Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Today I had friends over for lunch and needed an easy pud. After flicking through a few cookery books I came upon this recipe below from Good Housekeeping cooks collection (no longer available). They proved to be a huge success!
Iced Raspberry Souffles
1 orange & 1 lemon
225g caster sugar
450ml double cream
2 large egg whites
1. line 8 ramekins with baking parchment, make sure you have a colar above the rim.
2. Squeeze the juice of the orange and lemon, put 2 tbbsp of each in a processor with the raspberries and sugar. Wizz until smooth.
3. set asside 150ml of the sauce, cover and refridgerate. Place the remaining sauce in a large bowl. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Using a large spoon fold the cream into the raspberry sauce.
4. Whisk the egg whites to a soft peak and fold into the cream mix. pour into the lined ramekins. Freeze for at least 3 - 4 hours or overnight.
5. Dip ramekins in hot water and turn out the souffles onto a plate. Pour over the raspberry sauce and decorate with fresh raspberries.
delicious. Here's a link to the proper recipe as I did cheat and not add the chocolate colar or the mixed berries, here's what it should have looked like......
Posted by two hippos at 19:26
Sunday, 28 August 2011
My sewing machines has now died, ahh! So officially searching for a new one, any advice please comment as I am so not sure what to go for, what do you sew with - quilt with? And with the move getting ever closer I wondered if I should just wait. Anyway I wondered over onto Ravelry and saw a knitted hexagon quilt, just fell in love! Its made by the fabulous Tiny owl knits, great patterns and a fun blog too! Oh and if you are in London she is holding a class at loop later in the autumn. Have a great long weekend and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affect by the horrific storm on the Eastern seaboard.
Posted by two hippos at 11:23
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
We exchanged on our house this morning, awaiting exchange to our new home hopefully tomorrow. So all in a whirl! Moving from our house to a place that requires total renovation will be a challenge and quite an adventure too. So to calm my nerves I went to our local library and discovered a great cookbook called The Jewish Princess cookbook. I'm trying out some of the recipes this week but just loved the Princess Pledge. Are you ready for a few?
*I pledge to have a clean and tidy home (but I never said I would do the cleaning and tiding).
*I pledge that I will be prepared to go on holiday, even at very, very short notice.
*I pledge to treasure my true friends, as they are the diamonds that every girl needs.
Oh and as every princess knows that cakes have no calories if you take a bite from someone elses plate, stand on one leg when eating, sniff them, only ever nibble a sliver. Now I'm not Jewish but it made me laugh and that can only be a good thing, right?
Posted by two hippos at 15:23
Friday, 12 August 2011
Yesterday 3 generations made the journey north to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. It is a huge and busy, so much to see and buy. We met the gorgeous Katy and the girls at Fat Quarterly, great stand with the most lovely quilts. I am very backward at saying hi I'm Ruth from Two Hippos, smile and say hi - in a quiet will they think I'm mad kind of way, but they recognised me! Also met Janet Clare - Miss T and I love her style and I did embroider her crufts dog blanket for my youngest nephew, we just had to buy her hot off the press brand new book. But to begin with we did wander the isles of quilts, apologies to anyone there who was mowen down by a lady in a disability buggy - my mother just couldn't get the hand of driving it! So to the quilts...............
Posted by two hippos at 09:20
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
I have been busy working with a friend for a few days, very interesting and totally new glamorous world. Working opposite us was a lovely lady, who had the most delicious dehydrated apple crisps as part of her display. I discovered that she had made them herself from apples her children picked in their south London garden! She was so enthusatic about her dehydrator, its made me want one - a fabulous way of preserving friut. J loves making chutney, but other than my various attempts at marmalade, jam and jelly all not that sucessfull, freezing is my main way of preserving. I have found some great ways of preserving, but now have a dehydrator on my Christmas /birthday list.
Am looking out on ebay now!
Posted by two hippos at 08:03
Thursday, 4 August 2011
J likes to think he is foraging when coerced into picking blackberry's on our evening walk with the dogs! With the idea that he's turned into Hugh F-W! Most evenings we pick quite a few, this is yesterdays pick in a smart little trug my mother gave me. But what to make with them? I have tried jam and jelly, but I'm just not that great at jam making. Blackberry crumble, maybe a cake - if it cools down enough to have the oven on. I have frozen some, but with the move looming ever closer not a long term option. With a quick googled I found some great ideas on the BBC food website, pinterest also have some wonderful photo's of all things blackberry. I'll leave you with a delicious photo...
blackberry frozen yoghurt.... mmmmm.
Posted by two hippos at 13:38