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Making Croissants

Tartine Bakery Croisants When I first looked at how to make Croissants it looked next to impossible, but Tartine's book lays it out really easily with amazing imagery to follow. I will outline the recipe below but I really suggest you buy this book this is just a taster to the amazing bread and baked goods. I follow the sourdough recipe and its amazing. Buy the book here Ingredients milk whole 450g leaven 300 g poolish 400g bread flour about 1000g salt 28g sugar 85g active dry yeast 10g Adding the butter 400g unsalted butter 1/2 cup flour Egg Wash 2 large eggs tablespoon of cream Method Have your poolish and leaven ready before you begin. (Do this the night before) If they float in...

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Elderflower Cordial + Champagne

My mums hand bound book she made me of family recipes. Wearing Marmo Signet and Vida Terracotta. Elderflower Cordial + Champagne I grew up with my mum making this deliciously sweet syrup every year. She has a massive terracotta pot that sits in the kitchen which she stirs every morning and evening. It’s delicious and really easy to make, and now is the season, the Elderflower trees are blooming with the beautiful flowers. Below I have attached my Mums and Grandfathers recipes.   Elderflower Cordial 2 1/2 pints boiling water 4lbs white sugar (I know its a ton but you only use a dash in each drink!) 30 elderflower heads 2 1/2 oz citric acid - (you can buy natural...

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The Art of doing Absolutely Nothing

The Art Of Doing Absolutely Nothing Slowing Down For some of you, this might just be the time to do absolutely nothing. Here are a few things to help you slow down and do nothing.. Stretching Every morning my partner and I have been waking up and doing half an hour to an hour of stretching. I can’t recommend this enough, I feel like a new woman! Get your Yogi Bare mat here. Drink Coffee and Lie In The Sun It’s sunny in the UK, amazing I know… so slow down and enjoy it, and get that vitamin D your body’s been craving all winter! Even if you can’t get outside sit by a sunny window. Meditation There was never...

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Making Candles

Candle Making We made some pretty yummy smelling candles!   First melt the wax in a glass container above a pan of boiling water. ( we also recycled some wax we already had). Once it has melted add your choice of essential oils. Let it cook for a minute or two. Poor into a container with the wick in the middle. Use two pens or two sticks to hold the wick in place. We used wooden wicks but there are loads available online. Enjoy your candle making!

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Make your own Moisturiser

Make your own Moisturiser   Make your own Moisturiser Make your own Moisturiser MAKE YOUR OWN MOISTURISER 1 cup of cocoa butter 3 tablespoons of your chosen oils 10 drops of your chosen essential oils   I have recently started making my own moisturizer, I am still experimenting, but here’s what I do! Melt the cocoa butter in a ceramic bowl above a pan of water. Add in your chosen oil, I use olive oil coconut oil and jojoba oil. I try different ones each time, including a variety of nut oils. Once it’s all melted you pop it in the freezer or fridge to cool. When it starts to turn hard around the edges, add your chosen essential oils...

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Try something new: Collaging

Try Something New I have always wanted to try collaging. Firstly it’s much harder than I expected. I firstly looked at some of the art I have saved on Instagram over the years. I then just experimented. The result is above! We took inspiration from @jenbpeters and @filippaedghill.  

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How to Bake Bread

How To Bake Bread There has never been a better time to start baking bread. The process of making something is always a good way to be present. 500g of bread flour - I use 100g strong white and 400g brown bread flour 25g of butter 1 tbsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 1tsp fast-action dried yeast 230ml water Seeds of your choice - poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds   How to: Put the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips. Add sugar salt and yeast. Dust a surface with flour. Mix in warm water a little at a time, you might not need all the water. Don’t worry if it’s sticky. Knead it...

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The Best Cookie Recipe

The Perfect Cookie Recipe Soft in the middle but a little crunch to the outside? I have you covered for the best cookie recipe. Another day in the house in self-isolation and you are wondering what to do? Well, how about these cookies…. I made them gluten and dairy-free and they where delicious. 200g gluten-free plain white flour 100-150g soft brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon Xantham gum (only for gluten-free) Pinch of salt 50ml coconut oil (or other oil) 1 tbsp of vanilla extract 1 egg Green and Blacks cooking chocolate 2/4 a bar Method: Line baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, xantham gum, and salt...

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Make Green Tomato Chutney

How to make Green Tomato Chutney 2 1/2 lb green tomatoes (1kg) 2 1/2 lb cooking apples (1kg) 2lb onions (900g) 6 large cloves of garlic crushed 1lb raisins (450g) 1lb 6oz soft brown sugar (625g) Pickling spices (25g) I used coriander seeds and mustard seeds 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper 2 level dessert spoons ground ginger ( I used fresh ginger) 1/2 tablespoon salt 3 pints of genuine malt vinegar (1.75 liters) How To: If you know me you will know I am a little haphazard with my cooking… but I basically did this: chopped up the tomatoes, onions, cooking apples and threw it in a big old pan. Added garlic, stirred it around. Added everything else. Leave for 3.5...

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Make Natural Jewellery Cleaner

Make natural Jewellery Cleaner There has never been a better time to have a bit of a spring clean. All those old bits of jewellery might well need a new lease of life. Here is a little natural mixture that will leave your old jewellery looking like new. Mix the juice of a lemon with some bicarbonate of soda, until it reaches a paste. Use an old soft toothbrush to brush the paste onto your jewellery. DO NOT use this on gold plated jewellery. Gold plated jewellery has a layer of gold on it which easily rubs off. This is the reason why we use solid metals rather than gold plating. Solid metals you can always clean up, gold plating...

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