Pancakes

American Pancakes

American PancakesA lazy start to the day was needed this morning. With the first F1 Grand Prix to watch & a need to take things easy after loosing an hour with the change of clocks, pancakes were on the menu for breakfast today.

The recipe for these American-style pancakes is super easy. I got it from a recipe book my sister has which is all about indulging & enjoying some comfort food.

With a drizzle of real Canadian maple syrup, courtesy of my friend Vida, these were a real treat this morning.

Atomic Burger

Atomic Burger Menu

Atomic Burger MenuWhile I may have been too busy to be crafty this week, I have managed to enjoy a lovely dinner at Oxford’s finest burger joint, Atomic Burger. My OH & I were introducing our friends to it as they’d never been. They were not disappointed. It is by far THE best burger place around. The reason? They have an amazing menu. They have great service and a quality atmosphere. The decor is so cool and always gives you plenty to look at. Every time I go I see something new.

The food. Well it’s great – even for vegetarians like me. I always have a Forrest Gump Veggie burger, with jalapenos & BBQ sauce with plain fries. This time I also had a vanilla milkshake. The meals are so filling. We went on a Friday and had to book. It’s always really busy then which shows how great it is. There’s plenty of choice for everyone & alternatives if you don’t fancy a burger too.

If you haven’t experienced the wonder that is Atomic Burger yet then don’t hesitate another moment. Get yourself there. You won’t be disappointed.

A Crafty Afternoon

Crafty Afternoon

Another week goes by where there isn’t much chance to be crafty. I have been continuing on my secret project but it’s going very slowly. This afternoon I was desperate to practice some of the projects that I’ve had in mind for ages. With that in mind, and a sore body from gardening yesterday afternoon, the thought of sitting at the sewing maching was heaven. I’ve been meaning to sew myself a knitting needle bag for a while now but I needed to practice my hemming first. They’ve been a bit wobbly in the past so wanted to get them right for this project. Also I wanted to make my Granny a Mother’s Day card & I’ve got a friends birthday this week so thought I’d practice my stenciling by making her a card too.

Crafty Afternoon

 

This is what my craft table currently looks like. I’ve dawdled and struggled with the instructions for my case so I’ve not completed it. I have completed the cards – You can see the birthday one in the background. It’s much better than the one for my Granny, but she’ll love it!* I hope my friend will like this one. I really enjoyed stenciling it. Painting makes me feel like I’m still in primary school!

I will have to finish the case next weekend if I don’t get a chance during the week. It’s from the Cath Kidston ‘Sew‘ book. As a beginner, I find the Cath Kidston Homemade Bag instructions really difficult to follow so it takes me a while to get going. I am looking forward to finishing it though. And before you ask, yes I have made the bag on the front. Painful, very very painful. It took me ages but I did it! Granted it looks a little more ‘homemade’ than the one on the cover and I’ll never use it as an actual bag but at least I did it and it was good practice.

I am hoping the knitting needle case turns out better! Check back next week to find out.

 

* I am making my Mum’s Mother’s Day card too, but she reads this and I don’t want her to see it before she gets it!

Nana Bread

Nana Bread

I seem to have had a very busy weekend which hasn’t left much time for getting on with projects. However, one thing that I’ve been meaning to do for some time now is to bake some bread. BY HAND. I don’t have a breadmaking machine as I don’t need one! I’ve been making this bread for years & I use my Nana’s recipe. This is why I don’t use a machine – She didn’t. And in the 30 years I knew her, she always made it by hand. In fact, I never knew her to buy bread from a shop. She always made her own.

The smell of it baking takes me right back to her house. It would be on the table at breakfast & tea time. We always had Marmite on it & to this day I find it odd to put anything else on it! Nana was a fab bread maker. While she also made cakes, they weren’t as good as my Mum’s (plus Mum would always let me lick the mixture of the beaters – something Nana would never allow!)This is one of the reasons why baking relaxes me. It takes me back to my childhood when I could enjoy eating cakes without the calorie guilt!

It’s a very simple recipe, but it’s not particularly quick. It includes a total of 20 minutes of kneading & almost 2 hours of rising. But it is totally worth it. I use a whole bag of flour & for the first time I am using local flour from Wessex Mill. It feels great to be supporting local producers – something Nana would definitely have approved of. Making three loaves at a time this will keep us going. Plus my home is filled with the smell of Nana bread. Gorgeous.

Nana Bread