Sunday, 30 November 2014

New Word Pillows

Just in time for Christmas, there's a couple of new throw pillows appearing in the shop this week. A lovely purple smile one, and a 'shhh..' in blue. I used an italic font for these two, and I love the effect it creates.





If you'd like one of these to brighten up your living room this winter, then just head over to my Etsy shop. Others colours are quite possible on request if you ask nicely. :)
 
Emily Kate.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Chocolate Brioche Pudding

A few years ago, I spent my autumn term of college on an Erasmus placement in the city of Lyon in France. I'm heading back for a visit in just a few weeks so thought it was about time I shared one of my favourite desserts...

Its a beautiful city and I loved the French way of life of buying basically everything fresh, fruit, veg and dairy, at the local market for a bargain price. One of the only things I would buy at the supermarket was brioche, a sweet bread that is sold absolutely everywhere, even in the local corner shop. I could sit and eat an entire loaf, with nothing on it, just for breakfast.
One of my favourite things to cook whilst I lived in France was this chocolate brioche bread and butter pudding, the perfect marriage between a French bread and classic English dessert. I found a recipe online, but its long since been lost. Delia's is the closest recipe I've come across, but I've made a few changes.

Ingredients:

12 slices of brioche bread from a loaf
200g dark chocolate
75g butter or margarine
425ml double cream
110g caster sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3 large eggs

Method:

  • Cut the crusts off the slices of bread and slice them in half, into triangles. Work out how you will arrange them in a shallow roasting/casserole dish.
  • Put all the other ingredients apart from the eggs into a large saucepan and hear over a very low heat.
  • Stir the mixture over the heat until the chocolate and butter have melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  • When the mixture has properly come together, whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then pour the chocolate mixture over them.
  • Pour a small amount of the chocolate mix into the dish, then place the bread on top, packing the triangles in neatly.
  • Pour the rest of the chocolate mix on top and push down the bread with a fork. Leave to soak in for two hours on the side, then refrigerate for 24 hours, or as long as you can bare. If you don't the liquid doesn't soak though the bread properly, although it is still tasty..
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for around 30-35 mins, until the top is crusty but its squidgy inside.
 
I can't say it looks too pretty, but it really does taste amazing. The perfect dessert for a cold winter evening. You could even grate a bit of orange in for a terrys chocolate orange style pudding, or add a dash of rum or baileys.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Dogtooth Print Megan Dress

I've been wanting to make something from dogtooth print fabric for quite some time, as I love the pattern, and when I got Tilly's book Love at First Stitch for my birthday, the Megan dress seemed to be the perfect choice. Incidentally check patterns and dogtooth check in particular seem to be all over the high street this winter, although I had already made my dress by the time I noticed this so I like to think its me that's the trendsetter.

I love the simplicity of the shift dress she's designed, but with elegant slight puff sleeves. The simple dress with a check fabric works really well and is a great staple wardrobe item that could be dressed up or down. I made mine from a double jersey dogtooth fabric so its super comfy and warm and perfect for my day job, erring on the right side of smart casual.

The pattern was very straightforward to follow, as all the ones in the book are. I like the fit of the dress generally, but it is a little roomy all over, I think I could have got away with cutting a size down. My measurements align well with Tilly's size 4, but I wonder whether the pattern allows for more ease than I needed, or perhaps using a stretch knit was the issue.

 


I definitely will be making more dresses from this pattern in the future, I love Tilly's suggestion of a colour block dress, like my sunshine white/yellow summer dress. I also would like to try lengthening the sleeves and using the Megan pattern for the top half, and a pleated or circle skirt for the bottom like the Lilou dress.
 
Emily Kate