Feast & Ferret


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Hey friends & happy Friday!  I hope this weekend is full of wonderful things, what do you have planned?

We have a trip back to Haynes Motor Museum, a family yomp across the fields & Church to look forward to.

Next week; Mon it’s a Food & Fun night at small group & Riina is organising I’m so excited we’re having curry! Everybody will being something to contribute to the meal which I always love.  Sharing food is the best way to fellowship, in my humble opinion.

Also next week, a couple of drinks with Becky, a trip to the cinema with Church girls to see SPY which looks hilarious from the clips, & the week finishes going up on the train to London to my first blog conference Britmums Live (& my first ever awards ceremony).  I’m meeting Aby from You Baby Mummy Me (finalist in the aforementioned BIB’s, go Aby!) & I can’t wait to meet her & the rest of the crew.  The vibe is going to be so cool in this hotel & at this venue! Apart from the fact I don’t feel very prepared in regards to what to wear to the awards ceremony I’m so excited to go & get inspired!  Maybe one day I’ll be one of those bloggers who gets gifted a dress, until then my thinking cap is still on.

Please pray for me on the tube though, no joke.

There will be no Feast & Ferret next week as I prepare to go to the big smoke, so let’s make this one count.

//FEAST//

easy rose turkish delight

This week’s Feast is a new one for me.  I love turkish delight & always have it for Christmas, I have never thought to make it myself.  Then I saw it on Pinterest covered in pistachios & rose petals, it was so pretty.  It made me think, so I searched for ‘easy turkish delight’ blog recipe’s & found a few, there are loads on Pinterest too.

Alessandro Zecchini’s blog in NZ was the one I decided to base mine on.  I love that her blog post opens with the fact she doesn’t have a sugar thermometer, I knew this was the recipe for me because I can’t stand recipe’s that are long winded & complicated.  Looking at the ingredients I was pleased to see it was lower in sugar than some other recipe’s & without gelatine too, because who has time for that! I just swapped raspberries for red colouring & added edible rose petals I got from Tesco’s to add a twist on the recipe but you could leave them out if you prefer, in fact I’d probably leave them out next time,simple is best I always think.

Easy Rose Turkish Delight w/rose petals

Delicious, sweet, perfect for gifts.

See Recipe below (printable)

//FERRET//

Dear-to-me-Lifestyle-Arrow

Dear to Me

just because notecards

I love stationery, always have, always will.  There’s something about the written word that trumps an e-mail or typed letter (unless it’s letterpress I love letterpress something fierce).  What would you say to that special someone ‘just because’.  Snail mail is always a pleasure to receive & seems to be a dying art nowadays.

I sometimes pop in on the Gathered Girls when I’m in Sherborne, they’re now in with Butterfly Bright & I always get such a warm welcome from them.  When the girls told me about Elly’s stationery  ‘Dear to Me‘ notecards being sold in Paperchase (also sold on Etsy), I knew I had to help spread the word, these are beautifully designed stationery packs for us all to buy & enjoy. Elly is such a talent & you can follow the Dear to Me beautiful Instagram feed too.

Dear to Me are championing the simple written note, they’re truly charming.  I also love the campaign to bring back paper.  Everything is online these days.

You can choose from loads of cool designs like the arrow that I have, or cactus, diamond, horse, pineapple & so on to name a few of the varied options.  They come in white in different bright coloured motif, all on trend & with matching colour envelopes, you can feel the quality in the paper.  Just perfect for those quick notes to a friend or loved one.

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All packs come wrapped in twine & are pretty as a picture, they retail for £6.50 & come in a pack of 8; from Paperchase/Etsy/Dear to Me

Have a great weekend!

Lizzie xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

nb Dear to Me gifted me with a pack of their stationery for review, all opinions & words are my own. LS

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Rose Turkish Delight

Print Recipe

These pink cubes are sweet but not too sweet, have a lovely jelly bite to them & are infused with rose flavour & rose petals. Dairy/Gluten & nut free.
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 1 Day

Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 1 Day

Easy Rose Turkish Delight

Print Recipe

These pink cubes are sweet but not too sweet, have a lovely jelly bite to them & are infused with rose flavour & rose petals. Dairy/Gluten & nut free.
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 1 Day

Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 1 Day

Ingredients


Servings:

Instructions
  1. – You will need two saucepans. Put half the water (500 ml) into one saucepan with the granulated sugar and lemon juice and bring to the boil.

  2. – Boil it until you get a light syrup (for about 5 minutes) when the sugar has disappeared it is ready.

  3. – In the other saucepan mix the remaining water (500 ml) with the cornflour, boil and simmer, stirring the mixture until it thickens, it will look like molten vaseline, that is normal. Add the hot sugar syrup and stir well.

