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6 days until launch!

Posted on 10 May, 2015 by Collett and Holder | 0 comments

7 days to Launch!

Posted on 09 May, 2015 by Collett and Holder | 0 comments

Eating - Classic Easter Biscuit Recipe

Posted on 05 April, 2015 by Collett and Holder | 0 comments


We made these yesterday so I thought I'd share the recipe, as they are lovely with a cup of tea over Easter. To be honest we had tried to buy them but it's been like a mission every Easter for years to find these classic biscuits ( I am a secret biscuit monster), so we found a recipe and got on with it ourselves. So here it is, though I will say add a bit more spice than below if you're a fan of it like me.

This recipe makes 12, so I say double it and enjoy!

Ingredients
200g Plain Flour
Pinch salt
1 tsp mixed spice
75g caster sugar
100g butter
1 medium egg, separated
50g currants
2 Tbsp warm milk
Pinch saffron (optional, mixed with milk) - we didn't bother as we didn't have any!
Caster sugar, to dredge

Method
Preheat oven to fan 180°C, conventional 200°C, gas 6.
Grease two baking trays.
Sift the flour, salt and spice into a small bowl and set aside.
Using an electric whisk, cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk.
Fold in the flour, salt and spice, currants, milk and saffron if adding, to form a fairly soft dough.
Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out thinly.
Using a 7.5cm fluted round cutter, cut into rounds re-rolling where necessary.
Place onto baking trays and bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven, brush with remaining egg white, sprinkle over sugar and bake for a further 3 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack.

Visit - Vintage road trip to Tetbury!

Posted on 03 April, 2015 by Collett and Holder | 0 comments

Hello! Sorry for the long pause in blog posts, it's been a little manic at home with the building of the webstore and other life stuff, but we did recently have a day off and made a little road trip to Tetbury, a lovely Cotswold market town. We haven't visited for years, so we were rather pleased to find the fabulous Domestic Science store, crammed full of amazing vintage and new pieces. A collective store of different businesses all with a very similar approach to style, plus an exciting shopping experience with an eclectic approach to display that really inspired you to look round, finding all kinds of treasures and keepsakes.

I took a few pics, as I loved the way they had thought about the rooms layouts, the store is 3 or 4 storeys high with all sorts of different spaces and corners filled with vintage finds and new products to buy. I was surprised when it kept on going the higher you went another room would appear until you reached the converted attic space with its beautiful beams. Anyway here's a little visual diary of our visit, it's definitely a great place to visit in Tetbury and a very unexpected find >

Love the beautiful blue table and mix of classic blue and white china and assortments of glasses, it really makes for a beautiful table display.

 

I really love these fab bright pops of colours from these vintage cup and saucers, a lovely way to drink tea or coffee, and they'd look great on display too. I was tempted but we've got enough tea making stuff as it is, next house we'll have a change (that's what we keep saying!)

 

A mix of different shape frames, pictures and mirrors in a group like above is a great feature for a wall, and allows you to have a mix of all the pictures you love (plus you don't have to get a tape measure out to ensure everything's at the same height which inevitably they never are!)

 

We do love a pop of red! Though we have pulled back on this at home after a long obsession...

 

Open plan shelving is definitely having an interior moment, and it's a good way to get all those things you love out on display and not hidden in a cupboard (and they are easier to find if they are out, avoids that getting everything out the cupboard to find one thing which turns out to be in another cupboard anyway).

 

Our visit ended in Cafe53, which is adjoining the store, and after our mammoth exploration up and down the stairs, we were in need of refreshments - Tea for me (as always) and a very hot latte for Gray. Once we'd finished there we actually ran out of time to see anything else that Tetbury had to offer so we'll have to go back again soon I think. Let us know of any other hidden gems in the Cotswolds and we'll be sure to make our way there!

EATING - Ina Garten California BLTs

Posted on 28 March, 2015 by Collett and Holder | 0 comments

For tonight's tea we are having Californian BLTs or also known as a BLAT (add in the Avocado), we found this recipe in Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa At Home recipe book, now you're probably thinking a BLT is pretty easy to make, why do you need a recipe? but I promise if you follow this recipe it will be the BEST BLT you've ever had, she knows how to do simple cooking well, and we love her indulgent touches. So have a go and let us know what you think...
Ingredients
12 thick-cut slices smoked bacon
8 slices good white bread, sliced ½-inch thick or we sometimes use long ciabatta rolls
A good helping of mayonnaise
4 to 8 tender green lettuce leaves, washed and spun very dry, little gem ones are good
2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1 lemon
2 large ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and arrange the bacon on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
Place 8 slices of bread on a sheet pan and toast them for 5 minutes. Turn the slices and toast for 1 more minute, until all the bread is evenly toasted.
Place 4 slices on a cutting board. Spread each slice with about 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.
Cover the slices with a layer of lettuce.
Place 3 slices of bacon on each sandwich.
Peel the avocados and slice them ½-inch thick. Toss the avocado slices gently with the lemon juice, and arrange on top of the bacon.
Add a layer of tomato slices and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
Spread each of the remaining 4 pieces of toasted bread with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and place, mayonnaise side down, on the sandwiches.
Then sit back and enjoy!
To read more information about this recipe pop over to Ina Garten website
or try another version by theKitchn.com for a California BLT with Avocado and Basil Mayonnaise
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