Monday, 30 August 2010

Colour lovers: architectural

Cool colours like concrete and steel combined with warm wood and brick combined with neutral glass in this architectural colour palette.
Check out the palette at colourlovers

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Update from my garden: tomatoes

This is a selection of tomatoes we planted this year: German Orange Strawberry, Green Zebra, Black Seaman, Garden Pearl, Yellow Perfection and Moneymaker. Love the colours!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Fruit tart

This is a basic recipe for a fruit tart and you can use any fruit that is in season. On this one I layered plums, cherries and peaches but it will be equally nice with apple or red currants for example. For a baking tray like this you have to double the quantities in the recipe.


100ml vegetable oil
125g sugar
2-3 eggs
200g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 lemon (juice and zest)
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 175-195°C. Mix the oil and sugar, add the eggs, salt, lemon juice and zest. Mix the baking powder and the flour and sift, gently adding to the mixture. Pour on to a baking tray and add slices of fresh or canned fruit. Sprinkle with some sugar and almond flakes and bake for about 30 minutes.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Colour lovers: sea breeze

Sea and sand: ethereal mint and aqua in combination with tan and driftwood. Add a bright and bold shade of lime this is refreshing like a Caribbean breeze. Check out the palette at colourlovers

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Chocolate truffles

This is a really easy recipe. Use the basic recipe and add flavours to your liking. I have made two batches, one with rum & nuts and the other half with lemon/orange. This recipe will make 50 truffles.


300ml double cream
knob of unsalted butter
300g chocolate (70% cocoa)
pinch of salt

Flavour 1:
1-2 tablespoons Cointreau
grated lemon peel
grated tangerine peel
cocoa powder
Flavour 2:
1-2 tablespoons dark rum
pinch of cinnamon
handful of mixed nuts
dessicated coconut

Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and add the butter and a pinch of salt when the cream is hot. Once the butter has melted pour this hot mixture over the broken up chocolate pieces whisking as you go so the chocolate melts nice and slowly.
Take half of the mixture and stir in the Cointreau, lemon and tangerine peel. Add the rum, cinnamon and nuts to the other part and stir well. Put both bowls in the fridge for about 2 hours to set. Then scoop out the set truffle mixture with teaspoons and dip in cocoa or the coconut flakes.

Update from my garden: raspberries