Friday, 6 April 2012


Today’s blog post I thought I’d do something a little different and slightly random and give you a brief fact file on stoats:

~ A female stoat has the gestation period of 11 months which is unusual due to the fact that it differs markedly from the general relationship between gestation period and body mass for mammals (most mammals this size have a much smaller gestation period).
~ They come from the Ermine family which includes weasels and ferrets. A family noted for its reputation to aggression, fondness for eggs and desirability of pelt.
~ Animal rights campaigners have at times released members of the Ermine family from Ermine farms without permission which has had a disastrous effect on the local ecosystem as they are skilled predators.
~ They are highly intelligent and can be trained to do many tricks.
~ Stoats belong to a illustrious group of animals whose name includes a common crop. Other members of this group include the Corncrake and the Cockatrice.
~ Stoats have an unusually large amount of letters in their name given that their name is monosyllabic. Other examples of 5 lettered monosyllabic animal names include the mouse, the horse, the shark and the swift. 6 lettered monosyllabic names are even rarer, the Chough being an example.
~  Stoats can make excellent pets and leashes can be procured for them also.
~ Stoats rarely leave messy remains of their prey.
~ Its droppings are long and thin often with a tapering twist at either end.
~ They run with a bounding gallop.

In order to tell apart a weasel and a stoat it is merely necessary to remember that a weasel is weasely weconisible whilst a stoat is stoatally different. 

Hope you've enjoyed this random little post! I'll be back soon with more yummy makes! 

Amanda xo

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Poppy Chow

Recently I have developed a little bit of an obsession with popcorn, in particular flavoured popcorn. So my pinterest board has been getting rather filled up recently with lots of new and exciting flavour combinations to try.

Now, I've had this "poppy chow" one pinned for a while and been dying to try it so as I have guests coming tomorow I thought it would be the perfect time to try it out - and share it with my friends so I don't demolish the entire thing by myself! haha!

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Popcorn {Poppy Chow}

Serves: 8-10

9 cups plain popcorn
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I used 200g of dark chocolate chopped up)
1/2 cup peanut butter (130g)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powder sugar (persoanlly I'd cut it down to 1 cup next time)

1. Put the popcorn in a very large bowl.

2. over a double boiler melt the chocolate, peanut butter and butter until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the popcorn. Using a spoon, gently (as to not break the popcorn up too much) stir until all the popcorn is evenly coated with the chocolatey mixture. I found this took a while as the popcorn formed clumps with needed to be gently teased apart to release more chocolatey goo! Eventually they will all be chocolatey brown!

4. Sift the powder sugar over the chocolate-covered popcorn and stir until each pieve is eventually coated. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
(I must say I really think you could get away with using less powder sugar than is in the origional recipe - it makes it a bit too sweet for me and I found a lot didn't stick and just went to the bottom of the bowl!)

5. Break it up and serve! Store the leftovered in an airtight container.
(Not sure if I was just too impatient at this stage and wanting bed but I didn't find mine really "set" and didn't need to be broken up either!)

I think I may have found my new favourite snack! I warn you though, its dangerously more-ish!!! 

I tried another new recipe tonight - French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream but you will have to wait til another day to hear about them! I'm shattered and need sleep! 

Happy Cookin',

Amanda xx