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Vintage At Goodwood

6 Aug

1 week to go…very exciting!! Cariad Cake Stands are going to be appearing at the brilliant new festival Vintage at Goodwood. Check out the link below for more information.

http://www.vintageatgoodwood.com/home.aspx

More information and details of special offers and stands available will be appearing very soon. Having moved out of one house, been temporarily homeless and then moved into a new house and had my birthday party the past two weeks have been pretty hectic so haven’t had time to update. Promise this weekend will be entirely dedicated to Cariad…….

On the plus point it has meant new stuff for the flat, and some amazing finds on ebay so it’s not all bad!

Ooh la la lingerie

8 Jun

The cake stands got a bit of a treat last week, as they were used for a party to celebrate the launch of a new lingerie line by the very talented Myriam Girard for her label House of Girard.

Treat your eyes on http://www.houseofgirard.com/

Myriam is a french girl living in London who launched her business last year by herself, after a career change from banking, and the pieces definitely have a french feel about them – just the type of thing to wear whilst eating teeny little madeleines from your bespoke cake stand whilst entertaining guests in your boudoir…well I can dream. Check out her website, and get someone to buy you some – quick get in before everyone else does!

See some pictures below of the cake stands in their backstage role, complete with handmade madeleines (made by Myriam, she makes yummy cakes and beautiful underwear – what a brilliant combo!)

Hard to refuseli homemade muesli

31 May

Oooh a bank holiday, what a treat. After a weekend away in Wales and Gloucestershire for a beautiful wedding we’re back home and having one of those days which involve around cleaning, tidying and making things.

As I was at home all afternoon (after a quick trip to the Primrose Bakery for some  apple and blackberry cake – need energy when you’re tidying after all!) I decided to use the time to make some muesli ready for breakfast this week.

As a keeno runner breakfast is a big deal for me, it is after all a legitimate reason to eat two breakfasts a day. One pre-run and cycle, and one at work. I always have yoghurt with fruit and a giant bowl of muesli. So giant I have to take my own bowl into work to accomodate the size of my belly. So one day I decided to invent my own, which is pretty nice – although this may just be because I have become accustomed to the taste! Anyway it takes quite a while and has to be closely watched as it turns from nicely browned to burnt in ooh about a minute, so making it is ideal for a bank holiday. I have included my recipe and some pictures below – although I warn you this is a very unscientific recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 500g Jumbo oats
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 150g flaked almonds
  • 150g chopped mixed nuts, dried mixed fruit, dried cranberries, and sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • dessicated coconut
  •  honey or maple syrup and a teeny bit of brown sugar

Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix the jumbo oats and porridge oats in a large mixing bowl. Add 3-4 tablespoons honey and mix up so the oats are evenly coated. The ratio of honey to oats varies depending on the ingredients but 3-4 tablespoons usually does for the amount of oats as above. Swish it all about and then add the  cinnamon, dessicated coconut, almonds and mixed nuts. Put this mix into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and spread about so it is evenly distributed. Sprinkle over a bit of brown sugar and put in the now nicely warmed oven.

Keep a close eye on it and shake up the oaty mix every ten minutes or so – then each little oat gets a go at tanning. It usually takes about 40 minutes, but keep a close eye on it and as soon as the oats have a nice golden brown colour akin to 2 weeks in Turkey, whip them out.

When the oats have cooled slightly, add in the dried fruit and jiggle it all about until evenly distributed. You can also add anything else that springs to mind – I had some ground flaxseed and goji berries (get me!) that I got free in my race day goody bag when I did the Reading Half Marathon so I put this to good use and chucked it in at the end as well!

Put into an airtight container and it lasts for weeks, although keeping it lasting this long does require some discipline. Two bowls a day means mine lasts about 2, max. Offer it to all your guests when they stay over and wow them with your genius – obviously top it up later by offering them some homemade cupcakes on your lovely Cariad Cake Stand…ooh it’s a nice life.

I believe in Fete….

18 May

The lovely Georgie has sent me through some pictures of Primrose Hill Christmas Fair from last year, and I thought I would put them up in advance of the fair this Sunday (May 23rd). I’m particularly taken by the giant poodle, hope he rocks up again.

Quite excited about the May Fete, there is going to be heaps on and the whole of Regents Park Road is closed down for the occasion, along with food and other stalls. It’s also great for little weeners as there are rides, crafts, clothing, jewellry, face painting, music and a pop-up restaurant: Route Master Double Decker Bus!!

Am also loving this site below, and the girl behind it will be at the Fete:

http://www.nonesuchthings.com/

Described as somewhere between a blog and a shop, it  showcases beautiful bits and is definitely worth a look!

Love, love , love the porcelain keys…think I can see any profits made at the Fete disappearing already….

Picture from www.nonesuchthings.com