Showing posts with label home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 December 2011

My Christmas in Food

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So, I have been trying to summon up the energy to go through and edit the many photos I took over Christmas and it has taken me till now to do it. It has been so nice having some time off from everything and although I got ill on Christmas night it has been a nice excuse to lay on the sofa and eat all the chocolates that I got for Christmas (not that I need any excuse!) I am happy to report I am pretty much all better now and am planning a day of baking today, if I manage to get out of my PJs and to the supermarket that its! I realise its a bit of an overload of photos but I thought I'd share how we did Christmas this year. I loved hosting it and I am happy to report it all went without any glitches- despite the fact that our oven broke 5 days before Christmas. Luckily our landlord was great and got it sorted in time for us! Apologies for the dark and grainy photos from Christmas Eve, I still haven't quite got the hang of low light photography.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

Kombos- A traditional Bosnian Christmas Eve meal consisting of saurkraut, lots of garlic, olive oil, butterbeans & canneloni beans topped with baked potatoes. Traditionally you don't eat meat on Christmas Eve.
Cheese selection with blinis in the background
The star of Christmas- Lancashire Bomb cheese. We pretty much finished the whole lot in 2 days.
Smoked Salmon on homemade Blinis with soured cream and horseradish
Homemade filo & sweet pastry mince pies
Homemade sourdough for Christmas day breakfast
More cheese
Chorizo scrambled eggs and blinis
Brussel Sprouts stir fried with bacon, shallots and garlic and topped with roasted chestnuts
Roasted vegetables with my favourite- roasted parsnips
Petit Fours
Chocolate, Pistachio, Raspberry and Almond Macaroons
Some more petit fours

Monday, 19 December 2011

Last minute gift ideas for the foodie in your life

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So I probably should have thought about doing this post sooner but I have been a little distracted by Christmas. I am really excited about this year and am eager to start cooking for the big day. But before that I thought I would share a few gifts ideas for the foodie in your life.

1. Ottolenghi Cookbook. I am a huge fan of Yottam Ottolenghi, we received his book 'Plenty' for our wedding gift. This one is on my wish list, full of inspirational recipes £14.50 on Amazon.
2. Measuring Cups. Really useful when cooking from American recipes and these are just so beautiful £28 from Anthropologie.
3. Le Creuset. The price may be a little high but these cast iron dishes will last a life time and are so versatile. Prices vary.
4. Tartine Bread Book. I recently bought this book and it has taken my bread baking to the next level. £15.51 from Amazon.
5. Dough Scraper. Perfect to accompany number 4, also a great tool to have in the kitchen for all sorts of baking. £5.99 from Amazon.
6. Kitchen Aid Mixer. Mosts cooks dream and this colour is beautiful! I recently discovered that if you order through the American Amazon you get it for over £100 less including the postage. Around £420 in the UK
7. Plate to Pixel Book. A fantastic book about photographing food. I need this in my life! £13.93 Amazon
8. Pretty Cup. The perfect tea companion whilst you wait patiently for your dough to rise. £10 from Anthropologie

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas in our home

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Having a little play with bokeh

After being inspired by some of my favourite blog's tours around their Christmas decorations I thought that I would share a few photos from around our home. For the first time this year Tim & I are hosting Christmas at our place. My mum and dad (& Whisper the dog) will be coming up to Cambridge on Christmas Eve and will be with us till Boxing day and I really can't wait. I have slight concerns that the piglet we have ordered may not fit in my tiny oven but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it! We have some serious treats in store for us for dinner this year and I can feel my waistline expanding just thinking about all the food in store!

Being an only child meant that growing up Christmas was always very small, usually being just the 3 of us. They were always so magical and full of tradition. From the traditional Yugoslavian Christmas biscuits my mum would make to the tradition of the meal on Christmas Eve night. They are all traditions I hope to keep going and I especially can't wait to do when we have kids of our own. After meeting Tim I became part of a bigger family which just keeps on growing, 3 brothers-in-law, two sister-in-laws, 2 nephews & a niece and of course my mother & father in-law. We try to alternate where we spend Christmas each year but some of my favourites have been where both families have combined all sitting around a big table passing around plates of food lots of laughter and playing games after dinner. I look forward to starting some of our own traditions this year.
The first presents under the tree along with some dropped needles

Homemade felt garland
Some of the blogs that have inspired me to share some photos with you include Elizabeth, Drea & Abigail. Be sure to stop by and check out their beautiful homes and also make sure you check our Drea's super Easy Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial (which inspired me to make my garland above)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Our Love Will Never Fade Anniversary Print

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You may remember me talking about Tim and I designing and making a screenprint to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary which was last month. Well finally got around to printing it up last week and I am so so chuffed with the outcome. 

