Sunday Supper: Pearl Barley with roasted veg, pesto and feta.

 

By now you may have guessed I’m a big fan of vegetarian food and budget cooking, see my roast aubergine post.

Pearl Barley is something I have always enjoyed in a broth or stew and have fond memories of enjoying them in lots of warming winter suppers when I lived in rural Scotland as a child.

Todas supper can be enjoyed hot or cold, I love it hot with fresh bread straight from the oven.

Serves 4

You will need…

  • 400g of dried pearl barley
  • I medium butternut squash cut into rough chunks (skin on)
  • 2 red peppers sliced into large pieces
  • olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, skin on.
  • dried basil/oregano
  • green pesto (I used a jar of ready made)
  • I pack of feta cheese
  • a few sprigs of chopped fresh mint.

How to make…

  • In a saucepan cover the barley with water add a few pinches of salt and boil/simmer for 40mins until cooked.
  • Whilst the barley is cooking put the squash, pepper and whole garlic cloves in a roasting tray, drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and the dried herbs. Roast in a hot oven, about gas mark 6-7 or 190c until the veg is soft and browning, usually about 25mins.
  • Once the barley cooked drain it and stir in your pesto, roasted veg (except the garlic cloves), add chopped fresh mint and small chunks of feta cheese scattered through. Season with salt and pepper or maybe a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Serve with a crusty bread and butter.

 

 

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Supplies, studio and fish.

I am so super lucky to have a fantastic craft cafe minutes away from my home on Albert Road. Make is a shop, cafe and offers tuition in a range of crafts from crochet to dress making in a relaxed and creative space. There is a good range of Japanese chino fabrics, designer prints and plains. I opted for some locally hand dyed fabric, beautiful trims and some plain cottons.

To have a play around I decided to make a hanging fish based on locals favourite catch the Mackerel. I also took some snaps of my studio space which is starting to fill up with toys and other handmade pieces. Expect more on Make soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Treats

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, things have been busy, children have been poorly and  family life is at the forefront.

I have still had time to work on some new pieces and the lovely Often Hover has shot some beautiful photos which I will post up soon. In the meantime let’s look at some nice stuff…

 

 

Vintage advertising and Tokyo kinder Film Fest

 

Gillian Hamilton shares her crochet cushion process.

The artwork of Lindsay Watson

Atelier Stella Ceramics

The beautiful work of Morimoto Shouhei

The very talented illustrator Natasha Durley 

Lovely things: lacasadecoto

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You can find all these beautiful items for sale in the lacasadecoto shop on etsy. To be honest who wouldn’t love one of the colourful chunky crochet cushions?

I really like the rag rugs and saw some similar handmade ones on my travels in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains a few years ago. Makers were sat outside small mountain village houses weaving and rag rugging in tiny streets. It’s so wonderful how craft can evoke so many memories and feelings. Just one of the special things about owning a handmade piece.

 

You can also visit the beautiful lacasadecoto blog for more wonderfulness!

Half Roasted Aubergine with garlic, sunflower and honey.

 

I love aubergines so much, in fact I just love veg full stop! We live on a very tight budget and when you can buy a huge aubergine for 40p each it makes so much more sense than buying expensive tasteless meats like chicken.

Smoky, sweet and soft, this is a perfect cheap lunch or supper.

I pretty much made this just using stuff from the cupboard, it feeds 2 …

  • 1 large aubergine
  • olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • honey
  • mixed herbs
  • chilli sauce (I used smoked chipotle)
  • pinch of salt
  • Seeds (I used sunflower but pine nuts would be nice or pumpkin seeds)

Slice the aubergine in half and score criss crosses into the flesh. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

Finally chop the garlic and push the garlic pieces into the gaps where you have scored the aubergine.

Sprinkle with a little salt and dried mixed herbs and kind of rub/massage the top of the aubergine to help the garlic and seasoning infuse into it.

Drizzle with honey and sprinkle seeds on top, the honey helps the seeds stick to your aubergine, neat huh?

Place them skin side down on a baking tray and pop into a hot over for about 20 mins or until the aubergine is soft and the seeds are all toasted and yum.

Serve with some cous cous and salad.

 

The winner is…

Last week I launched a little competition on my social network feeds to win a little pocket bunny!

You can find me here…

Instagram name: lapin_and_mini_margot

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The winner of this little cutie is Kate Miller via twitter, congratulations Kate! I will sort out a way to get the rabbit to you.

A little runners up prize will be awarded to Kendal James for being a super fellow crafty girl!

Flo & Stan have a new home!

Beautiful Southsea boutique Flo & Stan have moved a short distance for Albert Rd to the corner of Exmouth Rd. Lorna and Del the owners have been longtime supporters of my art work and stock my handmade toys. They also stock the most wonderful range of vintage, handmade, design and curios.

It makes me so happy to see my work alongside the likes of Rob Ryan and Phoebe Richardson!

The new shop is small, cute and very bijoux. Here are some pics I took on Saturday of the new space.