Fantastic bake along – Apples

So it’s that time where a bunch of you do this bake along and i thought HEY i am going to try this. Feeling really inspired since Mary Berry left Bake off and some bleugh of a new lady joined, i felt the need to take part and do Mary Berry proud – Even though she won’t ever know i did this.
Anyways Tracy @It’s a t-sweets day hosts this every month and it’s actually a really good idea. If you check out the full post ^^^ you’ll see that this month is apples and who inspired it.

-LITERALLY i don’t like apples in food. I won’t lie, but i knew my mum loves apple pie and i thought i would go with something like an apple pie. Its easy enough for me as i don’t to a lot of baking, i cook but not bake LOL.

This recipe was inspired by Mary Berry and you can click here for the link – I might add that mine looks nothing like hers.

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Making the pastry was super fun as it was said that it needed to be rubbed until the mixture was like fine bread crumbs. I can’t tell you how therapeutic this was and it felt so nice.
I measured exactly how the recipes states, because i didn’t want to mess it up!!

 

 

This next part annoyed me, i had to fold and then fold but it ended up being too thin when i rolled it out – SO i kinda just rolled it and then lined the tin with the pastry rather than doing the foldy thing.

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NEVER AGAIN WILL I CUT APPLES!!!!! OH MY GOD. Ok it says peel and core well i didn’t have a core thing did i?!?!!? So i just sliced and then kinda cute around the core and then peeled haha. This was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying because the juice was all sticky.

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So then it was all about the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Lemon juice – It says that this stops the apples for browning and gives a great taste. So i did all that, then i had to roll out the second half of my pastry………
NOW i don’t have much room in my kitchen so rolling the pastry wasn’t that easy.  But i did it.

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I don’t know how to make those nice edges and fancy patterns, my mum is going to show me but i bought these star cutters today to make xmas cookies but i thought i would just do stars on the pie seeing as it’s like seasonal.

 

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And this is the mess cooked LOL i did about 40 minutes because my oven isn’t the best. I also cut a bit too much off the sides before cooking as you can see, but i am not bothered.

 

SO

Okay, remember when i said i hated apples in pies. WELL  – I tried this as mum wasn’t here, its delicious. I can’t believe how much nicer apple pie is home made than it is store bought. I think that maybe my problem? I don’t know, i just really enjoyed. I didn’t have much, i didn’t even have a full slice just a little which, i think for me is enough as i did start to hate the texture of apple.

I am actually really proud of myself for sticking with the recipe and it not going wrong. Even though it doesn’t look professional, it tastes really nice.

 

Thanks to Tracy for letting me join in

 

xoxox

 

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Re blog :)

 

Just a re blog today folks, my wrist is killing me! I’ve been crocheting orders and stuff for the stall pretty much days on days without no break. So i am taken a wee few days off to relax! Please don’t forget to join in on the bloggers Xmas

You have until next week (or so) to get on the list before we have to meet the posts deadline.

 

For now enjoy

 

 

 

Travel theme: Frozen

via Snowy —

Staffordshire lobby recipe

First of folks, i am plugging my last post in here before we get on with the lobby recipe.
Let’s send is a blogger interactive thing I’ve decided to do, its where all bloggers on here can take part in sending each other Christmas cards. Don’t worry you really don’t have to be following me, if you come across this post then please take part!
Click for more info.

 

 

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Staffordshire lobby

 

So for those that don’t know, i am from the UK and a place called Staffordshire, and my city is Stoke on Trent. We are known for our pottery and, our nickname is the potters. This thick cheap and easy stew like meal is one of our well known traditional meals, especially in the winter time!
It’s super easy to make and really is a left over stash buster (oh god crochet terms slipping through) And really cheap for anyone that is on a budget.
If you make a big enough batch, it should last you a few days!

This is known to be a poor mans meal, as a lot of the workers or people back in the day from the potteries couldn’t afford to buy fresh food and cook all sorts of meals every day. So they would use leftover meat and shit from a Sunday dinner and make up this awesome tasting stew.
I have kept this recipe as traditional as i can, sometimes tweaking what veg i fancy in it as well.
Normally you would have stew beef but i have been cooking it with chicken a lot more as this is my favourite meat.  Now, the past year or so i have been bunging all the stuff in my slow cooker but i can assure you that you don’t need one of those to cook this! Just a big ass pot to load all the goods in, or a pot big enough for your needs.

Keep reading to find out what you need and how to make it!

Ingredients

 

  • Braising steak, or whatever meat you fancy. Traditionally its braising steak
  • Carrots, 2/3 depending on how big of this your cooking.
  • Swede
  • Large onion
  • Large potatoes – I actually use baby potatoes and cut them in half because i hate peeling potatoes LOLOLOL
  • ***Celery – Oddly enough growing up we never had celery in our lobby, so i don’t know if this is new thing or it’s down to personal preference. Most people round ‘ere i know bung celery in  – Personally i don’t use it.
  • Pearl Barley, your going to need around a handful, i have shit loads because its yummy.
  • Beef stock 2 cubes or you can make your own – Again i used chicken so i was lazy and used 3 chicken stock cubes.

 

How to cook  – Slow cooker & without slow cooker

Slow cooker version

  1. Chop up all your veg, peel potatoes, throw it in the slow cooker.
  2. Add your meat
  3. Add your pearl barley
  4. Add water and stock cubes, or add your stock which ever method you do stock.
  5. Season black pepper, bit of salt
  6. Stir
  7.  Cook medium for about 6 hours, depending on your slow cookers temp though. On a low setting it will take longer, so its a good meal to do over night or in the morning before you head out to work etc.

