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Make Do Mend: Beef & Squash Chili

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Food is one of my favourite things in all of the land. I spend most of my time thinking about what I am going to eat next. Particularly whenever I am broke, and can only afford to 2 minute noodles, I spend the most time trawling through endless recipes, via every social media platform imaginable, and make grand (meal) plans for when all(!?) the money comes in on payday!

I came across this recipe one poor, hungry night and man am I glad I did. A bowl chockas full of flavour with all of the best things in it. Beef, butternut squash, chilis, beer, avocado, pumpkin seeds. Seriously, how can that not taste good?

You’re going to just have to try for yourself and see. It takes a good amount of time to do so give yourself 2 hours, the beef is good and tender then. I added a chipotle to the mix to make the holy trinity of chilis (ancho, pasilla, chipotle)!

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Re-hydrated chilis are my favourite!

Get the recipe on Bon Appetit.  We served it with homemade sourdough pita. Yikes!

Happy eating!

Celeste

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Milk Bath

Milk Bath

Milk Bath

MILK BATH RECIPE

This year i bought Karen Gilbert’s lovely and accessible book ‘Natural Beauty’ to inspire me with Christmas gift ideas.  I made this little bath recipe for a bunch of people and thought I would share it with you if you are in need of something luxurious and warm in these freezing nights or for a gift idea

If you are a vegan, you could make the same recipe with more sodium bicarbonate, or use kaolin (white clay) instead, but I love the luxuriousness that the milk powder gives.

Ingredients

  • vanilla pod (optional)
  • 50g goats’ milk powder
  • 100g sodium bicarbonate
  • 20 drops essential oils

(optional)

  • 10g cocoa butter
  • Handful dried red rose petals
  • (optional)
  • Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Cheese grater
  • An airtight 350ml jar

1) Place the vanilla-scented goats’ milk powder and the sodium bicarbonate in the mixing bowl. Add the essential oils at this stage, if using, and mix thoroughly with the spoon.

2) Grate the cocoa butter into the bowl, stirring in gently.

3) Stir through most of the rose petals. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of the mixture into a running bath yourself (if you don’t have any handmaidens to do it for you!).

4) Spoon the remaining mixture into the jar. Sprinkle a few more petals on top for decoration.

Suggested essential oils – This recipe calls for all-out luxury, so choose sensual woods or heady floral oils that work with the milky scent of the goats’ milk powder, such as ylang-ylang, cedarwood, sandalwood, rose, geranium, patchouli and vetiver.

Grating cocoa butter – Place the cocoa butter in the freezer before grating. Use the finest side of the grater so you get a powder, rather than chunks, and use either a pastry brush or a paintbrush to dust off any cocoa butter that sticks to the grater in the bowl.

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Make Do Mend: Fatty Fatty Boom Boom Ballaty

Whenever I decide that I need to try and be skinny I inevitably find myself perusing numerous DELICIOUS food blogs. This time I think I have got myself in real trouble. Oh well, I am just gonna have to smash this stuff in my face. The two blogs that have been my food porn are, as always, Joy the Baker and Wit and Vinegar. I have also just started watching a scary program and the back door is open… crapping myself looking at yummy food. classy. If you don’t hear from me then it’s most likely that Axe man got me… or I have gorged myself on these tasty treats and am in a food coma. Tell my mum I love her.

From Joy the Baker

Corn Tacos ..  oh yes.

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Watermelon Sangria… ohhhh yessss. 

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Mexican Zuchini…. Homemade Hot Dogs …. Ultimate Club Sandwhich …. Touch me.

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 And from Wit & Vinegar.

Check out his posts, pretty pictures and funny words. I like him.

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Eat, drink & be merry.

x

Celeste

p.s. Now I’m starving.

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Make Do Mend: Raised Bed.

So the warm and fuzzy thoughts of living in community and growing all your own veg has led me to actually trying to make a communal veggie patch happen.

The key, so far, to a communal veggie patch is people. First I spoke about it enough to other people that they made sure I could make it happen and I got a River Cottage book for Christmas from the veggie gurus Hanna and Jon. Then got my lovely friend, and guest blogger,  Jonny to help make it happen. It was never going to happen if it were down to me. So grateful for community making it possible.

We went scouring for pallets.

pallets

We smashed them up.

apart

Stopped for a little coffee break. Coffee and Ikea cinnamon buns (no horse.)

