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from cupcakes to cushions: weird and wonderful sushi creations.

Sushi cupcakes? Sound a bit fishy to me. But don’t worry, these tantalising treats only contain the holy grail ingredients of baking. Lots of sugar, butter icing and food colouring. Switch wasabi for whipped cream and you have all you need for a seafood (but not calorie) free Japanese inspired cupcake.

Whoever made this knitted sushi platter must really be noodles about needles. Most people would say you’d have to be pretty dedicated to sushi to even make it to eat, but it seems this crocheted creation was made just for fun. Alongside this on the website are knitted hot cross buns, carrot cake, plum pudding and even a box of a dozen eggs. One may even wonder if the creator used chopsticks for knitting needles.

So guess which celebrity is donning this sushi playsuit? It could only be Katy Perry, the same diva who has been known to wear a Christmas tree dress, a ferris wheel skirt and a fried egg outfit. This embroidered ensemble was put together by designer duo Phillipe and David Blond for her 2009 MTV Awards appearance. Of course, she completed the look with a pair of fishnets...

For those who eat, breathe and sleep sushi, these hand stitched sushi cushions don’t seem all that unusual. Sushi-aholics have a whole of menu of nigri, California rolls and even a soy sauce pillow case to dream about. Can’t find your favourite tuna tempura dragon roll with extra wasabi on their website? Don’t worry, they are open to custom creations at: www.theoriginalsushipillow.com

product review: cut and serve cheeseboards.

love cheese? love your friends? love eating cheese with your friends? well, who doesn't? whether you're crazy about camembert or bonkers for brie, it seems that when cutting and serving cheese, there is one main rule of etiquette. each person should have an equal part of
the best and worst parts.

the answer? cut and serve cheeseboards from www.buysebastianbergne.com.

the cheese board family
the first cheese board is intended for cutting and serving small round soft cheeses such as camembert or st andrĂ© - the principal being that each person should have their part of the ‘best’ central part of the cheese. yummy!

the second cheese board is perfect for cutting segments of large round soft cheeses such as roquefort or dolcelatte. 

and lastly, the third cheese board is for cutting my faves - the harder cheese such as cheddar, emmental or red leicester.
though... not so sure i want to share them!

if you're not much of a cheese fan - i'd still recommend checking out the website. there are lots of quirky gift ideas for foodie fanatics and beginner bakers alike! :)

mussel inn, edinburgh.

mussel inn seafood restaurant, edinburgh

grilled queenies (£5.30)
queen scallops in garlic butter served on a rocket, sun blushed tomato, parmesan and olive salad

mussels with white wine, garlic, shallots and cream (£12.20 for 1 kilo)

set along rose street, a bustling bar and restaurant area of the city centre, we had had been recommended this restaurant by our trusty guide book. 

don't be fooled by the basic chip shop style interior, the food is beautifully presented and the mussels are to die for. from mexican to moroccan and blue cheese to roasted pepper sauces, you can have your mussels in ½ kilo or kilo pots. i went for a kilo of course, which was roughly 60 mussels. what's more, they're sustainable too! :) double yum!

"Our mussels are grown on ropes in sea lochs on the West of Scotland and the Shetland Isles. They feed naturally in the plankton rich waters. Sustainability and care for the environment are an important part of the natural cultivation skills practised by our growers."

fancy trying cooking scallops yourself? maybe try my scallops with white wine, garlic and rocket linguine. or for another stunning seafood bar, i'd definitely recommend mourne seafood bar in belfast

Square Meal

product review: tesco easy home bake vanilla cupcakes and frosting.

i've always seen these diy little kits in supermarkets and wondered how easy they really are. i mean, fresh ingredients and a little home baking therapy conquers all, but when i saw this kit in tesco i thought it looked a little different. 

i thought as i was just getting plain vanilla ones that i'd make them look like cute flake cupcakes :) this was just as well as i found the icing quite hard to use so it came out a little bit like mr whippy anyway! 
nevertheless, both the cupcake mix and icing tasted really nice and it was so easy that i would recommend it for novice bakers! the sponge mix was a good consistency and easily went into exactly 12 cupcakes (even though it bizarrely didn't specify how many it would make) so it would be great for those wanting to try out their icing skills!

would recommend for:

♥ a quick fix for some easy cupcakes
♥ a way to practice your icing
♥ a fun activity for a little one