Charity Vintage: Rörstrand Granada dish

July 12th, 2014

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small vintage Rorstrand Granada lidded dish for sale by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation on eBay for Charity (ends 16 Jul, 2014 19:06:07 BST)

If we didn’t already have this cute little Rörstrand Granada dish we’d be bidding on it ourselves to add to our vintage Scandinavian pottery collection! It’s being sold on eBay for Charity by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation.

The Granada pattern was designed by Marianne Westman for Rörstrand of Sweden in the 1950s. It’s a very popular pattern and can be found on all manner of pottery items including oven & tableware, tea services, butter dishes. She also designed other patterns for them including Picknick, Frisco, Pomona, My Garden and the recently reissued Mon Amie.

*Teesside Hospice based in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, was established in 1982 to enhance the lives of local people suffering from advanced cancer and other life limiting illnesses. They care for over 3,000 individuals in the Teesside region and all services are free of charge. Their annual running costs are £2.2million and they receive in the region of one third of these costs from the local NHS and must therefore raise approximately £4,600 each and every day of the year from their own resources.


Gimme Five! Outdoor solar lights

July 11th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor solar lights

We’ve been enjoying sitting in deckchairs in our garden this summer. It gets direct sun until almost 7pm at this time of year. It’s been warm enough to sit out until way after the sun has gone down.

We want to get some pretty yet functional lighting to enhance our garden space and think that we’d be best served by some outdoor solar lights. No fiddly – and not to mention potentially dangerous, given our electrical knowledge  – cables and sockets to contend with. Solar lights are notorious for being a bit dim thanks to the often measly British sunshine. But we don’t mind that, we’re not after floodlights, just a nice, warm glow to give the garden added atmosphere. Here are some we’ve found…

  1. SOLVINDEN solar-powered table lamp: £9, IKEA
  2. Lola LED solar powered outdoor glass jar lantern in blue: £7, B&Q
  3. Solar outdoor string lanterns, multi: £20, John Lewis
  4. Solar post light: £16.99, Crocus
  5. Solar bamboo light: £6.99, Original Organics

Cakes & Bakes: Bolo de fubá com coco

July 10th, 2014

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slice of bolo de fubá com coco | H is for Home

I’ve finally succumbed to the World Cup-mania – this is a Brazil-themed blog post! Brazilians have a sweet tooth apparently, and this bolo de fubá com coco is a national favourite. Bolo de fubá com coco translates as ‘cornmeal cake with coconut’.

It’s quite a densely textured cake -  so folding in the beaten egg whites is an important stage in the proceedings. What isn’t quite so necessary, but makes the job that much quicker, is using quite so many mixing bowls and different electric mixers. You may even say that the time you save on the mixing, you lose on all that extra washing up! :-)

Using a Bundt tin is traditional but it’s not essential if you don’t have one, a large round cake tin will suffice. The cornmeal gives it a lovely yellow colour. It’s a tasty and very filling cake, so don’t cut yourself a massive slice! It’s a mid-afternoon with a cup of tea kind of cake.

Cakes & Bakes: Bolo de fubá com coco

Yield: makes 8-12 slices

Cakes & Bakes: Bolo de fubá com coco

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • 225g/8oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 330g/11½oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 250g/9oz finely ground cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 235ml/fl oz coconut milk
  • 120ml/fl oz milk
  • 100g/oz dessicated coconut
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  • For the topping
  • 2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs dessicated coconut
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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a Bundt cake tin or 23cm/9 inch round springform cake tin
  3. In a large measuring jug, combine the coconut milk, milk and dessicated coconut and set aside
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cornmeal and set aside
  5. Separate the egg yolks & whites. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, and preferably using an electric hand whisk, beat the egg whites into soft peaks. Set aside
  6. Using an electric stand mixer on a medium speed, cream the butter and caster sugar
  7. Gently whisk the egg yolks before gradually adding them to the butter & sugar mixture mixing on a low speed all the while
  8. Still on a low speed, add flour & cornmeal mixture alternating with the coconut & milk mixture
  9. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites until well combined
  10. Put the mixture into the Bundt/cake tin and bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes away clean
  11. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside
  12. Allow the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before carefully removing it from the tin and transferring it on to a serving plate
  13. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and dessicated coconut over the top
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Tour de Yorkshire

July 9th, 2014

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Sky blue vintage VW campervan at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Along with half the population of Yorkshire, we watched the Tour de France at the weekend.

people in cycling gear at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Armed with picnic & camera we hiked to Cragg Vale on Sunday – the longest continual incline in the country… and now also the world record holder for continuous stretch of bunting.

racing bikes against a fence in Cragg Vale

We thought we’d share a few images with you. The cyclists are the focus of the day of course, but these pictures capture the crowds, decorations and atmosphere which were as much a part of the event.

Adelle and Fudge at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Well, it’s not everyday you see three giant rabbits winding their way across the moors.

Giant Miffy figures atop cars at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Everyone had their spot – some people jostled for a position at the roadside – others took a more laid back approach.

Man sitting wearing a hat at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

There were a fair number of camper vans in evidence, but most people arrived on foot or by bicycle.

Parasol and bikes against the fence in Cragg Vale

Some people were there to cheer on favourites, others just to support the whole peloton on its epic journey.

Yates flag at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

The sun shone and there was much cheering & laughter in this normally remote & quiet spot.

Pylons and a St George's flag in Cragg Vale in Cragg Vale

We’re already looking forward to watching again next time round (and there surely will be a next time)… or following it round France in our camper van when we’ve saved enough money.

TV helicopter filming at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

It was great fun watching it later on TV too – all those familiar villages & roads transformed into something very different for a few hours.  A truly memorable day!

We’re new & improved!

July 8th, 2014

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Newly designed H is for Home website home page screenshot

We’ve been burning the midnight oil recently – and are very excited to finally be able to share news of our late night efforts.

Newly designed H is for Home website shop page screenshot

We’ve been beavering away designing a shiny new & improved H is for Home shop website. Here are a couple of previews. The new design went live yesterday – please click here to go and have a look and tell us what you think!