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Put them back together.

back together

And after a whole day of scouring, smashing, nail removing, sawing and drilling this is what we created. Proud.

raised bed

The best part about this is that so far it has been entirely free!!

Now all there is to do is make the rest of it happen and pray for the snow to stop!

– Celeste 

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Make Do Mend: Christmas Garland

It is but a 7 days til Christmas! Which gives you plenty of time to rustle up some last minute Christmas garlands for your house OR as a pressie!

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I got a little excited about Christmas so made these in October… a tad too soon for Christmas decs!

All you need is:

Butchers Twine

Felt Balls (chuckle)

Cardboard Letters

Needle with a large enough eye

Threader

and … for the sake of your fingers… Pliers

I ordered my butchers twine and felt balls from Ebay and then cut ‘Peace, Joy, Love’ out of cardboard.

Thread the butchers twine through the needle (obvs) and then through the felt, that will be tough and without pliers take some time and perserverence.

I find that a Saturday night with a friend, wine and curry make for productive garland-ing!

saturday night

Add the letters when you want and hey presto!

garland

Add any words you like and make these as a little pressie for someone spesh this Christmas!

Happy shopping, wrapping, caroling!

x

Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Wedding Quilt for the best lady!

I have the insane priveledge of being a bridesmaid for my best friend, Julia! Jules and I have been besties since we were about eleven. We were born a day apart and we actually get on like a house on fire.

We have talked about boys til the early hours of the morning, lamented not kissing .. and then kissing, we watched ‘Empire Records’ fifteen times in one week, we decided to make some muffins for a lady we met randomly and we laughed til I had an asthma attack because we decided that the word ‘okay’ was somehow hilarious.

We have shared a love of cargo pants, Taylor Hanson, Counting Crows, John Mayer, beach time, Anne of Green Gables and sewing and now I get to share in the day we have talked about for so long. If you have read or seen AOGG then you will understand when I say that she is a kindred spirit… my bosom friend!

She is gorgeous, artistic, talented, sweet and funny plus she knows me so well even though we spend years a part at a time. I’m super grateful to have someone that knows me well and loves me anyway! She is a megababe and is marrying this man that’s a bit of a weapon from all things I can tell. So for her wedding gift I wanted it to be something lovely. It is something I love and have worked on for ages… even if there are more than it’s fair share of mistakes in it.

I decided to make her a quilt out of some of my favourite fabrics and also some of the . My first ‘wedding’ quilt and I am so glad it has gone to this beaut!

Happy nuptials Jules, you are one of my favourites in the whole world for ever. So excited to be a little bridesmaid for you, thanks so much for the privilege!

xx

Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Advent Kit

So I am off for a little trip to see some lovely people and be a bridesmaid for my best friend. Yay!

I am thinking that I want to bring a few little pressies for people but know I’ve not got very much dosh for buying.

I am taking a few little advent kits that I have put together.

Tiger have some ‘Final Countdown’ 1 -24 pegs for £1 that I am going to put in a little Candy stripe bag with 24 doilies and green and white butchers twine!

BAM! You have a little make your own ‘Advent Kit’.

Shizzle and Merry Christmas!

xx

– Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Herbert Hedgehog Cake

It’s been a week of Autumnal Make, Do, Mends this week at Tracks, Pumpkin Beer Keg (AMAZING), homemade granola (DELISH!) and here is another fun one!

My housemate Joseph turned 24 yesterday!

Happy Birthday Joseph!!! 

We celebrated with some tasty Indian … set menu for 4, more like set menu for 40, whiskey, cigars and James Bond. I decided after looking at a vintage party cookbook that I wanted to make him a hedgehog cake. This happened to be a very good idea because it seems I may have lost his birthday present so this could replace it. Maybe it’ll show up in time for next year?

So I managed for £7.40 (It was the day before payday… I had £8!) to create him this little treat and in 1 hour. I bought an own brand sponge mix 42p, Betty Crocker chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate buttons, white chocolate buttons and choc chips. It definitely was a ‘cheat’ but some days you don’t have enough time to make it all yourself. In imaginary land where I grow my own veggies, have chickens and always look pretty, I made this all from scratch but in real life it took me an hour.

I baked the sponge in a round cake tin. Cutting the sides and front like below. You could do choc sponge but I wagered it would be rich enough as it was so went with white.

Put icing on the top of the main body of the cake like glue to hold the sides on top to create the rounded shape of the hedgehog bod. Then, while snacking on the front bits, added butt loads of icing. You need enough to hold it in place and also enough so that chocolate buttons will stay when making the spikes. 

