Culinary Bouquets & Wreaths for Culverden

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Only 24 hours to go until the Culverden Fete. Our make-shift studio is resembling a Chinese sweat shop with boxes containing wreaths, Nike Air Max 90 Uomo wire hearts and stationery piled almost to the ceiling. Baskets ASICS Femme The floor is littered with offcuts of camellia, Nike Air Max 90 Fleur Homme eucalyptus, new balance cm1600 grapevine and holly. baskets noires Asics Lyte Jogger We’ve enlisted the help of a dear friend Andrea (our herbal specialist) who is packing up box after box, Sac À Dos Kånken Fjällräven attaching hook after hook, adidas tubular uomo at the same time as giving us a wonderful insight into the medicinal uses and benefits for the ingredients we’ve gathered.

We’ve added a culinary wreath to our range this Christmas for all those foodies out there and feeling inspired by these fragrant materials (bay, Adidas Scarpe Uomo thyme, Vêtements Nike Pas Cher rosemary & pepper berries) we’ve made up culinary bouquets too which look and smell wonderful hanging in the kitchen.

The wild thyme is fast becoming our ingredient of the moment.

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    The Flower Wall Installation

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    We’ve just designed a wire version of a Flower Wall with our friend Giulio Sturla and his wonderful restaurant Roots in mind. Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop More about him in a moment.

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    Wedding flower fashions

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    Bridal Wreath & Dress A La Robe
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    Silverbeet – almost too beautiful to cook

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    Having accumulated heaps of silverbeet recipes (cookbook concept days) over the past few years, Randall Cobb Packers Jerseys I took armfuls back home with me on the ferry and got cooking.

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    Silverbeet & Chickpea Curry – adapted from Sarah Raven (feeds 4)

    1 large onion (finely chopped)
    3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
    Vegetable oil
    1 heaped tsp medium curry powder
    A knob of fresh ginger (finely grated)
    1 red chilli (finely chopped)
    Salt & freshly ground black pepper
    1 x 400g tin cooked chickpeas
    1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
    250g button mushrooms (halved)
    Juice of 1 lime
    2 lemon grass sticks
    Large handfuls silverbeet
    2 tblsp soy sauce
    2 tblsp Thai fish sauce
    Bunch of coriander (chopped)

    Gently fry onion and garlic in a large frying pan until soft. Add the curry powder, fresh ginger, asics onitsuka tiger hombre chilli, adidas schoenen salt & pepper and stir.
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    Preparations begin for The Culverden Fete

    Sally with dried gumphoto copy 2photoJust over a month to go until The Fete at Culverden.

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    We’ll be launching our brand new range of Carousel Girl stationery and beautiful cotton tea towels that we’ve designed at the fete which we’re thrilled about.

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    Step One.

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    Wild Flowering Quince

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    I am frequently faced with a rather moral dilemma. air max 2017 heren Should I to drive to Diamond Harbour for a meeting with Rachel or hop on the ferry from Lyttelton which only takes 5 minutes and supports an essential local public service? The journey around the winding coastal road however, lunette de soleil oakley pas cher offers greater inspiration to me than whizzing straight across the water, New Balance 009 hombre so carbon footprint aside I hop in the car, Nike Air Max TN Femme music on and off I go.

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    It is great to have a break from my laptop and get down to the therapeutic business of actual gathering rather than writing about it! By the time I reach Diamond Harbour I am brimming with ideas and images to share along with cuttings that I have taken.

    Reinventing our baby for Culverden

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    Elderflower cordial

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    I am longing to be back in my kitchen and get festive culinary preparations underway after a 3 month spell camping out in my garden sleepout . adidas nmd męskie Yes thankfully earthquake repairs are now complete.

    The first item on my to-do list is elderflower cordial and over the past few weeks I have been keeping an eye on friend’s and neighbour’s trees to make sure I’m not too late for the flowers.

    I picked a couple of stems to observe how they would dry intending to string them onto a fine wire and hang as a garland. Maglie Sacramento Kings Initially I was disappointed as the stem just seemed to wilt and go soggy, but looking at it now a week on I am happy to report that the delicate dried elderflowers will work well.

    To make a garland pick the largest flower heads you can find as they will shrink, and hang them upside down to dry thoroughly before threading individually onto a wire, adding stems at equal intervals along the length. Air Jordan 11 Uomo See our Hydrangea Garland Project back in May for more details.

    The recipe for cordial which follows was given to me by a dear friend (thank you Karen) and will make about 3 litres of concentrated syrup (4 x 750ml bottles). Kyrie 2 Scarpe Once you’ve gathered the elderflower heads lay each out on baking paper so any bugs will fall onto the paper and then you can rinse them more easily.

    30 Heads of Elderflower 3 Lemons 1.5kg Sugar 4 Tblsp Citric or Tartaric Acid 2 Litres Water Boil 2 litres of water and add sugar and citric / tartaric acid.  
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    This cordial is so delicious mixed with ice cold water, tonic, gin or vodka.

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