Minty Lemonade!

Mmmmmm! 

I went to Honest burger recently. They had just opened a local branch (in greenwich), and as locals, we had been lucky enough to receive vouchers for a free meal. So we popped in on wednesday! 

It was super super tasty! The picture above is my lovely fiance with a stack of enourmous onion rings! 

Normally I would have a beer but as I was working at 7am the next day, (in a 0 tolerance job), I decided to go for a mint lemonade! 

It was divine! I fell in love! So much so in fact that when I came home, I decided I needed to re-create the lemonade for myself!

It iant as green but it is very minty and very yummy! 

Here is the recipe!
Ingredients:

1.75ltrs Water

400g Granulated Sugar

4 Lemons (or enough to make 250ml lemon juice)

10 Mint Leafs

Method:

Heat up 250ml of the water

Add in the sugar and heat until all sugar is disolves

Place in the fridge to chill.

Juice the 4 lemons (or however many you need to create 250ml lemon juice).

Chop up all of the mint leaves until they are in very small peices.

Add the lemons and mint to the sugary solution which you prepared earlier then top up to 2 litres with the rest of the water. 

Serve poured over ice!

Let me know what you think. I loved sipping on it whilst relaxing on the lovely sunny sunday we just had! 

Barley Biscuit Experiment

I like to experiment with cooking! I like to try new things. In February I got the awesome chance to go to a brewery (Signature Brew, based in Leyton) and help them brew a new beer for a festival they would be attending. Here I am with the brewery team.

When it came time to remove the cooked barley malts from the mash, I was stood there looking at the skip full of used barley and thinking it looked like oatmeal. Now, most industrial brewers send them off to local farmers as horse feed, therefore not wasting anything. When my partner and I do a small home brew, however, we do not have anywhere to put them, so they go in the bin. I wouldn’t be guilty about this but since we don’t have a garden I can’t compost them and since we don’t have a food waste collection they can’t be turned into anything else useful. S I set about thinking what else I could do with them.
In the end, I decided to do a bit of a cookie based experiment. I used the same base ingredients as my chocolate chip and butterscotch oat cookies, but instead of adding the dried oats, I added large spoons of cooked barley one at a time until it had reached the desired consistency.

Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out so great. I mean they are edible, but not terribly enjoyable. I think the problem is because they were wet, they added an extra amount of liquid that I did not account for. I think the dampness of the oats contributed also to the excess of starch – they have a very starchy flavour.

I think for a first experiment, they were ok. I think I will have a bit of a noodle around on the internet and see if I can find a way to dry them out. Then maybe I will try again with more success!
Do any of you home brew? Got any tips or tricks? What do you do with the by-products. Let me know in the comments!

A New Niddy Noddy!

Wow! Aren’t I lucky!

I am going to be working nights over Easter weekend (that’s not the lucky part), and when I am on nights, that means at the weekends my other half is banned from the house (or at least restricted to absolute silence) so I can get some sleep. It doesn’t bother him so much because it gives him a good excuse to disappear off to a community workshop he likes to go to.
What sort of community workshop, I hear you ask? Well it is called the East London Maker Space. It is a workshop full of awesome tools such as industrial sewing machines, wood and metal working tools, laser cutters, 3d printers, etc. It also has all sorts of groups who meet to do things together, such as electronics. And it is run by its members, so they pay a small monthly contribution and they all get to have a say in how the money is spent and what happens.

Fab right?

Well my partner loves it there.

So, being the good fiancé that I am, I decided to give him a project to work on, And he only already went and bloody finished it a week earlier than expected!

Here it is!

He even put my blog name on it! I have wanted a Niddy Noddy for a while. I have tried spinning yarn on a drop spindle but I was finding that as soon as I unwound it, it lost all of its twist and was unusable. Then I found out that you could set it but that you needed a Niddy Noddy. Now lots of DIY’s will tell you to make it out of PVC piping, but I really don’t have any more space for anything that isn’t flat. My craft stash is full to bursting. So I got my partner on the case and he made me one that is flat and slots together when needed! What a lucky girl I am! I can’t wait to give it a go! I just have to varnish it and then I am ready to go! I am sure I will have some spinning related news by the end of the week! Until then, have a fabulous Sunday!

Happy (Belated) Mothers Day

I hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day. I hope you were all spoiled by your kids! 

Just popping in to share with you the cards I made for my mum and my nan. 

I made this one for my mum. My mum loves all things vintage and 50’s. I decided to learn a bit of origami. You can find a really good tutorial here.

I made this one for my nan. 

I decided I would like to try making something that didnt require getting out my die cutter or lots and lots of materials. 

I think the style works nicely! 

I cant wait to see what you all got up to for mothers day. I have got behind on reading all of your lovely blogs – I keep meaning o go back and catch up but I keep getting sidetracked! But I am really gonna try to get through some of them by the end of the weekend!

Much love!

A Bit of Sunday Fun

Hey all! I am having a lovely relaxed sunday! I hope to dye some yarn and crack on with some crocheting and make some mothers day cards (I am not seeing my mum until next week so were all good)! 

I have nothing crafty to share with you today. Instead, I just want to share this picture of my cat!

She is so goofy looking! 

Dont you just love it when you time your picture just right?

Do any of you have any ‘perfect moment’ shots of your pets? I would love to see them!

Until next time, have a fab sunday and happy hooking/baking/cardmaking/whatever it is you are up to! 

I Am On Instagram!

I finally set myself up with an instagram! Yaaaaaaay!

Its a bit bare at the moment as I only signed up yesterday! 

I just wanted to pop in and ask if any of you guys are on instagram? Let me know and I will pop over to your page!

Also, does anyone have any tips on how to get the most out of instagram? I am a complete newb at this so any tips and tricks are appreciated!

Much love! 

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Omnomnomnomnom! 

My partner was away at the beginning of this week, as was his dad. Both on (seperate) business trips. So I decided I would pop over to his dads wifes’ house for some dinner and a chat! Now, I thought it would be nice of me to take some form of desserty goodness, and it occured to me that this was my chance to enjoy some lemon curdy goodness! My partner hates lemon curd (as some of you may remember if you were reading my bake off series) so I stear clear of it usually but since he isnt here I thought this was the perfect opportunity. 
Unfortunately it didnt set in time so I now have to eat the whole thing on my own (which is surprisingly different) .

Anyways, here is the recipe.

Ingredients

Half a Pack of Digestive Biscuits

75g Butter, Melted Butter

1 Jar Lemon Curd

2 tubs of Phillidelphia

1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1tbsp Lemon Juice

4 Mirengue Nests

Method

First crush up the digestive biscuits then mix in the melted butter. Press into the base of a greased and lines cake tin.

Spoon in the jar of lemon curd and and spread evenly over the base leaving around a centimeter around the edge. Place in the refridgerator.

Place the cream cheese into a bowl and whisk it until light and smooth.

Gradually whisk in the condensed milk and the teaspoon of lemon juice until you have a lovely smooth mixture.

Pout into the cake tin. 

Top with crushed up meringue nests.

Place in the freezer and leave until set (overnight is best). 

Slice up and enjoy!