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It's bring your dog to work day. Can ours bake or will he be too busy eating it all?

Posted by Abi on 23-Jun-2017 14:42:00

What is#BRINGYOURDOGTOWORKDAY?

Bring Your Dog To Work Day (as seen on ITV’s This Morning, Waitrose Weekend and The Independent) is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. 

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Topics: Nostalgia

Depression and Keeping a British Stiff Upper Lip

Posted by Abi on 20-Jun-2017 14:52:00

Mental Health and Depression

Personally, I have more experience of this than I would like. I have suffered myself and have lost those close to me as a result. The nearest thing I can compare depression to is cancer, some people beat it and some don't. It eats away at you and it's exceptionally difficult to talk about. In fact, I can tell you that I will never talk about my darkest thoughts. Why? Because then it would actualise them and I couldn't face that. Do you know the problem with all this talk about metal health? I don't want to talk about it. I don't want a hug. I don't want cup of tea and someone to tell me it will all get better. What I want is to hide under the duvet and cry until I have no more tears. If you think the answer is to post on social media that you are always listening it won't help. I know you mean well but I'd never send you a message to say I'm losing my grip and I'm good at faking it. To the person who stepped in front of a train, took an overdose, slit their wrists, hung themselves, all I want to say is I understand and I'm sorry we lost you. Sometimes what people need most is space and understanding, a cave we can run away to occasionally and not be questioned.

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Topics: Insider

Happy 5th Birthday The Cake Nest

Posted by Abi on 24-Oct-2014 15:30:00

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was running to the post box with a few slices of cake in my hand, the last five years have flown by. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, it really does mean a lot to us. I remember the first time I went on Twitter and thought "what's this all about then?" To the good friends I met there, who showed me the way such as @coffeecurls @takepath42 and @colinshelbourn you are fabulous. I think @e_nation #watercoolermoment was the best start any business could have for an introduction to social media.

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Is the cost of your baking being affected by the flutter of a butterfly?

Posted by Abi on 17-Oct-2014 15:26:00
There is a saying that when a butterfly flaps its wings then the disturbance in the atmosphere is felt half a world away. Well there must have been a lot of butterflies in Asia flapping like mad for the last three years to have caused such severe droughts in California over the same period. 

The temperatures in California are always warmer than here in the UK, but this year even northern California and the San Francisco Bay area  has seen amazingly high temperatures of over 30 degrees Centigrade this late in the year in October and that follows a hot dry summer and the dry spring before. So how does that affect the cost of your baking in the UK? Well from the crops we buy from there of course!

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Totally Fudged...!

Posted by Abi on 10-Oct-2014 15:21:00

A Cadbury fudge was my treat once an week from the corner shop (when they still existed) on a Friday walking home from school with my mum and siblings. So when a box from totally fudged was dropped off from our postie on a Friday of all days I was quite excited. 

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Topics: Review

Baker's Blog

Posted by Abi on 03-Oct-2014 15:19:00

Where did September go? I can't believe it's October already, it'll soon be...! However, we know how many of you like to have a go at making your own Christmas fruit cake. So we thought you may like some tips and tricks to help give yours the extra wow factor this year. 

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#SBS Winner 31/08/2014

Posted by Abi on 05-Sep-2014 14:27:00

So what is #SBS? Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count. Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted on Monday evening at 8pm.

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Topics: awards

Simply Cook Review

Posted by Abi on 29-Aug-2014 14:59:00
We love things that arrive through the postbox and when we heard about  Simply Cook , we were very excited. “Restaurant quality meals in 20 minutes”, that’s a big promise! As a family we love to cook, enjoy new tastes and have a decent store cupboard but that leads to us having similar meals each week. This is where the little pots of spices and sauces contained in each  Simply Cook  kit means you can eat a new exciting dish every time without emptying the supermarket spice shelf or buying something that you will only use once. 
Each box contains 4 meal kits, each with its own recipe card and a nifty tear off strip along the bottom, which acts as your shopping list for the fresh ingredients (handy to fit into your purse or wallet).  Each kit contains 3 little pots, which includes the pastes, spices and stock that allow you to create the tasty dishes. Don’t worry if your a novice cook, the instructions are easy, well laid out and presented in a simple step by step method, none of the big paragraph methods you get in modern recipe books.
 
Over the past 6 weeks we have enjoyed a huge variety of dishes that have had our tastebuds wanting more. From  Moroccan Spiced Fish with Cassia to  Bibimbap. We’ve loved trying out the new recipes and have cooked dishes that we could only have dreamed of eating in a restaurant. Portion size is well thought out and by adding extra fresh ingredients we’ve made the meals designed for 2 stretch to all four of us with the kids. Most importantly the flavour is stunning, each one has left us saying this one is the best so far. What I like most though is that if it is meant to be spicy, it is. There is no playing down of flavours here. Fancy trying  Simply Cook yourself? Help yourself with 50% off a box Simply by entering “ cakenest" at the checkout. Go on we won’t tell anyone you had any help 
 
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Topics: Review

Onto New Pastures

Posted by Abi on 22-Aug-2014 14:53:00

It only feels like a moment ago that Ben joined us but now it's time to say goodbye. He's off to university shortly and we wanted to wish him every success in his future. He has been a real cheeky monkey of a character and luckily a jack of all trades.

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Relax tomorrow will happen anyway

Posted by Abi on 15-Aug-2014 00:00:00
In our business like many others we tend to be miles ahead of the actual time when it comes to products. 

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