Oysters cake recipe

I love these delicate fancy cakes and what’s not to love. Pastry? Check. Cake? Check. Jam? Check. Buttercream? Check. Need I say anymore….

Sweet Saturday # 20 – Oysters cake recipe


Oysters cake recipe


Ingredients

  • 175g shortcrust pastry
  • Filling
  • 65g margarine
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • few drops almond essence
  • jam
  • butter cream icing

Method.

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c gas mark 5.
  2. Roll out pastry and use to line twelve patty tins.
  3. Cream the margarine and sugar, stir in the almonds, flour, egg and essence.
  4. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into each case and bake for 20 minutes
  5. When cool, remove the center and fill the case with jam and then a blob of butter cream icing then replace the top.

Friday Fun # 20 – flower ice bowl

Such a great idea to make with the kids and is great to serve ice cream or fruit salad out of on a hot Summer’s day.

Friday Fun # 20 – flower ice bowl

To make a flower ice bowl you will need:

  • two plastic freezer proof containers one smaller than the other,
  • water,
  • tape,
  • scissors,
  • flower petals choose edible varieties if you want to use the dish to serve from.

Friday Fun # 20 – flower ice bowl

 First tape the smaller bowl inside the bigger one. Add the flower petals and then fill with water.

Friday Fun # 20 – flower ice bowl

 Place in the freezer over night and then use a small amount of water to release the bowls.
Use to serve fruit salads etc from.

Friday Fun # 20 – flower ice bowl

Tasty Thursday #20 – Quorn chicken and garlic parcel recipe

Tasty Thursday #20 – Quorn chicken and garlic parcel recipe

Filling 225g quorn cut into chunks
150g cream cheese with garlic and herbs

150g puff pastry.
Milk to glaze.

Preheat the oven to 200c gas mark 6.
Mix the quorn and cream cheese together in a bowl.

Roll out the pastry into a 30cm square. Place on a baking tray.
Pile the mix in the middle and fold the corners into the centre.
Brush milk on the top to glaze and place in the oven for 35 minutes.

Good served hot or cold.

W.I.P Wednesday # 8 – RSA Student design awards

Just looking through old work and photographs whilst having a clear out of my study and I came across some of the images from my award winning entry in the student design awards. I won the soft furnishings design award and traveled Australia as part of my prize. It was such a fantastic experience and these phtos brought it all back to me, so I thought I’d share.

W.I.P Wednesday # 8 – RSA Student design awards

W.I.P Wednesday # 8 – RSA Student design awards

W.I.P Wednesday # 8 – RSA Student design awards

W.I.P Wednesday # 8 – RSA Student design awards

Sewing Sunday #19 – Q is for queen free alphabet cross stitch pattern

Continuing the Alphabet sampler. Q is for Queen. Don’t forget if you enjoy my free patterns, please take a look at my Etsy shop which has a wide range of patterns for sale at great prices. There is a gallery link at the bottom of the page. 

Sewing Sunday #19 – Q is for queen

Design created using KG Chart © R. Cartwright

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Sweet Saturday # 19 – Jam tart recipe

Sweet Saturday # 19 – Jam tart recipe

To make 12 jam tarts you will need:

  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 g margarine
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 6 tsp jam
  • 6 tsp lemon curd

  1. Preheat your oven to 200c gas mark 6
  2. To make the pastry rub in the margarine into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Then slowly add the cold water, you may not need all of it. Mix with a round bladed knife until the pastry starts to clump together.
  3. Then form into a ball and roll out.
  4. Use a cutter slightly larger than the holes in the patty tin to cut 12 circles. You will have to re-roll the pastry to do this.
  5. Then line the 12 holes in the patty tin.
  6. Place a tea spoon of jam or lemon curd into each well and bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is golden on the edges.
  7. If you wish you can top up the jam tarts with extra jam once they have come out of the oven.

Tasty Thursday #19 – Quorn mince lasagna recipe

Ingredients

  • 150g  lasagna sheets
  • Mince sauce: 
  • 1 onion, 
  • 1 green pepper, 
  • 1 clove garlic, 
  • 250g quorn mince, 
  • 1x15ml spoon (1tablespoon) oil, 
  • 400g can tomatoes, 
  • 1x15ml spoon
    (1 Tablespoon) tomato puree, 
  • pinch of mixed herbs 
  • Cheese sauce: 
  • 25g butter or margarine, 
  • 25g plain
    flour, 
  • 250ml milk, 
  • 100g cheese

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190oC or Gas Mark 5.
  2. Fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the minced beef
    and cook for a further 5 minutes. 
  4. Add green pepper, cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, puree and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan. 
  7. Stir
    in the flour to form a paste. 
  8. Add the milk gradually, stirring constantly,
    until mixture thickens. 
  9. Simmer for 5 minutes and add grated cheese.
  10. Put the lasagna together: Place a layer of mince sauce on
    the bottom of the dish. 
  11. Place a layer of lasagna sheets on top. 
  12. Spread some cheese
    sauce over the lasagna. 
  13. Continue adding layers, finishing with cheese sauce.
    Sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
  14. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

W.I.P Wednesday #6 – thread drawer

W.I.P Wednesday #6 – thread drawer

My latest work in progress is to become more organised in my craft room. So often I have a million projects spilling out from everywhere. Books dumped on top and threads and needles filling in the gaps! So I have decided to be stricter with my self and have been making spool winders, labelling them with the colours and organising them in number order in a old cutlery tray in my desk drawer. I am so pleased with it, you cannot believe how happy it makes me feel just looking at it. Now if only I can keep it looking that way….

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp

It was time for a change in my study and the pin board is always my first port of call when re-designing. This time I have felt all ‘little red riding hood’ and went for a classic combination of Gingham and ribbon.
This is how I did it.
Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp 
First I cut the fabric to about one inch bigger than the pin board.

 Then I stretched the fabric and stapled it all around

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp 

 Making sure to mitre the corners for a neat finish

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp 

 Then I added cross strips of red ribbon. Weaving them over each other to give added strength and stapled them at the back

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp 

 Here’s a close up. I love the white stitch detail on the ribbon.

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp 

 Then it was ready to start collection inspiring bits and to display my works in progress.

Made on Monday #19 – gingham and red ribbon pin board revamp