Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Sea Shells On The Sea Shore…….

Last weekend we had sent to us an amazing candle which has the most amazing scent – it’s a brand we hadn’t tried before and we love it so we have been testing more of their range plus the last few days we have been doing a favour for a family friend walking her two huge dogs on a deserted windswept beach – let me say it’s  like beach bootcamp after walking a tiny Chihuahua – they race everywhere – the beach has that amazing  seaside scent which you instantly remember as holidays and sand in your shoes etc – so this week I’ve been having a nautical seaside theme to my décor ideas.

Enigma Soap Dish £15.99 Zara Home (see more)

A metal soap dish based on the shape of a scallop shell with small feet – perfect for adding a touch of the seaside to the bathroom.

Hydrea Decorative Shells £1.99 Dunelm (see more)

These Hydrea Decorative Shells are the perfect accessory for a relaxing bathroom. Display them in a pretty bowl to create the perfect atmosphere for an indulgent spa experience.

Coastal Waters Housewarmer Candle £15.45 Yankee Candle (see more)

This is such a clean scent and very reminiscent of the ocean - Burn Time 65 - 90 hours.

Sun & Sand  Small Tumbler Candle £9.25 Yankee Candle (seemore)

A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk- this is perfect for your bathroom if you’re planning a relaxing bath or to lift the mood in your living area - Burn Time 35 - 45 hours.

Beach Walk Large Tumbler Candle £13.69 Yankee Candle (see more)

Refreshing salt water and sea musk warmed with sunny notes of tangerine and orange blossom- this is delicious and would be perfect for any room - Burn Time 70 - 90 hours.

Rusty Shapes From £2.50 Re-Found Objects (see more)

A wreath, crown, escutcheon, tree, faith hope & charity and key perfect for adding some small detailed décor to a room.

On the beach sign £6.40 BHS (see more)

Decorate your home with this wooden “on the beach” sign- L:25cm W:1.2cm H:12.5cm

Small Porthhole Lantern £25.00 Marks & Spencer (see more)

Brighten up your home with this classic lantern. Just add a candle.

Fish Weight Doorstops £19.96 to £24.95 (see more)

Round ball shape doorstop with a welded metal ring handle on top. 

Rhubarb and Lemon Curd Pots

My grandparents live in Lytham St.Annes and they shop at a fabulous supermarket group called Booths – its family owned and just amazing. As someone who has grown up shopping at Waitrose on the Kings Road let me say Booths is impressive – vast choice of fresh food and amazing choice of product.

Their Christmas catalogue with hampers and seasonal food was just fabulous – now their website is not transactional but they do have some great recipes so this week I have shopped and cooked with Booths

This serves four people – takes 20 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.


400g rhubarb, cut into 4cm pieces
20g butter
Zest and juice of 1 orange
75g caster sugar
3tbsp of lemon curd
1 x 250g tub of mascarpone cheese
2tsp icing sugar
4 stem ginger biscuits, crushed
Icing sugar for dusting
How to make it:
Pre-heat the oven to 220°c/gas 7.

Place the rhubarb into an ovenproof dish and dot with the butter. Add the orange juice, zest and sugar. Loosely cover with foil and cook for 10 minutes until just tender then leave to cool. Remove the rhubarb from the juice.

Place the juices into a small pan and bring to the boil. Cook for 1 minute and cool.

Divide the rhubarb between 4 glasses and drizzle over a little of the syrup. In a bowl, mix the mascarpone with the icing sugar. Then with a knife, fold in the lemon curd forming a ripple effect.

Spoon this between your glasses. Finally, top with the crushed biscuits and dust with the icing sugar then serve.

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