Thursday, 30 August 2012

wonderful wednesdays pie from way up high

apple pie from way up high
3 x large cooking apples
enough sugar to taste
for the pastry
8oz plain flour
4oz vegan butter
2oz sugar
dash of salt
extra sugar for sprinkling
soya milk
1) oky doky lets get this show on the road!
sift the flour into your favourite mixing bowl and add the sugar and salt.
2) now get messy with the butter...
use your hands to rub the butter into the flour should look like tiny breadcrumbs
cool hands are best for this, if you're one hot gal you'll be left with sticky breadcrumbs...

3) now throw in a few tablespoons of water bit by bit until the breadcrumbs all bind together into a dough.
andddddd you're done! pop it in le fridge for about 20mins to chillax.
4) whilst the dough is being uber cool...
peel the apples and slice them quite thin.

5) pop them into a saucepan with a tad of water and some sugar.
you don't need hardly any water because the apples will cook in there own juice. add a bit of sugar to start with but then keep on testing it and add more as the apples cook. (but don't eat all of it because then your pie will be nothing but pastry)
when the apples are stewing wonderfully add some cinnamon.
6) when apples are cooked and soft and yummy yummy scrummy...
flour your table and grab your cool dough.
7) take half of your dough and roll it out quite thin, then lift it using your rolling pin (roll some of the flattened dough around the rolling pin to help you lift it without tearing it) and place it into your pie dish.
8) now fill up your pie with those tasty apples!
me and T tried to get some blackberries but because of our rubbish summer they're late this year so we only managed to find 12! grrr.
but we put them in anyway :)

9) now roll out your top piece and use whatever is left for decoration on top :) i also used a fork to seal the edges because the effect reminds me of Snow White when the little blue birds use their feet to create the markings :)
finally brush the pastry with soya milk, sprinkle with extra sugar, prick through with fork and pop in the oven!
10) bake at 200o until golden brown.....ENJOY! :)
love and all that jazz x



Wednesday, 29 August 2012


just thought i'd share our lazy sunday...
one veggie and one vegan breakfast :)
off we go to find some blackberries
T rolling a cigarette on the edge of nowhere
baking sweet bread and apple pie, the recipes will be available soonly :)
and of course my gorgeous beanie baby

love and all that jazz x


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

pretty things to make your heart sing

just a few pretty things for sale here
love and all that jazz x

Thursday, 23 August 2012

wonderfull wednesdays presents...banananaaa cake

mum's banana cake
8oz sugar
12oz self raising flour
1 tsp nutmeg (fresh, grated)
egg replacer (enough for 3 eggs)
2oz butter
2-3 bananas
a few tbsp of soya milk
a splash of vanilla extract

1) take a jug and whisk up the egg replacer with the water. (it will say on the packet how much replacer/water to add) 
i will say that i don't usually use egg replacer, if a recipie calls for eggs i would normally simply not add them and instead use baking powder for the mixture to rise and then add a little soya milk if the mixture was too stiff. but i was a little bit curious to see what all the fuss was about with the old egg replacer so thought i'd give it a go!
2) now, pour this into a mixing bowl and measure out your sugar and then add it to your 'eggs' and whisk them up along with a dash of vanilla extract!
3) now measure out your flour and grate the nutmeg...about half the nutmeg should make a teaspoon :)
smells so yummy!
4) add the flour and nutmeg to the sugar mixture...

5) get mixing! the mixture will be very very dry, but don't panic my lovelies, this is where our friend mr.soya milk comes onto stage :)

6) stir in enough soya milk until it looks like this...
(a tad thicker than cupcake batter)
7) now then, where were we? ah yes, them bananas still need chopping...wouldn't be much of a banana cake without them ay?

8) once chopped, add them to the mixture and stirrrrr it up.... (i dare you to not start humming bob marley at this point!)
now, pour the mixture into your chosen pretty dish and flatten out the top.
break the butter into chunks and scatter across the top (yes i know it sounds a little bit like i may have finally lost a little part of my brain...but come on lovelies, trust...) :)
sprinkle some more yummy sugar over the top and pop it in the oven!

9) bake at 190o for about 40mins (make sure you use a cake tester to check that the middle is cooked-nobody likes gooey middles)
once cooked it will be golden brown and all the sugar will have gone slightly crunchy on top....yes, you may dribble at this point, do not be happens to everyone.
serve warm with either cream or icecream or dare i say it both! :)
love and all that jazz x


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

missing your coffee

T makes very good coffee. this is a fact. not like those facts that aren't really 'i am so hungry i could eat that small house over there...' or 'if you don't get out of my way in the kitchen so i can make these god damn cookies i will use my amazing womanly power and make the earth spin extra fast so you fall off'. these are little fibber facts.
but the sentence 'T makes good coffee' is way up there with the world being round and all that jazz.
so anyway, like i was saying. T's coffee is good. so good that it is ever so slightly annoying.
i can see you're frowning. but let me explain.
before T and his damn good coffee entered my world i was blissfully happy to slurp down any old stuff. instant? you got it. tesco value instant? you betcha. the jar that dad won in the Christmas hamper that got shoved to the back of the cupboard for a very long time and that lost it's label so was unrecognisable as anything edible? why not?
i had nothing to fear, because i had nothing to lose. having always been a small fan of the instant stuff, due to being a very lazy person and the fact that mum does the shopping and she doesn't care about coffee, meant that i was never disappointed.
i would get up in the mornings, stir the gritty grains of coffee and sugar around in my cup of water and wake up to the taste of that cheap energy giving drink.
but then i met T. and then he made me coffee. in is cafetiere.
yes a sodding CAFETIERE!
well, you can imagine it. i was like that Rapunzel women when she eventually leaves the tower. i felt like screaming 'SO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME I'VE BEEN STUCK IN THAT BLOODY TOWER UP IN THE FRICKIN' SKY WHEN I COULD HAVE BEEN DOWN HERE LIVING LIFE LIKE I'M MARRIED TO PRINCE WILLIAM?!'
but i didn't. because for a start he wouldn't have got the Rapunzel reference and he may have thought i was a crazy person.
and then he probably would have asked me to leave his house.
so instead i made a 'mmmm' noise and said 'ooh this is lovely' like a normal person.
so from then on I've been hooked. hooked to the point where i am now sat at home enjoying my day off with a cup of tea in my hand where previously only coffee would have been, because mum is still buying instant and it offends me to just look at it.
any other borderline crazy coffee lovers out there?

love and all that jazz x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

how the girl found the boy

hello lovelies :)
just to let you know that if you find yourself with a spare few minutes, maybe before you fall asleep or whilst drinking that after-work-cuppa, and you fancy something to read, pop over to how the girl found the boy
i'm writing a story, so tune in every few days to read each new chapter.

hope you enjoy

love and all that jazz x

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

global land

life was warm, for the weekend. the sun burned wonderfully against our skin and the world breathed the sweet smell of summer all around us.

when we first arrived in global land the butterflies in my tummy started shouting.
some of the beautiful people that made the weekend so full of smiles
words from T to me
me and T
me and lovely kim
got to love wellies
dancing at sunset
dust us with glitter

so many happy memories.

i've still got the tan lines and if i close my eyes really tight and try really really hard i can almost feel the sun on my face again...and i'm back there, surrounded by tents and sun, blue skies and beautiful people.

love and all that jazz x