We recently featured some lovely vintage tea towels that we’d bought at auction. We’ve just acquired another one that we thought we’d share with you lovers of design from this era. This one dates from the late 60s/early 70s and features imperial & metric measurements.
Here it is in its spectacular entirety! It might only be a humble tea towel, but it’s really a period artwork. Fabulous design & wonderful colours. We think they’re great value – you can pick up unused examples like this one for about £20 – less if your lucky. Nicely framed for another £30 or so – and you’ve got a vintage, original and distinctive wall decoration for £50. Your piece of art might even be unique – most tea towels were actually used and thrown away when they became tatty. You might have the only one left!!
This one has gone into our own growing collection of textiles – now that would be a major framing bill! This one’s heading to the top of the pile though, as we really fancy it in our orange kitchen!
We bought one of these vintage Kenwood mixers off eBay about ten years ago – and it’s been an essential part of our kitchen ever since.
Our mixer is bright orange which goes with our bright orange kitchen. This monochrome one will match almost any colour scheme. They’re very solidly built – almost indestructible in fact.
This one’s for sale by & in support of Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust*. Its opening bid price is £54.99 which is quite reasonable when you consider the amount of usage you might get – and the £3.00 quoted for P&P is really, really cheap!
*The mission of Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust is to provide the means by which the communities in Wales Parish can play an active part in the regeneration of their neighbourhoods so as to improve facilities, increase opportunities and enhance the quality of life of all residents.
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!