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Monthly Archives: October 2016
  • Posted on October 27, 2016

    Comfort Food mode: engage

    It’s almost Halloween, the clocks go back this weekend in the UK, and we’re practically hibernating with our favourite tv shows and a nice red. In other words, we’re declaring it 100% comfort food season. Last week we shared the recipe for one of our favourite autumnal lunches, and here’s something for supper, taken from our new book Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats. It makes a great veggie alternative to a Sunday roast, or a delicious mid-week dinner for the whole family.

    Butternut Squash, Corn And Bread Bake With Cheese And Chives

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

    375 ml/1½ cups milk

    225 ml/scant 1 cup single/light cream

    3 eggs, beaten

    a small bunch of chives, snipped

    leaves from a small bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped

    1 baguette, neatly cut into ½-cm/⅛-inch slices

    300 g/2 cups (sweet) corn kernels, canned or frozen

    about 500 g/1 lb 2 oz. peeled and sliced butternut squash

    100 g/1 cup grated mature/sharp Cheddar

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    a 30 x 20-cm/12 x 8-inch baking dish, greased

    SERVES 4–6

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) Gas 5.

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and cook over low heat for 3–5 minutes, until soft. Season lightly and set aside.

    Combine the milk, cream and eggs in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season with 1½ teaspoons salt. Add the chives and parsley, mix well and set aside.

    Arrange half the baguette slices in the prepared baking dish in a single layer; you may need to tear some to cover all the space. Put half of the onion slices on top, then scatter over half of the corn. Arrange half of the squash slices evenly on top and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat one more time (bread, onion, corn, squash, cheese). Stir the milk mixture and pour it evenly all over the pudding.

    Cover tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for about 30–40 minutes, until golden. Serve immediately.

    Fireside Feasts & Snow Day Treats is available here.

     

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  • Posted on October 21, 2016

    Autumnal Soup

    One of our favourite things about this time of year is making a big batch of soup on a Sunday afternoon that will see us in lunches through the week. Our new book Lunch on the Go has interesting ideas for lunches all year round, but this recipe is perfect for autumn. Warming and cosy, your deskmates will be jealous!

    Roast Apple & Pumpkin Soup with Maple Nut Crumble

    Wholesome and sweet, you will thank yourself for making this nurturing autumnal pumpkin soup. The maple nut crumble is optional – the soup is just as nice eaten with some crusty bread. If you choose to top with cream or maple syrup, keep these separately in little pots until needed.

    4 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped into eighths

    1.4 kg/3 lbs. pumpkin, skinned and chopped into pieces the same size as the apple

    2 onions, quartered

    a small piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced

    6 garlic cloves, skin on

    4 tablespoons olive oil

    1.5 litres/6 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock

    2 tablespoons double/heavy cream, to serve (optional)

    maple syrup, to serve (optional)

    crusty bread, to serve (optional)

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    MAPLE NUT CRUMBLE

    120 g/¾ cup mixed nuts and seeds such as pumpkin

    seeds, hazelnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts

    1 teaspoon salt

    80 g/scant ½  cup caster/superfine sugar

    Makes 4 servings

    Preheat the oven to 200˚C (400˚F) Gas 6.

    Put the apples, pumpkin, onions, ginger and garlic in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes, until golden.

    Remove from the oven. Squeeze the garlic from its skins and transfer the flesh to a saucepan. Add the contents of the roasting pan along with any pan juices. Process with a stick blender until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour hot straight into a vacuum flask or leave to cool, then cover and chill in the refrigerator until required. Reheat until piping hot when desired.

    For the maple nut crumble, dry-toast the nuts and seeds in a frying pan/skillet.

    Put onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and sprinkle with salt. Put the sugar in a pan over a medium heat. Swirl the pan, rather than stirring, to mix the sugar as it melts. Cook until all the sugar has melted and has turned a light gold colour. Carefully pour the hot molten sugar over the top of the nuts. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and chill for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and roughly chop into pebbles.

    If using, top the soup with the maple nut crumble, cream and maple syrup just before eating with crusty bread.

    Lunch on the Go is available here.

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  • Posted on October 19, 2016

    Life Unstyled blog tour

    We’re all a little bit guilty of showing the best version of our lives on social media. The perfect instagram snap of your lunch that doesn’t show all the washing up. That adorable story about your kids shared with facebook friends that omits the screaming match they had 5 minutes later. But Emily Henson’s gorgeous new book Life Unstyled provides a bit of an antidote to this. Yes, these homes are beautiful, but more importantly they’re lived in. We celebrated with a launch event at Anthropologie, after Emily led a workshop for making papier-mâché lampshades!

    There was also a wonderful blog tour visiting some of our favourite interiors blogs. But don't worry if you missed it, because we've gathered all the links together. So grab a cup of something warming, and settle in for some cosy reading...

    Lobster and Swan started us off with a gorgeous review admiring “Emily’s manifesto for creating a stylish home that is beautiful but lived in”, and showcasing some of her favourite pages from the book. Including this bath of our dreams, surrounded by real bathroom clutter. Read her review here.

    Over on Makelight, Emily Quinton shared some lovely autumnal shots of the book reflecting its ‘cosy and homely’ style which had us feeling all hyggelig. Take a look at her post here.

    Another gorgeous review followed at Décor Art UK declaring Life Unstyled the most relaxed interiors book she’d ever seen. Read the full review here.

    Heart Home Magazine shared a lovely extract from the book, focusing on a tranquil home in Brixton. Find the full preview here.

    Last but not last, we finished up the week at My Warehouse Home with a selection of their favourite shots from this ‘cover-to-cover delight’, and tips for creating the look in your own home too. Read their post here.

