Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday finds..

Another Friday, another Friday finds post to fill your browsers!

Our friend Matt always knows the best places to eat in, especially around his hood in East London’s Spitalsfield, and now he’s sharing his knowledge on his new shiny blog!  Make sure to visit him!

Hanna found this little fella on Pinterest and had to give it a little go… Find full instructions here!

First Aid Kit

Have you heard of First Aid Kit? They kommer från Sverige (come from Sweden) like Ikea and many other good things.

We may be a bit hooked on Beaver Falls… As Celeste says: “Don’t judge!”

Check out The Urchin Collective a gorgeous blog based in Cronulla, Australia… where Celeste grew up! Favourite posts to check out on there, recycle pallet vertical garden and the carnival birthday party. So much prettiness, so much fun!

Have a good weekend!

-Celeste, Sarah and Hanna x

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Make, Do, Mend: Avoca Chicken & Broccoli Gratin

ImageFor the last four years, the delivery of my Able and Cole fruit and veg box has chased the Monday blues away.  Always a lovely suprise of fresh colourful, seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables.  It arrives with a challenge to find new ways to use the veg.  This week as I looked through the contents of my box, I remembered about a recipe hidden in an Avoca Cafe Cookbook.  The Avoca Cafe is a national treasure, and the home of much deliciousness.  It is a must visit should you find yourself in Belfast, Wicklow or Dublin (the also spin incredible blankets!)

This week, I plan  to give the little recipe and outing and thought I would share

Ingredients:

6 chicken breasts or 1 whole chicken
1 Spanish onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
A few sprigs of parsley
1 bay leaf
A few black peppercorns
300ml/½ pint double cream
110g/4oz roux
1 large head of broccoli, divided into florets
15g/½ oz butter
110g/4oz breadcrumbs

Method:
Place the chicken in a large saucepan with the onion, carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaf, peppercornsand enough water to cover. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked – about an hour for a whole chicken; 20 minutes for chicken breasts.
Remove the chicken from the pan and leave to cool. Strip the meat off the bones, dice and set aside.
Strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan and boil until reduced to 600ml/1 pint. Add the cream, return to the boil and then whisk in the roux, a little at a time, to form a thick sauce.
Blanch the broccoli in boiling salted water until just tender, then drain and refresh under cold water.
Stir the diced chicken and broccoli into the sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour this mixture into an ovenproof dish.
Melt the butter and mix in the breadcrumbs. Spread over the chicken mixture and bake in an oven preheated to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling

Enjoy!

Sarah

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Linger: Doone Valley

We have just returned from a little camping trip in the Doone country in the beautiful Exmoor. I haven’t ventured down to this part of the country before and completely fell in love with the wild moorlands, ancient woods and beautiful coastline.

We chose to stay in a small campsite called Cloud farm, nestled right in the middle of the hills by a river, mainly because of the child friendliness of it (we had our cute little god daughter in the mix!). From the campsite we were able to go for leg breaking walks through the woods and over the hills and reward ourselves with a yummy cream tea in the near by deli.

In the evenings we had campfires, cooking our dinner of jacket potatoes and corn on the cob on it, and obviously roasting some marshmallows! (We missed out on doing s’mores though – dang!)

I was also inspired to read Richard Doddridge Blackmore‘s novel Lorna Doone that is based in this gorgeous corner of the world.

All in all it was a great mix of activity, relaxing and hanging out with lovely friends! Definitely makings of a good holiday.

-Hanna 

Ps. This campsite was found from the book Cool Camping Kids.

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Penny for your thoughts: You’re a stickhead, I’m a stickhead.

SO we very rarely/never have any negative things to post but…

…I was thinking about how often I get annoyed with stupid people and then, ironically, how the rest of the time I must BE stupid people to everyone else.

There are sometimes though, that make me want to say mean things about people. I don’t think it would be in good taste to use a ‘power word’  on this blog so I am going to use a ‘sounds like’. Sometimes I think people are ‘Stickheads’.

For example, when there is a driver that fails to indicate when changing lanes the irony in that situation is that by failing to indicate they are in fact indicating that they are a stickhead.

