Wednesday 30 June 2010

Hastings Old Town

It was another lovely day yesterday. Nanny and Grandad took the boys for crazy golf and Jos and I slipped down to the Old Town for a wander.

Lots of lovely things to look at.

Having a lovely time wish you were here.

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Summer Holiday

Our Holidays are begun! I am looking forward to the sea, to whelks and sticks of rock to strawberry picking, though my garden has a little crop which we will have for breakfast. I shall wander down The High street in the Old Town and into all those little fantastic shops. Hope you can join me!

Saturday 26 June 2010

Wet, wet, wet

Ooh it's very wet here. It has rained all day still I guess it is June, but it is really very wet.

Friday 25 June 2010

New stuff

Despite my busy schedule I'm still sewing. Who hasn't got time to sew? Here's what I've been working on thanks to my new scanner and some seriously cool transfer paper.

I quite like the distressed one. I shall keep playing around with this.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Pumpkin cheesecake

I think growing up in Hong Kong has educated my taste buds to the joy of the sweet and the savoury. BBQ buns with the sweet dough and the yummy BBQ filling, sour plums, Dried cuttlefish with pine sugar and chilli, and the Hong Kong version of chicken pie with an eggy, crumbly, sweet flaky pastry. I can't say however that I have ever warmed to tuna donut or curry donut, but my dad did and he says they are quite tasty.

I am also extraordinarily fond of pumpkin. My boys love it too but the rest of my family recoils in horror. I love pumpkin pie with its egg tart like quality and from an English perspective the clashing combination of sweet and pumpkin which shouldn't be. So when I saw ricotta reduced to a normal price and knowing that I had a butternut squash in the fridge, I thought maple syrup pumpkin cheesecake, doesn't everyone?

Maple Syrup Pumpkin Cheesecake


about 8 digestives crushed
50 g of butter melted

Mix the melted butter into the digestives and squash into your loose bottom spring form tin. I am making a half size cheesecake as my kitchen is tiny, and they also look so sweet small. My tin is 6 1/2 inches across. You could always double the mixture for a larger cheesecake. Put this in the fridge to chill.


100g Philadelphia cream cheese
100g Ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Maple syrup
75 g Sugar
75g of boiled and drained pumpkin cooled

I just liquidize the whole lot and carefully pour onto your cooled base. I know it looks like soup but trust me it will come good.
Wrap the out side of the tin in tin foil and bake in a water bath that comes halfway up the side for about 1 1/2 hours . The cheese cake is cooked when its firm to the touch . The pumpkin gives this a firmer set. Yum!

Saturday 19 June 2010


Oh my poor neglected blog. The combination of 5 parties, 1 school trip a leaving present the Internet and phone lines down and shhh father's day tomorrow meant that my poor blog has wandered lonely as a cloud. Hopefully normal service will resume, though with a look at the schedule next week I'm not so sure.

However despite or perhaps because of my blogging inadequacies I have managed to make a silver linen pair of trousers. I wore them the other evening to the leaving party. One friend questioned whether the zip really did go down that far. Que a quick re- modelling. Maybe I should post a picture? Not sure.

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Blueberry muffins

Feeling a bit blueberry muffins today. I really need to buy that scanner. Every time I look at these pictures I'm more sure.

Anyhow here is the recipe for Mini Blueberry muffins .

1 cup/150g self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar/75g sugar
1/2 cup blueberries
1 egg
small banana mashed with a spoon of yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter

Mix everything together. The secret of muffins is not to stir too much. Divide into 12 mini muffin cases.
Bake in a moderate oven gas mark 4 for about 15 mins.

Monday 14 June 2010

Tea towel

So I posted one of my tea towels printed with the Mexican design onto Etsy yesterday and I shall post another today. Looking at this photo now I'm not sure. The background is cardboard which has old prints on it, which at the time I thought looked interesting and arty but now I just think it looks a little grubby . Oh well, back to the camera.

Saturday 12 June 2010

Match box present

A good friend is leaving the Island and HK for green pastures new and we are having a little get together to celebrate / commiserate her imminent departure.
We have all been asked to bring a match box present. I thought a homemade Lamma match box with two stamps inside would be just the thing!

Friday 11 June 2010


The heavens opened yesterday morning and poured water onto an already soggy Lamma. However it was worth it for the clear views that followed. This was the scene as I went to meet the children off the ferry.

Thursday 10 June 2010

Big moth

I think this is a moth. A very large moth.My book is not comprehensive enough to identify the name either. If you know please tell me.

Anyhoo he was sheltering from the deluge this morning.


