Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Dresses of The Jubilee

Well what a weekend! Wasn't it fabulous! From music and flag waving to a BBQ Street Party, I have had a fun filled weekend spent with friends and family.
Although I must confess one thing I did spend most of my time 'Ooooo-ing' and 'Ahhhh-ing' at the dresses of the Jubilee! Here's some of my favourite's!
Kate Middleton wearing McQueen.

Cheryl wearing a beautiful dress by Ewa Minge

The Queen's outfits, designed and created by Angela Kelly
What was your favourite outfit of The Jubilee?

Saturday, 19 May 2012

A spot of baking

Sorry for being away for so long, been so busy at work sorting coursework. Well now that its all finished and the weather is miserable I thought it would be perfect to do a spot of baking. This is an easy one that you will make again and again!

Mars Bar Cake (is not very Cake-y though)
8 Mars Bars
50g Butter
75g Rice Crispies
200g Milk Chocolate

1. Chop the Mars Bar into small slices.
2. Melt Butter over a low heat, add Mars Bar pieces and stir.
3. Once melted stir in Rice Crispies until all are coated in the mixture.
4. Spoon mixture into a greased tray or cake tin and chill.
5. Once cool pour over melted chocolate.


Monday, 7 May 2012

Has been to London to see The Queen (kinda)

Well I have just got back from a long weekend in London, and what a weekend it was.
We walked everywhere and I'm definitely suffering today, for the first time I saw The Changing of the Guard which was fab, went on The London Eye, walked past Downing Street and Big Ben. Went to The Tate Modern to see the Damien Hirst exhibition and walked to The Tower of London. And that was only Saturday.
Sunday we went to Richmond and sat in the beautiful Petersham Nurseries and had tea and scones, in between all the gorgeous plants.

Petersham Nurseries- Richmond

What did you all get up to this weekend?

Sunday, 29 April 2012

A Cake Chain

Have you ever heard of a Herman or Friendship cake? Well until recently I hadn't. I was handed one at work the other day in a Chinese tub, with a list of instructions telling me to stir, love and talk to my cake. Sounds mad doesn't it, but it's actually fun, instead of a chain letter I suppose it's a chain cake.
So here's a basic recipe to start your own that I found searching on the Internet at Cherished by me

460g flour
500ml milk
230g sugar
90ml warm water
2 tbsp dry yeast

1. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sugar over the warm water.
2. Sprinkle the yeast over this mixture and leave somewhere warm until it doubles in size.
3. Weigh out all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and slowly mix in the yeast and water mixture.
4. Cover loosely
5. Place in a warm place and stir everyday.

These are the instructions that I have been given, now you need to carry on feeding and loving your cake until you are ready to part with some-

Day 1,2 and 3- Just stir me.
Day 4- Add 100g flour, 200g sugar and 250ml milk and stir me.
Day 5,6,7 and 8- Just stir me.
Day 9- Add 100g flour, 200g sugar and 250ml milk and stir me. Then split me into 4, give 3 away and keep 1.
Day 10- Make me into a cake, add 200g sugar, 200g flour, 2 eggs, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 peeled and chopped cooking apples, 140g dried fruit, 1 tsp cinnamon and 190ml Olive oil. Mix and pour into a tray bake. Bake at 170C or gas 4 for 45 min, cool and ice with glace icing. Cut into slices.
There are many varieties of cake that you can make, why not try carrot and coconut or banana.

Don't forget to pop back and let me know how yours turned out!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Vintage Fairs

Last weekend I attended Chic Vintique in Stockton on Tees it was wonderful, a large Marquee in The Parish Gardens, that was full to the brim of stalls selling allsorts. Some were companies, some were selling off goods that they no longer had the room for. There was cake stalls selling all different types of cakes and bakes, stalls crammed full of nick-knaks and some full of vintage clothing, scarves and hats! The patterns and different fabrics were incredible.
Here's some photos from that day.
An old suitcase full of vintage scarves

A mixture of tablecloths, napkins
and tray cloths.

Vintage hats all piled up on a table, there were
some absolute beauties!
And some of the items I bought.

Pretty embroidered napkins and some
 lovely little silver plated sugar tongs.

Lovely little Violet teaset

I can't wait for the next one in July!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Nothing like a Street Party

I don't know about you but last year with the hype of the Royal Wedding, I wasn't really that fussed about watching it. But I am SO glad that I did, it made me feel proud, the way that everyone came together to support and watch.
So this year with the Queen's Jubilee,I am the force that is driving our party. My Mother-in-law and I are organising a street party and I cant wait!
Here's some of the things I've been looking at for inspiration. Make sure you keep checking back for updates on the street party!

This is my Mum's Jubilee Tea caddy from 1953

Don't you just love the Corgi

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A Leek and Potato Soup

I love soup and I feel that, a big bowl of steaming hot soup is a cure all. From a broken heart to a full blown cold, a bowl of soup will always make you feel better.
I'm privileged enough to have a Farmer's Market that is on my doorstep, and the people who have stalls there are wonderful. A mix of plants and herbs or American Cupcake and treats, to spice mixes for curries. The atmosphere is fab and bubbling with chatter as you walk down the Market.

One of the stalls is a veg stall which seems pretty normal, but he sells the most amazing vegetables, I don't know what it is about his veg but it just seems to taste so much better. On his stall he sells soup bags where you get all the veg you need the recipe and the stock cube- simple! I always buy the Leek and Potato.
So here's my recipe for it.

2/3 Large leeks that still have the dark green tops
1 large onion
2/3 large potatoes
chicken stock or chicken stock cube
2 pints of water
salt and pepper
20g butter
1tbsp oil

1. Clean up the leeks, take the very tops of the leeks if brown.
2. Add the butter and oil to a large pan and melt over a low heat.
3. Chop the leeks into rounds, place in a colander and rinse under the tap to get rid of ant bits of dirt.
4. Place into the pan to soften.
5. Rough chop onion and add to pan. .
6. Once the leeks and onions have softened, add the diced potatoes, and add the stock.
7. Add salt and pepper (remember stock can be quite salty)
8. Cover and bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer.
9. Once the potatoes are soft, remove from the heat and leave to cool before blending.