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Raw Turkey Christmas Cake

This Christmas EYHO regular Sarah Hardy created what I think is the best Christmas cake I have ever seen – I will be ordering one from her next year for sure!

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Fancy a Christmas dinner made from cake? We did! #impfringe

We were lucky enough to be asked to take part in the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’ fringe event, alongside some really other inspirational science communicators. In a dream brief we were asked to create a full Christmas Dinner from cake, to support the other stands at the free event.

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Detail of the incredible attention to detail on the turkey skin & roast spuds by the Conjurer’s Kitchen

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Some more detail of the CAKE turkey from the Conjurer’s Kitchen – I love the herb rub detail!

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Annabel (Conjurer’s Kitchen) enjoying her ‘wine’ aka jelly

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Gravy was chocolate caramel sauce – true to the real deal lots of the marzipan peas fell in. Guests were doing some major dunking into this delicious gravy!!!

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The classic jelly as red wine twist

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Full shot of the turkey cake with sprout pops from Leshie Loves Cake and roast potatoes from the Conjurer’s Kitchen

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My kind of gravy – the chocolate caramel kind!

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Best darn turkey cake I have ever seen!

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More details – love the ‘butter’ on the peas and the carrots

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The full table – the candles were solid chocolate from Cake for Breakfast and I ADORE them.

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As you would expect in the real world all of the butter ‘knobs’ showed were at different stages of melting – love this kind of attention to detail

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As I hope the pictures show, it was a great event packed full of people passionate about science communication, alongside those who were becoming passionate about the sciences due to the event.

The EYHO team creating the event was headed up by Annabel from Conjurer’s Kitchen (check out her detail on the turkey) with other members in support; Leshie Loves Cake making sprouts, Two Little Cats Bakery making pigs in blankets and Cake For Breakfast making some amazing edible candles which could be burnt AND eaten.

I adored this project so much and thanks to the team at Imperial for making it so easy for us. Next time we want to include sugar crafted candle sticks and glasses, sugar art paper hats and chocolate plates and cutlery. Maybe some of the PR agencies who turned down product support for this as they said it would look a bit shit (apparently you can’t make a cake that looks realistically like a turkey – erm you can see above) would like to make one ;-)  Oooooo or maybe we need to do this in 100% chocolate – my mouth is watering (& thighs getting fatter) just thinking about it.

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Mince Pie Popcorn

 

I am totally obsessed with this mince pie popcorn (with pine flavour syrup) from Animal Vegetable Mineral, on sale at the Museum of Curiosity Christmas Gift at 10 Newburgh Street, London.

 

 

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Resident Evil Dining

I don’t care what I have to do but I really have to go to Japan this year – for starters check this RE restaurant out. Apologies for the total arse piece presenter in the video here but it does tell you a little more information.

Now I love a good themed restaurant but I am totally and utterly obsessed with the love hotel culture in Japan – a love hotel containing rooms specifically designed for f*cking to put it bluntly. Or as Wired summed up:

For decades Japan’s love hotels have provided a place for couples to enjoy anonymous, uninterrupted sex. Politician and secretary, teacher and student, husband and hooker — all are welcome, as long as they pay in cash and leave when the time limit is up. But 2006 spawned a new type of love hotel. Decorated with theme park interiors and equipped with game consoles, karaoke boxes and sex machines — these establishments provide kinky fun for all types, from fetishists and sadomasochists to the ordinary couple seeking sexual adventure. 

Felt compelled to share some images of said hotels which fascinate me on a design / creative level not a fetish fantasy one. The Bat Cave one is ridiculous and I have no idea how this could turn anyone on. But that said each to their own and lest we forget people are strange and large groups of people are already into things such as Klismaphilia (deriving sexual pleasure from receiving an enema). Anyway back to the love hotels imagery – it’s hard to choose but the Christmas themed hotel has to be up there in terms of the most random. It’s also glorious that Christmas Eve is one of the busiest times of year for these rooms…


You have to watch this video even if just for the demo of the fake traffic noise so a cheating husband can pretend he is stuck in traffic not this mistress. Anyhow time for me to start saving for that airfare to Japan!

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