I’ve decided to take a leaf out of Ysolda Teague‘s book and tell it in pictures.
I’ve decided to take a leaf out of Ysolda Teague‘s book and tell it in pictures.
I think we have now had three consecutively warm sunny days in London and without wanting to jinx anything I’m loving the opportunity to sit outside!!!!
We occasionally have an unwanted visitor into our garden in the form of a large dog from a few doors down (affectionately named Cujo) and he likes to jump through/over my trellis fence and get lost and scared for a while before returning from where he came.
As he did this on saturday the fence has been propped up risking another unwanted visit so after work today I got out there and tried to fix it!
Once I did I moved the Honeysuckle to cover the section he jumps over to try and block his view slightly and re-arranged the garden to prevent having anything near the wall that he can use to jump down onto!
Once I did this I was able to sit back anf enjoy the new summer blooms!!!!!
Delicate Lily flower
So I’ve finally finished my stash busting Paulie cardigan and I love it!
Well, it is minus buttons but that can wait until the perfect buttons show their face, and a lack of buttons has never stopped me wearing anything in the past!
I decided to do this project to use up a chunk of my left over sock yarn as well as having a new summer cardigan!
I gathered together a bunch of colours that I thought worked well together a basically worked the colours until they ran out,
you can see in the pictures the change in colour stripes as I went along but as I kept to a strick colour pattern I think it works.
Using the same three colours for the thinner stripes helped keep the pattern together.
I decided to do rib cuffs and bottom band as I personally prefer the rib to the garter stitch for the way it sits but I kept the garter stitch for the collar section.
I really wanted it to include a hood so I worked a bunch more short rows in garter stitch after the collar until I go my desired shape!
I think it will be well worn and my stash is tidy and organised with will a few remaining left overs to work those little baby booties and socks that are akways needed at short notice!
The best thing is that whenever I wear it I can look at the different yarn colours and fibres and think about the projects I made originally!!!!!!!
Due to a delayed spring, the garden plants have been a bit slow this year however it was a relief today so see some lovely new buds and flowers on my favourite plants!!!
From the Lilac through the Honeysuckle to the Raspberry, there is life yet in what were weather battered pot plants!
I just had to grab a few photos and share!!!!!
I just hope the lovely weather keeps up into May so I can introduce my chillies, tomatoes and peppers!!
This week I’m totally loving stripes!
I go through phases of stripes versus polka dots but for a while now striped have been on top……
So this yarn is right up my street
This week I’m also dreaming of sunshine and getting outside to begin painting my garden furniture.
My plan is to try and re-create this beauty from NeonVintageDesigns
My new kitchen tiles have to be on my love list this week, my dad spent the weekend creating this masterpiece
More on the kitchen next week………..
One of me and my love’s favourite things to do is make and drink cocktails!
We have a bunch of staple favourites, one of which is a Ginger Beer cocktail ‘Shakey Pete’s Ginger Ale’ from the steak restaurant Hawksmoor’s recipe book. (The book is also our favourite recipe book ever! Think Mac and Cheese and all you could want to know about steak)
This cocktail calls for a ginger syrup made from real ginger pieces and this weekend it was time to make some more syrup.
So with the left over sweet ginger pieces I decided to make some Ginger Biscuits!!!
Spicy Ginger Biscuit Recipe
Makes 16 biscuits
100g self raising flour
50g butter (not too soft but not straight from the fridge)
50g light brown sugar
1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
1 heaped tbsp molasses
1 heaped tbsp sweetened ginger pieces (made using the Hawksmoor recipe) or candied ginger
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp all spice
1/4 roughly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius
In a large mixing bowl, sift the sugar, spices, pepper and bicarbonate of soda, and mix well.
Using the tips of your fingers, mix in the butter so you end up with a breadcrumb texture.
Gently stir in the sugar.
Add the Golden Syrup and Molasses, then the ginger. (Dipping the spoon in boiling water before spooning the molasses makes life easier)
My fabric arrived this weekend and after flying my Robert Kaufman Monster fabric around the living room trying to figure out how to use it, it landed on Poang the Ikea rocking chair and gave me the best idea!!
My own ikea hack!!
A Monster cover for Poang!!
I only ordered a yard so I searched and searched for a UK based seller who still has some in stock and thankfully eventually found Plush Addict
A meter more is on its way to me!
Can’t wait to get sewing this one!!!!
We had a pang for Cinnamon Buns this weekend but as its not something that I make all the time I don’t really have a staple, tried and tested recipe so I set about putting one together!
I’m obviously a massive fan of Nigella Lawson so she was my first point of call but I’ve also made some really good bread dough recipes from Joy the Baker too so I checked their website to see if there was anything I could use.
The recipe that follows is a mix of both Nigella’s Norwegian Buns (the batter) and Joy the Bakers Cinnamon Rolls (the filling) with extra tweaking, fruit and spice I decided to add myself!
They turned out to be amazing!
Sunday Brunch Fruity Cinnamon Buns
makes 8 buns
100g Caster Sugar
50g Light Brown Sugar
100g Mixed Dried Fruit
2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tbsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Sprinkle of Ground Cloves
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Essence (preferably some made by Emmms using Indonesian vanilla pods and vodka! Look out for it in the pics!)
300g Strong White Bread Flour
50g Caster Sugar
Sprinkle of Salt
10g Dried Yeast Powder
50g Butter (melted and a little extra for brushing)
100g icing sugar
A little warm water
Combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a bowl.
Beat the egg together with the melted butter and milk and add slowly to the dry ingredients.
This batter is quite sticky so make sure you keep your board well floured when kneading.
Knead for a good 10 mins adding more flour if necessary but not too much!
Have faith as it will get easier to knead as you go on.
Once the dough is smooth and springy leave to rise in a warm area for 25 mins.
Whilst you are waiting for the dough to rise make the filling by adding all of the dry filling ingredients and dried fruit into a bowl.
Mix them together then mix in the maple syrup and vanilla essence.
Once the dough has risen, roll into a rectangle about 12 inches by 14 inches.
Now rub your filling all over the dough getting all into of the corners.
With the long side closest to you begin to roll the dough into a tube.
Now slice the tube into 8 equal sized pieces and place into a buttered baking tray.
Cover and leave to rise again for 10 mins.
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees c.
Once the buns have risen, brush with the remaining butter and bake for 18-20 mins until golden brown.
Make up 100g of icing sugar mixed to required consistency with some warm water and drizzle over the buns.
Most people would suggest to wait until they have cooled but I prefer them straight out of the oven!
Serve for a sweet tasty breakfast with a good cup of coffee!
It’s chutney time again people!!!
I love this time of year, planning out all the Xmas gifts and goodies! One of my favourite parts is making Xmas Chutney.
I save chutney making to only once a year as if I made it any more than that I would be the size of my house due to over consumption of cheese and crackers!
It’s nice to know that for two weeks of the year, me and my love can sit on the living room floor with a tray full of cheese, meats, crackers, red wine and spicy fruit chutney!
I made a slight alteration to my recipe from last year, I added more chilli!!
We are on a crazy chilli kick at the moment and it had to be done!
I used red tomatoes instead of red and green and unfortunately they were bought from the grocers as my crop this year failed miserably :( I’ve put that down to the move as I dont think my veggies liked it too much.
I also added ground cloves, nutmeg and cider vinegar and the dried fruit was mixed rather than just sultana.
Anyway, my chutney is made, jarred and labeled and sitting waiting for the third week of December!
Roll on Christmas!!!