 

No slow cooker

  1. Throw all your veg, meat and pearl barley into the pot
  2. Add water
  3. Cook/simmer for about 30 minutes – I am someone that tends to go over lol!
  4. Add your veg, preferably chopped LOL
  5. Add stock – Any liquid and this includes when in the slow cooker should be enough to cover the food, I like to go about a inch more or two higher than the food.
  6. Keep this on a low/simmer cook for about 2/3 hours.
  7. Check often and stir so it doesn’t stick to the pan
  8. Don’t forget to season

If you have a pressure cooker, then this is also something you can cooker with that!
This is best served with crusty bread and butter for dipping 🙂

 

Any questions feel free to ask! I hope you like my hometowns traditional winter warming food!
Its lush ❤

(I also filmed my first crochet tutorial today)

I hope everyones had an awesome weekend and please let me know if you try this meal! xox

Leaves set free – poem 

The air so cool and leaves set free,

Swooshing to a place id like to see,

With animals hiding to keep themselves warm,

Birds are fleeing away fast like a bee swarm,

The fox and owl find food to eat,

And the red breast Robin finally lands his feet,

The air so cool and the leaves set free,

Each is an animal I’d love to be.

Rebecca Pursell

Crochet puff stitch hat & catch up

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Well well well, look who it is! It’s me! HA. I’ve really enjoyed my feed recently, even though i haven’t posted anything. – I had nothing to really say? I’ve been so busy, with now a huge random bulk of orders, and i also had a bad wrist which set me back but i’ve also been meeting up with my mum much more and instead of sitting at home being bored we just randomly hit up some charity shops and see if we can catch a bargain.

Plus i think i have over whelmed myself. So when you’re a crafter, its like you have to plan ahead right? I booked two craft fairs, one for a woman who runs them all year around mine is in October and then i am doing a Christmas one for my local fire station. I knew this right, i had this under control whilst orders had relaxed i thought right lets make shit loads of stuff and also get more baby things on the website. Okay then i started to write more and read more, which then all of a sudden LIFE YES LIFE became really busy and over whelming, i could not fit shit in. THEN my wrist, i am dead sure it’s repetitive strain because when i have a dead line or need to get something finished i am straining and working all day til late at night.

Right now, i am over whelmed because not only do i have lots of things to make for orders, i still need to prep and make things for October and also Autumn/Winter/Christmas things to feature on my ‘not finished baby section’ as well as every thing else because this time of the year, without running a website  and orders is busy for me regardless. I opened up my bullet journal i have people’s birthdays left right even my own is in October – FUCK. And to anyone that knows me which you guys don’t, i am the type of person that once gets stressed stops and lets the world fly by and then cram shit in last minute because as much as i like to be busy i also like to be peaceful and i really don’t feel peaceful.

I managed to fit in this hat for myself! I follow someone MAJORLY talented, i mean you are all talented! Her name is Jessica Carey and she is the Hook Nook – This young beaut has such an eye when it comes to designing patterns and this is exactly where i got the pattern for this puff stitch hat from. I got it from Etsy and the link is here > The Hook Nook Etsy

I used my all time favourite yarn, King Cole Drifter. I swear to GOD i need more of this and i will get more because its so soft and snuggly, everytime i work with it i must say ‘oh wow this is beautiful’ as if it’s the first time lol!
I chose this colours last minute without the intention of making a hat, i think i was going to give myself some more practice at knitting and make socks or crochet a scarf, fuck knows tbh.
Then when i was browsing The Hook Nooks instagram i was like hmmmm, clicked her store and i finally purchased one of her patterns. I have been wanting to make something of hers for such a long time as she has this really cute top and jumper pattern but i still haven’t got in that jumper crochet mood yet! The hat however is pretty freakin perfect and this yarn is even more perfect for it.

I also never really like to make hats because everyone makes them and its just a popular, generic thing to make but i feel like when the weather is colder and that i have craft stalls it’s a good thing to use up some of my stash. 

 

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I used the clover pom pom make – PLEASE HELP ME. I always make my pom poms with a maker and everytime i do, no matter how tight i pull the pom pom at the end the strands afterwards are so easily pulled out. Can anyone advise me on how to stop this? I have used all types of thread etc, and i thought by buying the Clover set would make a difference. I have watched endless of videos and tried pretty much everything and it still doesn’t stop it from coming apart. 

I haven’t finished my book i am currently reading because i’ve been so busy, but if anyones interested i am reading The Dungeon House by Martin Edwards. I am enjoying it so i hope to finish it by the end of the weekend if i have time!

So i hope everyone is fine and dandy, i will be slowly catching up on blog posts so if i have clicked like and not commented i am going to i just wanted to be like oh hi i am here LOL plus when i scroll through my feed it reminds me to just quickly do that.

OH MY – Okay so i said i was going to write more, well i have being. I’ve entered some competitions which i won’t win but i started to write/plan and research this idea i have for a novel.
You know me i am a thriller kind of girl, well I’ve scrapped it. Literally today when i got pissed off at life and had a good moan/cry over the stupid things because i am a woman and i am just emotional hahahah it came to me. My story came to me, i know what path to take with my writing.
SO thank you to whatever that was, maybe i am actually opening my eyes more to my spirit guide and hearing it’s communications. – I know for a fucking fact that it or God or whatever exists doesn’t want me to win the lottery for some reason WHY IS THAT HUH?
I had a family member win ALOT on a scratch card not so long ago so every now and again i have been buying the same one and i was one off, i just needed a certain symbol and i would of been 300,000 richer. So i would like to say a huge screw you and piss off out of my good vibes to who ever is blocking my rich vibe.

I hope everyone has a good week/weekend, i won’t be blogging much as you can tell because i have lots to do but i am about on my Instagram don’t forget to get out Jessica carey, here website is Thehooknooklife

Insta: hook nook
Etsy: Puff stitch beanie pattern

 

PEACE OUT