pm, September 8, 2014

Here are a few instagrams of what I’ve been up to lately.

I’m super happy that it’s starting to feel autumnal. The trees are changing colour and mornings are crisping up. Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite season and I’m excited about knitwear and making spiced apple cider on chilly nights.

Tristan also recently acquired a canoe, in an effort to take some time out from busyness and spend some time in our local national park, the tranquil Norfolk Broads. We’ve enjoyed a couple of golden-hour evenings on the boat so far, paddling around, and I’m looking forward to using it more in the coming months, packing up picnics and heading off on adventures.

pm, September 6, 2014
Question. How fine would my buns look atop this beauty from Norwegian design company Darling Clementine? Pretty darn fine, that’s the right answer. 
At the moment I’m filled with lust for all of the current content of their store, especially the ‘ikonic’ trays, as I could see myself standing out at a farmers market with one or two of these monotone lovelies. Do check out the rest of their kitchenware shop, but warning, be prepared to swoon and then want to spend all your money straight away. Don’t say I didn’t tell you…

Question. How fine would my buns look atop this beauty from Norwegian design company Darling Clementine? Pretty darn fine, that’s the right answer. 

At the moment I’m filled with lust for all of the current content of their store, especially the ‘ikonic’ trays, as I could see myself standing out at a farmers market with one or two of these monotone lovelies. Do check out the rest of their kitchenware shop, but warning, be prepared to swoon and then want to spend all your money straight away. Don’t say I didn’t tell you…

am, August 30, 2014

In the summer last year, Tristan and I went to London with our friends Jem and Kate to see a gig at the Garage in Camden. Wandering around during the day, we had what I can only describe as a near-biblical experience with rich and creamy pistachio gelato from a place near Covent Garden called Gelatorino. Ever since then I’ve been on a mission to find something local to me that is blissfuly similar, but haven’t managed, searching high and low on the supermarket shelves. Sadly, it seems that the gelato you can buy in the shops is either fluorescent green because of additives or tastes like marzipan (as almonds are a lot cheaper than pistachios, so companies use almonds instead to save money on ingredients). Since then we’ve even been disappointed with ordering it in italian restaurants, which is why I thought I better have a crack at making some of my own. 

Looking online, I quickly found my way to David Lebovitz’s awesome blog, based in Paris. In many ways, I believe the mark of finding a holy grail recipe, is one where you’re not really tempted to start tinkering with it. I say that as the sort of person who tinkers with everything I make! I’m happy to say that I’ve only ever so slightly tweaked this recipe, so I’m more than happy to attribute all of it’s brilliance back to David. 

The original recipe calls for ‘bronte pistachio paste’, which I did look into but couldn’t find anywhere. I considered making my own, but finally decided, after yet more online research, that my nut grinding tools were not really up to the task of blitzing pistachios down into a spreadable paste, so I decided to buy a ready ground container from a fantastic catering website called Sous Chef. Their pistachio paste is 100% pistacho nuts, which is essential to good gelato. It’s a bit pricey, but I wouldn’t even bother with anything less than 100%. Go big or go home.  

Pistachio Gelato (adapted from David Lebovitz)

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 200 grams pistachio paste
  • a few drops of lemon or orange juice

Mix a few tablespoons of the milk with the cornflour, and whisk until you have a smooth paste. 

Heat the remaining milk on the stovetop, and then slowly stir in the sugar until it’s all combined. 

When the milk and sugar is simmering, add the cornflour paste and continue to cook over a gentle heat until the mixture starts to look unctuous and thick. 

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the contents to an airtight container. Allow to cool until room temperature, and then chill the mixture in the fridge (ideally overnight). 

When cold, stir in the pistachio paste and a few drops of lemon/orange juice and whisk until smooth and thick. 

Churn in an ice cream machine (or see my previous ice cream blog post if you don’t own a machine) for about 5-7 minutes, until the gelato has almost set, and is thick and glossy. Scrape the gelato back into the airtight container and place in the freezer to firm up before eating. 

pm, August 17, 2014

We’ve been eating a lot of homegrown veg lately, thanks to Tristan’s parents and their amazing allotmenting skills. These cute little patty pans (along with yellow courgettes) are my favourite of all the things they’ve grown because when roasted with other veggies, I just love all the colours together.

Roll on Autumn, I say. I’m super looking forward to cooking up loads more delicious squashes and pumpkins. 

pm, August 15, 2014
Herriott Grace are such a lovely company with a swoon-worthy story to match.
Based on different sides of Canada, Nikole Herriott and her father started to send each other care packages to keep in touch. His parcels included hand whittled spoons and other wooden products made from locally recycled wood, and from that an idea sparked and Nikole set up a shop online to sell them. 
This tea towel is from their summer refresh 2014 and I love it. I’m a sucker for a good tea towel, as the pile stacked high on top of my fridge will testify! It comes in white and black, but personally I think the white is fresher and more summery, plus the pastel shades are super pretty. 

Herriott Grace are such a lovely company with a swoon-worthy story to match.

Based on different sides of Canada, Nikole Herriott and her father started to send each other care packages to keep in touch. His parcels included hand whittled spoons and other wooden products made from locally recycled wood, and from that an idea sparked and Nikole set up a shop online to sell them.

This tea towel is from their summer refresh 2014 and I love it. I’m a sucker for a good tea towel, as the pile stacked high on top of my fridge will testify! It comes in white and black, but personally I think the white is fresher and more summery, plus the pastel shades are super pretty. 

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