Things to do at Easter

Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar

chocolate-making workshops

5 April 2014 to 21 April 2014, 12pm to 4pm

Join a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café to create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar.

In the Chocolate Room you can get creative with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café, and decorate your very own chocolatey creations. Taking your inspiration from Roald Dahl, come up with an ingenious name for your chocolate bar and create a wacky label and package.

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Cardbury Easter Eggsploration – Find A Trail Near You

For the seventh year running, Cadbury are supporting the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland to bring you the 2014 Easter Egg Trails, a great family day out!

There will be trails at over 300 locations across the UK, so start your adventure today by using our handy map to find an Eggspedition near you and get the date in your diary.

At the trail, we will inspire your child’s inner adventurer and transform them into an Eggsplorer! They’ll receive a make-it-yourself pith helmet, a Trail Journal containing all the clues they need to complete the trail and an Eggsplorer Passport to be stamped along the way, and on completing the trail they will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury Egghead.

Kids can get creative and enter the Design Your Own Egghead Competition where the winning design will be printed onto Cadbury Eggheads in 2015. Capture a photo of your family on a trail this Easter and transform it with the Eggsplorer Scrapbook. Share your entry for a chance to win a family cottage break.

Find a trail near you

Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Easter Egg Cups

Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Easter Egg Cups
(makes 6-8 regular sized easter egg cheesecakes, you may need to adjust the amount of cheesecake filling depending on the size of your eggs)

6-8 hollow chocolate easter egg shells
150g (about 5oz) cream cheese, softened
30g (about 1/4 cup) icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar), sifted
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
125ml (about 1/2 cup) thickened/heavy whipping cream

For the ‘yolk’: 1 passionfruit, 1 tbsp apricot jam, 1 tbsp (about 15g) unsalted butter (passionfruit juice can be replaced with about 2 tsp of freshly squeezed orange, mandarin juice or mango, peach nectar, you can adjust the amount of juice to taste), alternatively you can substitute with any fruit curd you prefer.
Optional: you can include some cheesecake crust crumbs at the base of each egg if you really want to include some sort of crust into the dessert.

Using a small serrated knife, carefully remove the tops of the chocolate eggs. (A couple of people have mentioned that heating the knife under warm water will make this easier and neater, thanks for the tip! But personally I like having the jagged edges.) Place the eggs in the fridge to keep them chilled while you prepare the cheesecake filling, you can use egg cups or your fridge egg holder (Don’t use an egg carton like me. I shouldn’t have used it but I was desperate at the time, I bought the egg cups the day after!). Place the cream cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside and carefully whip the thickened cream in a separate mixing bowl to stiff peaks (watch it closely as thickened cream is very easy to overwhip and split). Using a whisk, gently combine the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until it is smooth. Carefully spoon or pipe the mixture into the prepared chocolate shells. Chill eggs for at least 30 minutes to allow it to set.

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Prepare the passion fruit sauce; strain passion fruit pulp to remove the seeds and place in a small saucepan with the apricot jam and butter. Gently heat on low, whisking until the butter melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. (If your apricot jam is chunky you should strain the sauce at this point) Place in the fridge and chill until it thickens slightly. Using a small spoon, carefully scoop out a hole in the centre of each cheesecake, about 1 cm deep and wide. Fill hole with some of the chilled passion fruit sauce and return the eggs to the fridge to chill again for at least 30 mins. Remove eggs from the fridge about 10 minutes before serving. Can be made 2-3 days in advance, keep eggs in the fridge in a holder inside an airtight container or covered tightly with cling film to stop them drying out.

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Source: http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/

Easter Eggs

Enjoy this fantastic online game for free.

Instructions:

  1. Click play to start
  2. Customize your Easter egg
  3. Be aware you have to put the Easter egg into the basket by dragging up and down the horizontal path displayed.

Man finds his car in canal

Tomos Williams was out for a walk with his girlfriend when he heard of the incident while he was in a nearby pub.

Police helped Mr Williams to recover the car from the water near Pontcysyllte Aqueduct after its handbrake is believed to have failed, letting the car to roll down.

