because since I hit my teens I’ve continued to still be enthused by baking,creating my own jewellery,drawing & painting.

I still always find time to stair at the skies, admire the wild animals. I’m often found staring through the kitchen window watching the birds. unless I’m baking something delicious for family & friends that is.

so in all honestly I’m self taught and you can’t always teach certain things, you pick them up and your own unique style and talent by teaching yourself and learning as you go.

It’s literally been years since I painted or drew anything, except for when I’m designing a piece of jewellery for friends family or a customer, or a cake even like this year I made my mother a celebration cake with her favourite childhood character featured on it…

Bagpuss! but that’s another story.

but honestly it’s nice to see that I can still pick up a pencil etc and still create something be it landscape or abstract. 

My mum recently saw my art I’ve been creating for months & she saw one piece in particular she loved, so much so it was My first one I did called “hillside meadow” an original pastel painting. The first thing she said was “I’d have that on my wall, can you do me a print and sign It for me?

This is the first piece I did 


since then I’ve produced, many pieces and some lovely upcoming small collections. 

my first personal piece I created is this a pride of place George Michael print my best friends words were ” I’m having that on my wall ” 


I’ve also sold my first art print as of this month & done 2 art commissions. 

 So I’m really happy to say it’s truly great to be getting my mojo back and getting stuck into my art side once again.
Thank you for reading and please if you’d like to you can follow me on my social media platforms And see what other art pieces I’ve been making. 

Follow me on twitter
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if you’d also like you can take a look at what art work I’m selling on my website to if you want to. Icedrainbow.co.uk
Tom x 

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Oh so Quick Easy Chewy Flourless chocolate Cloud egg cookies 

I don’t need an excuse to bake 

well.. that is unless your best mate says to you like you didn’t already know, wheat and flour is so bad for you.

So I just said how do you like your eggs? “Fried,scrambled none none of that new cloud egg or faff surely., his reply “anyway they come” 

So what did i do Well a flourless bake of course, haha! So I’m basically Winning already.
so the other day I whisked myself off to the kitchen & made a small batch of flourless chocolate cookies.

flourless Really? Ohhhh yes! and so Soft and chewy airy cloudy like & springy with crispy chocolately outer shell and soft centre of Yummyness. It’s similar to that of a brownie texture.

To make them you’ll need: 

Ingredients 

150g icing sugar

40g of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 egg whites 

1 tsp of vanilla essence 

100g of sultanas ( i used currants) But you could adapt and add chopped Cherries,chocolate chips, nuts or what ever you wish.

Optional extra topping caramel drizzle 


Method 

1. Combine the icing sugar, cocoa powder stir until Add egg whites including vanilla & whisk until smooth. 

3. Fold in the sultanas 

4. prepare a lined baking tray 

5. Spoon onto a baking tray (leaving plenty of room around each one as they will spread out quite a bit)

Makes around 8 to 12 cookies depending how big you want the cookies

Preheat the oven to 160c Fan for 12-16 minutes.

Once baked allow to cool before removing from the tray

Then just Tuck in & enjoy 

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Moreish Jammy Custard Dodger Fudge 

Looks like summer is finally on the horizon with longer days & lighter evenings, It’ll soon be barbecues and garden parties, with friends coming round so you’ll be wanting something delicious to tempt your guests with right? Of course you do.

I mean Who doesn’t love Jammie dodgers? I know I do but do you?

Today I really fancied something sweet for an indulgent little treat for us to tuck into tonight, so much so I decided on a never seen before attempt at Jammie custard fudge. 

Yasss! and would you believe it before I’d even got the chance to take a photos they had almost all of them gone. So i literally had to nab some to hide. 

So I warn you these are Super moreish! So Creamy Dreamy and a super treat.

It takes very little effort to make, but once it’s made you’ll be so happy you made them.

Ingredients you’ll need

1 can of condensed milk

100ml semi skimmed milk 

300g icing sugar

100g unsalted butter

2 tbsp of custard powder. 

And For later 12 Packs of crushed mini Jammie dodgers leaving few about 10 whole ones for topping.

1 x 20cm lined no stick backing pan 

Makes Around 30 Servings

Method

1. Add all the ingredients into a heavy non stick saucepan & stir on a low heat until sugar has dissolved.

2. Keep Stirring until it starts to come to a rolling boil For around 10-15 minutes, As soon as you hit this stage use your candy thermometer (if you have one) and check it’s at approximately 118C.

3. If you don’t have a thermometer take a small amount and drop into a glass or bowl of cold water, (known as soft ball stage) Grab it and roll it into a ball If it comes together like this then its ready. 

5.now it’s time to add your crushed Jammie dodgers saving some of the whole ones for topping.

6.Take off the heat & stir it continuously until it becomes really thick and just starts to set pour into your Pre lined pan. (Setting time should take around 10-15 minutes)

all that’s left to do is Simply level it out and leave to set completely.

Once cooled score and cut into one inch squares.


Then just Tuck in! 

You’re welcome and Enjoy 

Tom