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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 5 - Pastry Week

The weeks are rolling around so quickly, I can't quite believe it's week 5 already!

We weren't really that prepared for week 5 and to be completely honest, I'm really surprised we managed to bake anything. But a pleasant surprise it was as this weeks bake is my favourite one yet!

When pastry comes to mind, I can't help but think of a pastie. Pasties are the ultimate food! So I thought I would combine my love of pasties with my favourite soup - Leek and Potato - and come up with this yummy recipe.

I used the shortcrust pastry recipe from BBC Good Food, and then I sort of just made the filling up as I went along. These really turned out so delicious, and they were scoffed up in minutes. Logan and Rori loved them so much, I think I've found their new favourite meal, which is great as pasties are so versatile and you can fill them with whatever you have in your cupboards.

The pastry was SO simple to make, it literally took 5 minutes to mix all the ingredients together! I'll be using this recipe again for mince pies at Christmas for sure.

So, here's the recipe for the filling if you'd like to give them a go!



Leek and Potato Pastie Filling

Makes enough for 6 pasties

Ingredients:

- 4 small potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 large leek, sliced
- 2 stock cubes dissolved in 200ml water (veg, chicken or beef will work)
-  knob of butter
- 100g cheddar
- 2 tsp cornflour mixed with a bit of water
- salt and pepper

Method:

1. Heat a knob of butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and fry gently for a couple of minutes. 

2. Add the sliced potatoes to the pan, along with the stock. Simmer for around 20 minutes until the liquid starts to thicken.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornflour mix and stir well. When the juice has thickened up nicely, sprinkle in the cheddar and stir.

4. Allow to cool slightly before filling your pasties!













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Monday, 9 October 2017

Get Spooky With It

I thought I'd best introduce our newest festive design - The Spooky Bra.

Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year, and Halloween in particular. Logan's birthday is at the end of October and so we usually get into the festive spirit with a Halloween party and lots of dressing up.

I bought this Halloween print fabric a couple of years ago and didn't get round to using it (ahem - lost in stash), so when I came across it recently I decided I would make myself the ultimate festive attire - a spooky bra! I popped a photo of it on my Instagram account and to be honest I wasn't quite sure how it would be received...but my followers loved it!

I've made it available as fully customisable - so you can pick to have it nursing or regular, and with or without the cage straps.

It's been going down a treat so far and I've been sewing up spooky bras all week! It is a limited edition though, so it won't be around forever. You can check it out in the shop here.










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Friday, 6 October 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 5 - Pudding Week

Just a quick post this week. After seeing week 5 of the Great British Bake Off and seeing the decadent and delicious melting-middle chocolate puddings, I knew that would be our bake this week!

We found a really easy and simple recipe from Nigella - Molten Chocolate Babycakes.

We whipped these up one lunchtime. The kids pretty much love baking anything with lots of egg cracking, and lots of chocolate bowls to lick. This recipe pulled through on both of those fronts and not only that, it's a really quick and easy bake too.

We served ours with vanilla ice-cream which cut through the rich chocolate nicely. The recipe makes 6 servings, but BE WARNED, they are generous portions and we couldn't finish ours! Although, we did pop leftovers in the fridge and ate them the next day which was still extremely yummy and truffle like once cooled.

Gooey middled, rich chocolate, hot and sticky. The perfect bake.

Here's the recipe, enjoy!

Molten Chocolate Babycakes

serves 6
You will need 6 individual pudding moulds or ramekins, buttered.

Ingredients:

50 grams soft unsalted butter (plus more for greasing)
350 grams best dark chocolate
150 grams caster sugar
4 large eggs (beaten with pinch of salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams plain flour (or Italian 00)


Method:

1. Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6/400ºF, putting in a baking sheet at the same time. Lay 3 of the moulds on a sheet of doubled baking parchment. Draw round them, remove, and then cut out the discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the tins. 

2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter. 

3. Divide the batter between the 6 moulds, quickly whip the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little tins on it and replace in the oven. 

4. Cook for 10-12 minutes (the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the puddings are fridge-cold when you start) and as soon as you take them out of the oven, tip out these luscious babycakes onto small plates or shallow bowls. 

5. Serve these with whipped double cream, the same unwhipped in a jug, creme fraiche, creme anglaise or ice cream.








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Monday, 2 October 2017

We've Joined the Ninery Team!

I'm excited to share the news that a select collection of our products are now available to purchase through Ninery!

Ninery is an online shopping platform and Shopzine which is going to be your one-stop shop for all your mum-to-be and new-mum essentials.

As well as being able to buy pretty much your entire maternity and breastfeeding wardrobe on Ninery, there is also going to be a dedicated 'Bra Hub' which is really exciting. I for one know how tough it can be to hunt down and find a decent fitting, up-to-date maternity or nursing bra, and now you'll have all the most amazing options at your fingertips! There's some amazing brands and we're super proud to be among them.

Go and take a look at Ninery and see what you think,but a word of warning - your bank balance will not be safe!





