Salted toffee popcorn

October 16th, 2014

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Popcorn is a ‘superfood’. It’s low in calories, fat, sugar and salt and high in fibre, protein, magnesium, iron, B1, B2, B6… You could almost live on popcorn alone!

If a healthy option is what you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place. We’ve taken this healthy & delicious snack and morphed it into a devilish delight – salted toffee popcorn. It doesn’t take long to transform – a mere 10 minutes – it knocks the socks off (and costs a tiny fraction of) the stuff you can buy at the cinema.

So, next time you’re sitting down to an episode of Gogglebox, Homeland or Downton Abbey – quickly pop yoursef up some of this, it’s the perfect accompaniment!

We purloined the recipe from Katy Salter over at lovefood.

Salted toffee popcorn

Salted toffee popcorn

Ingredients

  • For the corn
  • 100g/3½oz popping corn
  • 1 tbsp vegetable/sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • pinch sea salt flakes
  • For the toffee coating
  • 40g/1½oz soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 30g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
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Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan over a medium heat
  2. Add the butter and melt, swirling it into the oil with a wooden spoon
  3. Pour in the corn and add a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pan. The corn will start popping after about 1 minute and carry on for another 2-3 minutes
  4. When the popping sounds slow down to more than 4 or 5 seconds between pops, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly in the pan
  5. In the meantime, add the butter, syrup, sugar and water to a saucepan over a medium-high heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the butter has melted and sugar dissolved
  6. Bring to the boil and let it bubble rapidly for 4-5 minutes, stirring throughout, until the mixture is a dark, toffee colour
  7. Pour the toffee sauce over the popcorn, and stir to coat all the kernels
  8. Sprinkle the salt over, again stirring to coat all the kernals
  9. Leave to cool slightly and let the toffee sauce harden for around 5 minutes before serving
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Allotment Diary: Clearing up, winding down

October 15th, 2014

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cabbage, apples and potatoes from our allotment

Autumn is well & truly here – and our weekend visit to the allotment certainly proved it.

ripening tomatoes on our allotment

It was a beautiful sunny day, but the unmistakable signs of nature winding down for the year were all around.

collecting fallen leaves into a wheelbarrow

We picked a few remaining crops and cleared fallen leaves & beech masts.

robin on our allotment

Within seconds, our canny little friend appeared to snack on freshly uncovered worms & insects.

chilli apple compote made from windfall apples

Justin didn’t go hungry either – he rustled up an evening meal from the last of the vegetables and windfall apples.

pork chop with veg and apple sauce made from produce from our allotment

Pork chop with an apple & chilli compote – baby potatoes & cabbage with balsamic vinegar. Ready, Steady, Cook – eat your heart out! ;-)

Creative Collections: Vintage printing blocks

October 14th, 2014

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pile of wooden vintage printing blocks

We love typography and fonts – and have amassed quite a collection of vintage letters & numbers in various forms – printing blocks, stencils and old retail signage.

details of a pile of wooden vintage printing blocks

We’ll concentrate on wooden vintage printing blocks for this edition of Creative Collections. Aren’t they wonderful? The array of wood grain & colour, sizes and shapes.

details of a pile of wooden vintage printing blocks

One of those perfect things to collect over the years that make up into a really interesting & eye-catching display – whether it be a random selection or spelled out words.

vintage printing blocks with a letter 'C' in the foreground

Even the traces of residual ink can add interest.

vintage printing blocks with a number 5 in the foreground

We’ve just bought a large collection of blocks like these pictured. So, if you’re missing that perfect letter Q to complete a phrase…

set of wooden vintage printing blocks spelling out H is for Home

…or you’d like particular words to display – name or house number perhaps – just drop us a line and we’ll see if we can oblige.

pile of wooden vintage printing blocks

Prices vary depending on size, the quality of carving & rarity – but generally speaking we sell the smallest letters for £2-£3, medium cost £4-£8 and the largest £10-£25.

Etsy List: Spring forward, Fall back

October 13th, 2014

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'Spring forward, Fall back' Etsy List curated by H is for HomeThe clocks go back (or is it forwards?) on the 26th of October this year – it always happens on the last Sunday of October. We’ll go from British Summer Time (BST) or ‘daylight saving time’ back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) at 1am.

For ages I couldn’t get to grips with this bi-annual time change – it’s not practiced in Trinidad where I grew up. The sudden change to dark evenings still affects me hugely even though I’ve been back living in the UK for over 25 years. But I take the rough with the smooth; the long, bright summer evenings almost make up for it!

I now mentally recite the mnemonic, “spring forward, fall back”, to remember which way to turn the hands on my watch & clocks around the house.

Spring forward, Fall back
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Charity Vintage: Anstey and Wilson starburst clock

October 11th, 2014

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vintage Anstey and Wilson starburst clock for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice
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This vintage Anstey and Wilson starburst clock is currently for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of Isabel Hospice*.

Anstey and Wilson were a Birmingham-based electro plated ware manufacturering company and appear to have been trading right up until the late 1990s when it was dissolved.

They produced lots of different designs of starburst/sunburst clocks in teak and brass. Their looks and quality are on a par with (often more expensive) Seth Thomas examples. This one is ‘buy it now’ for £50 with £7 postage. We don’t think the listing will last its whole course – there are already 27 people who have put it in their watch list!

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.