‘Someone came in and asked if I was the owner of a silver Toyota,’ Mr Williams explained.
‘They said it had rolled into the canal – it sort of ruined my day.’

The 30-year old said it marked the end of a bad week after learning he could lose his job.

‘I’ve had the worst luck this week – but I can see the funny side of my car rolling in to the canal – at least no one was hurt,’ he said.

 

Golden Ferrari 458 Spider Spotted in London

Supercars are the go to status symbol for rich and famous. However, for kickboxing champion Riyadh Al-Azzawi, buying a Ferrari 458 Spider wasn’t enough. Al-Azzawi went a step further, by wrapping his £200,000 car with gold vinyl – for the price of £4,000.

‘I’ve seen some pretty exciting cars roaming the streets of London, but a golden Ferrari is about as bold as you can get’, says Tim Burton, who runs the YouTube car channel Shmee150.

 

Bristol to Brisbane by Bike

Ed Cox likes adventure and riding his bicycle. So, after being fed up stuck in the office, he decided to stretch his legs and cycle around the world for a good cause. He pedalled 22,530km (14,000 miles) from Bristol to Brisbane, Australia.

“It’s amazing, a trip of lifetime but also very tiring, I think my favourite country has to have been Iran; it’s such a contrast to what we read and hear about. I have never felt so safe and the hospitality was like no other. I would love to return,” he said.

He finished his journey on Saturday and raised £8,600 for Alzheimer´s research, in honour of his grandmother. The 26-year-old quit his job in recruitment to take on the 9 months challenge.

 

Britain goes green

Vincent Bollore, a French billionaire will help Britain to go green by putting electric hire cars on Britains roads.

The businessman says “Pollution becomes a nightmare … so many cities where you can’t even go out and the planes can’t take off and you have to solve this problem.”

In the next two years Bollore will set up more than 3,000 electric hire cars and 6,000 charging stations, which means that the amount of outlets that are available today would quadruple.

The Bollore group, which won the rights for the £100 million project to help Londons Mayor Boris Johnson, will put 100,000 greener vehicles on the streets.

The vehicle sharing scheme will be commercial while the charging system will be run by Transport for London (TfL). By the end of the year, Bollore reckons that 100 “Bluecars” will be available and can be hired by using a smartphone app.

 

 

Walmart reveals WAVE concept truck

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) is a concept vehicle by Walmart that is part of the company´s sustainability program. The truck which will be 20 percent more aerodynamic than the standard rig has been designed in partnership with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers and Capstone Turbine. The WAVE uses a turbine-powered battery-electric hybrid drivetrain, and the engine can run on natural gas, diesel and biodiesel. In addition to that, the trucks towing is the world´s first 53-foot (ca.16metres) fiber trailer.

In the prototype version, the driver sits F1-racing style in the middle of the cabin with LCD panels. In the back of the cabin there is a full-size sleeper section. Unfortunately, the truck is unlikely to hit the road anytime soon. However, Walmart plans to add over 1,000 new vehicles that are 12 percent more efficient than existing trucks this year, to save over $40 million.

“It may never make it to the road, but it will allow us to test new technologies and new approaches,” says Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon.

Below you can see the video of the futuristic prototype:

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Toxic Truth: Smoking in cars with children

Everybody knows that smoking is dangerous. It can damage your body, cause cancer, emphysema and heart disease.  However, children exposed to high doses of second hand smoke run the greatest relative risk of damaging health effects.

Children are vulnerable to the effects of second hand smoke because they have higher breathing rates than adults, and have little control over their indoor environments.

The following infographic from the British Lung Foundation shows facts and numbers about the “toxic truth”:

Golden Plated Harley Costs £535,000

Danish motorcycle manufacturer Lauge Jensen created a special edition gold-plated
Harley-Davidson, which is worth £535,000.

The motorcycle was showcased at the Hamburg Motorcycle Days expo.

According to Lauge Jensen, the shiny bike is the world’s most expensive motorcycle.