Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ijeoma Has Been Published



After weeks of testing the Ijeoma Ruana Wrap is now ready to purchase from Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy. I've also added it to the PDF Patterns tab, where you can purchase or download (for free) all my patterns. This has been the largest of all the items that I have designed and I'm so happy that it's now out there.

I've already started my next project, a sort of oversized crocheted cardigan (pictures coming soon) and hope to be able to work on this consistently so that I can finish it as soon as possible.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Resurrection Sunday Treats: Mini Bites


As mentioned in my last post, this period is very important for me and my family and to celebrate I've made some delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. My second Resurrection Day recipe are these Mini Bites, along with my Chocolate Domes they are sure to make any celebration just that little bit tasty.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Resurrection Sunday Treats: Chocolate Domes


For my family and I this time of year is very important, it's when we celebrate Christ's sacrifice which has allowed us to be part of a mighty Kingdom and opens the way for us to live in relationship with God.

It reminds us of His love and grace towards us, Christ paid the ultimate price so we don't have to.

This is one of those times in the year when the family gets together and I always like to make a special treat. I didn't want to make something that was focused on baby chicks, eggs and bunny rabbits so my chocolate domes seemed like the perfect option along side these Mini Bites.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Crocheted Baby Blanket



I haven't done any baking lately, but I wanted to quickly pop over and share one of my latest projects. It's a crocheted baby blanket for someone close to us.

It's not 100% complete as I may make it bigger as time goes on, if possible, but for now I'm happy with it. This will be published as a free pattern, something I haven't done in a while. So watch this space.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Savoury Swirls

Mrs U Makes...Savoury Swirls

As much as I love home baked goodies, nothing gets my mouth watering or my taste buds buzzing like a savoury snack. Given the choice I'd pick savoury over sweet any day, on the odd occasion that we eat out at a restaurant I will always order a starter.

This week I've been hankering for something savoury, something that I could eat with one hand whilst walking around the house carrying out daily chores (apart from cleaning the bathroom).

Three of my favourite ingredients in the whole universe are garlic, basil, and mozzarella. Combined with tomatoes, they make a perfect marriage and I definitely wanted them in whatever snack I was going to make.

After some deep contemplation, the idea for these Savoury Swirls came about. Now they aren't the prettiest handheld treat but they are tasty. The first batch I made was placed on a baking sheet and within a few minutes I could see melting cheese pouring over the side of the sheet. When I took the baking sheet out, the swirls were sitting in a pool of cheese.

Now I don't mind this one bit, to me melted cheese is a thing of beauty. However, if you don't want your swirls to be swimming in cheese, I would suggest placing them in a bun or shallow cupcake tray. If like me you'd love a cheesy pool, use a baking tray so that non of the cheese falls into the oven. I also packed my puff pastry with chunky slices of cheese, you can use fewer ingredients if you prefer.

So here's what you'll need:

Olive Oil
Garlic (however many cloves you like), chopped
6 small tomatoes, chopped
Fresh basil, to taste
2 puff pastry sheets
approx. 500g mozzarella cheese
approx. 230g sliced sandwich meat
1-2 handfuls of baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Here's what you'll need to do: makes approx 36

1. Heat a little oil in a pan and then add the garlic and cook for a couple of  minutes. Add the tomatoes and basil and season. Cook on a low to medium heat until the tomatoes are very soft and any liquid has been reduced. Take off the heat and leave to cool.


2. Open one puff pastry sheet and spread half of the tomatoes over it.

3. Slice the mozzarella and place one quarter on top of the tomatoes (leave the top edge free), then layer with half of the sandwich meat, Place another quarter of the cheese on top of the meat and then top with half of the spinach.


4. Carefully roll up the pastry sheet, using you fingers to pack in the filling ingredients if they come over the top edge.


5. Wrap in parchment paper or cling film and place in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. Repeat steps 1-5 with the other puff pastry sheet.

6. Slice the pastry log approx 1-2 cm thick (your preference) and place on a greased or lined baking sheet/tray or in a bun/cupcake tray. Tighten any swirls that are loose. Spray or drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper.

 
                           Swirls on baking sheet                        Swirls in cup cake tray

7. Bake in the oven at 200*C for 15-18 minutes

Eat and enjoy hot or cold.

Mrs U Makes... Savoury Swirls




Friday, 20 February 2015

Triple Chocolate Bark


With the half term holidays drawing to an end, I've decided to take the Tripolatas to the Natural History Museum. When planning what to pack in their lunch bags, I wanted to add something that was a real treat.

They've been asking to make something with chocolate for some time and not wanting to have a full on baking session I opted for a no bake treat. This came in the form of Triple Chocolate Bark, made with white, milk and dark chocolate.

When we made this the Tripolatas were a little confused about why I was adding their cereal to chocolate and weren't happy at the fact that I wouldn't let them eat the Party Ring biscuits until we'd finished making the bark.

This is one of the simplest things that you can whip up and there's no end to what you can throw on top.

My Triple Chocolate Bark was quite thick, so if you want a thinner one, use approx. half of each chocolate.

Here's what you'll need:

150g each of white, milk and dark chocolate
Pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
Party Ring biscuits, broken in pieces
Cereal hoops (or Mouse as my boys call it because we buy the supermarket's version of that well known cereal brand, which has a mouse on the front of the box)
Fudge pieces

Here's what you'll need to do:

1. Melt the chocolates in separate bowls and (one by one) pour into a silicone or lined baking dish.

                

2. Top with the topping ingredients and then place in the refrigerator until set.

  


3. Take out of the fridge and cut into random pieces.

Eat and enjoy 



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Great British Biscuits: Fruit Shortcake Biscuits


When it comes to biscuits I personally shy away from the store bought ones preferring to eat those that are home-made. However, when it comes to the tripolatas I will at times buy biscuits when I haven't had a chance to bake any. Even then, I'm weary about what to buy as I don't always know exactly what's inside them and imagine that they may not be great quality.

I can spend a few minutes in the biscuit isle trying to decide which to buy and I've realised that my choices all have a theme, they're all classic British biscuits. I'd eaten all of them as a child and was now giving them to my own children, so why not learn to make them myself and give my boys a classic treat that I know has been well made.