Thursday, 18 September 2014

Etsy moments.....


It's been ages since I had a browse on Etsy - and then pass on my findings to you - my excuse for thumbing(!) aimlessly around the Internet -  but yesterday I found myself drawn to the site ... I was meant to be checking some work rosters.... but ......

hmmmmm... hope my boss doesn't read this blog (note to self to check this out).....

Anyway, I found a new category dedicated to Tutorials, Kits & Recipes within the craft section and found some brill ideas which would make some great & unusual gifts......check these out...


Try a mini DIY Farmer's Cheese Kit and enjoy fresh cheese in half an hour! from the UrbanCheeseCraft


The perfect gift for that beer enthusiast that you know! Or hey, why not, yourself! From HopShots


Do you love popcorn on movie night? Hosting a party with a popcorn bar? Then try these gourmet popcorn kernels and popcorn seasoning kit from Dellcovespices - they will ship to the UK from USA


Great for birthdays, offices, gifts, housewarmings, yourself and educational presents for your kids - grow your own kits from Grownfromhome they will ship worldwide from California.

You could however, do what I have done in the past and made up 'kits' as presents. My last 'kit' was cookies-in-a-jar which I made up for a friend as a present. You just grab a nice jar and fill it with all the 'dry' ingredients you would need to make some cookies and I popped the instructions on a parcel label attached to the wires at the top. It was so well received that I might come up with a Christmas version for presents this year and maybe attach a Christmas cookie cutter to it......hmmm..

If you want some cookie in the jar ideas or would like to just buy the kit made up check out Katie Bakes website.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Salmon Sandwich.....


Ok so my Mum has asked me 'to do' some sandwich filling idea on my blog so who am I to argue.....especially with a request from my Mum! 

So here's one I made last week for Andrews lunch - once again he's on a health kick so this one is full of yummy goodness.......

You will need to either prep a day a head for this one or make it after having salmon fillets the night before (pop an one extra in to cook) - it's worth it though it really tasted good.

You will need

Half a cucumber
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
Zest of half a lemon
rocket leaves
cherry tomatoes
Horseradish sauce
salt & pepper
Bread - buttered



First grab your cucumber and grate......


Pop it in a strainer and leave it over a bowl to remove the juices.....


Lots will come out......


Whilst the cucumber is draining, get your salmon fillet & flake into large chunks......


Give the cucumber a good squeeze to remove any remaining juices (if you so desire you can use the juice as a facial toner! check out 'Crunchy Betty' for ideas)


Put the cucumber into a clean bowl and add the mayonnaise; salt; freshly ground pepper & the lemon zest - mix it all together......


Spread your cucumber mix on one slice of your buttered bread......


Add some rocket leaves.......


Place on your salmon.......

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Add some sliced tomatoes........ as many or as few as you want.......


Now spread some horseradish sauce onto you other slice of buttered bread......


and place on top.......


Cut in half and eat...............

Yummy. For an alternative sandwich filling have a look at my BLT recipe.......



Hope that's given you a few ideas Mum.....watch this space & I'll try to come up with a few more fillings for you XX

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Limes...........


There's always a large bowl of limes in our kitchen and I use them most days in many different dishes both sweet & savory. I love the look and the texture of their skins - seeing them all piled up in a dark wooden bowl on my kitchen counter.......their zesty flavours waiting for me.....

I got to thinking about them the other day.....you know when your standing there........staring at nothing......... but one object.......and drift of into thought.......well I was doing that staring at my bowl of limes......I take them for granted - easy to pick up from the supermarket & cheap to buy they are always present in my kitchen waiting for me to cut them open.......

Here are some of my musings on limes.....


Limes are an important ingredient in Mexican, Indian, Latin American and South-East Asian cookery. There are three main varieties - Tahitian, which is the largest, with the most acidic flavour; Mexican, slightly smaller, very aromatic, and with a particularly bright green skin- these are the ones usually avaliable in our supermarkets; and Key lime, which have a paler skin, a high juice content and a strong flavour. Like lemons, limes are high in vitamin C. If you want to try or a recipe calls for a different variety you would have to hunt them down at Asian stores, health food shop or Deli's.
When choosing your limes look for unblemished, firm limes that feel heavy for their size as they will be the juiciest. If you intend to use the zest, buy them unwaxed - If you can't find unwaxed limes, scrub the limes thoroughly before zesting......To extract the maximum amount of juice, make sure the limes are at room temperature, and roll them back and forth under your palm a couple of times - that helps to break down some of the flesh's fibres. Alternatively, microwave them for around 30 seconds, depending on the size of the lime - warming them up also helps them give up more juice.......You can store them in a varietie of ways - In a bag in the fridge (for a couple of weeks); in a fruit bowl (for around a week). Once cut, wrap in clingfilm and keep in the fridge for about four days. I use limes to make Key lime pie; salsas and curries; marinades for raw fish; in dips and sauces; add a wedge to a classic gin and tonic or use to make cocktails such as the margarita, caipirinha or mojito.
You can also cut them in half & wipe the cut surface over counters or hands to remove strong smells; pop in bowl of water & microwave to freshen the microwaves interior or float a cut slice in a finger bowl on the table. I've seen them used in flower decorations to hold the stems and seen them used in interior design and pictures.....there's just something about their fresh colour.

check out my lime pinterest board for some amazing pictures & ideas

 limes