Mar. 2nd, 2010

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I don't care about the personal/ romantic lives of soap 'stars' film stars, footballers, golfers, actors, or anyone else for that matter. I can't stand chat magazines, the vacuousness and viciousness of them drive me to screaming fury.

You can only expect people to be human, not saints. I don't imagine there's any higher a degree of misbehaviour in politics than in any other profession.

There have been plenty of politicians who have successfully held down high profile posts whilst 'misbehaving'. I think it depends on how far something is in the past; if, for example, they're coming to power in their 50s and the indiscretions were whilst they were at University in their 20s, then pffft. People mature, settle down.

If it's not affecting their job, why do we even care? If the man who ran your local chip shop was in his 50s and had an affair, but you could still get cod and chips on a Friday night when you wanted them, you wouldn't care, why should you care if the Secretary for State had a weekend fling with his secretary but is still doing his job well enough? You have to allow people some slack.

Now, if the indiscretions are criminal, then the public has a right to know. But if it's yet another pointless story about a politician having an affair, who gives a toss?

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100g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
40-50ml strong coffee (I dissolved 2 tablespoons of Kenco in 50mls of boiling water then let it cool)

Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the coffee. Sift in the flour and fold in. The mixture will be quite loose and look like mousse if you have done this bit right!

Spoon into cake cases and bake at 180 degree celsius for around 15 minutes until risen.

100g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250g icing sugar.

Soften the butter and mix in the vanilla essence. Sift in about 1/3 of the icing sugar and cream together. Keep adding the icing sugar until the consistency is stiff and creamy. Apply to cakes.

To finish off, sift on a little cocoa powder or cinammon :)

I managed about 30 little fairy cakes out of this mixture!


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