Inheritance Recipe August Round-up

Summer was slow blogging time and though we didn't get many recipes, Inheritance Recipes Challenge received recipes from cultures which were not featured before and some nifty ideas such as our to celebrate failure.

From left to right

Street food with Carolanne Johnson and her Mini Pizza's. 
Best Ever Gluten Free Scones with a lovely story from Kate's teenage years.
A Favorite things Birthday Cake to remember for Margot's gorgeous daughter along with a very colourful Easy Choldnik
I will let you discover what an African Kaklo is
Finally, I added my Dark Glacé Cherry Biscotti

We hope to see you in September under Margot's beautiful Inheritance Recipe's banner

Fresh and Dandy : How to Redecorate a Box-Room

Blue Bell Gray Wall Paper

Redecorating once is a joy but I have mixed feeling about redecorating the same room twice. When we took on our Victorian ex-brothel-com-new-home as a project, I started enthusiastically. First, I tackled the spare room. I delicately stencilled feathers on the wall, to make the room cosy for our visitors.

Spare Room before
But since life is not a bed of feathers, a combination of the room facing the wrong cardinal point, a monster tree growing in an uncaring neighbour's garden, freak weather and a battered gutter, a list of unpleasantnesses of which I'll spare you the details lead to that room becoming sordid with its neglected look and peeling plaster.

Years later, round 2. Now we have much more experience, we were more aware of what was required: A paint which you could rely on is a must. A top trade quality paint for domestic use. Slapping on any brand would not do. Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell is water based eco-friendly paint with good reviews so I decided to give it a go. It contains some clever water resistant acrylic.

Little Greene Paint

The first thing we noticed was the lack of smell which is a plus when you have friends arriving within a few days. The application was easy (or so he tells me) and since it promises to be water-resistant it may be that it will also prove resistant to the leaky gutter freak incidents. Hopefully, peeling plaster will be a thing of the past.

Now for colours: I picked White Lead. How many times have I heard, "a white is a white and all whites look the same". I beg to differ. Little Greene has worked closely with English Heritage for 7 years to produce (via combined research) a range of historic colours authentic to key design eras up until the 1970s.

The range makes for an interesting choice.

As a whole, a white only room can be a little sparce. One face of the room got the Blue Bell Gray treatment. I love this designer's hand painted wall paper, the result is amazing. Take a look at the reclaimed and reloved spare-room

Blue Bell Gray Wall paper
Tips and Tricks to Decorate a Small Room

  1. Wow with White White will maximise and reflect the light
  2. Stick to a limited palette Before the room had two colours blue 
  3. Don't be afraid to use bold designs They will detract from the room size
  4. Keep storage to the minimum
  5. Look into furniture for boats We found small size double sofa/bed in a shop which specializes in furniture for barges. It arrived flat-pack so it went through the door easily where all other double sofa-beds couldn't get in.
Blue Bell Gray Wall paper

Disclaimer: All words and opinions are my own. I received paint samples to create this post.

Allotment Week : Blending Raspberry Smoothie

It has been a little while, well OK far too long but sometimes a little "oumf" goes away and to get it back you need a little bit of help. Help this time arrived in the shape and form of a Kenwood Blend-Xtract something I always wanted, a gadget that everyone else seemed to have. It arrived just on time for Allotment Week starting on the 20th August.

Raspberry and Banana Smoothie

Living in Greenwich and though I put my name down 20 years ago, I'm still waiting for an allotment but I have the next best thing. An inspiration for an allotment. The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park where volunteers have help creating an amazing vegetable garden for all to enjoy. Let's push the gate:

Queen Orchard, Greenwich Park

Fruit trees are all heritage variety. Some date back to Elizabeth 1st and believe me that variety is very very bitter.

At present we are blessed with plums and tomatoes

plum tree

Pumpkins are a little shy right now but, they will have a proud place in the forthcoming Harvest Festival.

pumpkin, growing, allotment

Before leaving you but this time, not for long, let me show you one of the fruits I planted myself. Peer in the foliage and see them little things, they are cucamelons. They are very cute, the size of a grape, the appearance of a watermelon, just a tiny one and the taste of cucumber. I have high hopes for them in future smoothies.

Cucamelons, fruit growing

As for the berries, we don't have a great deal so I resorted to bought raspberries for my first smoothie, a few hundred grams of raspberries will meet 30% of your fibre needs per day

Raspberry and Banana Smoothie

Raspberry and Banana  

250g raspberries
1/2 banana
200ml Coconut milk

I used my Kenwood Blend Xtract to mix everything up et voila

Raspberry and Banana Smoothie

Disclaimer: I was sent a Kenwood Blend Xtract for the purpose of this post. Kenwood is supporting Allotment week -all words and opinions are my own



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