July 12th, 2014
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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.
July 11th, 2014
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…
- SOLVINDEN solar-powered table lamp: £9, IKEA
- Lola LED solar powered outdoor glass jar lantern in blue: £7, B&Q
- Solar outdoor string lanterns, multi: £20, John Lewis
- Solar post light: £16.99, Crocus
- Solar bamboo light: £6.99, Original Organics
July 10th, 2014
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
- 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
- For the topping
- 2 tbs granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs dessicated coconut
- Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
- Grease a Bundt cake tin or 23cm/9 inch round springform cake tin
- In a large measuring jug, combine the coconut milk, milk and dessicated coconut and set aside
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cornmeal and set aside
- 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
- Using an electric stand mixer on a medium speed, cream the butter and caster sugar
- Gently whisk the egg yolks before gradually adding them to the butter & sugar mixture mixing on a low speed all the while
- Still on a low speed, add flour & cornmeal mixture alternating with the coconut & milk mixture
- Gently fold in the beaten egg whites until well combined
- Put the mixture into the Bundt/cake tin and bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes away clean
- In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside
- Allow the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before carefully removing it from the tin and transferring it on to a serving plate
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and dessicated coconut over the top
July 9th, 2014
Along with half the population of Yorkshire, we watched the Tour de France at the weekend.
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.
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.
Well, it’s not everyday you see three giant rabbits winding their way across the moors.
Everyone had their spot – some people jostled for a position at the roadside – others took a more laid back approach.
There were a fair number of camper vans in evidence, but most people arrived on foot or by bicycle.
Some people were there to cheer on favourites, others just to support the whole peloton on its epic journey.
The sun shone and there was much cheering & laughter in this normally remote & quiet spot.
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.
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!
July 8th, 2014
We’ve been burning the midnight oil recently – and are very excited to finally be able to share news of our late night efforts.
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!