Archive for September, 2010

Onion Overload

I looked in the vegetable basket the other day and found nothing nut onions. And not just one or two forelorn looking onions. An army of them. I think they multiple at night while we sleep. And so I’m left with the dilemma of how to use them up.

But its Autumn, and there is a chill in the air, and its soup season, therefore Onion Soup was called for. Rich creamy onion soup, eaten with a fresh baguette and lashings of butter. Delicious. So for all of you experiencing the same onion overload as I am, here is a great, simple recipe for White Onion Soup.

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Raspberry and Mango Yogurt Cake

It’s the weekend and what is a weekend without cake? I’m a huge fan of the english tea idea, basically eating cake legitimately for a meal. Awesome. And this is the perfect cake for it. It’s light and airy (because of the yogurt) and pack full of fruit. On top of that it couldn’t be easier to bake. It uses store-cupboard ingredients and so can be whipped up at any time. I couldn’t endorse this cake more.

To bake:

  1. Cream 180g of unsalted butter with 240g of caster sugar. Add 4 eggs and mix well.
  2. Sieve 280g of plain flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder on top of your mix.
  3. Mix in 220g of plain yogurt.
  4. Finally add in 100g of defrosted (or fresh) mango and a handful of defrosted (or fresh) raspberries.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased ring tin and put into the oven 180 degrees for 40 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean)

Exploring the City

I’m off to explore the city; to enjoy the weather, watch the leaves and drink some coffee today. I leave you with the recommendation that you do the same. Take time out from life and just watch the city go by. *Sigh* My ideal day.

This is a photo I took of the city from Edinburgh Castle. You could definitely spend a whole day there. Maybe that’s where I’ll end up today. Lets see what whim takes me. New posts coming at the weekend.

Sunday Pleasures

I love sudoku. I don’t get very much time to partake in them but I find them invaluable for killing time when traveling. During most of my airport trips I always make a point to pick up a book of them. But my absolute favorite ones (because they are just the right level of trickyness) are the ones the Irish Times publishes. But, of course, I can’t pick of a copy all that easily over here in Scotland. But (happily for me) they make their daily sudoku’s available for download here. So I’ve been saving them up, meaning to do something with them for ages. And because it is no good carrying scraps of loose paper around the whole time, I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to try by hand at binding.

I bind things alot for my professional work and because of this I have developed a personal preference for hot glue bindings. Something which I have thought I could rival at home. So here it is. A really, really simple way of glue binding booklets. Perfect for home made books (like mine) or sketchbooks and notepads. Having tried it, I’m now going to give every type of notepad a go!

All you need is:

  • Scraps of paper cut to the size you want your booklet
  • A plastic based glue (I used UHU, Bostik would be fine too)
  • Bulldog clips
  • Scraps of balsa wood or thick card
  • Decorative paper or card for cover
  • Double sided tape

To assemble:

  1. Gather your notebook pages and align them. Trying not to disturb them, place a strip of balsa/card either side of the edge you wish to bind and hold in place using bulldog clips
  2. Using your glue nozzle, spread glue evenly and thoroughly along the spine
  3. When set, remove the balsa and check that all pages are secure (If pages are loose, redo steps 1-2). Take your intended cover paper. Cut two pieces to the height of your notepad. Take one piece and cut to the length of your notepad, this is the back cover. Take your second piece and cut one inch longer than the back, this is the front cover.
  4. Using double sided tape, secure the back cover by placing tape on the spine side of the back of the book and attaching the back cover.
  5. Again, using double sided tape, secure the front cover along the spine and back of the book. The extra one inch length on the cover should wrap over the spine and over to the back. And that’s it. It take only a few minutes.

I used an old screen print for my front and back cover and then I added some letraset letters to write ‘sudoku’ on my new booklet. Have fun with it!

Animal Prints

Ok, I’ve managed to try and haul myself out of my creativity slump. I’ve finally gotten around to making some cards which I’ve had the idea for for awhile. Which means, free printables for you. Hooray. I love them, there are very sweet and just the type of humor I go in for (in other words, cheesy-ness) and they are available for you to print and give to your nearest and dearest. I love them all so much, but I especially can’t wait to send the ‘I had a whale of a time’ card.

There are five different cards, all you have to do to get your copy is click one of the following links below or one of the images to open a downloadable PDF. Then you can print them over and over. Happy crafting!

You’re Deer to MeCan’t Bear to be Without YouBee MineI Had a Whale of a TimeThank Ewe

Stockings & Suspenders

Ugh. I am in a creative black hole. There is so much awesomeness out there (like Ucreate’s Party Skirt or Design*Sponge’s Scrap Paper Notebook or Smitten Kitchen’s Peach Shortbread) but I am feeling completely inadequate in comparison. Here’s hoping I snap out of it soon.

As I mentioned awhile ago, I’ve been getting a head start on my Christmas knitting and I’ve just finished Mary Lou’s Holiday Stocking. I fiddled with it a little (OK maybe a bit more than a little) and changed the colors, made it longer and the strips differently sized and there is something just not right about it. I’m looking at it, fed up. It’s a really good pattern and well written, there is something just not right. I think it’s lacking the magical Christmas feel. Maybe be December it will appear different. Humph, here’s hoping and here’s hoping you’re managing better than me at the moment!

Milk & Cookies

It’s back to school time again, and therefore time to start making after school treats. One of my favorite things after being out at school all day (even I’m still subject to the odd school day) is to come home to a plate of cookies and a giant glass of cold milk. Just right to keep me going ’til dinner time and it makes me feel about ten to lump my schoolbag down, and leave a trail of  school uniform behind me as I head straight for the treats.

So here is the recipe for my lovely chocolate-chip cookies. Crunchy on the outside and chewy inside, just the way they should be.

  1. Cream together 220g of caster sugar with 220g of butter and an egg yolk.
  2. Sieve in 250g of plain flour and 1/2 teaspoon of bread soda and mix.
  3. Finally mix in 150g of chocolate chips. Shape the dough into a sausage, wrap in cling film and put in the fridge to set.
  4. When solid (takes anywhere from half and hour to an hour) unwrap your dough and cut into discs. It should make about 16 cookies
  5. Place the cookies on a lined baking tray (leaving room for spreading) and cook for around 20 minutes (or until golden at the edges) in a preheated 180 degree oven

Enjoy! The time you leave in your cookies will depend on how they turn out (less time for chewy, more time for crunchy). To make an extra special treat why don’t you make them into ice cream sandwiches? Simply take your chosen ice cream flavour out of the freezer and allow to soften. Then spoon it between two cookies, place in a freezer bag and return to the freezer until you’re hungry.


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