No churn pistachio ice cream

Home-made no churn pistachio ice cream | H is for Home

Remember last week, I failed to use the bag of pistachios in my store cupboard? Well I’ve used them this week… well most of them, anyway.

Milk and pistachios in a saucepan | H is for Home

I’ve puréed them and whipped up a batch of pistachio ice cream adapting my basic no-churn ice cream recipe originally borrowed from Nigella.

Pistachio purée in an electric blender | H is for Home

It tastes nothing like the pistachio ice cream you can buy in a supermarket (in a good way).

Whipped cream in a food processor | H is for Home

It looks nothing like it either – but if you like it like that, by all means add a couple of drops of green food colouring to the mix.

Tub of home-made pistachio ice cream with chopped pistachios sprinkled on the top | H is for Home

Finish with a generous sprinkling of chopped pistachios and you’ve got yourself a quick, simple summertime dessert to enjoy on it’s own, in a cone or as an accompaniment to a hot fruit pie or brownie.

Pistachio ice cream
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  1. 100ml/3½fl oz milk
  2. 30g/1oz pistachios (shells off weight)
  3. 300ml/10½floz double cream
  4. ½ tin condensed milk (200g)
  5. 2tsp vodka
  6. 20 pistachios, roughly chopped
  7. Home-made pistachio ice cream ingredients
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and 30g of pistachios. Turn off the heat just before it begins to simmer. Allow to cool
  2. Put the double cream, condensed milk, vodka and puréed pistachios into an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on a high speed until firm (about 2 minutes)
  3. Decant the mixture into a 1-litre lidded tub/container, sprinkle the chopped pistachios over the top and freeze for at least 4 hours - preferably overnight.
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3 Ways to make your home look more spacious

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It’s incredibly easy and affordable to make smaller rooms in your home appear more spacious. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything at all. By following these 3 steps, you can easily add length, depth and height to any space.

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Use low-contrasting, cool colours

Lighter colours reflect light. Darker colours absorb it. In the world of decorating, there are several ways to manipulate colour to make a space feel larger:

  • Lower the contrast among the colours in a room. Stick with neutral tones in adjacent shades throughout your design.
  • Paint trim and moulding a shade or two lighter than the walls. This helps to make walls appear as if they’re receding.
  • Use colours that are cool, as opposed to warm – icy blues, greys, mint greens – these are all colours that give the illusion of spaciousness. Carry them over from your wall colours to your designer curtain fabrics, wall art and throw pillows.
  • Consider your art work. If you’re decorating a small room, covering the walls with multiple large canvases or frames can often make the space feel more overcrowded. If you’re wanting to make an artistic statement in your room, try installing wall murals instead.

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Create room flow

Avoid interrupting the flow of your space as much as possible. Rooms that are cut up into sections by furniture, rugs or other elements feel smaller than rooms with plenty of open space. There are a few simple methods of optimising the flow in your home.

  • Consider installing seamless flooring, such as hardwood or tile, that flows uninterrupted from room to room. Choose larger flooring units, as opposed to smaller ones. For instance, 18-inch tiles make a room appear more spacious than 12-inch tiles because there are fewer grout lines that intersect, making the overall pattern appear less busy.
  • Purchase furniture that serves a dual purpose, such as an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table or an armoire that stores your television and electronics. This will help you streamline your furnishings and eliminate extra pieces that take up needless space. You also want to make sure the furniture pieces you’re displaying are proportional to the size of your room. While oversized couches, cabinets, dressers and beds look dramatic; they take up much more space than needed.
  • De-clutter and organise. Go for a minimalist approach to help your space look larger. Make good use of vertical space in the form of bookshelves and wall-mounted ledges. This will help to get articles such as books and collectibles off tables and stands that take up precious floor space.

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Reflect soft, natural light around the room

The way in which a room is lit goes a long way toward creating a mood, whether it’s small and cosy or spacious and relaxing. There are many creative ways to bring openness to a space using light:

  • Introduce natural light. Cut daylight-blocking shrubbery away from the windows of your home, and clean and polish the glass on both sides. The addition of natural light to a space gives it an airy and open appeal.
  • Where natural light is not an option, use lamps. Try to create soft shadows as opposed to stark contrast between dark corners and bright white walls.
  • Use mirrors – mirrored doors, back splashes or decorative mirrors mounted as art. Mirrors help reflect light around a room, giving it depth and fullness.

These simple design tips will easily and instantly make a small space seem much more spacious.


