Wednesday, 31 August 2011

My Creative Space

This week I have been making Jammy Dodgers out of felt. The pattern is from Mollie Makes magazine

I made three. The first one went a little wrong as I didn't quite understand the instructions for the middle of the biscuit... luckily Bert was on hand to help out... therefore the first (slightly wrong) dodger is for me... the second one I made correctly and the third one I turned into a little brooch - they are both for someone in work who asked me to make them for her.

I don't think I've ever followed a pattern before so am feeling pretty proud of myself! Am going to attempt more of the felt things in Mollie Makes now.x

(linking up with Our Creative Spaces)

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Running Away to the Circus

Since reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern I have been circus mad....

For my continuing circus fiction needs am thinking of finally giving 'Water for Elephants' by Sara Gruen a go, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs (perhaps not so circusy but definitely strange and gothic looking...)

the above images are all from pinterest - I find it quite difficult to follow links from pinterest so apologies for not acknowledging the sources properly.

I saw the following pictures on the Miss Indie Designs blog and they are so beautiful - they are by photographer Lissy Elle.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Olafur Eliasson's concert hall

Have you seen pictures of this???

It's designed by Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects and it's a concert hall in Iceland. It's so gorgeous I am thinking of moving to Iceland to take in some opera!

It's made up of lots of pieces of glass which are meant to mimic crystals, and as the different pieces of glass reflect the light, the building shines and sparkles and changes colours. Also in the evening it is lit up with a warm glow. sigh.

I am in love.

(I got the pictures from here)

Pretty Things

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Beautiful things I have discovered recently...

Vegan 'Chicken' and Sweetcorn Soup

There's a chill in the air and flu in the house (actually Bert is back in work today -woo hoo), so soup is needed. This is like the chowder I often make except it had less corn in it and 'chicken'!!  We don't really go in for too much fake meats around here, preferring to stick with tofu and tempeh, but now and again it's nice to have a little change of texture.

In case you want to know how it's made, here's a quick recipe....

Fry two medium onions, a large clove of garlic, a red chilli, about 6 small potatoes, and some bits of 'chicken' (I had some of the frozen stuff, and I guess it was about 2 cups).  I also added some salt and some turmeric and then the corn of two cobs.  I put the heat down low and cover and leave for about 10/15 minutes for a bit of cooking. Then cover with hot water until everything is cooked. Once cooked, I ladled about a quarter of the soup into another bowl and blended it with a bunch of fresh parsley and returned it all to the pan. I then added a bit of soya milk and some more fresh parsley and served with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.

Any more soup suggestions/recipes for me? am running out....

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Got my first pumpkin of the season! (not that I grew it or anything)
Am going to roast this bad boy right up.
Jammy Dodgers made out of felt.
Sadie's nose just sneaking into the picture.
...and this is one of her favourite spots -
on the sink ready for kisses and water to drink.
Reading Alice Hoffman - it's been a while and I've missed her.
Spiced corn salad, sweet potato and white potato mash
and tempeh marinated in lemon and maple syrup.
(mostly made by Bert)
and a little dip - soya yogurt with coriander
and some other secret Bert ingredients.
I made these cupcakes at the beginning of the week.
Am proud of my piping skills... ha.x
Tomorrow a little trip with my sister and Monday a lovely day off for sewing and stuff.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Creative Space

I am still sewing away on Bert's quilt, but not enough progress has been made to warrant another photo!
Instead, this is what else I've been doing...

Making model houses with little ones. I'm sure all you historians out there will recognise that the above is a copy of a building from about 500 years ago - the original is made of slate and has two tall chimneys.  Apparently tall chimneys demonstrated that you were really important, and having two of them was crazy awesome as it meant that you were swish enough to have two fires!  We have also been making old coins out of paper plates, string and tin foil, neck ruffs, as well as general colouring....

