Archive for December, 2010

Melting snowmen cookies

The snow outside is finally melting. This inspired me to make some melting snowmen cookies. Since I was talking to a Calvin and Hobbes fan recently, they are “prophets of doom” themed. First step: cookie dough. Sugar, margarine, flour.

Chill in fridge till a bit more solid and slice-able.

Cut into slices (I was attempting some non-round cookies), and cook in the oven for about 12 minutes. Don’t put them as close together as I did here because they will merge.

I forgot to take photos for a bit, but it is pretty simple. Make some icing. Make a separate tiny ball of icing with orange food colouring (3 drops yellow + 1 drop red). Turn the orange icing into small cone shapes in your fingers. Cover a cookie with icing apart from an area where you place two stacked white marshmallows. Place in microwave for about 12-15 seconds until the marshmallows start melting. Take out, dip the flat end of the orange cone in the now melty icing and attach to the head.

Take a tiny bit of left over icing and add a few drops of black colouring. Use a cocktail stick to twirl up a ball and deposit it for the eyes and buttons. For the hands, I drew then by dipping the stick into the colouring. In the background you can see the originals from the comic.

Add some pieces of paper taped to cocktail sticks and there you go.

Happy winter thaw.

Life in Cambridge

I can has cat?

After three weeks in Cambridge I am settling in nicely. Last weekend I had a nice surprise when I returned home from some shopping. Sitting on the couch was this creature. My house mates call her “Bandita”. She comes around often.

ARM Christmas party

The ARM Christmas party is a rather special occasion where people dress up rather nicely. Here I am wearing my best attire.

The actual party is incredible. There were three rooms, each with a different theme. Japanese room had sushi and geisha ladies on stilts. In the Chinese  room there was Shineese food and casino tables you can loose the £10,000 of money you are given at the entrance. Thanks to some good luck I managed to get that up to about £90,000 before loosing it all. In the Indian room there was more food and Bollywood dancing.

Above is Andreas and Matt’s (now pregnant) wife, Laura.

The drink was insanely plentiful. Champaigne available all night long, wines, beers, cocktails, vodka shots through an ice sculpture…

I suspect I will get some stick from friends in Manchester for becoming a Champagne Socialist, but it was worth it.


Mine is not the only bike in the back garden. Thanks to some spectacular frost today, I now realise was how many spiders there are using bikes as construction frames.

(sorry the photos are from my phone which isn’t the best)