Thursday, 31 January 2013

pear, ginger & chocolate cobbler .....

 A bake a month ♥ 
number one


This is a cracker of a recipe
I made it last weekend when Sweet B came home
it's both, fairly quick and delicious
(if you like pears, ginger and chocolate that is ;o)
we all LOVED it

 Serves four

5-6 pears (about 1kg in total)
a generous pinch of ground ginger
1 tbsp light soft brown sugar

for the topping .....
50g plain flour
25g ground almonds
3 tbsp demerara sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp natural yogurt
50g melted butter
2 tbsp flaked almonds, for sprinkling
100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
( I leave my chocolate in the packet and whack it hard on the worktop
 instead of chopping, it's great if you've had a stressful day)

 Note : The recipe actually calls for dark ginger chocolate
 sadly I couldn't get any at my local supermarket

Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 4

For the cobbler topping, mix together the flour,
ground almonds, demerara sugar, baking powder
and a pinch of salt. Whisk in the yogurt and melted butter

 Peel and core the pears, then slice thickly lengthways
arrange slices in a 20-24cm round or square ovenproof dish, 
toss with the ground ginger, brown sugar and 2tbsp of water 

 Stir the chopped chocolate into the cobbler mixture, 
then dollop evenly over the pears

 Sprinkle with the flaked almonds and extra demerara sugar

 Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden

 Serve with chilled double cream or ice cream

enjoy ♥ 

If you give this a go, I would LOVE to know what you think
Mr Sweet scored it 99.9/100
high praise indeed ~ I hear you say
but he is a piggy and eats almost anything!

I have a huge ring binder bursting with recipes
 that I have squirreled away from magazines & newspapers over the years
to be honest ..... it's a mess, pages falling out everywhere
I should deal with that really
shouldn't I?
maybe one day .....
 This particular recipe was pulled out from a Sainsbury's magazine

I hope you are having a gorgeous week
we had a bit more sunshine today
Ooooooh I can feel spring coming .....

Thank you so much for all the hexi cushion love

Back soon
BIG love
x jooles x

Monday, 28 January 2013

Hexi cushion Ta-Da & a natter

Hello lovelies
Hooray ..... we saw the sunshine this weekend
that was so nice.
I hope you had some sunshine too
mind you, I am ashamed by my kitchen windows
tomorrow they will be shiny and clean.

Our Sweet B came home for the weekend
after all of her exam stress she need some TLC
and I was more than happy to supply it
any excuse
we had a go at making rum babas
let's just say we won't be making them again
they were a bit of a fail
hence no photo!
but the process was fun

I have been meaning to show you my new cushion .....

I've been drooling over all of the gorgeous hexi projects I've been seeing
in blogland and on Pinterest for some time now
 and was itching to give it another go 

 I remember making hexies as a teenager
 Oh yes ..... I was a bit a raver as a teen!
They are SO addictive
I have started a matching one
it will have to be smaller though
 as I haven't got quite enough velvet left to make one the same size
but I think that will be nice

Percy Pecker has been out and about
 what a handsome little fellow he is
he looks so perfect in the snow
mind you, it's almost all gone now
 it was lovely for a while but I am happy to see some green now

Wishing you all a happy and creative week
and thanks for your sweet owl comments
you really made me giggle
I'll be back in a few days with my first 'Bake a month'
I'm excited
I tried the recipe out at the weekend and it didn't last long

Back soon
BIG love
x jooles x

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

do you ever get the feeling .....

..... that you're being watched???

Some little owls have flown into my shop
there will be a few more making the journey this evening

Back soon

BIG love 
x jooles x

Monday, 21 January 2013

white weekend

Brrrrrrrr .....
It's CHILLY round these parts
but Oh So Pretty
like wonderland
 I think most of the UK has snow, doesn't it?
I hope you've managed to stay warm and cosy and safe

we have been VERY lazy here
it has been good though

Mr Sweet & I ventured out for a couple of snowy walks this weekend
I was glad of my new PINK coat
Yes PINK! 
Oh the joy
We left our lovely boy snug in bed and off we went

Snowy garden .....

There has been a little crochet too
remember the ‘rhubarb crumble’ blanket?
It has been very neglected till recently.
In my mind I had almost finished the squares
felt like I had hooked up around 200
but in reality I hadn't.
Out of the 180 squares that I decided I needed, only 54 had been made
Rubbish. I know.
I was shocked
I'm going to try a complete a granny a day …..

There has been a little owl~ing going on too

My lovely G has been requesting that I make some owls for ages
but somehow I never got around to them
every now and then .....

lovely G ~ "Mum, are you going to make an owl?"
Me ~ "Yes, lovely ..... soon"
lovely G ~ "Mum, you said you were going to make an owl"
Me ~ "I will .....soon"

That went on for a year or so
anyway they are nearly here
it took a few goes to get the shape right
the ears?
the eyes?
the beak?
No. 6 got the thumbs up from my panel of expert voters
(thanks guys)

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on 
Professor Twinkle & Mr Starry Sky
my lovely boy helped out with the names too
credit where credit is due
they are good names, don't you think?
I am hoping to have some hooting off to my shop by the end of this week

 There has also been lots of TV watching
whilst eating chocolates left over from Christmas
I LOVED this film
I'd read the book a while ago and the film didn't disappoint
and my perfect TV line-up last night .....
Call the midwife and then Mr Selfridge

Sweet B is in the middle of her exams
she has one this morning
right now as it happens
my stomach is doing loop the loops for her
she has one tomorrow morning and then one Wednesday morning
poor thing she is very stressed and run down
she's a dedicated little thing
I just don't know how she does it
she has been revising from 9am till 8 pm
almost everyday since just after Christmas

She has used:
2 1/2 A4 note pads (200 pages per pad)
I think around 300 record cards
and run down 2 1/2 biro pens
she is concerned that she has a dent in her writing finger
I am surprised she has a writing finger left!

I can't wait to have her home to take care of her as only a mum can

A BIG "Hello" to my new followers
It's so lovely to welcome you here

Wishing you a happy and cosy new week
and what ever you do ~ stay safe

BIG love
x jooles x