Monday, 25 August 2014

SIMPLE SUNDAYS




We love Sundays, where we can potter about at a more leisurely pace, playing and baking. Whilst the babe played very loudly on the keyboard, I tried out a new plum and frangipane tart recipe that was absolutely delicious. 



My mum always used to make plum crumble when I was a child and she'd always keep the stones in and count them out as we discovered them; tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief! 


Sunday, 24 August 2014

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED STELLER YET?


Have you discovered the new storytelling App Steller yet? It's fab and oh so simple to use uploading pics and video into pages and collections.

I've made a couple of stories already, you can see them here, I think just like Instagram I may become addicted! 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

OPEN STUDIO THIS WEEKEND





My lovely friend Andy Lovell has an open studio this bank holiday weekend and today I visited to have a look around his gorgeous studio in his beautiful Painswick garden, near Stroud. I love his prints, often in muted colours they look so textured. Starting from £50 Andy's prints are affordable art and for people like me who yearn to own some 'grown up' art, are a great first collectors pieces. His studio is usually only open one weekend a year so if you are local do visit this weekend, 10-6 Sunday and 10-2 on Bank Holiday Monday. I might go back tomorrow as I can't stop thinking about the beautiful cliffs, pictured above, they would look perfect on my wall.

FLOWERS & FARMERS' MARKETS





I love our local Farmers' market and the seasonal flowers in particular, my treat each week is a bunch from the lovely flower man. This is the time of year for dark dahlias too, one of my favourite flowers.

Friday, 22 August 2014

DISCOVERING ZIZZI'S


When we were asked by Zizzi's Restaurant to discover their new kids bambini menu and the boys and I were really excited.

Upon arrival at our nearest restaurant we were greeted by sheets of stickers and chefs hats to decorate with a pot of colourful crayons. The boys loved this the most as whilst they were thinking how to decorate the hats a small pot of carrot, cucumber and dough sticks were brought to the table and they started munching straight away. When the boys finished decorating their hats they were taken up to the chefs who then wore them for the evening, much to our delight.


The boys ordered the make-your-own pizzas, and two margarita pizzas promptly arrived with a small pot of ham, tomato and olives for them to decorate them. They then followed this with the Zizzi Bambini mini cones which came with a little pot of chocolate coated popping candy to decorate the ice cream with. I chose the rigatoni carbonara which was delicious with a mozerella and tomato salad followed by a chocolate melt.


To finish they enjoyed a chocacino, which were included in the kids bambini menu price of just £6.75.


The busy Zizzi's restaurant and open kitchen with huge pizza oven above. They are also running an online competition to win a free meal if you tag your pictures taken in the restaurant with #ZizziBambini which of course we had to do!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

CIRCUS SKILLS


The boys enjoyed a circus skills workshop today and took great delight learning the trapeze. I secretly fancied a go myself but I really don't have any upper body strength! Maybe we can all learn and run away with the circus.

Monday, 18 August 2014

BLACKBERRY TORTA DI MORE


I love the rustic simplicity of Italian cooking so after picking some blackberries I thought a creamy torta di more would be perfect to make for pudding after Sunday lunch.

I used shop bought short crust pastry and rolled it out to fill a dish and baked following the instructions on the packet. I then mixed together 250 g mascarpone and 150 ml single cream with four teaspoons of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Once the pastry case had cooked and cooled, I added the creamy filling and plenty of blackberries on top and put in the fridge to set for 30 mins. Jamie Oliver does one similar but adds grappa to his I think and most definitely would make his own pastry too!

A perfect seasonal dish to enjoy!
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