Thursday, September 30, 2010

House & Home

The mornings are getting darker, colder and damper. I love this time of year and the transition into Autumn. As I start spending more time indoors its got me dreaming about all the cosy things I would like for my home. If I could live in the Toast catalogue I would but failing that, some of the below will do...

From top, left to right:

Tokyo Milk soap in rose flower from Selvedge Dry Goods
Folk Bird Cushion from Couverture
Hibernia Blanket from Toast
Tokyo Milk soap in yellow flower from Selvedge Dry Goods
Le Cruset mug in Volcano available from John Lewis
Wooden egg cup from Daylesford Organic
Storm Lantern from Toast
Undyed Herringbone Cushions from Daylesford Organic
Felt slippers from French Press Knits

I'm really looking forward to the weekend as I will be visiting a car boot sale on Sunday. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for some quirky things for the kitchen, particularly old storage jars with retro patterns. I'll also be looking for new clothes as always and will share my finds here. I'm going to be leaving Hackney soon for a new part out town...exciting details to follow!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sajou Haberdashery

These needle books are by Sajou Haberdashery and are available from Selvedge Drygoods. I love the detailed illustrations, they remind me of Victorian keepsakes...I feel a Christmas idea forming.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cornbread recipe

There's four days to go until payday, but I ran out of money weeks ago so I've been getting frugal with the basic ingredients in my fridge and cupboard. Here is a recipe for basic cornbread. This is a sweet / savoury / spicy bread with a crumbly, almost cakey texture. It's lovely as an accompaniment to chillies and soups but this evening I will be enjoying it sliced and toasted with baked beans.

The ingredients are measured out in cups which saves getting out the scales, I just use any old mug to measure and it usually turns out fine.


1 cup plain flour - sieved
1 cup yellow corn flour / polenta
2 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar (I used golden caster sugar)


1 tin sweetcorn
1 jar jalapeno peppers
1 red pepper diced

Combine all the dry ingredients except the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat together wet ingredients and sugar in a smaller bowl. Tip the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and quickly combine - don't over mix or it will be stodgy, it's fine for it to be a bit lumpy. Tip the lot into a well greased cake tin and stick in the oven for about half an hour (check after 20 mins or so).

Sunday, September 26, 2010


We went blackberry picking on Hampstead Heath yesterday. It was a bit late in the season so we had to clamber right into the thorny bushes to find any blackberries. Even so we got a respectable amount, destined to be turned into blackberry wine in a couple of weeks time. I was surprised at how small the berries were compared to the ones you grow in the garden but I suppose they're wild and that's what makes them special. Lots had already been picked but even more were rotting away on the bushes, I'm definitely going to go earlier next year to make the most of it.

I hadn't actually been to Hampstead Heath before and I loved it. We went to the Gospel Oak entrance and walked up the hill - such a beautiful view across London.

And speaking of wine making, The Loft Brewery is up and running. The first batch of wine is hanging out in the loft, maturing day by day. We're planning on bottling it next week so we can crack on with the next batch - probably blackberry wine (the berries are chillin in the freezer so they stay fresh and also break down better when we come to extract the juices).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fatting for Winter

Just a quick one today to post some pictures of a cardigan I won on eBay yesterday (these are the sellers photos as it hasn't arrived yet).

I'm so pleased! It's hand knitted and made of pure wool - Look at the lovely flecks of colour in the yarn. It is going to be nice and big and hopefully like a cardigan version of the big fisherman's jumper I wore camping, the one that I found in the free clothes box in the hall. Anyway I know it's risky bragging about something before I have even tried it on but this is the thing with hand knitting, I love it so much that I will wear it for the vibes alone regardless of how it looks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cheese Cake

Things have been pretty quiet on the posting front these past few weeks. No reason, just been hanging out. Now the nights are getting colder I'm looking forward to spending more time knitting. I think I mentioned it before but at the moment I'm working on the border for a shawl I was commissioned to make over a year ago and has been a bit of a weight on my shoulders ever since. I would post a photo of the work in progress but it's in my bag and I'm at work. Instead I'll post a photo of the cheesecake I made at the weekend:

I can safely say this was a total success and you can find the recipe here.

This weekend my business partner and I brewed our first batch of wine - more photos and website news to come. Think of this as more of a pre-post.