Thursday, 27 June 2013
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Okay, so the weather hasn't been that summery so far. But nonetheless, we've been embracing a slightly more summery menu in the Biddle household. Alongside fitting in a fair few picnics (come rain or shine), we've been shucking fresh peas to add to risottos, eating lots of British strawberries (often dipped in chocolate and left to set in the fridge), and B has discovered the delights of ice cream which is now his favourite food thanks to homemade 99s.here too. Having tried it a few times, I would recommend popping the fennel and garlic in at the same time as the butternut squash as otherwise it's a bit too tough, at least for our taste. This really is a fantastic dish - full of flavour, wholesome and yummy, and lasts well so that you can have it for a lunch or picnic the day after too. We often eat it with a mix of Italian charcuterie, fresh bread, houmous, cheeses and olives. You won't be disappointed.
In a bid to add a little fruit into B's ice cream consumption, I've been playing around with a couple of frozen dessert ideas which I'd pinned. First up are yoghurt and berry ice lollies. I whizzed up one cup of yoghurt with one cup of berries/banana, then added a little honey to taste, before pouring into molds to freeze.
Happy summer feasting one and all x
Monday, 24 June 2013
First up is B's personalised wrapping for his Daddy. Whenever B draws or paints, we chop a big chunk of white paper off a roll from Ikea so he has a nice big canvas to work on. Recently, I've been using these big pieces of experimental art to become wrapping paper. I also covered an old shoe box in more of the white paper (with the sticky help of spray mount) and let B go wild colouring, sticking and glueing to his heart's content. The box was filled with goodies ... socks, PJ bottoms, a DVD, and proudly presented to his Poppa along with this home made card.
We created a Father's Day card, plus three cards for all B's Grandads, using the same combination of watercolour painting, photographs and gold ink pen as we used here.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, and as ever, I found Liesel Gibson's patterns and instructions clear and easy to follow, resulting in a product with a really professional finish. Sewing up the rucksack surprised me with how tricky it was - getting the zip piece just right and completing the lining especially. But I learned lots whilst making this bag and I'd definitely have another go. B looks so darn cute with it on his back!