    What a lovely week! For more real life interiors inspiration, pick up a copy of Life Unstyled by Emily Henson now, available here.

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  • Posted on October 13, 2016

    World Egg Day!

    No yolk-ing around, we have an eggsellent recipe today in honour of World Egg Day. It’s taken from our cracking new book, 100 Ways With Eggs and, whilst you might be a bit daunted by the thought of rolling up a steak like this, we don’t want anyone to chicken out… What’s that? B-egging us to stop with the egg puns? Alright. Un oeuf is un oeuf. We’re done now. Happy weekend!

    Matambre

    Matambre, or ‘hunger killer’, is a classic Argentinian dish that can be served as an appetizer, sliced and eaten in a bread roll or dished up with a potato salad as here for a hearty main meal. Rolled-up tender steak encases a potent stuffing of fresh herbs and olives and no less than six hard-boiled/cooked eggs.

    a 900-g/2-lb. flank steak

    6 leafy stalks red Swiss chard

    30 g/⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    60 g/½ cup Kalamata olives, stoned/pitted and roughly chopped

    small bunches of fresh flat-leaf parsley, marjoram and oregano (leaves only), roughly chopped

    2 roasted red (bell) peppers

    6 hard-boiled/cooked eggs, peeled

    6 bay leaves

    olive oil, to drizzle

    sea salt and black pepper, to season

    Potato Salad, to serve

    Marinade

    1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram and sea salt

    ½ teaspoon dried chilli/hot red pepper flakes

    2 garlic cloves, crushed

    60 ml/¼ cup red wine vinegar

    60 ml/¼ cup olive oil

    serves 6–8

    Rinse the steak under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Put the meat between two pieces of clingfilm/plastic wrap and, using a mallet, pound the meat until it is paper thin, being careful not to tear it. Remove the clingfilm/plastic wrap and place the steak in a ceramic dish. Mix together and pour over the marinade and refrigerate for 6–24 hours.

    Preheat the oven to 190˚C (375˚F) Gas 5. Remove the steak from the fridge and lay out on a large piece of clingfilm/plastic wrap.

    Finely julienne the chard and put in a mixing bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, garlic, olives, parsley, marjoram and oregano and mix together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Spread the chard mixture evenly over the steak until you have completely covered it, then layer the peppers on top. Lay the boiled/cooked eggs in a row down the centre of the steak. Taking the side of the steak nearest to you, roll up the meat like a cigar. Tie securely with kitchen twine at even intervals along the steak, making sure you tuck the end in. Lay in a roasting pan and slip the bay leaves under the twine. Season generously, with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil.

    Cook in the preheated oven for 1 hour, then remove from the oven. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes.

    Cut thick slices and serve hot with a potato salad.

    100 Ways with Eggs is available here.

     

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  • Posted on October 6, 2016

    Pizza Month for all!

    October is National Pizza Month. Far be it from us to argue with a whole month dedicated to pizza, especially as we’re very excited about our new book Craft Pizza by Maxine Clarke, so we thought it was high time we shared a recipe with you. Since we’re inclusive sorts, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on cheesey pizza-y goodness, we’re sharing one of the several gluten-free recipes from the book. You’re welcome.

    Quinoa piadine with burrata, artichoke and lemon and olive tapenade

    This gluten-free quinoa dough is very versatile – make one large pizza-size or small snack-size piadine. It can even be stamped out into mini bases for cocktail nibbles. It is a great alternative to pizza dough, is more like a crisp tortilla and has a lovely nutty flavour. Quinoa flour is readily available in health food shops.

    125 g/1¼ cup quinoa flour

    125 g/1 cup buckwheat or brown rice flour

    ½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of/baking soda

    25 ml/1 ¾ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    approximately 175 ml/¾ cup warm water

    250 g/9 oz. burrata cheese, roughly chopped

    200 g/7 oz. artichokes preserved in oil (or grilled/broiled artichokes from a deli)

    LEMON AND OLIVE TAPENADE:

    50 g/2 oz. preserved lemon, skin and flesh finely chopped

    50 g/2 oz. stoned green olives, finely chopped

    25 ml/1 ¾ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or chilli oil for a fiery kick), plus extra to drizzle

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus extra to garnish

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    a testo, terracotta bakestone or a large, heavy baking sheet

    a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet

    Makes 2 thin piadine (25–30 cm)

    Sift the flours and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the olive oil and a pinch of salt to taste. Gradually add the warm water mixing with clean hands until you have a soft dough. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Divide in two, shape into balls, pop into plastic bags and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

    Put the testo, terracotta bakestone or a large, heavy baking sheet on the lower shelf of the oven. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F) Gas 7 for at least 30 minutes.

    To make the lemon and olive tapenade, mix the preserved lemon, olives, olive oil and basil together. Season to taste and set aside.

    Remove the dough from the bags, roll out each ball into a 25–30-cm circle on non-stick baking parchment and slide this onto the pizza peel or rimless baking sheet. Lightly spread the bases with half the tapenade. Scatter the burrata over the bases, leaving a 1-cm rim around the edge. Arrange the drained artichokes on top, brush with the remaining tapenade, then season.

    Working quickly, open the oven door and slide paper and pizza onto the hot bakestone or baking sheet. If you are brave, try to shoot the pizza into the oven so that it leaves the paper behind – this takes practice!

    Bake for 5 minutes, then carefully slide out the baking parchment. Bake the piadine for a further 8 minutes, or until the crust is golden and crisping. Remove, from the oven, scatter with extra basil and drizzle with extra olive oil. Eat immediately.

    Craft Pizza by Maxine Clark is available here.

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