Measure for Pleasure

March 29th, 2015

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section of a vintage metric measure tea towel

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.

section of a vintage metric measure tea towel

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!!

vintage metric measures tea towel

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!

Charity Vintage: Kenwood mixer

March 28th, 2015

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Vintage Kenwood mixer for sale on eBay for Charity by & supporting Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust (ends 5 Apr, 2015 19:23:24 BST)

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.

Gimme Five! Radio-controlled wall clocks

March 27th, 2015

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Selection of 5 radio-controlled wall clocks | H is for Home

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.

  1. Jumbo wall clock with thermometer: £34.99, Oregon Scientific
  2. Unity Lytham radio-controlled wall clock: £29.80, Amazon
  3. Red Precision radio-controlled wall clock: £14.99, Argos
  4. Lascelles radio-controlled wall clock: £60, John Lewis
  5. TFA Dostmann analogue radio-controlled wall clock: £95.99, Wayfair

Cakes & Bakes: Buttermilk scones

March 26th, 2015

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Home made buttermilk scones | H is for Home

These buttermilk scones are probably the quickest, easiest and perhaps cheapest recipe we’ve featured on Cakes & Bakes.

Buttermilk scones ingredients | H is for Home

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.

Buttermilk scones being cut and shaped | H is for Home

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!

Scones being glazed with buttermilk | H is for Home

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.

Home made buttermilk scones with cheese and a mug of tea | H is for Home

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Buttermilk scones
Yields 10
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
  1. 250g self-raising flour
  2. 250g buttermilk
  3. pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 225ºC/440ºF/gas mark 7
  2. Line a large oven tray with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Mix the flour and salt in a mixing bowl
  4. Reserve about 2tbs of the buttermilk before adding the rest to the flour
  5. Bring together to form quite a wet dough, trying not to mix or knead too much
  6. Flour a work surface well before gently rolling the dough to about 2cm thick
  7. Form rounds using a medium-sized cookie/pastry cutter
  8. Place the rounds on the baking tray leaving a little space between
  9. Brush the top of each with the reserved buttermilk
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops have turned a light golden brown
  11. Allow to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack
  12. Serve while still warm
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Etsy List: Use your Loaf!

March 23rd, 2015

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'Use your Loaf!' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

 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!

Use your Loaf!
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