Friday, June 6, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Cranberry sauce is a big hit with my family. We have cranberry sauce with turkey over the Christmas period, in sandwiches with leftovers, alongside foie gras, with fresh goat's cheese on toast and all sorts. Nevertheless, we always seem to have some leftover in the fridge so I thought it was about time to find a new use for it and what better than cranberry sauce muffins?
I absolutely loved how these turned out and I'll definitely be making them again and again. They are great served warm but the very best part has to be the crunchy top of the muffin.
Ingredients for 10-12 muffins: 200g plain flour, 100g oats, 100g brown sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 pinch salt, 250g cranberry sauce, 100ml milk, 50g sunflower oil, 1 egg, zest of 1 orange.
Method: Preheat oven to 200°C. Place cases in your muffin tin. Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl: flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, milk, sunflower oil, orange zest, and the egg. Add dry ingredients and stir with a spatula. Divide batter between muffin cases. Sprinkle each muffin with extra oats and a little bit of caster sugar to make the tops crispy. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
Notes: adapted from here.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
When I was younger I always made sure to keep a few birthday cards in a drawer ready to pop in the postbox when a close friend or family member's birthday was coming up. The last few years studies and work got the better of me and I stopped sending cards by post. I thought I'd start this year off by bringing back this little tradition and making some handmade cards. I've also filled my diary up with important dates and stocked up on stamps.
These are the four different designs a friend and I made. I think the best idea is to sketch out your ideas and then just go for it. Don't be afraid of making mistakes - I love the handmade look of these cards and when you do make a mistake just stick a band of wrapping paper over it and try again!
Supplies: plain cards and envelopes, 4-5 different coloured wrapping paper (1 of which has Happy Birthday written on it), string, glue, paper scissors, a needle. Method: Cut Happy Birthday letters out. Cut strips of wrapping paper. Glue strips of paper onto string like little flags and glue on the letters. Using a needle push the string through a corner of the card, tie in a knot and trim. Repeat on the other side. Once your bunting is attached add the "Birthday" letters to the bottom of the card on top of a band of wrapping paper or straight onto the card.