Easy ways to make money from your spare space

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If money’s tight, it can be very worrying. Fortunately, it’s possible for you to use spare space in your home to make a bit of extra cash. As you’ll see if you read on, doing so is not hard. In most cases, you can do it quickly without having to spend too much money to get things up and running.

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Rent out your garage space

Perhaps the fastest way to make a little cash is to let people store stuff in your garage. If yours is currently full of junk, why not clean it out and swap it for someone else’s unwanted items. You can potentially make some money by selling your unwanted gear, and get some rent from somebody else.

If you do decide to do this, vet your clients well and draw up some sort of written contract. Include what happens to the person’s stuff if they don’t pay the bill. Always take a deposit that covers at least a month’s rent in advance, and don’t accept anything that will be difficult to dispose of should the owner not pay the rent.

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Rent out a parking space

If you have a driveway, consider renting it out as parking spaces. You can find out more about doing this here. It is a very quick and easy way to make some extra cash, and there’s huge demand for this service. You can do this even if you don’t live within walking distance of an airport, railway station or shopping centre. Some people own classic cars or sports cars that they need to park up somewhere safe.

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Rent out a room

For those who don’t mind sharing their home, renting out a room is a good option. Of course, you may need to redecorate your room to bring it up to a standard that will allow you to get a good rent.

Paint doesn’t cost much and you can easily pick up cheap soft furnishings. This approach, combined with using laminate flooring, makes it easy to spruce up your spare room. All you need now is some good quality furniture. There are several ways to get your hands on what you need. You can renovate what you already have, pick some up from your local re-cycling network, or buy some second-hand items.

All of these approaches work, but if you want the best finish possible, it is well worth using a service like like rent furniture UK. Doing so will allow you to lease what you need. The furniture will be new, so will look great, and be sure to be a draw for prospective tenants.

A few things of which to be aware

If you like the sound of any of these ideas, we suggest that you do a bit more research online. You’ll need to understand what your legal responsibilities are and understand how much of what you earn will be liable for tax. It’s important to go into this with your eyes open, and do the maths to make sure that it’s going to be profitable for you.


Get their look: Vibrant patio garden

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This vibrant patio garden may be pink, but don’t think it’s all girlie – there’s a fabulous BBQ installed which would please the most manly of grill masters!

The design makes great use of limited space with numerous spots to sit and separate cooking and dining areas. Again, space is used to the maximum by incorporating the vertical in the planting scheme.

To complete the look, the garden is almost completely white-washed to expand and bounce light around the enclosure. The pink of the seating is picked up in the choice of flowering plants.

  1. Handmade patchwork cushion
  2. Pink floral print cushion cover
  3. The Original Chaise indoor/outdoor beanbag
  4. Gardman Hampton candle lanterns (55cm tall)
  5. Napoleon LE 485 BBQ with side burner
  6. Re-Trouvé outdoor chair by Patricia Urquiola
  7. Re-Trouvé outdoor dining table by Patricia Urquiola

Get their look: Vibrant patio garden | H is for Home

Designer Desire: Lisa Larson

Mosaic of Lisa Larson's ceramic work | H is for Home

Born in 1931, Lisa Larson is a Swedish ceramic designer. She worked for Gustavsberg, under Stig Lindberg, from the 1954 through to 1980 when she branched out on her own working for, amongst others, Royal Krona, Duka, Åhléns department stores and Kooperativa Förbundet.

Larson is probably best known for her small sculptures of animals and children of the world, but we absolutely adore her glazed tiles. The Viking ship at the top right of the mosaic is ours – and we’ve also got an elephant. So, it’s a collection of just two at the moment – but we’ve always got our eyes peeled hoping to happen across more. 🙂 

As you can probably tell, Larson is an animal lover – but she verges on the obsessive when it comes to cats!

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If you have a look at the short film below, she has the most beautiful sculpture of a cat which just begs to be stroked – so tactile. If you don’t speak Swedish, you can turn on subtitles by clicking on the left icon (next to the one that looks like a cog) along the bottom panel.

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Price Points: Kitchen trolleys

Stainless steel kitchen trolleys | H is for Home

You may have read a post earlier this week in which we talked about a vintage stainless steel hospital trolley we’d bought – and its potential to make a great kitchen work station. So, for this week’s Price Points we’ve included it in our list of kitchen trolleys where it sits very nicely indeed. A cleanable work surface, storage areas for ingredients or equipment and manoeuvrability are the key requirements.

  1. FLYTTA kitchen trolley, stainless steel: £100, IKEA
  2. Vintage hospital trolley: £135, H is for Home
  3. Kitchen island with cook stainless steel counter top by Hahn: £495, Wayfair