Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Harumph, my invite must have got lost in the post.
Have a peek at this clip from BBC news, interviews from the red carpet with Johnny Depp, Helena and Anne Hathaway who reveals she based the White Queen on Nigella Lawson!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Here are some vividly bright examples...
pictures from here,here and here
Friday, February 19, 2010
So in honour of Treacle Pudding, here’s a recipe to make your own edible (dessert not puppy) version.
115g softened butter
Butter for greasing basin
10 tablespoons golden syrup
115g caster sugar
1 lemon, finely grated and juiced
1 orange, finely grated and juiced
2 medium eggs
115g self-raising flour, sifted
- Using the top of an 850ml pudding basin as a template, cut out a greaseproof paper lid. Liberally butter the inside of the basin and measure 4 tablespoons syrup into the bottom. Set aside.
- Beat together the butter, sugar and citrus zest until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the eggs. Add half the orange juice and half the lemon juice. Finally, fold in the flour and spoon evenly into the pudding basin. Gently press the greaseproof paper onto the sponge mix before pleating a sheet of foil and tightly covering the bowl.
- Place in a large saucepan and add enough boiling water to come halfway up its sides. Cover and return to the boil. Continue to boil over a moderate heat for 2 hours, replenishing the water regularly so that it never becomes too low. The pudding is ready when well risen and firm to touch.
- Remove from the pan and leave to rest for a minute or two. Meanwhile put 6 tablespoons golden syrup with the remaining lemon and orange juice in a small saucepan. Gently heat, mixing all the ingredients together.
- Loosen the pudding with a palette knife, before turning it out onto a warm dish. Serve with the hot sauce.
And a picture of little Miss Pudding for all you dog lovers
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It has everything that sends Lina and me into Golden Afternoon Tea Company swoonage;
A delicate flower strewn vintage dress from Unique Vintage,lace and pearls, wild and naturalistic flowers in vintage vases, beautiful tables with mismatched china, cherries and pomegranates and festooned with paper hearts.
What's not to love? Pour yourself a cup of orange pekoe and prepare to be whisked away..
The richly coloured tables remind me of 18th century dutch paintings, overflowing with juicy fruit and flowers in jewel shades...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
And the pancake recipe is such a breeze to follow
pinch of salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
As I'm sure you know, Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday was the day people used up the rich ingredients, butter, milk and eggs before eating plainer food during Lent.
And sticking with this idea, I have been polishing off the cupcakes leftover from Sunday's Valentine Cinema day like a hoover- oh my poor waistline!
It was another triumph and luckily most of the cakes were snapped up, these were some we forgot to put out,The Chap was meant to take them into work..
(pancake pic from flickr)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
All the items they have for sale are so charming.
Most tricky not to hyperventilate with the