School Dinner Jam and Coconut Cake

As the weather gets colder and the dark nights draw in, I feel the need for comfort food. Traditional recipes that hark back to childhood, and this is one of my 'old skool' favourites... "jam and coconut tray bake cake".

jam and coconut cake

One of the highlights of school life, light and fluffy coconut cake topped with jam and coconut sprinkles and served with lashings of hot custard. If the dinner ladies were feeling adventurous, then we had pink custard...errr I think I'll give that a miss and stick to the golden variety!

Puddings were always the best part of school meals!
This is quick and easy recipe based on a basic Victoria sponge. Give it a go and be top of the class!



  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz softened butter
  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • 2oz desiccated coconut 
  • half teaspoon baking powder
For the topping;
  • strawberry or raspberry jam 
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut.


  • Cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • Add the coconut and gently fold in the flour.
Grease and line a baking tin. Add the mixture and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or until the cake is firm to the touch and golden.

When the cake has cooled slightly spread the top with jam and sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Serve with lashings of hot custard.

Top marks for you!

Jet Slade Film Production - Fight Scene

Hey lovelies,

Those of you who've followed my blog for a while will know I'm involved in an independent film 'Jet Slade', playing the lead role of Jet, a highly trained agent who must track down a team of assassins targeting her team.

Work on the film is progressing at a steady pace, and co-ordinating such a big project around all the cast and crew involves a huge amount of time, effort and organisation. But I'm happy to say today I have a promo clip to share with you... from one of my fight scenes!

How much did I love filming this scene with fellow actor Chris?!
Jet looks bad ass - don't mess!
This is just a rough edit of much longer fight scene, and it took many weeks of fight rehearsals to perfect these moves for camera, and still ensure everyone's safety.

I'm not a martial artist, and had to learn all these moves from scratch. But this is where I really appreciated the training and body conditioning I'd done for The Wag Doll Protocol, my fitness regime. It meant I had the strength and co-ordination to concentrate solely on the technique, and be fit enough to do the moves over and over again in rehearsals and on set without getting tired.

 I can't stress enough how preparation for a role like this is so important to avoid injury and ...well, I'll just admit it, I just love training and learning new things!

Nursery Chest of Drawers Makeover - A Spray Paint Tutorial.

Hey lovelies, let me share my first ever furniture makeover project, a nursery chest of drawers!

how to spray paint furniture

After making the 'Quick and Easy Baby Quilt' I was reminded just how much storage a baby needs.
...such a little person, so much kit and caboodle! 

I had just the perfect cupboard in mind for this project, but no idea how to go about 'upcycling' it (is that actually a word?!). And so I poured over every blog, pinterest post and youtube tutorial on painting furniture and then got stuck in...

Read on for my hints and tips, and before and after pics...

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt With Piping

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easy baby quilt

I've finally done it, I've made a quilt! Surely a milestone in every sewing journey.

I wanted to make something practical yet totally gorgeous for a very special couple who are expecting their first child, something precious which can become a family heirloom. And isn't this the cutest design? The piped edging creates such a neat and unusual finish yet it's the easiest quilt ever, perfect to make in an afternoon.
cheater quilt

How so quick you ask? Shhh...I'll let you into a secret, it's a 'cheater quilt'!

Read on for more confessions....

Super Easy Banana Drizzle Cake

Brown bananas... you either love them or hate them. Me? No thanks! Well, not unless they're in a banana cake, and this is a super quick and easy one for using up over ripe bananas.

banana drizzle cake recipe

Read on for recipe...