Cakes & Bakes: Sourdough waffles

Cooking home-made sourdough waffles in an old-fashioned cast iron waffle iron | H is for Home #recipe #sourdough #cooking

Just a couple of weeks ago, we featured a round up of waffle irons on Price Points. This week, I’ve made my first ever batch of sourdough waffles; the miracle of internet shopping!

Our new Rome's Original Old Fashioned Waffle Iron | H is for Home

I wanted a cast iron, stove-top waffle iron that I could store away in a drawer when not in use – and this is the one I finally decided to purchase.

Seasoning our new Rome's Original Old Fashioned Waffle Iron in our wood-burning stove | H is for Home

As with all new cast iron pans, it needed to be seasoned well before its maiden voyage. With all the snow and freezing temperatures we’ve had recently, our wood-burner has been chuffing away almost constantly – so that was the ideal place to do it.

Sourdough batter for making sourdough waffles | H is for Home Melted butter and milk mixture for sourdough waffles | H is for Home

This sourdough waffle recipe – as with most that use a starter – needs some forward planning. Ideally, you’d get your starter/flour/sugar/salt combined the night before if you want waffles for breakfast.

Cooking home-made sourdough waffles | H is for Home Cooking home-made sourdough waffles | H is for Home

The iron produced delicious crispy waffles. Justin and I both fancied maple syrup with them, but then we diverged slightly.

Plate of home-made sourdough waffles with bacon & maple syrup | H is for Home

He went for the sweet/salty thing and opted to serve with crispy bacon. I chose sliced bananas. The possibilities are endless of course. The caramelised bananas I made for this series a couple of weeks ago would work a treat. Also, any other fresh fruit, compotes or preserves, yoghurt, honey and cream would be perfect. They’re going to be a regular breakfast/brunch from this day forth!

Plate of home-made sourdough waffles with banana & maple syrup | H is for Home

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Sourdough waffles
  1. 115g/4oz butter
  2. 225ml/8 fl oz milk
  3. 275g/9¾oz sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  4. 1tsp salt
  5. 1tbsp soft brown sugar
  6. 170g/6oz plain flour
  7. 2 eggs
  8. ½tsp bicarbonate of sodaHome-made sourdough waffles ingredients
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  1. Combine the starter, salt, sugar and flour so it forms a thick batter
  2. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside at room temperature for 8-12 hours. If you do this before going to bed, you can time the batter to be ready for breakfast the following day
  3. In a small saucepan over a low flame, heat the butter and milk until the butter has melted. Put the mixture aside and allow it to cool to room temperature
  4. Preheat your waffle iron for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Uncover the batter and whisk in the eggs
  6. When the waffle iron is ready, add ½tsp bicarbonate of soda to the batter. Do not over mix or you'll beat the air out of it
  7. Carefully pour enough batter onto the hot waffle iron to cover the base. Place the lid of the waffle iron on top
  8. Cook on one side for about 3 minutes before flipping the waffle iron over and cooking the other side
  1. You can store any uneaten waffles in zip-lock bags in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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8 Easy to apply self-improvement tips

8 Easy to apply self-improvement tips

Resolutions, whether they’re made in January or some other time during the year, are usually related to improving yourself. To avoid overwhelming yourself with significant changes, here are eight easy-to-apply self-improvement tips.

  1. Devote some time to your surroundings

    When looking at self-improvement, happiness is a thing that most people want to improve. Try to improve the surroundings that you spend most of your time in. If you’re lacking the time or permission to completely revamp your office, taking some time to beautify an area at home can do wonders for your happiness. Whether it’s a full-on remodel or even just rearranging furniture, changing up your surroundings can have a big impact on your happiness levels.

  2. Try something new

    Try something new

    Small business is booming as people realise the traditional work route isn’t for them. A self-improvement project to undertake might be changing how you work. Deciding to pursue a new adventure in an at home business kind of way is a fantastic new thing to try. This could either be something new to learn or improving your mental state by doing work that you enjoy more than the office job you currently hold. The internet makes it easier than ever to promote a new idea too. Just make sure that you stand out from the rest by selecting a phenomenal SEO service provider. They’ll take away the stress of worrying about rankings and search engine results so that people see your new idea.

  3. Tackle an outdoor project

    : Self-improvement sometimes means doing things that you excel at procrastinating on. Many outside projects find themselves ignored due to lack of time and weather. The next time it’s nice enough, stop putting off the project and get outside. Maybe it’s taking some time to garden, or sprucing up a playground area for the kids with new flooring. Not only will you enjoy the sunshine, but you’ll also feel satisfied that you finally get to check the project off your to-do list.

  4. Devote some time to your financial well being

    Devote some time to your financial well being

    Self-improvement financially is almost comparable to self-improvement in your physical health. Everyone wants to improve their finances somehow. A perfect place to start is looking at investment options, like a Roth IRA. It’s never too early to start, and it’s an easy way to start improving your financial health.

  5. Have some fun

    Everyone needs more fun. Self-improvement doesn’t have to be an arduous task or only working on boring things. Take some time to unwind and have fun, because life isn’t always about work, bills, and everything else we always worry about. An excellent way to have some fun could be visiting a casino. We aren’t saying to gamble away your life savings, but life isn’t always about making money. Spending some can even be therapeutic, and going to have a little bit of fun will work wonders for your happiness and stress levels. You can even find the best casinos to go to by utilising online reviews.

