• Popular shades from Farrow & Ball

    by  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Inspired by their native Dorset countryside, Farrow and Ball launched 9 new gorgeous hues back in September. Some bold, (see Yellowcake and Nancy’s Blushes) and some more neutral. But there are 4 key colours from the range that are quietly stylish and set to be the Farrow & Ball colours of choice for 2014. Both uplifting and comforting they are easy to live with yet rich in pigment. Purbeck Stone is my favourite…which sample pots will you be ordering?

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    4 ways with flavouring

    by  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • 2 Comments

    With the smell of autumn in the air and crispy leaves falling to the ground, for me, this time of year is all about home-cooked comforts; apple crumbles, cobblers, sausages in cider and root veg mash. So good! To follow on from my new ’4 ways’ series (see the coat hangers post here), I wanted to share with you a sneak peek from our November issue (out now) Flavouring your kitchen cupboard staples is a cheap and easy way to take home cooking to a new level. They might make nice Christmas gifts too…

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    Mix one part quality cocoa to two parts caster sugar, shake in a glass jar with a cinnamon stick, a little ground nutmeg or cardamom and a pinch of salt. Add 2-4tsp to warm milk in a pan. Use a milk frother to create a foam topping. Top with grated dark chocolate and nutmeg.

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    Zest a lemon and leave the pieces of peel to dry on a paper towel. Pour about 250g  good-quality rock salt into a large bowl and mix in the lemon zest to taste, then add three sprigs of chopped fresh thyme. Use in risotto or to season chicken and salmon fillets. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

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    Using an electric whisk or fork, beat 250g soft, unsalted butter in a medium bowl until smooth. Add 100ml maple syrup and 75g chopped walnuts. Mix well, then roll in parchment paper, twisting each end. Refrigerate until hard. Cut into discs and place on top of crumpets or melt before pouring onto pancakes.

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    Layer 225g granulated sugar with 30g ground cinnamon (or to taste). Scrape in vanilla seeds from a pod (use one pod to 225g sugar) and mix well. Keep in an airtight jar, letting the flavours infuse for a few days. Sprinkle on pancakes or stir into coffee.

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    Modern encaustic tiles

    by  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 • 1 Comment

    A favourite spotted at Design Junction this September is the fab floor tile collection from Lindsey Lang. Famed for her graphic home textiles, she launched a walls and floors collection in 2012, but has since expanded the range…

    Lindsey Lang

    Bright, bold and graphic these would work well in a kitchen, bathroom or hallway. Available as encaustic and Granito (a cement and marble mix with a lovely speckled finish). Coo over more in the range here (pay little attention to the price tag – £185 per m2 – ahem!) pin them, add them to your wish list, do whatevs. They’re just lovely, don’t you think? So I had to share.

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