Gin and Doodles

Hello all,

I have been VERY slack recently on the old bogging front and for that I can only apologise. To make up for it, here's a hot tip for the Gold Cup Race at Ascot today - Veracity. Apparently. I don't really know much about betting and I do NOT endorse gambling (as a general rule) but I heard this from a friend of a friend, so it MUST be a good tip. Right?!

Anyway GS news. Still no doodle winner. SORRY! We just haven't had a minute to sit down and decide BUT we are planning something rather special to celebrate the competition and all the wonderful entries. I can't tell you much more at the moment as we are still in the planning stages but I can tell you that it is going to be pretty frickin wicked.

Ah ha I've got your attention now haven't I!!!! Well that's good and since you're probably in wonderful and excitable moods, how's about a little cocktail recipe......

It's called a Gimlet, but I'd like to rename it a Gemlet (see what I did there)!

Here's what you need, there are actual measurements for this but I prefer to free style so here's my way of doing things:

Gin. I free pour, it's much more professional I think
Lime juice.
Sugar (yes it's sweet treat)
Crushed ice, about a handful.

Ok ok so place the sugar in a shallow dish. Dip the rim of a chilled glass into the sugar so the rim is coated.

Put the crushed ice into a cocktail shaker (all smart drinkers should own one), pour the gin and lime juice over said crushed ice and shake well.

Pour the booze into the glass and drink it. Simple but effective.


Gemma xxxxx

p.s. If you're in the Holloway/Finsbury Park area this weekend, head down to the DWS (that's the Designer Warehouse Sale), you might just pick up a bargain or two. But you didn't hear that here right.....

More doodles

More of our weird and wonderful entries x

Doodle Entries

If you don't have access to Facebook then here are a selection of entries from our Design A Doodle Competition. We haven't managed to choose a winner yet because there are so many wonderful entries but we promise to let the winner know asap!!!

If you're not already friends with us on Facebook then just search for Ghulam Sakina, we've got a friend page or you can become a fan.


More doodles to come, enjoy! xxxx

Tarts and Vicars

Ok, I lied. This blog doesn't have anything to do with tarts or vicars, but I was struggling to think of a title for today's post and that just seemed to pop into my head. It's probably got something to do with the fact that a) I'm craving sugar, so I'd love to eat a delicious cake/pastry good right now and; b) I'm going to a fancy dress party tonight..........dressed as a hurricane!!!! I am very, VERY excited about this. I spent a LOT of time getting my costume together last night which involved a great deal of sculpting wire, bubble wrap and spray paint. I can't say any more in case any costume spies are reading this but if you're anywhere near London Bridge tonight then keep youe eyes peeled for an electric blue storm or a giant crab (my friend James) and feel free to give me a wave.

Now, back to the important stuff. G.S updates:

After receiving a whole lorry load of entries to our doodle competition, the doors finally closed for entry last Friday. Liaqat was away this week in Ethiopia (!) so we haven't had a chance to sit down as a team and decide upon a winner, but we promise to let the winner know by the middle of June.

What else, what else.... this week has been so busy that my brain has stopped working. I'm also struggling to think of anything other than cakes since our friends from Treacle popped in to say hello earlier. Treacle is a genius tea room/cake shop on Columbia Road run by our friend Bux. If you happen to be at the Flower Market on a Sunday, I would definitely suggest you pay a visit. Your taste buds with thank you, even if your waistband doesn't.

Enough. I am too tired. I promise to do better next time.

Until then have then loveliest of weekends.

Much love,

Gemma xxx