Archive for June 2009

A far, far away land

June 27, 2009

Today I would really quite like to escape to a far away land.  One preferably created by Tim Walker.  That would be just lovely.  However am off to the big city for a couple of days tomorrow to see the sweetheart, so that far away land will have to do for now. xxxx

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All Photographs by the lovely Tim Walker. x

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Le Chocolaterie

June 25, 2009

In the corner of a tiny village within the city, perhaps
Hampstead or Primrose Hill one does not know, there is a quaint, dark mahogany
fronted shop with overflowing flower baskets either side and a small, purring
kitten waiting patiently on the doorstep.  Passing through the door a bell
chimes and the most delicious, intoxicating scent is absorbed to the very
core.  Two tables with chairs sit neatly by the window, each with a rose
printed tablecloth and a fresh vase of handpicked flowers.  Beautiful
black and white prints hang on the wall in mismatched frames of all shapes and
sizes and from somewhere that can't be seen the faint sound of Parisian music
floats around the sweet air.  A glass
cabinet treasure box sits enticingly with every choice of smooth chocolate
imaginable.  A special chocolate for
every thought that could ever be thought to send; I love you, I’m thinking of
you, get well soon, you are beautiful, you are everything anyone could wish
for, you make me happy.  Rose and violet
creams, rich, velvety caramels, dark bittersweet crunch, smooth hot chocolate,
crumbling truffles.  Handmade gift boxes
sit adorned with bows and ribbons waiting to be filled with pretty
temptations.  A gentle humming comes from
a lady preparing the magic out the back, an apron tied around the waist and
hair tied up in a headscarf to match. 
The cat purrs in the distance and she looks up smiling a smile as sweet
as the treasures she makes.  She is
happy. xxxxxxxx  


 

Chocolates

Picks From Autumn 09

June 24, 2009
BalenciagaDior
                        Balenciaga                                     Dior

DolceJaeger

                       Dolce&Gabbana                             Jaegar

DriesLela rose

                       Dries Van Noten                              Lela rose

LuellaLacroix

                        Luella                                            Lacriox

Louis vuitton Zacposen

                       Louis Vuitton                                  Zac Posen

Marc jacobsMarchesa

                       Marc Jacobs                                  Marchesa

MoschinoMoschinocheapandchic

                       Moschino                                       Moschino Cheap and Chic

PaulsmithOscardelarenta

                       Paul Smith                                      Oscar De La Renta

PreenSoniarykiel

                        Preen                                            Sonia Rykiel

So I finally got time to go through all the Autumn shows and pick out my favourites.  Some of the shows it was hard to just pick one!!  I'm having a sudden feeling for trousers at the moment, which is very strange as Miss English Rose is a dress girl through and through! However I'm really liking the 1940s type cut ones and I love the ones by Preen, I know they should be tacky awful but they work!!  So I shall be donning smart, peg leg trousers, sequins, polka dots, luscious fabrics and florals (of course).  I loved the sparkles on the tights at Zac Posen and the loose pink blazer at Dries Van Noten would be lovely over a 50's floral evening dress.

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All photos from style.com

The Secret Garden Stole My Shoes……

June 23, 2009
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Strawberry and Cinnamon Torte

June 22, 2009

So seeing as it was Father's Day yesterday I did a spot of baking for the occasion.  This was the first time I had tried this one and I must admit it was rather scrummy!!

Strawberry and Cinnamon Torte

Ingredients

  • Firstly you need a 8"-9" cake tin with a pop out bottom, I would make sure it's relatively deep as well, maybe at least 2".
  • 175g Golden Caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g butter (softened)
  • 175g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (although I added a bit more than this as I love,love,love the stuff!!)
  • 1 egg and 1 extra egg yolk
  • 450g strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • icing sugar to dust


To Make and Bake….

  • To start grease and line the base of your tin and preheat oven to 180 degrees for non-fan assisted and 160 for fan assisted
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and then mix in the butter and eggs (you can do all this with a food processor but I rather like making my arms do the work)
  • When all the ingredients are mixed in evenly put half of it in the bottom of your cake tin.  The mixture may be quite thick so you may have to spread it out evenly and smooth
  • layer the strawberries evenly on top
  • fill the tin with the rest of the mixture, spreading it smooth
  • bake in the oven for 1 hour, it should be a deep, golden brown when it comes out.  If after 40mins it is starting to look a bit too dark loosely cover with foil.
  • let cool slightly then remove from tin, using a sift, sprinkle with icing sugar
  • I served with whipped double cream mixed with equal parts of greek yogurt

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Sorry the photo's are taken when its already half eaten, but the cake fairies got to it rather quickly! They must have been hungry!

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Blueberry Muffins

June 21, 2009

So most weekends I am up in the big smoke visiting my sweetheart, however on the weekends when I am stuck in my far away land I enjoy a spot of baking.  Now Miss English Rose isn't exactly a master chef, but when it comes to baking she finds there is something rather therapeutic and rewarding about the smell and taste of freshly baked cakes.  So here I will begin to share my recipes and hopefully you too will pop on a floral Cath Kidston pinny and bake till your hearts content.  Also there really isn't anything lovelier than taking home baked goods for friends, co-workers and loved ones.  The warm fuzzy feeling you get is quite satisfactory and well worth the work!!! xxxx  

Blueberrymuffins

Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients
(should make 16 muffins)

  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 150g Plain Four
  • 1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 200g Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 375ml Milk
  • 180ml Vegetable Oil
  • 200g Blueberries

To Make and Bake…..

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Either grease holes in muffin tin or just buy muffin cases-a lot easier
  • Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl
  • Stir in the eggs
  • Combine the milk and oil together and then slowly add this to the mixture whilst mixing it in 
  • Fill the cases or tins until half full, then add half your blueberries (I tend to cut them in half as well)
  • Then fill the cases with the remaining mixture and top with the rest of the blueberries
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes

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Audrey, Audrey, Audrey

June 21, 2009

Today I have been super busy, rushing around, checking out my local charity shops, baking muffins (recipe to follow shortly) and picking up another stack-full of books from the library.  So I will just leave you with a lovely quote I found from Audrey (Hepburn obviously) and I shall be back tomorrow with recipes, pictures and other bits and bobs. xxxxxx

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for
beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with
the knowledge that you are never alone.”


Audrey Hepburn