Tuesday, 29 April 2014


This was a quick flower arrangement made out of the leftover flowers from the Autumn Wedding post. The buds and white flowers are Lisianthus and the red and white flowers are Noblesse Carnations. I think there is a solitary red rose lurking at the back as well!

I wanted to share because more people should know about lisianthus. It is a stunning flower and bud (which has an amazing twisted structure) and any arrangement that contains it instantly looks 'put together'. They also make a great addition to a vintage wedding and transform corsages into things of beauty!

Happy Experimenting!

Sunday, 27 April 2014


I promise I will henceforth make more of an effort when photographing food :s I've been given tips by my sister-in-law and so hopefully they will start getting better! Her tips were:

1. Natural Light -  here I have literally stood in the light which is apparently the dumbest thing you can do...

2. Close ups - get up close and personal with the food otherwise you find yourself having to explain in detail that it is in fact a sweet potato not a steak.

3. Make sure the background is a different colour from the food - natural backgrounds are good but the wood in this picture is the same colour as the food so a slate would have been better.

4. Make your food look nicer than this! - I am very often STARVING by the time I plate up so I throw it at the thing so I can get. it. in. my. face.

So I will try these out in my next post.


Serves 2 (if you are big eaters)

Patatas Bravas

  • 3 Medium-sized Potato, peeled and chopped into 2cm cubes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 red chilli, chopped (remove seeds if you want it mild)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and oil a baking tray with olive oil. 

2. Parboil the potato for 10 minutes then drain in a colander. Shake the colander gently until the surface of the potato is fluffy. This will crisp them up in the oven.

3. Place the potato in the baking tray, tossing in the oil and seasoning with salt and pepper, and bake for 30 minutes or until crisp and golden.

4. Meanwhile, place a glug of olive oil, the chilli, garlic and paprika in a saucepan. Fry gently for 2 minutes and then add the tinned tomatoes and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes and then season to taste.

5. Serve the potatoes topped with the tomato sauce.

Garlic Mushrooms

  • 200g Closed Cup Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp White wine Vinegar
  • Handful Parsley, chopped
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the garlic gently for 2 minutes. 

2. Add the mushrooms and fry gently for 10 minutes. Lastly, add the vinegar and parsley and heat through before serving.

Chorizo in red wine

  • 200g Chorizo Sausage, chopped into 1cm rounds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 250ml red wine
1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the garlic and onion gently for 3 minutes.

2. Add the chorizo and fry for 2 minutes to release the oil, add the red wine and simmer gently for 15 minutes, then serve!

Salt and Pepper Squid

  • 4 small squid, cut into rounds
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Maldon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Pepper
  • 500 ml Sunflower Oil
1. Heat 4cm of sunflower oil in a deep frying pan (I used a Wok).

2. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the squid rings and tentacles, toss them in the flour until lightly coated.

3. Test that the oil is hot enough by dropping in a small piece of squid. If it floats and fizzes it's hot enough. 

4. Cook the squid in batches until it is crisp and golden, and place on kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil before serving.


I definitely wouldn't try making these all at the same time straight away although it is possible!

The chorizo basically cooks itself as do the mushrooms. You could just whack all the ingredients in and cook those two dishes slowly whilst you deal with the potatoes and squid.

Or you could make the mushrooms, potatoes and chorizo in advance and reheat them whilst making the squid. The potatoes would not be quite as crispy though.

Happy Experimenting!


I am 26 years old and the only line I have on my face is a mahoosive frown line straight down the centre of my forehead. I decided to remedy this by hiding it under a fringe. Feeling a bit sick at the thought of paying someone £30 to effectively cut a straight line I tried it out myself. I found an excellent YouTube guide -How To Cut Your Own Bangs - and went for it. I've had lots of compliments, and guess what?! No tips or tweaks on this one; the video is clear, precise and great! Go for it!

Happy Experimenting!

Saturday, 26 April 2014


In early November I supplied the flowers for a beautiful autumn wedding held at. The bridal bouquet was a hand tie and included Tango Leucospermum, Grand Prix Red Roses, Blue Eryngium, Charmena Spray Chrysanthemum, Orange Hypericum berries, Black Viburnum berries and Purple Prado Calla Lilys.

The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages. They included Crystal Blush Calla Lilys, Spray Red Roses, Spray Red Chrysanthemums and White Lisianthus.

 The groom's buttonhole included a crystal blush calla lily and eryngium.

The ceremony table was decorated with an autumn box filled with the bridal bouquet flowers with autumn leaves, red freesia, safari sunset leucadendron, bronze chrysanthemums and high and magic roses added. The flowers were arranged in foam.

The tables were decorated with an autumn wreath surrounding a storm lantern. These used the same flowers as the autumn box and were made using a 12 inch foam wreath base.

This was definitely the most enjoyable wedding I've done. The colours were so unusual and vivid. The guests were very complementary! 


About 2 years ago I fell into flower arranging for weddings with a friend. The first wedding we did was her own. I was a bridesmaid and came down the evening before and was handed floral tape, wire, feathers and orchids and told to make buttonholes. I was hooked. We have subsequently done five weddings in total and are doing a friends one next.

I will do a post about each wedding with pics but my most recent wedding was at a STUNNING venue that I just have to share. I went along to case the joint and spent a gorgeous day in Shrawley and Ombersley, Worcestershire. 

The above are pictures of Shrawley Church. The wedding venue, called Curradine Barns http://www.curradinebarns.co.uk/, is a five minute walk up the country lane.

A short drive away is Ombersley, a beautiful little village full of black and white timbered buildings. We had a great lunch in The Kings Arms which had THE BEST chips I have ever eaten. I wish I'd taken a photo but was too wrapped up in eating them I'm afraid!


Exciting news!

We have bought ourselves a house! We decided to buy a doer upper (is that how it's spelled?). A few of my posts will therefore be about this. At first I worried I was deviating from the subject of my blog and then found this article 'At Home with the Georgians' about the Georgians' obsession with home improvement and interior design. Therefore it is actually essential to my blog!

I originally thought my new house had a Minton tiled hallway. It turns out it has a partial one :( but hey ho that's life. I made the most of what I had and set about restoring the adhesive infused tiles and concrete. It took a LONG time, but it is definitely worth it.

The adhesive was difficult to remove. We tried tile cleaner, boiling water and vinegar and found that the most effective was boiling water. It softened the adhesive just enough to scrape it off the tiles with a paint scraper like this one Amazon Stanley Paint Scraper. Then Mr F dealt with concrete using a steel brush, boiling water and elbow grease. It took HOURS so we cancelled our gym membership :)

There were a few holes in the concrete that we filled in. The recipe for concrete is shown below (approach it like an experimental bake). I did not use any tools when filling the hole. HANDS ARE THE BEST TOOL!


Serves as many as you like - just use the same ratio!
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cement
  • 3 cups builder's sand
1. Mix the dry ingredients well in a bucket with a stick/spoon or anything you don't mind getting covered in concrete.

2. Add the water a little at a time until the concrete is 'workable'. Mine looked like porridge (oatmeal) and seemed to work fine.

The last thing we did was paint the concrete and seal the tiles. We used an ordinary white wall paint as a base coat and then a mixture of tile red and terracotta Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Paint (to match the colour of the tiles). We used HG tile cleaner before sealing with Vitrex Tile Sealer.

Here are the finished results!

Happy Experimenting!