March 3rd, 2014
curated by H is for Home
Once again, Fudge is throwing a tantrum. “I WANT AN ETSY LIST!”, he howled.
“OK, OK!”, we relent. “What do you want to do?”, we begged.
“Everybody loves a Weimaraner!”, he wimpered.
“Have it on our desk by Monday morning!”, we barked.
You get the picture…
March 2nd, 2014
They say that a tidy desk equals a tidy mind. A well-designed, practical home office would be Nirvana to me. I like everything just so and in its rightful place. Chance would be a fine thing! To wrongly quote a well-known song, “Wherever I lay my laptop…”. I like to sit in the warmest, sunniest, quietest room in the house – and that room can vary from day to day, sometimes hour to hour.
If we did ever get a proper home office, these are some of the things we’d like in it. Bright colours, a peg board (you wouldn’t believe how hard to get hold of they are!) for keeping everything up & off the desk and STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE!
- SNILLE visitor’s chair, green: £12, IKEA
- Pegboard – essential storage organiser: £30.84, Etsy
- Morton trestle table, oak: £299, MADE
- Anglepoise 1228 floor lamp, daffodil: £230, John Lewis
- A4 aluminium clipboard: £8.95, Muji
- Me coffee cup, small: £22, Lovethesign
- Woodland ditsy magazine file: £7, Paperchase
- Bisley desktop cabinet 5 drawer steel orange: £51.99, Ryman
- Tutti Frutti waste paper bin: £110, Andrea Stemmer
- Brennenstuhl 4-way extension socket with 2m cable – green: £11.41, Amazon
March 1st, 2014
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One of our most popular images on Flickr is a 1950s pink-striped Mauthe alarm clock. It’s been blogged, reblogged, borrowed, pinned and liked all around the web.
British Heart Foundation* has an elegant, Mauthe mantle clock for sale on eBay for Charity at the moment. A solid wood surround and attractive brown face with gold-coloured metal hands and hour markers. It chimes, which I always find a quite comforting sound – you don’t get many chiming clocks any more!
*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.
February 28th, 2014
We purchased a second laptop at Christmas – sharing the one MacBook between us wasn’t working out any more! The next thing we need to get is a second laptop support. There are loads and loads of different ones from which to choose. Unfortunately, a lot of them look cheaply made, badly designed… and plain ugly!
As I may have mentioned in an earlier post, I like working from bed – especially late at night and during the chilly winter months. Most of the laptop supports on the market are on legs which can prove to be tricky and just a little wobbly on a duvet and mattress.
The selection above all suit left and right-handers – even the one from Argos with its extra bit for mouse, mug or calculator. You’d be surprised at how many of them are designed for right-handed users only. We actually already own the brown cushtop – that’s why we’ve chosen it as our top choice. It’s lightweight, durable and great for using in bed!
- Belkin laptop cushtop for laptops up to 17″ in brown: £24.50, Amazon
- BRÄDA laptop support, pink: £3.50, IKEA
- Lapgear Mydesk, green: £29.99, Amazon
- Targus lap chill mat: £22.11, eBay
- Milo bentwood laptop tray with mouse mat: £29.99, Argos
February 27th, 2014
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent. I thought I’d observe the day by making Pateley fritters. I found the recipe in my recently acquired Yorkshire W.I. Recipe Book. Apparently, Pateley fritters were traditionally eaten on the Wednesday of Shrovetide (Ash Wednesday).
According to the introduction to the recipe:
‘Each day during that week was known by its own peculiar name – Collop Monday (eggs and collops, an old word for the slices of meat), Shrove or Pancake Tuesday, Fritter or Frutas Wednesday and Bloody Thursday, when black puddings were served.’
Two separate fritter recipes – both from Upper Nidderdale – are given, I found the other one already shared here.
Cakes & Bakes: Pateley Fritters
- 15g/½oz fresh yeast
- ½tsp sugar
- pinch pepper
- 450g/1lb plain flour
- 225g/8oz sugar
- 55g/2oz currants
- 55g/2oz sultanas
- 1 egg
- pinch salt
- little grated nutmeg
- 425ml/¾pt warm milk
- Cree* the yeast with the teaspoon of sugar and a dash of pepper
- Mix all the other dry ingredients together
- Make a well in the centre and add the yeast and enough warm milk to make a soft mixture rather thicker than a Yorkshire pudding batter
- Whisk in the egg
- Let it rise in a warm place for a few hours
- Drop tablespoons at a time into a hot, greased frying pan
- When brown on one side, turn over and cook on the reverse
The addition of pepper to the yeast whilst being creed is an old fashioned method of hastening the process.
*At first I thought the use of 'cree' was a typo. But it was mentioned twice. I looked it up on the internet and the only mention of the term I could find was: 'To cree (North-country) is to expand by slow cooking in water. To plim is the South-country equivalent'.
I then looked up 'to plim' and found: 'To plim. v. n. To swell; to increase in bulk.'
I personally wouldn't advise 'slow cooking' the yeast as anything over blood temperature would probably kill it. I think the recipe calls for it to merely be made into a paste and warmed in a bain marie/double boiler. If you know better - please get in touch!