There are times that I have had a ten minute conversation with someone only remembering later that it was their birthday and I never wished them a ‘Happy Birthday’ espesh when they had remembered mine and I had got a card, present AND cake from them. I am a stickhead.

There are times that someone stops in the middle of a walk way to talk to someone or with a trolley and refuses to move out of the way even though they know full well that they are in it. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I, distracted by a bird, cut someone up in traffic and expect them to accept my smile, shrug and wave as an apology. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone posts something ignorant, hateful or preachy as a status that causes an all out social network war that noone shall win. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I get totally sucked in and contribute my fair share to the social network war that noone shall win. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone who you care about and have trusted does something that smarts. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I have out of insecurity, tiredness, jealousy or hormones have said or done something careless to someone I care about. I am a stickhead.

Then there are times I don’t give someone the grace I wish they would give me. I am a proper stickhead then.

Then there are times when I don’t realise my fog lights are on for two months.. yep 2 months!!! … or when I see ‘peppermint’ but read ‘pepper mint’ and say loudly, ‘Oh gosh! Pepper Mints, pepper flavoured mints that is DISGUSTING .. oh wait, peppermint. Oh yeah!’ Then I am not a stickhead I just verge on massive stupidity! Hopefully lovable stupidity!

Anyway, I guess after thinking about all the things that ‘get my goat’ – er, where does that saying even come from!? – I came to the conclusion that people are stickheads and I am a stickhead.

Either we be stickheads together or give each other a break. I vote give each other a break. Maybe I will even try and be a nicer person?!

Maybe.

No really. I am trying to be a nicer person.

Let’s be nice together?

- Celeste

x

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Weekend in Pictures… and it’s still going!

The last bank holiday weekend before Christmas… Sad times!

While we’ve nothing as exciting as a lion on the loose (Aslan? Simba?) this weekend has been full of lovely things!

Celeste met up with her cousin, Tom, she hadn’t seen in 12 years at the Defector’s Weld in Shepherds Bush. A beaut time at this beaut little place filled with old furniture and cute little upstairs bar! Nothing like a good time with the fam. 

Hanna and her husband returned from camping. With After holiday sorting, washing and trying  to do.

Hot bath after camping one of Hanna’s favourite things. 

Getting the last out of summer’s fruits in a mug with custard. Mmm… Delish!

Reading list

Surprise package of Cinnamon Altoids. FAVOURITES. We’re fortunate to know very kind people Oh wait.. mints again? Err …Hint???!

Celeste, sporting another little surprise pressie, delicate geometric necklace from Topshop, puts legs up to relax and ease a bit of back pain. Always awkward when someone walks in.

 Back to life tomorrow!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this bank holiday weekend!

- The Three of us.

xxx

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Friday Finds

Enjoy this lovely weekend and if you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands check out some of these things!

This blog, ‘Sweet Mabel’, is lovely and check out her cute things (like the owl above) on Etsy! It is chockas with recipes, art, interiors, vintage, tutorials and crafts… totally gorgeous! She has even been kind enough to feature us in her ‘Charming Reads’ section! Thank you! 

From a lovely friend’s travels they found and brought back some cute breath mints! ( Err…Hint?!)

And finally a few musical treats for you  …

Sydney folk duo The Falls and their song ‘Home’. This video is a little on the spooky side.

Listen to more of their music here .

Celeste mentioned Dry the River in a Days like these post a little while ago, here is another of their music videos.. it’s a cute one, that always gives me a little grin. It’s a lot of fun!

Happy Friday to you all!

- Sarah, Hanna and Celeste xxx

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Found things…Wild swimming books

A couple summers ago we found these great books called Wild Swimming and Wild Swimming Coast. Since then we have parked our car in tinier than tiny woodside car parks (or roads) and walked narrow footpaths to find some of these (sometimes) hidden treasures.

We have swam in a quarry in the Malverns, found sweet rock pools and beaches that we would have never come across had it not been for these books.

I would highly recommend getting a copy.

Let the adventures begin!

-Hanna

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