Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Quick blog update....... added search bar

There are now two ways that you can look through the various posts on Orangecoffee69.

1.   Firstly there is a blog archive down the side on my blog.
2.   Secondly I have just added a search bar at the top.

You can put anything into the search bar and it will pull up any posts with connections. For example Filofax, books, food, music.


Here's one I baked earlier

Here’s One I Baked Earlier (Recipe 1 Victoria Sponge Cake)

Victoria sponge cake is a classic and easy cake. It is good as it is or as a base for more intricate birthday cakes. If you want to start baking this is an ideal cake to make.
The step by step pictures are at the bottom of the page.

1.     First pre-heat the oven to 150 ( electric fan oven)
2.    Wipe the 7 inch cake tins with butter and dust with flour.

3.    Weigh out the following ingredients into separate bowls:
·         6 ounces of golden castor sugar (sieved) I use golden castor sugar which I have       stored with vanilla pods for an extra vanilla flavour
·         6 ounces of olive spread ( or butter if you prefer)
·         3 or 4 drops of vanilla essence
·         6 ounces of white self-raising flour ( sieved)
·         3 whole eggs ( medium), beaten
·         1 teaspoon of baking powder
·         Milk to mix

4.    Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy using an electric whisk.

5.    Add the flour, baking powder and eggs and mix again. If the mixture seems a little dry then add some milk and mix again.

6.    Fill both cake tins so they are level.

7.    Bake for approximately 20 minutes, checking half way through. Times will vary depending on the oven.

8.    When the cakes are golden brown take out and test with a knife. If the knife comes out clean then the cake is done.

9.    Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tins.
10. Run a flat knife round the cake in the tin to loosen then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

11. When the cake is cool put jam on one cake and place the other on top.
12. Dust the top with icing sugar and enjoy.


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Our boy is back in town...... gig review of Jon-Paul Bradshaw's latest Woking gig.

 Jon-Paul Bradshaw had the Mayford Arms in Woking rocking last Friday night with his amazing Teenage Kicks gig. A fantastic mixture of The Jam, Madness, The Clash, UB40, The Specials, Squeeze and many more songs which took us right back to our teenage years.

Some of us at the gig were lucky enough to go to school with Jon-Paul and are very happy that he is back living and performing in the UK after 25 years as a singing sensation in Mallorca. Their loss is definitely our gain as JP evoked memories of the 80’s with charisma, flair and his own personal style.

Jon-Paul has a faultless voice that lends itself to many styles but his Woking accent brings an extra edge to the songs that shaped our youth. The charisma and professionalism in this perfectly polished performance was sprinkled with JP’s very own cheeky style of humour which added that extra sparkle to an evening of music, memories, dancing and laughter.

The enthusiastic energy of this fantastic show had the audience on their feet dancing all night. Sitting down was not an option with the infectious beat and flawless performance which Jon-Paul delivered on Friday night. If you had two working legs then getting on the dance floor and boogieing the night away was a must.

This very talented man does other shows too and will be performing at The Mayford Arms in Woking again on the 18th of December. The show that night is Blues Brothers versus the Commitments and this will, no doubt have us on our feet once again.

When you go home with a voice hoarse from singing along and in pain from dancing then you know you have had a fantastic night. (not sure I will attempt pogoing to the Clash again, but I can’t promise)

For more information on Jon-Paul Bradshaw, his huge range of songs and his amazing shows, you can go www.jpbradshaw.com.

Blog news 06.12.2015

Good morning lovely people.

I thought it was a good time to let you know of a few things I am hoping to add to the blog in the very near future.

Firstly, I am hoping to review a fantastic gig I went to the other night. I am just waiting or the performer to give his permission.

Secondly I will be adding some anecdotes to the blog. These will be short, hopefully funny pieces. They may be running under the heading of "Dear Diary" but this has yet to be decided.

It has been mentioned that as I have a love of cooking, baking, etc, that I should put some recipes on here so I will be doing this shortly.

Lastly, at the end of December I shall hopefully be introducing you to Bob the mannequin........ Watch this space J