Sunday, 4 November 2012


Ladies and Gentlemen, I know it's a bit late in the day, but I am very excited about my latest discovery... Filler!

My experience of filler hitherto has been of polyfiller, in a tube, putting in it in small-ish holes left by my inept drill-work.

Imagine my excitement when I discover that filler also comes in a big sack! You have to mix it with water but you can use it to fill ENORMOUS holes left by someone's over-enthusiastic hammer-work.

 Just a quick word of warning to those who are prone to getting over-excited... it's worth reading the instructions and concentrating when you are mixing it. If you forget that 1:2 means 1 cup of water to 2 cups of powder and blithely add 6 cups of water to your 6 cups of powder, you'll have to add more filler, make twice the amount you were intending to and end up having to smash a few more holes in walls just to use the damn stuff up.

Luckily, I'd made such a mess of my walls last year that that wasn't necessary. I'm already on sack 2

As with lots of things, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I am now, by virtue of having done it a couple of times, a fully qualified hole filler. And it doesn't stop there. This is crepi. It's meant for the outside but used indoors will cover a multitude of sins... especially if you buy the 'rustique' finish.

I had someone in to tile the hearth, he had lots of tile cement left over and let me tell you, it's mighty useful stuff. It may be intended for tiling but it goes on wet, sets hard and although it's not as easy to use as proper filler, I'm not about to waste a sack I've paid for waiting for some tiling jobs to come up. I'm getting quite handy at this now! The trick is to slap it on and smooth it over, pretty much just like icing a cake.

Quick aside: If you REALLY want to know how to ice a cake properly, you should ask my mate Maz. She writes an excellent blog on all things culinery (and more) and has just written this book. On how to cook with truffles. Like you do.

Before I sign off, a word of warning for the terminally stupid: If you use filler (or crepi or tile cement) to ice your cake, you will break your teeth. If you use icing on your walls, the repair won't last long, but they will taste nice when you lick them.