a little peek at whats cooking in the shop this week…. look for these and other pretty bits soon.
beautiful paperwhites. they are filling the house with a light perfume and livening up my kitchen windows. one is growing in a vintage jelly mold, the other in an old mason jar.
i have a soft spot for vintage molds (here). There is a scene in the first season of downtown abbey when daisy carefully releases a jelly from its mold… i pretty much die at that scene.
At the moment I am fostering a mold and its gorgeous, handmade and has the loveliest cherries crafted into the top. Its pretty much been screaming at me to use it but truthfully i was a little intimidated and unsure. Insert christmas present from my mom (donna hay’s seasons), a slightly modified recipe, a little bit of luck and…. magic.
It was my fist ever panna cotta and I must admit it was much easier than I expected. I did take a bit of the easy route and made a simple vanilla version. But I was elated as I carefully released the mold and there was this perfectly formed bit of sweetness….. i pretty much died at the scene.
Sorry for the terrible night shot but this lovely was not going to last till morning.
Recipe Adapted From Donna Hay
2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
2 Tablespoons milk
1 C of cream
1 C of milk (i used 1%)
1/3 C brown sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
and a mold or molds of some sort that can facilitate 2 1/2 cups or 1 1/4 cups each. Lightly Greased
place the gelatine and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl, stir to combine and allow to stand for 2-3 minutes or until gelatine has dissolved. Place the cream, 1 cup of milk, brown sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat. Add in the gelatine and whisk to combine. Set aside to cool
Pour the cream mixture into your lightly greased mold/s and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until set. carefully run the tip of a sharp knife around the rim of the mold. invert onto plate/ or plates
to find the mold i used in my shop.
im on the hunt for a kitchen island. our kitchen is a big wide open square, everything is pushed to the edges, and it would benefit from the addition of some type of island or cart. This addition would better utilize the open space. It would also be nice to have some extra, accessible storage for those things we use every day, and my growing collection of cookbooks
Sonoma proved to be a fabulous weekend and our little 1930’s cabin overlooking the river made it even more enjoyable. Its sweetness was inviting and made each of us feel very at home during our stay. I am always amazed by that feeling I can get in a house that is unfamiliar and doesnt belong to me provides such a strong sense of place.
the evening light these days is simply gorgeous. it seems to power into my kitchen windows each afternoon full of promise. A rich golden hue hints at the possibility of spring even though it is only the start of january, the light seems much stronger at this time of day than its weak steely morning self. I couldnt help but try to capture some of it for this weeks flowers for friday post. A collection of objects interrupted but the bright green of tiny air plants and a burst from a fern frond clipped from the plants on my patio. I am also eagerly waiting on a few paperwhite bulbs, being gone I did not want to start forcing them until now, but the entire time I was away they were “burning a hole in my pocket” as I couldn’t wait to get home and start them.
I am off on a girls weekend to Sonoma to celebrate the upcoming wedding of a dear friend. It will be nice to spend the time with everyone and I am very much looking forward to exploring a new part of my California world that I have not been to yet (im a napa girl). We have planned some hikes, bbqs from the back deck which overlooks the river and a trip on the Winter Wineroad for sunday. It should be a full one.
What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
See you back here on tuesday.
Hello! and a happy new year to everyone. Im back from my holiday travels and so happy to be home. It was wonderful to be away and spend times with friends and family on the east coast and ireland, but its always so nice to come home again.
I have lots of new items for the shop and will be listing them soon and have been pouring over new design and cookbooks and cant wait to share.
How are you spending the first few weeks of the new year?