  6. Take a trip

    Take a trip

    People often spend all of their hard earned money on physical ‘things’. Typically, more stuff that eventually loses its appeal and just adds to the clutter. An easy self-improvement tip is to stop buying so much stuff and spend your money on experiences instead. Taking a trip is high on the recommended list of experiences. You could always go for something traditionally touristy if you prefer, but somewhere random, like Norway could be new and fun. There are all sorts of different cultures around the world, but many of the forms of entertainment for travellers are the same. Food, sightseeing, and places to try your luck are worth experiencing wherever you go.

  7. Try blogging:

    We’ve all heard that journalling is good for self-improvement. It allows us to reflect on the present and past events we’ve gone through, which can help us prepare for what lies ahead. In the more modern age, people have turned to blogging for the same benefits of journalling, except they’re doing it online. This is like an everywhere journal, but it will require a good site hosting service for you to share your experiences with everyone.

  8. Get enough rest

    Get enough rest

    Everyone also needs more sleep or a higher quality of sleep. Sleep is important to pretty much everything we do, and without it, even the smallest self-improvement goals don’t stand a chance. See how much better self-improvement goes when you wake up refreshed. Maybe this involves a new bed or changing up the design of your room to be more relaxing.

Often, people try to change everything about themselves all at once. Everyone always focuses on the basics of health, happiness, and financial goals when looking at self-improvement. However, approaching these categories in new and unexpected ways makes self-improvement a lot easier, and much more fun.


The big cheese

Vintage T G Green cheese dish with wooden mouse | H is for Home

We picked up this lovely vintage pottery cheese dome today.

Vintage T G Green cheese dish | H is for Home

It’s from the ‘Spectrum’ range produced by T G Green. We love the crisp, clean, functional design – along with the bold, stylised lettering.

Vintage T G Green cheese dish base stamp | H is for Home

We were happy with the purchase… and our little mousey friend is always happy when we acquire anything at all to do with cheese!

Vintage T G Green cheese dish with wooden mouse | H is for Home

Alas, he’ll have to say goodbye as it will be heading for the web shop soon. We’ll let him keep the cheese though!

Get their look: Pop art lounge

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This Pop Art lounge is so bright and playful; the owner uses primary colours to the full. The canary yellow sofa cleverly picks up the colour in the adjoining room – a trick often used by interior and garden designers to help the flow of a space. The sofa also contrasts well against royal blue cushions and tomato red nest of tables.

The large, attention-grabbing original triptych artwork by by Elena Fuks brings originality and a personal touch to the interior. Details such as the cheeky monkey desk lamp, Sputnik ceiling light, zebra print vases and hot pink pencil pot round off the bold look perfectly.

  1. Pop Art triptych
  2. Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
  3. Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
  4. Hay tree trunk vases
  5. Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
  6. Seletti sitting monkey lamp
  7. Turin 2-seater tub sofa

Get their look: Pop art lounge | H is for Home

Get their look

Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Hay tree trunk vases
Hay tree trunk vases
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Pop Art triptych
Pop Art triptych
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Hay tree trunk vases
Hay tree trunk vases
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Pop Art triptych
Pop Art triptych

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid March 2018

Vintage Briglin Pottery jug | H is for Home Vintage Aquarius fish series plates | H is for Home Vintage Tor Viking skillet pan | H is for Home Vintage Mills Moore wooden napkin rings | H is for Home

Here’s a selection of upcoming additions to our web shop. They’re all kitchen/diner related – and of course, vintage. They range from the subtle & understated to the bold & bright.

We think that the jug is a particularly good example of Briglin Pottery. The wax resist glaze technique is a real favourite of ours. We love the subtle shades and texture contrasts. It’s joined in the muted colour department by the napkin rings. They’re made of various wood types – and were produced by the manufacturers Mills Moore, who are actually better known for making cutlery.

The skillet pan was produced by Norwegian company, Figgjo Flint – and combines a metal & teak handle with flower patterned, heat resistant ceramic. The set of plates is absolutely stunning. Each has a different psychedelic-style fish design in various colourways. They’re from the ‘Aquarius’ range produced by Washington Pottery – and similar in style to the more commonly found bull design ‘Beefeater’ steak plates. They’re in excellent condition and make for fabulous, eye-catching wall or shelf displays.

Designer Desire: Edward Bawden

Mosaic of Edward Bawden artworks | H is for Home
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) had a long and industrious career producing designs for lots of prestigious clients; companies such as London Transport, Fortnum & Mason, Penguin Books, Poole Potteries, Twinings, the Folio Society and Westminster Bank.

He designed of the Observer Newspaper’s ‘Puzzled Lion and Startled Unicorn’ which adorned their masthead for 50 years. He was an official war artist during the 2nd World War, recording scenes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

I love his lino-cuts of Brighton landmarks – a couple that I’ve included above – including the Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion.

There’s an exhibition of a number of his works taking place at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 23 May to 9 September 2018 if you can get down there. Here’s a little preview…

A new book featuring Bawden’s book cover designs is due for publication next month (April 2018) entitled, Are you Sitting Comfortably? The Book Jackets of Edward Bawden. There’s another limited-edition book, Entertaining a la carte: Edward Bawden and Fortnum & Mason, that I’d love to add to our art & design book collection – available from a cool £90.00!

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