Using icing as glue again I added a choc chip to a white button for eyes. It looked like boobies. I chuckled and naturally instagrammed that.

Then it’s the fun bit, making Herbert look like himself. Sticking in buttons as spikes all around and adding the boobie eyes!

Herbert wishes you a happy birthday Joseph! 

– Celeste 

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Make Do Mend: Rizogalo

I had a particularly embarrassing moment just the other day. I went to the petrol station and as I handed my card over to the ‘dad’ aged man I said,

‘It may not go through so I have cash in case. That time of the month, you see!’

At that moment I heard myself say that out loud and realised from the horror on his face that it sounded like ‘that‘ time of the month. A verbal panic ensued and I talked as fast as possible, my face as red as possible and making absolutely no sense. All the while the man kept saying ‘That’s rather personal and I’m not sure what that has to do with anything.’ So, thinking about THAT time of the month,and by THAT time I of course mean the end of the month, when all you’re living off is tuna and porridge and you have your toilet paper rationed until pay-day. Here is a cheap, easy and yummy treat.

In Australia we have, or had … I haven’t been back in a while, chicken shops. I happened to have my first job in a chicken shop, Jannali Chicken Spot to be precise. I got fired. Sad times. I got lots of doughnuts though and made some deep-fried mars bars so it wasn’t an entire loss. Probably good I got fired otherwise I would be the size of a house, a happy house but a house none the less.

In these chicken shops they almost always used to sell Rizogalo. Greek rice pudding. It has always been my absolute favourite and I could eat it til the cows come home! (And they take so long!)

My mum made her own version and usually it is around 11.30pm when I decide it is necessary that I make some. Just a few nights ago I made a massive amount and it’s already gone.. Don’t judge me.

You boil it on the stove, add as much cinnamon you like and stick it in the fridge in pretty cups.

Here is the little recipe in case you fancy yourself some lovely greek rice pudding.

Ingredients:

1 litre milk

1 litre water

1 cup white rice, med grain  (I just use whatever I can get my hands on… within reason.. still rice)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract (if you don’t have it and have no money, just do it without.. it’s particularly tasty with though! )

2 egg yolks + 2 TBspoons corn flour

Cinnamon

Method:

1. Get yourself a hefty pan cause there is a lot going on.

2. Boil milk + water.

3. Add rice & sugar and stir on low.

4. Beat egg yolks (separating egg yolks makes me feel like a kitchen ninja) + add to corn flour + 1 TBspoon milk, add to rice, milk, water & sugar.

5. Add as much cinnamon as you like (I suggest all of the cinnamon in the land) + keep stirring on low, you can even watch some tele (I suggest Friday Night Lights) , you are just waiting for it to get good and gloopy

6. Have yourself some lovely hot rice pudding and pour the rest into tea cups or bowls, sprinkle cinnamon on top and then put it in the fridge.

7. Have it for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dessert… basically just smash it right in your face. It is yum!

– Celeste xx

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Make Do Mend: Candied Yams

Candied yams are one of my favourite parts of Thanksgiving and Christmas! Some people put sugar and marshmallows (!?) in/on their candied yams but I am particularly fond of apricot jam on my sweet potatoes! (sounds a bit personal to be talking about my sweet potatoes?)

Slice your sweet potatoes to whatever thickness you like… the thinner it is the chewier they go as the jam caramelises.

I try and only do one and a half layers in a baking tray otherwise the bottom ones don’t caramalise in the same way… But if you prefer them soft and not chewy you can stack them up and do as many as you can fit in!

Place them in the baking tray and toss them in apricot jam. If you are not a fan of apricots do not fear, I HATE apricot jam but LOVE this. Give it a go and see if you like it anyway?

Leave it in the oven between 45 minutes or an hour.. just keep checking depending on your oven. They can go in whatever temperature you have your meat on.

You then will get some beautiful crisp, chewy, sweet and tasty candied yams! Hot dang! There’s something to be thankful for right there!!

Give it a try to see if you like it… alternatively you can put on maple syrup or brown sugar. They are both nice but not as nice as apricot jam!

Now that you know how to do pumpkin pie, hot cider and candied yams you can do your own thanksgiving? Or jump on the American’s Thanksgiving in November… Go on! Be thankful!

Happy Friday!

– Celeste xx

 

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