Cakes & Bakes: Sweet potato muffins

May 28th, 2015

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Home-made sweet potato muffins with crunchy top | H is for Home

Often when we visit Justin’s parents, we’re waved off with a food parcel. It usually consists of chocolate, biscuits and fruit & veg.

Sweet potato muffins ingredients

Sometimes they’re items that were part of multi-buy offers which would be too much for them to consume before going off.

Cooked sweet potatoes

Last week, said goody bag included half a dozen sweet potatoes. Strange, we know. We didn’t have them down as sweet potato fans; we don’t buy them too often ourselves either.

Toasted flaked almonds

I’ve used some of them this week to make a batch of sweet potato muffins. I’d never tried making them before and I didn’t know what to expect.

Sweet potato muffins wet ingredients

I thought they’d be  quite heavy and filling, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Sweet potato muffins dry ingredients

The addition of both baking powder and bicarbonate of soda meant they were light and airy.

Sweet potato muffin batter in cases

A little sprinkling of demerara sugar just before they went into the oven gave them a nice, crunchy top.

Sugar sprinkled sweet potato muffin batter

Just the right size for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up with a brew!

Sugar sprinkled sweet potato muffins

Now, what to do with the rest of the bag of sweet potatoes… any suggestions?

Sweet potato muffins
Yields 12
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  2. 200g/7oz flaked almonds
  3. 200g/7oz caster sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 120ml/4 fl oz vegetable oil
  6. 80ml/3 fl oz water
  7. 200g/7oz plain flour
  8. 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  9. ½tsp baking powder
  10. 1tsp ground cinnamon
  11. ½tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ºF/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a 12-hole muffin tray or two 6-hole muffin tins or line with paper muffin cases
  3. Bake the sweet potatoes, skin on, for about 20 minutes until soft and cooked. Allow to cool before scraping the flesh out of the skins and mashing until all the lumps are removed
  4. Toast the flaked almonds, shaking a couple of times to get a uniform colour. This takes 5-8 minutes
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil and water until the sugar has dissolved
  6. Add the cooled, puréed sweet potato
  7. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the centre
  8. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry and combine well
  9. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, sprinkle a little demerara sugar on top of each and put in the oven
  10. Bake for 20 minutes before allowing to cool on a wire rack
  11. They can be eaten warm or cold and can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 5 days
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Saucy!

May 26th, 2015

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Vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We’re here to sing the praises of a slightly underrated, perhaps little-known, range of pottery.

Vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We found this sauce boat on the flea market last week. It’s in the gorgeous Fleur pattern produced by Swedish designer Berit Ternell for T. G. Green & Co Ltd in 1961. There are also plates, casserole dishes, jugs, bottles and storage jars in the range.

Handle of a vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We just love the stylised flowers; tulips, cow parsley, sunflowers and dandelions. It’s similar in style to the sought after and recently re-introduced Picknick range by Rorstrand of Sweden.

Stamp on the underside of a vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We’ve noticed that Fleur doesn’t appear for sale too often. It always sells quickly, but prices remain very affordable. It’s a good sign for an underrated classic – so keep your eyes out!

Etsy List: What a Corker!

May 25th, 2015

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'What a Corker!' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Cork is considered by many to be a real 1970s material. It brings to mind orange & brown interiors sporting DIY-laid cork tiles – on floors, on ceilings on walls… but we love it.

Cork has had something of a renaissance of late; the range of products proving that it’s not just good for notice boards. It’s soft, warm, tactile, durable, waterproof and a sound dampener. What’s not to love?

Here are some of the best cork items we’ve discovered on Etsy… and no 70s naffness in sight!

What a Corker!
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Pick of the Pads: So Last Century!

May 24th, 2015

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Mid century modern decorated sitting room

This fabulous house appeared in a recent edition of Stella Magazine

'So Last Century' article in Stella Magazine from 29 March 2015

It’s the Marseille home of Virginie & Jean-Baptiste Moutte, co-owners of vintage furniture store, Relax Factory.

Cover of Stella Magazine from 29 March 2015

As you’d expect from mid century modern dealers, their home is brimming with beautiful pieces from the era.

Armchair in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

We love their use of bright, primary colours which does indeed put you in a cheery, holiday kind of mood.

Kitchen in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

 It’s done supremely well – well judged and not at all gaudy.

Yellow bedroom in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

There are eye-catching feature walls, textiles & artwork – or, as in the case of the dining space below, bold chair covers to lift the more muted, natural tones of the room.

Dining table in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

With all the wonderful furniture, lighting and vintage accessories on view, the house could work as a staged shop display, but it manages to look very lived in and homely too – a little gem!

Charity Vintage: Pifco fan

May 23rd, 2015

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Vintage Pifco fan (ends 25 May, 2015 20:37:00 BST)

We know warm weather feels like a distant memory at the moment – but it’s the bank holiday weekend – summer must be on its way!

This gorgeous vintage 1950s Pifco fan would look the business on your office desk or craft room worktop. Keeping you cool while you work during those sweltering summer days! :-) It’s in full working order and is currently up for sale by Isabel Hospice*. It’s a mere £6.50 at the moment, with just over 2 days left to get a bid in if you fancy it.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.


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