Friday, 18 October 2013

Vegan Breakfast Muffins

100g Doves Farm gluten free self raising flour
75g Ground almonds
25g Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate 
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 Medium Carrot finely grated
100ml Apple Juice
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
(1 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
1 tbsp chopped Crystallised Ginger) - can be substituted for any nuts/seeds and dried fruit

Preheat oven to 180. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, add wet ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Divide mixture equally into 6 muffin cases and bake for 20-25mins.


One year on...

Over a year? Shit that's bad.

I'd like to apologise and be sorry but truthfully I'm not because for the most of it I've been living my life and having a ball!

And here we are in autumn again, I guess this must be my favourite time to blog. Also back in the last weeks of July I totally sodded my knee up by catching my foot on an umbrella sticking out and turning around. I not only dislocated my knee but managed to fracture my kneecap in two places. The worst part was that one of the fractured pieces that came off had a ligament attached to it. Three weeks ago I had surgery to remove the fractured pieces of bone and re- attach my ligament and since then have been pretty shafted. Movement has been limited and progress has been so much slower than I'd thought it would be. I miss swimming so much and am cautiously aware that the weather is only going to get worse as my progress gets hopefully better.

Clubbing with fairy lights

My toilet seat
This also has resulted in a loooong absence from work, in fact I haven't been back since I first damaged my knee. So what have I been doing? Well at first I couldn't get out of bed, then after a few weeks I progressed to laying on the sofa. Then started slowly hobbling around the kitchen and managed to get out a few times. Then the operation happened and I was worse than just after my accident. I was in hospital for the first week. For a good few weeks I was so drugged up on painkillers I just sat in the bed and looked at the walls.

Watching Fleetwood Mac at the MEN Arena

I'm just about good enough to cook in the kitchen, tidy up a bit and a short jaunt to the shops to get supplies but I'm still on two crutches and I have a robo leg brace that limits my movement to 90' so that I don't damage the newly stitched up ligament. I can't bend it that far mind but I'm slowly trying (it doesn't seem to want to bend any further)

So here I am, back but for how long?
The reason I've come back it because I've started crafting and cooking again and I wanted somewhere to share it with you all.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Oh my goodness I've been so busy!
Doing things, going places, making bits.
My ripple obsession has produced two blankets, one for a friends baby which has yet to be given as a present so I shall not post just yet. The second (pictured) was a holiday project.
That's right I've even been on holiday! To Morocco and Barcelona no less!
The patterns were amazing and I'm pretty sure that our digital camera is just full of wall tiles and pavements :/
The pictures are yet to be sorted.
Anyway here is a small project I started before we left so I could carry on while I was away, yes my husband thought it was a bit excessive to be taking four balls of wool on holiday with us, I also erred on the idea but as it was I ran out of one colour and had to stop a few days before we came home. This was sad but I had a blast while I was doing it.

I spent my 30th birthday working on this blanket, sat on a balcony sofa in the sun looking up at the Atlas mountains in front of me. We then had a candle lit dinner on the balcony, a hilarious hammam experience and then set and watched 'Gamer' (Tom proposed to me the same night after seeing this film at the cinema) eating crisps and drinking lemonade. For those of you who know me you'll know this was a perfect way to spend my day :)

There's one small downside, the wooden hook that I had was a 5mm and I think the wool was best fit to a 4mm. So I had to do it all on a bigger guage if I wanted to carry on whilst on a plane. It's turned out a little loose but I think it should be perfect for keeping my Nan's feet warm at night and not to heavy laying on top of her. Now I just have to start the mammoth task of weaving the ends in >_<

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Dips from the cupboard!

So, the weather is nice! BBQ season is in full swing. The shops have run out of sausages and most importantly DIPS! These dips are made from stuff I had in my cupboard, every good cupboard should have these things...

This post is especially for my friends who think they can't cook, and to be fair they can't.
The notes in brackets are especially for them

Toasted Cumin Yoghurt dip

Made from all of those things you never use in your cupboard

1 teaspoon of cumin
3 tablespoons (or big spoons) of plain yoghurt
Pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper
small clove of garlic
small pinch of salt

Heat 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat for 1 minute (DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM IT!)
Grind them up in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar
mince or finely chop the garlic
throw everything into the yoghurt and mix

it's ready.

Tomato Salsa

2 or 3 tomatoes
1/2 a small onion (whatever type you have)
Lemon juice (left over from pancake day right? - shake before use)
Hand full of coriander OR mint if you don't have coriander and have some in your garden
A pinch of sugar (yes I know but it works)

Chop everything small
throw it all in and mix

And there you have it, two dips from leftovers in your cupboard/ fridge.

No nasties or preservatives and should keep for a few days if you keep them covered and in the fridge x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sunday mornings

The best part of the week for me is getting up on a Sunday morning, leaving the husband in bed and having at least two or three blissful hours of quiet to drink coffee, read the papers and magazines and browse the internet. Often interrupted by cats but I don't mind. It's like some sort of recharge from the weeks events.

Happy Mother's Day to anyone that has ever taken selfless care of someone at any point in their life x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Inspiration and new ventures

Recently I have been so inspired by Lucy over at Attic24 her use of colour and patterns are amazing. It makes me slightly jealous that I can't stay at home all day and craft as I please.

My next project is to try her Ripple Stitch pattern above. Maybe a small cushion cover first. I think we should possibly learn to walk before we can run...

I've also become transfixed with vintage Pyrex courtesy of the Pyrex Collective

Aren't the colours amazing! I have bought my first two pieces (don't tell my husband) and they're on their way in the post as we read. I shall make it my mission to trawl car boot sales and charity shops in search of some pretty Pyrex. They're functional too!