The clocks go forward (or is it back?) this Saturday night into Sunday morning. We’re looking forward to those lighter nights. Thankfully, the time on smartphones and computers gets updated automatically. We have a number of wall clocks dotted around the house that need to be manually changed twice a year. Radio-controlled wall clocks make this task a thing of the past.
We’ve got a great selection to share with you – something for everyone and every pocket, we think. The traditionalist, the gadget freak and the colour lover.
These buttermilk scones are probably the quickest, easiest and perhaps cheapest recipe we’ve featured on Cakes & Bakes.
There are only 2 ingredients; self-raising flour and buttermilk… Three, if you count the pinch of salt. And they take less than half an hour to make; from getting the ingredients out of the cupboard, to taking the scones out of the oven.
It’s a great beginner’s recipe or something to make with the kids. All you need is equal weights of flour and milk – simple to remember!
The scones make a great afternoon snack that can be put together in almost the same time as it might take to make a sandwich. Have them savoury with thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese, or go sweet with a fruit jam and clotted cream.
Many of you will know that we’re regular cake and bread bakers. Last week, I was having a discussion with a Berlin-based foodie who was just getting into sourdough baking. We were talking about all the kit & kaboodle available out there for home bread bakers. Some of the equipment you can quite easily get by without using, but others are absolutely indispensable. I must admit, I’ve got a cupboard full of bread-baking stuff; specialist flours, bannetons, loaf tins, a baking dome… However, the one item I couldn’t do without is my humble little dough scraper. Less than £2 on Etsy!
We love this vintage atomic table lamp currently for sale by & in support of St Kentigern Hospice*. It’s so mid century modern! The rose-adorned shade may not be to everyone’s taste but this could easily be remedied. Recovering it in some Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler or Jacqueline Groag fabric.
If you’re interested, there’s not much time left to um and ahh about leaving a bid – the listing ends tomorrow night. It’s a ‘buyer to collect’ item (it’s located in St Asaph, Denbighshire) and the opening bid is £29.99.
*St Kentigern Hospice’s objective is to offer patients, their carers, families and friends, responsive holistic care in a warm, homely, safe, nurturing environment.