18 October, 2010

Hey good lookin', whatcha got cookin'

You don't need to thank me but today I am bringing you Johnny Depp and cake. What more does a gal (or guy) need I ask you! With no solid plans for today it was pretty inevitable that cake and some kind of swooning would be involved. So that's what I did. I decided to make a Victoria Sponge cake, some Ladurée style macaroons and then settle down to watch one of my favourite Johnny Depp films, Cry Baby. If you haven't seen it before and you're a Depp fan then you NEED to buy it immediately. I don't want to give away the plot line too much just in case you haven't seen it but the film is set in America in the 1950s, it also stars Ricki Lake AND Iggy Pop, the outfits are cracking and Johnny Depp sings A LOT throughout the entire film. If that's not reason enough then I don't know what is.

Knowing I would soon be watching an awesome fifties film, I whacked on some rockabilly tunes and threw on a swishy frock to get me in the mood. Now call me sad but doing this is actually one of favourite past times. If you have never experienced this joy before I urge you to get the girls round, don your frocks and have yourselves a dance/bake off. It's a recipe for fun I can tell you now. It also means that you burn off enough calories to eat double the amount of cake (Oh yeah, I've thought this through!) I decided to attempt the macaroons first, which turned out to be a bit of a disaster. I followed a recipe I found on the Daily Mail website to the letter and for some reason unbeknown to me they didn't rise at all and went far too squishy. I also experimented with some food colouring to try and get the pastel purple and green colours that Ladurée macaroons are famous for but instead they look horribly dull and a bit unappetising. Not letting this disaster get to me I set to work on the sponge cake using my Nanna's recipe (the trick is to add a splash of milk to the mixture) and thankfully it came out wonderfully. Thank goodness! I don't know what I would have done if two cake attempts had gone wrong. I'm not sure even Johnny Depp could pull me out of that disappointment!


The dress I'm wearing today is a vintage piece by Horrockses. An original from the 1950s, the print is very typical of the Horrockses frocks at this time. During the 40s and 50s they made their trademark by using bold and bright colours often with floral patterns and this pattern is just lovely. The cut of this dress is also so so flattering and it really accentuates your waist which is always good for when your prancing round your kitchen pretending to be a fifties housewife like I was today..

There is actually an exhibition about Horrockses at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London at the moment and I would urge you all to check it out if you have an interest in vintage fashion. It's running until the 28th October and only is only £6.50 (or £3.50 for concessions) for entry. You can find out more information by clicking this link http://www.ftmlondon.org/exhibitions/detail/?ID=60

Check out the video below for a Cry Baby taster. It's Johnny Depp singing and dancing. And before you say anything. You. Are. Welcome. Ha!

Also if anyone out there knows any macaroon tricks or can give me a better recipe then please please get in touch and share your wisdom.
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