After accidentally exposing himself to his son's girlfriend, and realising that because of his over-hanging stomach, she couldn't actually see anything, Eric Baxter decides it's time he went on a diet. Unfortunately, due to an exercise allergy, and an eating obsession, it isn't going to be as easy as he first thought. Throw in a battle of wits with his neighbour's cat over toilet rights to his garden, a son who lives in the shed and dreams of being discovered on The X Factor, a stroppy teenage daughter with a Wayne Rooney fixation, a wife who doesn't want to sleep with him anymore, and an amorous work colleague who does, and you have all the ingredients to Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes: A delicious laugh out loud comedy.
Helga's childhood as the eldest of five children in Germany's First Family has been a gilded one, accompanying her parents to parties and rallies, moving between the city and their idyllic country estate. But the war has changed everything. And now, as defeat closes in on the Germans, Helga must move into a bunker in the heart of Berlin with her family and key members of the crumbling Nazi leadership - to be with their beloved Hitler. There is chocolate cake for tea every day with Uncle Leader, but Helga cannot help noticing that all is not well among the grown-ups. As each day passes, her underground world becomes increasingly tense and strange. There are tears and shouting behind slammed doors, and when even the soldiers who have been guarding them take their leave, Helga is faced with a terrible truth. Perhaps her perfect childhood has not been all that it seemed...
After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back. Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere â€“ insects, road-kill, zombies â€“ and recreate it in cake, with a delicious result. Get creative with your tasty toppings, edible sculptures and natural ingredients with this introduction to making cakes look weird, ugly, and perfect for Halloween.
When it turns out a member of Warner Pier's library board has been living on borrowed time, Lee is determined to discover who wrote the victim's final chapter?
For as long as Mel can remember, the house down the street has always been known as the 'fruitcake house', and the current owner seems to be no different. In fact, it's very possible that he's even fruitier and nuttier than any of the others before him. Admittedly, Mel is as curious about the fruitcake's idiosyncrasies as the rest of the town, but does not intend to satisfy that curiosity. However, the best laid plans... A summer thunderstorm and a few recalcitrant Christmas decorations change all of that for Mel who learns the important life lesson that in spite of preconceived notions to the contrary, not all fruitcakes are bad.
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