Gimme Five! Bobble hats

January 30th, 2015

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selection of 5 bobble hats

We’re keeping with the cold weather theme in our Gimme Five! series.

I love hats – I’ve got all sorts – but I’ve not got a bobble hat. In my opinion, the bigger the bobble the better – one of these beauties has even got a double bobble!

  1. Nanny knit beanie: £21, The North Face
  2. Mustard yellow hand knitted Aran beanie bobble hat: £20, Etsy
  3. Helene Berman double pom pom beanie hat: £55.24, Jules B
  4. Jack Wills Thurlow faux fur bobble hat: £20.50, ASOS
  5. Slider bobble hat: £18, Notonthehighstreet

Cakes & Bakes: Jam Roly Poly

January 29th, 2015

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Bowl of jam roly poly and custard | @hisforhome

We do love a hearty pudding on a cold winter’s day – and what could be better than jam roly poly?

Jam roly poly ingredients

I have to confess that I needed two attempts to perfect this week’s bake.

Jam roly poly pastry mixture in food processor

Roly Poly ‘Mark I’ was a disaster. There wasn’t enough jam to start with. Also I rolled up the pastry way too tightly. Last and certainly least, I boiled it. A method I’d read in a few recipes. It was so bad that Justin spat it out declaring it was the worst thing I’d ever made! Ever!!

Rolling out jam roly poly pastry mixture

I’m pleased to report that Roly Poly ‘Mark II’ was a triumph!

Adding jam to the rolled out roly poly pastry

 The ingredients were blended gently, then rolled not too tight… with plenty of filling.

Rolling up jam roly poly

Sugar was sprinkled over the surface (another omission in the earlier version).

Rolled up jam roly poly with top brushed with milk and sprinkled with granulated sugar

And finally it was baked to a wonderful golden brown, the hot jam oozing through cracks.

Freshly baked jam roly poly

After allowing to cool slightly, it was devoured – with lashings of custard of course!

Bowl of jam roly poly and custard | @hisforhome

And the official verdict from the chief taster? “Superb – I could eat that all over again!”

Jam roly poly
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 300g/10½oz self raising flour
  2. 75g/2½oz (vegetarian) suet
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 180ml/6fl oz cold water
  5. 4 tbs fruit jam or jelly (raspberry, strawberry etc. I used a jar own my home made blackberry jelly)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
  2. In a large bowl or food processor mix the flour, suet and salt
  3. Add the cold water and combine to form a stiff dough
  4. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough into a rectangle
  5. Liberally spread the jam leaving a 1cm gap along each edge
  6. Roll up along the short side and brush the long edge (and ends if desired) with milk to seal
  7. Grease a large baking tray and put the roly poly on it, putting the join at the the bottom
  8. Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar
  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
  10. Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack before serving with custard
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Recipe organiser

January 27th, 2015

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Recipe organiser from Ryland, Peters & Small | @hisforhome

This new recipe organiser was a long time coming!

Old recipe ring binder damaged by flooding

My poor old ring binder that previously held all my recipes had been damaged when our house flooded. It got covered in silt and became more than a little unhygienic.

Old recipe ring binder damaged by flooding

Luckily, the majority of the recipes I’d torn out and kept from newspapers & magazines had been carefully cut and stored in those clear plastic punched pockets. Most remained dry and were salvageable.

Recipe organiser showing recipe tabs

There were a lot of recipes to transfer over and file but the new organiser came with pre-printed tabs with sections for things (that I do a lot of) like baking, preserves, pies & tarts, cakes, desserts etc.

Recipe organiser showing a section divider with a photograph of a Kitchen Aid

It also came with 8 section dividers with lovely photographs of aspirational cooking & baking scenes!

Recipe organiser showing weights and measures page

There were over a hundred sheets for writing down recipes (using a fancy pen in my best handwriting of course!) and a really useful weights & measures conversion chart – I’m always having to look online to convert cups to grams and ºF to ºC.

Recipe organiser showing fish section

 If, like me, you have lots & lots of loose-leaf sheets of paper with recipes on, this folder is perfect. Most recipe organisers I’ve seen out there are too small and are ring bound which means you can’t add pages to them. This one’s big – it can hold A4-size sheets or even folded A3.

Recipe organiser showing a section divider with a photograph of a basket of plums

It was a big job that took longer than expected, but it’s now a real pleasure to pull my big, new recipe organiser out from the work bench drawer in the kitchen.

Recipe organiser showing a recipe for mincemeat and ricotta tart

If you like it, there are still a few of this exact organiser available on Amazon or from the publisher’s website, Ryland Peters & Small.

Recipe organiser showing a recipe for rhubarb tart

Etsy List: Burns Night

January 26th, 2015

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'Burns Night' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

It was Burns Night last night in Scotland (if not all around the world!). It’s a commemoration, on his birthday, of the life & works of poet Robert – aka Rabbie – Burns.

The annual celebration usually involves saying grace, a poetry recitation, bagpipe playing, a supper of soup & haggis, numerous speeches and a few Scotch whisky toasts interspersed throughout the evening.

Did you sip a wee dram or two in celebration?

Burns Night
Curated by H is for Home

Forthcoming Attractions: Late January 2015

January 25th, 2015

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Vintage Laurids Lonborg spice rack & tins

Lots of new items in the H is for Home shop this week.

Vintage EB Keramik West German fat lava vase Vintage multi-coloured granny squares crocheted blanket

Spice racks to bedspreads, tins to tape measures.

Vintage Wilkinson's Pontefract cakes tin Vintage Abbey leather tape measure

Vintage loveliness for every room in the house!