May 17th, 2013
Our house is nearly back to normal after last year’s flood. This bedroom was absolutely crammed with furniture & boxes of books (refugees from the ground floor!!). The room’s now been cleared and we’ve actually got round to adding a bit of wall decoration!
We decided to hang these vintage school wall maps. They’ve got a great look and they always draw you in for a closer browse. You learn something new every time you enter the room!!
This row of three features North America, South America and Australasia.
They were produced by George Philip & Son and date from the 1960s.
If you like the look of these vintage maps, we recently got hold of one that’s available to buy – photographed below. It’s actually older than the Philips maps and was produced by W. & A. K. Johnstone. It’s a physical relief map of the British Isles. The hills & mountain ranges are the main feature; but cities, rivers and major rail routes of the time are also marked.
There are a few small areas of paper loss, but it’s still very striking visually and measures just over 4 feet high! We’re going to hang it in our antiques centre shop when a bit of wall space becomes available.
May 16th, 2013
We’re big fans of the Great British Bake Off, so we tuned into the recent inaugural series of Paul Hollywood’s Bread (and put his accompanying book onto our Amazon wishlist) with great interest.
One of the recipes he did which I’ve never attempted is malt loaf. Whenever I’ve had shop bought (and there seems to be just the one brand available in supermarkets!) I’ve always found it a dry, chewy and not very tasty. I thought I’d give it a try – surely I could do better!
Cakes & Bakes: Paul Hollywood’s malt loaf
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp malt extract
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 25g/1oz butter, plus extra for greasing
- 350g/12oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for flouring
- 100g/3½oz strong wholemeal flour
- pinch salt
- 14g/½oz fast action yeast
- 225g/8oz sultanas
- 250ml/9fl oz warm water
- 1 tbsp warm honey, to glaze
- Place the sugar, malt extract, treacle and butter in a pan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool.
- Mix the flours, salt, yeast and sultanas in a mixing bowl.
- Pour in the cooled malt syrup mixture and the warm water. Mix thoroughly; the mixture will be soft and sticky.
- Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead gently for a few minutes to bring the mixture together.
- Grease two 450g/1lb loaf tins and divide the mixture among them. Smooth the mixture with the back of a spoon so that the top is smooth and level. Cover each tin with a plastic bag so that it is loose and not touching the top of the tin. Leave for a couple of hours, or until the dough has risen to the top of the tins.
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Remove the plastic bags and bake for 30-40 minutes. If the top of the loaf starts to brown too quickly, cover with a sheet of foil and continue baking.
- Remove from the oven and brush the top with warm honey to glaze. Cool on a wire rack.
- Slice and eat with butter.
May 15th, 2013
Perfobake baguette tray: £9.99, Lakeland
If you’ve been following our Cakes & Bakes posts recently you’ll know that I made a batch of baguettes a fortnight or so ago. I proved them in an accordion-pleated tea towel but a baguette tray would be so much better – much less fiddly.
We visit the Lake District a few times per year and a highlight of my car journey there is stopping off at Booths Supermarket in Windermere (Pathetic? Moi?). They stock lots of things from local producers and sell other items that aren’t available at our local Morrisons in Todmorden. A stones throw from Booths is Lakeland‘s flagship store which is the highlight of my return journey home. This baguette tray is already on my shopping list!
May 14th, 2013
We mentioned in our Tuesday Huesday post last week that our cherry blossom was due at any time – well here it is! We took this picture on the Sunday before the bank holiday this week when we had that lovely albeit short warm & sunny spell. We spent two glorious days pottering in the garden generally tidying up and replanting red currant, white currant and raspberry bushes that we “emancipated” from Justin’s parents’ old allotment.
May 13th, 2013
Pantone has long been THE authority in global, fashionable colour. Don’t we all know that they have declared emerald green the colour of 2013? It was only a matter of time before products would be produced that were designed around the Pantone theme. Here are five of our choosing…
- Pantone tea set – teapot – £50, milk jug – £9-18, sugar bowl – £25
- Pantone Universe set of 6 placemats in gift box – £30
- Pantone folding chairs – £48.00
- PANTONE The 20th Century in Color – £17.27