We are just about to get our copy framed (its going above our bed) and have set a pile aside for when we have kiddos one day. But we have decided that we will stick the rest of the prints up for sale to help generate a little fund to help get us to Paris for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Its a trip we keep desperately wanting to make but circumstances just haven't allowed it just yet. I hope we finally make it! 

The prints are designed to fit in a standard frame and measure 50 x 70cm. They are available to buy from our BigCartel and Etsy shop for a rather reasonable £20

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Mary Mary Quite Contrary, How does your Garden Grow?

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So its been a little while since my last update, as you can see everything is a lot bigger now. After the rabbit incident the chicken wire went up and although its not the most attractive of stuff, it seems to be doing its job. Fingers crossed!

Marigolds and some other flowers that I don't know the name of have been bringing a lot of colour. Also a lone sunflower to the right.

My tomato plants are HUGE and all but 1 are full of tomatoes. I have picked a few but they're not quite there yet. Sadly the strawberries have stopped and because of the rabbit incident (I must stop talking about it) I only got to eat 5 at the most. The sunflowers are coming out thick and fast and I am just trying to decide whether or not to cut a few to take home. The peony hasn't changed too much but it seems very healthy.

I had to move 2 of the tomato plants because of overcrowding. This one is a little brown but the tomatoes keep on coming!

Another peek at the sunflowers. Should I..Shouldn't I?

More tomatoes

and some more.

I am planning to get some more of these wooden boxes made up for next year. I have definitely caught the gardening bug!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Mary Mary Quite Contrary, How does your Garden Grow?

Pin It So this morning I got to work and saw a cute little bunny rabbit bounce off into the distance and I thought. Aww, what a cutie, then I looked over at my boxes of plants and that was when a bunch of obscenities escaped my mouth. Those cute little rabbits had gone to feast on all of my sunflowers and strawberries. I won't dwell too much on it but it wasn't the best of ways to start the week. I thought I'd share some evidence of the damage. Anyway, I got in the car and went and bought some chicken wire, long overdue I know but I have learnt my lesson.

On another note, the tomatoes are looking great, but hey, I don't want to get too excited as for all I know they are being munched on as I type this.

I thought I would share a slight success to end on a happier note. My herb box consisting of coriander, rosemary, mint and basil (not pictured)

I have been cooking some fun things over the last week and I plan to get them all up this week. I also had the pleasure of having my lovely friend & fantastic photographer Imogen of Blue Monday join me tonight and photograph me making dinner. That recipe will be here in the next week or 2. So watch this space!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mary Mary quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?

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So I thought I would share my little garden at the studio. They are planted in some wooden boxes that were made for me. I am desperate to plant even more things. On my wish list is a salad box (or 2), wild strawberries (my ultimate taste from my youth) and some more peonies.

Here are my strawberry plants, they are just starting to turn red and I am desperate to get my teeth into them. My only worry is that all the bunnies around here are going to get to them before me. I have a net over them so fingers crossed.

A pretty poor picture of my 6 tomato plants, I bought them already started and they're from the Jamie Oliver range. I thought it would be interesting to experiment with different 'breeds' of plants. The ones I decided on are black cherry, red zebra, tangella, brandy wine, limmony, cherokee purple. They're going to make some interesting salads with all the reds, yellows and blacks!

Here are my dwarf sunflowers, they grow in bunches so they will look lovely once they're all out plus will be nice cut and taken home.

This is my peony plant, I think this one may take a couple of years to fully establish itself but they are my favourite flowers so it will be worth the wait!

I tried to resist the strawberries for 1 more day but I just couldn't resist taking a bite and I have to say, it was delicious!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Holiday in Spain

Pin It So, last Sunday I packed my bags and set off for a short trip to Fuerteventura with one of my best chums. The aim was to relax and that we did. I didn't get round to taking many photos due to the said relaxing but one thing I did manage to document is our tapas meal which was deeelish! We stayed in a cute little apartment so I got to do a little bit of cooking, we ate so much chorizo that we joked that our sunburn was infact just us turning into chorizo! It was a lovely little trip but it was so great getting back home to my very missed mr. This week I plan on cooking many lovely things which I will do my best to document and post. On the cards are.. Pizza from scratch (with buffalo mozzarella & asparagus), Ginger sweet tofu with Pak Choi, A quick Massaman curry & Mac and Cheese. Lets see if I can stand up to the challenge!

Potato Tortilla & Patatas Bravas
 A mini Paella
 Steak, Brie and Peppers on Bread
 Prawns in Garlic Oil
Chorizo & other spicy sausages
 Baked goats cheese with caramalised onions & honey.. they went a little overboard with the dried fruits though!

Over the past few weeks I have been working hard planting a bunch of tomatoes (lots of different varieties) , strawberries, peonies & sunflowers at the studio (we don't have a garden at home) and this weekend I have finally got around to planting a little herb box at home. The only only thing I have left to get/plant is some wild strawberries, I am hoping to get to a garden centre at some point in the next week.
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