Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Wrapping Idea

I love wrapping presents. This year for Christmas I have chosen brown paper that I had left over from a uni project, tissue paper and tissue paper pom-pom's. I had seen tissue paper pom-pom's in various magazines and blogs, and had a go at making them to hang on my Christmas tree. I then thought they would look gorgeous on the actual presents, so I have been making 'half sphere' versions ever since. I'm also thinking about making smaller versions to use as napkin rings on Christmas day. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thread Cafe, Malvern

Had coffee here this morning...tasty as well as being a work of art! 
I love the bright mismatching coffee cups, and how adorable is the dog? 

1373 malvern rd
malvern 3144

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lizzie's Homemade Tomato Sauce

I have enjoyed my mother-in-law's tomato sauce with many a steak, however this past weekend I learnt how to make it.

Top tips:
1. The gathering and organisation of ingredients/glass bottles etc. probably takes longer then the actual cooking.
2. Once you have everything you need, set aside a whole day to prepare, make and bottle the sauce.
3. Cook a meal that you can enjoy the sauce with ASAP.

20kg tomatoes (with skin off)
3kg granny smith apples
3kg onions
15 whole bulbs of garlic (peeled)
3tblsp ground allspice
3tblsp crushed cloves
100g minced chillies
3.175kg sugar
454g salt
2.13 litres malt vinegar

In a (very) large saucepan, combine tomatoes, apples, onions, garlic, allspice, cloves, chillies, sugar and salt.
Boil for approximately 2 hours, blitzing with a handheld blender and stirring throughout this time.
Add vinegar and boil for a further hour.
Pour into sterilised glass bottles.