(linking up with our creative spaces)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Green Man 2011: the food

So for your viewing pleasure (?) I am separating my Green Man posts into three  - music, food, and other things...

The food in Green Man is delicious, in fact, before we went we were even talking about it - 'when we wake up we can go to the van and get vegan bacon rolls, and then cardamom cake'.. and so on.  There is lots of choice for vegans too, lots of which I forgot to photograph before I ate it, so aside from the photos below, we also ate vegan tofu burgers and vegetable tempura....

The Chai Shop Organic is my favourite tent... It was also at End of the Road festival last year and I think won some award at Glastonbury. It is vegetarian but most things are vegan. (the above photo isn't mine by the way, although all the rest are)

...and this is the cardamom cake. ohmy. I think this is possibly the best vegan cake I have ever tasted, it's not too sweet, it's moist and it has an unusual flavour.  It tastes a bit coconutty too, and I think has a cream cheese topping.  I would really like to be able to make this, so if anyone has a recipe!!??

This is the falafal platter. It was delicious and I had it twice, plus a falafal pitta which was also good. It has falafal, pitta bread, tabouleh, salad, vegetables in tomato sauce, a tahini dressing and sauerkraut and olives. It tastes super healthy and I am definitely going to try making falafals too. The chai organic also does an awesome breakfast but I ate that right up before taking a photo.

The cute little van above sells facon rolls and tea and toast. The reason the tomatoes are outside of the bun in the above picture is because Bert refuses to eat raw tomatoes...

Breakfast at Buddhafield tent - totally yum, beans, potatoes and sosmix. I haven't had sosmix since the 90s and it was a welcome return. The people who worked at the Buddhafield were charming, friendly and a little ramshackle... plus they tended to cook topless...when the chai spices weren't coming together one of them said 'i'm so stressed' and stormed out which I didn't think was very Buddhist....still, the breakfast was the best and also huge. Plus you got a cup of tea with it.

Vegan carrot cake from Cafe Dish. It didn't taste that carroty but was yummy. Unfortunately for this cake it was competing with the sublime cardamom cake.

Greta's chickpea, coconut and coriander burger. I didn't eat this but Bert had it twice. He got pretty excited about it.

That's about it! It looks like a lot of food for one weekend... my next and final Green Man post will be pictures of me, pictures of me and bert and pictures of a variety of bunting. I bet you can't wait.

Sweet potato and roasted pepper soup

So, post-festival and Bert is not feeling well (all fluey and sore-throaty) so I thought soup would make him feel better. Last night in bed I was trying to make up a soup recipe... I decided to make sure the soup had garlic, ginger and chilli in it to be warming and make Bert feel better... and then as sweet potatoes are one of Bert's favourite things in life (really, I think his favourite things list goes something like, 1. sadie-cat, 2. books and cds, 3. sweet potatoes), I went with that too, and then thought that peppers would go well with it as well....

Anyways... here's how I made it.

I fried two smallish red onions in olive oil and after they'd cooked for a few minutes added a chopped red chilli, some chopped ginger (I use the one in a jar rather than totally fresh one as I don't use ginger very often) and two cloves of chopped garlic. I also sprinkled in some ground cumin and ground turmeric and cooked it all for about ten minutes.  Meanwhile I roasted some red peppers (I think there were about four of them and all red ones) for about 40 minutes and peeled them when they were done. To the soup I added three small white potatoes and about four or five sweet ones - all roughly chopped.  I added hot water and a bit of salt and sugar and let it cook until all the vegetables were soft. 

When it was all cooked I added a bunch of fresh coriander and the peeled roasted peppers (I kept a couple back for the garnish) and blended until smooth. I served it with homemade croutons, little bits of roasted pepper, coriander and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

It was delicious and felt like it was doing us the world of good. I thought it might be magic soup when Bert seemed to pick up after eating it... but the feeling better didn't last for long poor thing.

oh, it was more warming rather than spicy...if you'd like more heat maybe add another chilli.


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