August 16th, 2014
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This 1950s Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set is definitely something very special! We can’t seem to find any images or reference to the pattern online or in our vintage pottery books. That makes it a pretty rare thing! The coffee set consists of 6 cups & saucer with coffee pot all in very good condition. This fabulous mid-century modern set is up for sale by Lindsey Lodge Hospice* based over in Scunthorpe.
Its starting bid is only £4.50, and surprisingly no one has had a punt yet. What are you waiting for? Get over there and bid!
*Lindsey Lodge Hospice exists to provide a range of specialist services to people with cancer and other life limiting conditions in North Lincolnshire. They aim to enhance the quality of life and to support the patients and those who are dear to them.
August 15th, 2014
Classic sunshine & showers all this week – the weather doesn’t know what it’s doing from one minute to the next. You don’t always want to be wearing layers of waterproof clothing if the rain only lasts ten minutes, so a nice umbrella is the perfect solution. I like a clear umbrella myself, so I can pull it down low but still see where I’m going. Here are five of my favourites from around the web.
- Birds on a Wire dome: £14, BHS
- Bubble: £25, Hunter
- Stella McCartney: £37, Selfridges
- Mood Dots parasol: £35, Radley
- PVC dome Enchanted Dotty print: £17, Totes
August 14th, 2014
I’m a regular stalker of the discounted shelves and fridges in our local supermarket. I’m very strict though, I only ever pick something up that I would have bought anyway. On a recent late evening trip to Morrisons, I saw a 4-pint bottle of whole organic milk for 89p down from £1.84. We don’t generally use full fat milk, and we never buy it in such large quantities, but I knew that I wanted to try making home made paneer.
Paneer is a simple curd cheese – similar to cottage cheese, mascarpone and quark – that relies on acid rather than rennet to form. From earlier research I knew that only full fat milk really works – and you need a fair amount of milk to make a big enough portion of paneer worth the process. You also need the acid which separates the curds from the whey. This can be in the form of natural yoghurt, citric acid, lemon juice or vinegar.
The process was like a doing a school science experiment. Heat the milk in a big saucepan, add the acid, stir and the alchemy of the separating liquid from solid happened instantaneously! I knew it was simple to do – but didn’t realise it was that simple. Why hadn’t I done it before? Paneer costs about £7 per kilo in the shops – when you can actually get hold of it that is!
We used some of it when making a curry and some of it like you would ricotta, in a spinach & paneer lasagne. We saved the whey and used it in place of the water when making a dhal. It made the dish slightly sweeter, creamier and tastier.
Here’s how I made it…
August 12th, 2014
We’re back touring!
We’ve crossed the sea to Ireland in our World Dolls Series – a charming collection of children’s books produced in the 1960s.
Our guides for this leg of the journey are Kathleen & Patrick – two dolls who once stood side by side in a Dublin shop window. There’ll certainly be no misbehaving on this trip – Patrick has his shillelagh at the ready for anyone who steps out of line!
Gorgeous illustrations once more – this time the work of J.Giplin from the Birmingham School of Design.
We’re taken on a journey through pretty country landscapes…
…eating hearty home cooked food as we go.
What’s not to like?
Across the channel to France next time!