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Friday, 29 September 2017

Great Foster Bake Off - Week 4 - Caramel Week

I'm actually pretty proud of us that we've managed to keep up with our weekly baking sessions. So far we've had great fun and this week was no exception!

Caramel week. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the idea of making sugar caramel, especially with the children, as it needs to be heated to such a high temperature and sugar burns are no laughing matter.

Luckily I managed to track down a recipe that used condensed milk and golden syrup instead to make a caramel. Although I'm sure this isn't a 'true' caramel (it was a very similar method to making fudge which I did last Christmas), it was a better option for me when taking into account I'd be baking with a 2 and 4 year old.

We used a recipe from the BBC website, which you can find in the link here, and I'll post it below too. It was a really simple recipe, quick and easy to follow. Lots of bits for the kids to get stuck into and most importantly, it made up a delicious treat too!

Therewere a few issues along the way, but none big enough to impact the final outcome. Our shortbread took longer to cook, but I suspect that may be my oven. Also, the caramel did go rather grainy, however once it was placed on top of the shortbread and then covered in chocolate, you couldn't really notice.

Next week is Pudding week and we're super excited for that bake!





Here's the recipe:

Millionaire's Shortbread

Prep time: Less than 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Makes 20 pieces

Ingredients:

For the shortbread:
225g plain flour
175g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar

For the topping:
150g butter
1 x can condensed milk
100g golden syrup
350g chocolate

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Line a 23cm/9in square cake tin with baking parchment. 

2. Combine the flour and butter cubes in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. (Alternatively, you can rub the butter in by hand.) 

3. Add in the caster sugar and pulse again until combined.

4. Tip the mixture into the lined cake tin and spread it out evenly with the back of a spoon. Then press the shortbread down firmly with your knuckles so that it is tightly packed in the tin. 

5. Bake the shortbread for 30 minutes or until very light golden brown. Set aside to cool. 

6. Meanwhile, for the topping, heat the butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a saucepan, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. 

7. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring frequently. The caramel will thicken and turn golden-brown. Set aside to cool slightly, then pour over the cooled shortbread. Allow to cool completely. 

8. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (ensure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), stirring occasionally. 

9. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and set aside until the chocolate has cooled completely. 

10. Cut into squares and serve.


I'll leave you with a few snaps of Logan and Rori, mid-bake!







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Monday, 25 September 2017

Woman Rising Mustard Jacket

I have a huge love affair with the colour mustard right now. I love it so much! Now that it's autumn I feel like I can finally embrace my love of mustard fully as it's such an autumnal colour.

I wanted to play around and try something new with my leather paints and I've had this mustard jacket sat around for a few weeks, dying to be adorned with all sorts of beautiful things.

I wanted to make something beautiful, but powerful and I wanted to push my comfort zone, too. I have an old gardening book that is full of the most amazing botanical and floral sketches and looking through there one evening, I decided to try and emulate the old sketchy vibe of the beautiful photographs in the gardening book, on the jacket.

I really love how the jacket turned out. I love the simplicity and also the message that it puts across. I am a Woman Rising. I'm embracing my inner strength and creativity and I'm growing from that.

Here's some pictures of the jacket. It's also now available to order in my shop (which you can see here). You can choose to have the florals and writing or only the writing if flowers aren't your jam.

Don't forget I also LOVE custom work, so if you have an idea in mind, get in touch and we can make some magic happen.


Woman Rising Hand Painted Mustard Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew





Woman Rising Hand Painted Mustard Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Always and Forever White Glitter Jacket

I've been searching and searching for a good quality faux leather white jacket that I can paint for a bridal jacket idea and I FINALLY came across some.

The thing with faux leather is it can be really, really rubbish OR really, really amazing. I'm very picky about the types of jackets that I work with and I've got no time for that cheap, plasticky faux leather that looks a bit like a bin bag.

All of the jackets that I source to paint are faux leather because, being a vegetarian, animal-friendly products are important to me.

Also, genuine leather is SO expensive. When I set about creating my jackets, I wanted an excellent quality faux leather that could be the real deal, and also it had to be at a low enough price-point to make it more accessible to people. I want people to be able to afford my items and so making an affordable product was at the fore-front of my mind.

I also wanted to play around with a new leather-painting product that I have now - leather glitter paint! Glitter makes everything better, am I right?!

My Always and Forever design features navy font with pale blue drop shadowing (something blue). A gold glitter lightening bolt and gold/pink ombre filled letters on the 'Always'. I wanted to throw a little nod at my Harry Potter loving side, and hence the 'Always' and the lightening bolt. I love that this design is multi-faceted and has some hidden meaning behind it, if you want it to. If I could re-do my wedding, THIS  is the jacket that I would be wearing!


Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew



I currently have two jackets in this design ready to ship in my shop, a size Small (8-10) and a size Medium (10-12). I will also be listing the jackets in all sizes (XS-XL) and making them available to order.

Here's the link if you'd like to take a look!

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew

Always and Forever Hand Painted Bridal Jacket by Lucky Sew and Sew



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