Things I like…

Every now and again it’s nice to think about whats currently inspiring you as a creative, I guess thats why Pintrest and Tumblr et al are so awesome. So I guess this is what’s making me feel rad at the moment and things to look forward to.

I really like listening to Plume Giant. Gentle, whimsical, poetic and perfect for staring out of windows too and cuddling up in a blanket. Also great to make stuff to!

 

Another favourite past time when I’m not working, running around after kids/dog or looking after the house is curling up with a good magazine. Two magazines I have fallen in love with recently are Flow and Lionheart.

Flow hails from the Netherlands (I love it there, so much beauty!) and is filled to the brim with inspiration, imagery, fabulous articles, recipes, creativity and each page makes you smile. The 2nd international edition is available now.

 

Lionheart magazine is perfectly handbag sized and is produced in the UK. I really enjoy the tone of the publication, its like going for a cuppa with a great friend who recommends ace places to visit and tells you entertaining stories and gives you enviable style advice.  It’s well worth £5 as it has a great coffee table feel with its thick paper and wonderful artwork, a real keeper!

 

I want to go and stay at the Flying Pancake B & B in Amsterdam. My partner and I are planning a trip to Amsterdam by train this winter and I think we have found the perfect place to stay and we have searched endlessly for the perfect mix of style, design and location. Just outside the hustle and bustle it will be perfect for the much needed getaway with a touch of romance. It will be my first holiday in three years and the first time I have spent more than one night away from my disabled son for a long time.

 

 

Autumn and winter food and drink!!!

Apple and Cheddar scones from Smitten Kitchen.

scones

 

 

Creamy Pan Fried Mushrooms and Poached Egg from Island Menu, truly wonderful photography and food!

 

 

 

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Fresh Mackerel Pate

 

Beautiful, fresh and abundant. The Mackerel inhabits the waters around Britain and is a great alternative to more expensive farmed fish. 

  • 2 deboned Mackerel fillets
  • Soft Cheese
  • 2 Spring Onions finely chopped
  • 2 pickled gherkins cut into small cubes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper to season

Fillet your Mackerel or get your deli counter/fishmonger to do so. Leave the skin on for the cooking precess.

Cook for a few minutes on each side till lightly browned. Leave the fish to cool and then flake the fish into a bowl.

Add 2 large tablespoons of soft cheese, the chopped spring onion, gherkins, 1 large teaspoon of mayonnaise to the flaked fish. Mix together until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Yum!

 

 

Goats cheese, blueberry and prosciutto pizza.

 

Blueberries on a pizza is so right, they are just like little fragrant tomatoes that make the dough around them go a violent purple. The saltiness of the goats cheese and the crispy ham make this one of the best homemade pizzas I have ever cooked!

Whip up some pizza dough, Im lazy and get my bread maker to do it. Knead out and flatten.

I mixed some tomato puree, garlic, a little passatta and some torn basil leaves together and spread that on the base.

A tiny sprinkling of mozzarella and generous amount of soft goats cheese crumbled over that followed by a handful of blueberries and strips of prosciutto. Bake for 15 mins until golden and the ham is all crispy.

Serve with a simple tomato and caper berry salad or lots of coleslaw.