  4. – Now let the saucepan simmer, without stirring, for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better, I lasted for 45 minutes.

  5. note: the longer you cook it the harder your Turkish Delights & the more like ‘shop bought’ .

  6. – At the end add a tbsp of rose water, & rose petals (if you wish) and to colour it a couple of drops of red colouring.

  7. – Pour the mixture into a square or rectangular plastic container (I used a chinese takeaway container) and let it cool down and set overnight.

  8. – To keep the turkish delights fresh add powder using a generous dusting of cornflour/icing sugar mix. To your taste.

    Eat within 2 days

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Feast & Ferret

Hey friends,

Don’t you love my new series title Feast & Ferret? New inspiration, new ideas & a new way of thinking.  It refreshes the mind & motivates the little grey cells

Feast & Ferret is my simple new series that will run every Friday, to inspire us to enjoy the weekends to the full.

FEAST – Anything food & drink related that tickle’s my pickle & might tickle yours too!

FERRET – A ferret in the shops, may include a little gem I found in a vintage or charity shop to inspire you! Don’t you love a good ferret? I do!

So let’s get to this week’s Feast & Ferret!!!

// F E A S T //

With Summer just around the corner (rain, rain go away) this cocktail would be perfect for a BBQ cookout on the deck with friends.  But maybe just one, because it is abit lethal!

Close-Up-The-TrevisoI’ve called it ‘The Treviso’ in honour of my friends Dawn & Paul who live there & due to the Prosecco I’ve incorporated being from Treviso!
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‘The Treviso’ // Serves 4

3 cups Treviso Prosecco

1 cup Italian Lemoncello

1/2 cup of Gin

2 cups Soda Water

1/2 teaspoon of Caster Sugar (+ some for the  rim of the glass!)

Frozen berries/Mint or Lemon & Mint, to garnish

Lots of Ice!!

Takes 2 minutes!

+ 30 minutes to chill before serving.

Method: Mix the Treviso Prosecco, Lemoncello, gin, soda water & sugar in a jug.  Pop in the fridge for half an hour before serving.

Serve in tall glasses, rim the edges with sugar, top with lots of ice, berries (or lemon if you prefer) & frozen mint to garnish.  Half the gin measure if it’s too strong or add more soda water.

It tastes like Lemon Turkish Delight!

Adapted from a recipe on Damn Delicious with kind permission from Chungah An.

// F E R R E T //

These sandals, in the brightest colours EVER! Perfect for Summer.  Perfect for Holiday/Vacation.  Currently 50% off in Republic. Summer-SandalsOutside-Lyra-SandalsThey’re half price online too! FIRETRAP LYRA SANDALS

I’ll be taking these with me to Menorca & hopefully some sun!

Cheers to the weekend & family holidays!!

Lizzie xo

 

Notes:

Series Title credit Shelley Tait. + Lynne Adamson + Corrie Baker + Clare Dowding whose ideas all went into the melting pot. Forever grateful xo

Feast & Ferret & it’s content is copyright of Lizzie Somerset’s Blog 2015

Thanks to Chungah An for her recipe which inspired this week’s ‘Feast’

 

7 Comments on Feast & Ferret

  1. Corrie x
    May 8, 2015 at 18:51 (4 years ago)

    Amaze-balls 🙂 I know what tipple I will be making tomorrow night!

  2. Lizzie Somerset
    May 21, 2015 at 11:48 (4 years ago)

    Thanks Corrie love! How did you get on with it? xo

  3. Louise
    May 22, 2015 at 06:47 (4 years ago)

    That cocktail looks amazing and I love those sandals – so pretty. What a fab idea for a series. Popping over from #PoCoLo 🙂

  4. Lizzie Somerset
    May 22, 2015 at 06:55 (4 years ago)

    Hi Louise it’s so nice to meet you. I can confirm that the cocktail is both delicious & lethal in equal proportions, definitely one for a bank holiday weekend! Thanks for stopping by Lizzie xo

  5. Mari
    June 11, 2015 at 19:28 (4 years ago)

    Lizzie Somerset – I want your address as I NEED to come around and try your Treviso cocktail …purely for research purposes of course.
    You genius you. That sounds a-maz-ing. Mind you after a few I might keel over so prepare the guest room too whilst you’re at it.
    Delicious!

  6. Lizzie Somerset
    June 12, 2015 at 18:41 (4 years ago)

    Hehe thanks Marianne, it’ll certainly knock your socks off so the spare bed is here whenever you need it. If you’re at BritMums Live I look forward to seeing you there! XO

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