You’re going to think I’m nuts (in fact sometimes I consider that myself), but a few months back, in my foodie magazine there was an offer for a few potato grow bag and 5 tubers. All you had to pay was the P&P. Yes please. So I filled out the form and thought not much more of it until it arrived a few months later.
Then came this green canvas shopper-like thing and 5 little baby potatoes. Was I or wasn’t I going to try it or was I going to give it to some more deserving person with an actual garden. Sod it, no. They were mine. I love potatoes and growing them in an apartment? No problem! And turns out – everything is going fine. I have my grow bag filled with lovely compost, and lots of potato shoots sprouting out the top. But I don’t harvest ’til July (I think…) so that is going to be the real test. Fingers crossed!
My baby kimono is now all sewn up! At last! It is only a simple and easy little knit but it sat around waiting for me to sew up for a very long time. Hopefully I’m not the only one who will do anything to avoid sewing up? Anyway, there wasn’t much to it, just sewing up the sides and sleeves and adding a pop button and a false heart shaped button to the front. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s just to cute and miniature sized. Now on with the rest of my baby knitting which is being neglected terribly.
Published June 13, 2011
Tags: birthday, chesse, Chocolate, cool, cream, easy, pastry, pie, special, strawberry, summer, tart
This is the most amazing tart (pie) I’ve tasted or made in a long time. It is both delicious and looks amazing. It definitely gives you a feeling of being a legitimate pastry chef. It also went down well in this house as it combined what both Mr A and myself look for in a desert. I want the light, summer, fruity-ness and he’s all about the chocolate. But this sits somewhere between the two. There is a little bit of time involved but not much more than what would be involved if you were making a victoria sponge or any other cake. I’m definitely going to make this again soon, as a birthday cake perhaps. You don’t have to use strawberries either you can use whatever season fruit or berries you wish to.
To make your cake:
- Bake blind a shortcrust pastry case in a fluted tin. You can buy the case already baked or buy the pastry already made as a timesaver. I just whipped up a basic shortcrust in the food processor. If you’re making your pastry yourself, add in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to make chocolate shortcrust. Allow your pastry case to cool.
- Melt 60g of dark chocolate. Using a brush paint your base and sides with the dark chocolate. Leave to set.
- Mix together 250g of mascarpone, 175ml of cream, and 25g of caster sugar. Add the zest of an orange or lime to your taste.
- Spread out your filling in the now cooled and set tart tin.
- Arrange you washed and hulled strawberrys (about 400/500g) around your tart.
- Heat 100g of strawberry jam and push through a sieve. Using a brush, brush the liquid over all your fruit.
- Put in the fridge to cool for an hour and then you’re ready to serve.
I love Fridays. Especially Fridays when the sun is shining and I know I’m off work for the next week. We generally go out for lunch as our Friday treat in work and lately we’ve been driving out to the countryside to our local farm shop for a simple salady lunch outside in the sun, with lovely home baked cake and freshly picked produce to finish. Last Friday I took home a punnet of the new season strawberrys and this delcious bunch of young asparagus. The asparagus went straight on the BBQ and the strawberrys, well I’ll fill you in on what happened there. But, if the weather is good where you are today, I highly suggest you head to your farm shop.
Published June 3, 2011
Tags: Baking, cream, cupcakes, icing, miniature, Recipe, sponge, strawberry, summer, victoria
Every now and then every one needs a taste of the classics – no fancy stuff, just the stuff of your childhood. So with strawberries coming into season here this week and the weather hotting up (May, you were a dissappointment), I got a hankering for a classic victoria sponge. But, because everything is cuter is individual portions I made a victoria sponge batter (by dumping everything into my food processor) and spooned it into a muffin tin, popped them in the oven and kept a close eye on them until they were tall and golden and ready to take out.
Then, simply leave to cool. Cut in half and fill with strawberry jam, fresh cut strawberries and freshly whipped sponge. As a final touch, dust with icing sugar. And how delicious do they look? I tell you that they taste even better. With a cup of tea or a glass of cloudy lemonade….Ah, summer has begun…
I love Converse. Love Love Love. They are the closest thing to trainers I own, I wear them on days off, I wear them to work, I wear them in Summer, in Winter, casually, and formally. You will not get me out of my converse. I came across this image on Pinterest, and it just sums up the way my shoe collection heads.
They are my go to shoes. Mr. A is always getting on to me that I don’t own any proper shoes. In the winter my feet get wet, and cold and I constantly fall over in the ice and snow due to the absolute lack of grip. If I dare even moan a little, he starts off on his ‘converse aren’t proper shoes’ rant. But I don’t want practical, I want cool. And that is what converse is for me.
Lately however, I had become very annoyed with them. They seem to have become super popular. Now you can’t get a pair of converse for much less than £40.00. What???!! I remember when they were cheap as chips. Low tops for £25, high tops £28. Easy. So that is why they are my object of desire for this month – how about a pair of converse lite (£37)? Cheery blue low tops (£37)? Or classic red high tops (£35)?