The computer network was down all yesterday and still it's down today. Hopefully they will fix it today. So I'm sitting in our local cafe The Green Cottage, ducking the spits of rain and hoping it doesn't chuck it down.

Normal service may resume sometime today. Maybe.

Tuesday 8 June 2010


Living in a sub tropical climate means that I can have what are considered house plants in more temperate climates grow in wild abundance all around my garden. However the same is true in reverse and plants that I love in the UK like nasturtiums, lavender and hydrangeas don't usually do so well. In fact they roll over and die at the first whiff of humidity, usually.

This year though we are having a very mild spring and summer and my hydrangea is hanging on in there. Its still only teeny, and will probably never be a great huge bush like the ones I remember when I was small and on holiday in Wales, but I'm quite proud of it.

Monday 7 June 2010

Sunny Day

Its a lovely sunny day here in Lamma. Its not too hot the humidity is not off the scale and we have blue skies.
This is my garden and a painting I did of the garden about 3 years ago. I moved the bird of paradise plant and they chopped down all the bougainvillea next door but apart from that not much has changed.

Sunday 6 June 2010

Chocolate ginger cake

We are having a BBQ birthday lunch today and for The birthday cake I have devised a cake based on chocolate gingernut biscuits. Or at least I hope I have.

Chocolate Ginger Cake

225g unsalted butter
12g golden or ordinary caster sugar
100g golden syrup
4 large eggs
225 self raising flour
2-4 tbl spoons cream
liquidized crystallized ginger

2 x 21 cm cake tins


250g cream cheese
2 table spoons of lemon curd
150 g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


150g double cream
1 tspoon vanilla extract
1 tspoon butter
150g dark chocolate

So preheat the oven to gas mark 5/ 190 C. The cake is your basic cream the butter and sugar, then add the beaten eggs, liquidized ginger, cream and golden syrup. Add your flour and cook in the oven until golden and the cake is shrinking away from the sides of the tin.

I have filled the cake with a cream cheese filling flavoured with home made lemon curd, vanilla essence and icing sugar. The icing is a ganache which is basically melted dark chocolate, butter, cream heated together and allowed to cool a little bit but not too much to allow you to pour over the cake. It hardens into a firm rich chocolatey icing. To insure the cake doesn't stick to the base I place it on a rack, pour over the icing and when the icing is hard move to a plate.

Saturday 5 June 2010


I love this cornbread. Its not dry and powdery.Its full of cheese and jalapeno chilli's, mushed up corn, onion and peppers. I encourage you to make it and eat it and then dream about it. And that's not because the cheese is repeating on you.


1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup creamed or liquidized corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup polenta
1/4 cup self raising flour
1 small onion chopped finely
1/2 red pepper chopped finely
chopped jalapenos to your taste chopped finely
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cheese grated

I cook this in a well oiled pyrex dish but you could use a cake tin or a loaf tin though I would line the bottom with grease proof paper.

Mix the eggs, oil, cream and half of the creamed corn. Then add the polenta ,flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Give it a good stir.
Pour half the mixture into your container . On top of this sprinkle the onion, cheese, red pepper, jalapenos and then spread the rest of the mixture on top .

Bake in the oven at gas mark 4, 180 C for about 30 mins to 40 mins take out and cool.Its done when a skewer comes out cleanly ( though remember you have cheese in there so its not going to be dry clean) and is golden brown on top. I like to eat it warm and cut into pieces served straight out of the dish white trash style.

Friday 4 June 2010

Union Jack

I finished sewing the quilt.I have some backing for it so all I need is the wadding and I shall start quilting. Its actually my favourite bit , though I hate what it does to my fingers.

Thursday 3 June 2010


So I have now finished my three pictures of bugs and beetles but I'm not really sure what to do with them. Should I get them made into cards or prints or both? I am unsure. I really like them, but maybe that's just me.

Wednesday 2 June 2010

Dreaming of desserts

I have two friends with Birthday's this week and they are coming over to our house on Sunday for a BBQ. So I thought I would make a Joint birthday cake. Maple syrup cake, Butterscotch layer cake,Damp lemon and almond cake with fresh raspberries, Black forest gateau, Madeira cake, they all sound good how do you choose?

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Box of tricks

I have been playing with my stamp sets making thank you notes to put with order sales. Not that I have had any from my Etsy shop, but one must always be prepared.
I'm finding it hard to concentrate. Of course I am, this is because I am delaying various things that I have planned to do. One is to get a scanner, and with my sales of cards I almost have enough money to do that and the second is to get some more cards printed. Hmmm.