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Charity Vintage: Tala flour sifter

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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vintage Tala flour sifter for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 19 Feb, 2014 20:03:04 GMT)

I really should invest in a flour sifter! When I’m weighing out flour, I sit a handled sieve precariously on a mixing bowl which itself sits on a set of scales. As I spoon a mound of flour into the sieve it invariably tips up and flour ends up all over the table.

This vintage Tala flour sifter being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of British Heart Foundation* would really simplify & improve proceedings. Lovely aerated flour = lovely aerated cakes!

*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.

Wednesday Wish: Tala Cook’s Curry Measure

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Tala cook's curry measure available from Amazon

Have you been watching Rick Stein’s India that’s currently on BBC2? He’s touring India tasting & making the most fantastic looking curries.

We cook & eat a fair few curries and the programme has got me wanting a few curry-making kitchen implements.I’m going to start with this Tala Cook’s Curry Measure (in orange of course!) Each of the curries I’ve seen made on the show starts with a pungent mix of spices – cardamom, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin, curry leaves, turmeric and one that I’d never even heard of before – asafoetida.

The measure gives you the right proportions for making the different spice mixes for chapatis, biryani, rice, pakora, butter chicken, raita, dahl, aloo gobi, jalfrezi and murgh methi.

Also on the wish list is a karahi (or kadai) – one of those vast, circular cast iron pots with handles; a vaghar vadki or tadka (tarka) pan which is used to gently fry the spices in before they’re added to the the curry; and a tava (or tawa) – a flat, circular griddle for making all manner of flatbreads. One item at a time I think!

Jubilee Gems!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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Union Jack flag in the H iss for Home colours

For the past month or so everywhere you look there’s been bucket-loads of special commemorative things being produced for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s a lot of tat out there, but there are some future classics too!

Here’s a rundown of our top ten…

Alison Gardiner Golden Jubilee commemorative china tableware available at John LewisEmma Bridgewater Union Jack pottery comport
Alison Gardiner tableware: £12.95-£69.95 | Emma Bridgewater comport: £75

Think jubilee… think garden and street parties – this fabulous crockery will do any gingham cloth-covered trestle table proud!

Red Jubilee English Breakfast tea tin from Liberty of LondonPrestat Jubilee box of truffles
Liberty of London English breakfast tea tin: £7.50 | Prestat truffles: £29.99

If you’re going to be watching the festivities on television from the comfort of your sofa, the combination of this English breakfast tea & truffle chocs will help keep your energy levels up!

FieldCandy Rule Britannia tentFulton Union Jack Funbrella unbrella
FieldCandy tent: £395 | Fulton funbrella umbrella: £12

You may be planning on spending the Jubilee weekend in the great outdoors. How better to nail your colours to the mast than with this fabulous two-person tent? Just don’t forget your brolly – you can never rely on the Great British weather!

Barbour Beacon backpackRadley Large Tote Bag
Barbour Beacon backpack: £205 | Radley tote bag: £99

And to carry your stuff on your travels during this extended bank holiday, a couple of patriotic bags –  for him & her.

Tala Union Jack cook's dry measureGreat British Street Party Cook Book by Nancy Lambert available from Amazon
Tala cook’s measure £8 | Great British Street Party Cookbook: from £3.62

And if you’ll be having a Great British Bake Off of your own this cook’s measure will make calculating your ingredients that more enjoyable! And how about impressing the neighbours with your culinary prowess with the help of this cookbook?