29 Dec 2008

Cold weather and comfort food.

The temperature has dropped outside, my washing froze on the line, and my stomach is crying out for comfort food. Its time for soups and stews with crusty bread, and home made scones. There is nothing like good old traditional food to warm you up when its cold. Making scones always reminds me of baking with my Mum on a Sunday afternoon when I was small, roast chicken at lunch, then chicken sandwich's in the evening and freshly baked scones jam and cream . Yum. So this afternoon out came the scales and the cook book with my favourite scone recipe, and strawberry jam.

Here's my scone recipe
  • 200g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 23g/1oz sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • milk 4 table spoons of milk.
Sift the flour into a bowl, add salt
Rug in butter to make bread crumbs
Add sugar, mix
Make a well in the mixture and add egg, and and milk.
Bring this together to form a dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and gently knead until smooth..
Press out or roll out to about half inch thick.
Cut out as many scone rounds as you can get.
I can get up to 13 with small size cutter, but it depends on how big you like your scones.
Brush with a little milk.
Place on a baking tray and bake until golden, in my oven I bake at about 180c
Best eaten warm with butter jam and cream.
Hope you enjoy! here's one I ate earlier

16 Dec 2008

More Trends

2009 will see us being more careful and thoughtful about how and what we spend our money on. With Eco awareness and economic concerns on every bodies minds, the major trends for the home can be broken down into:

1. Traditional.

2. Calming

3. Global

4. Energetic.


The traditional trend is all about creating a homely feel, think earthy and natural colours. This style is rustic and rural, its relaxed but not twee, think country manor house rather than country cottage. This trend will also re-awaken traditional crafts, and the return to hand made, and home made. Sign up to Etsy and get selling your home made goods.


Calming is all about slowing down, and getting out of the rat race, the colours are delicate and pale, rose, jasmine, soft mint. It has a refreshing effect on the soul. Think crystal clear cooling waters, and softly draping willow tress blowing in a gentle breeze. This trend will encourage health and well being, nurturing the body and soul. Take up Pilate's rather then pounding the tread mill.


Travelers will love this trend, filling their homes with treasures brought back from far away adventures, either real or wishful! Think hand crafted rugs and kilims brought back from places es like Nepal, India, and hand made wooden artifacts and ornamental artwork capturing the magic of travel to distant lands. This colour pallet is rich, and earthy injected with gold and rich Scarlet pinkie red. It take holiday souvenirs to a new level. Get your passports at the ready.


This trend is young and fun, colours are brights and sometimes clashing. Everyday items in these colours become almost playful to use. This trend is energetic and full of life, think brightly coloured children's paint box, reds blues greens yellows, deep turquoise, hot pink, then toned down with deep grey and moss green. Watch out for 1950s and retro objects reinvented with a modern twist.

For more information on colours check out dulux paints http://www.icipaints.co.uk/colours/trends/2009/themes_2009.jsp

And pantone colour trends 2009

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