Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cheats Pizza


You all know we’re huge fans of delicious things made easy, and who doesn’t like pizza? So we thought we’d mash up the two. You see with ‘normal’ pizza you have to faff about with yeast; letting that dough rise for a good hour or more. But with these? You can make these babies in half an hour from scratch. 

Let us introduce you to the wonders of flatbread. Flatbread is the easiest thing ever. You just take flour, baking powder (to give a little lift), water and natural yoghurt to make em really soft. Mix and toast in a pan! Top them with your favourite pizza toppings, whack them into the oven, and bam! PIZZA! Easy huh?




Ingredients

350G Flour
1 ½ Tspn Baking Powder
350G Yoghurt
Splash of water
Toppings (we used Aioli,  cherry tomatoes, onions, baby peppers, baby spinach and camembert Cheese)

Method
Mix together the flour, baking powder, yoghurt and water to form a dough.

Lightly knead and place in a oiled bowl.

Set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare the toppings.

Cut the dough into six and roll out very thinly (the thinner the better)

Place in a heated skillet, once the bottom is golden transfer onto a oven tray.

Add toppings and grill into golden.

Remove and top with rocket or baby spinach. YUM.

Words and Photography by Britney Hazeldine



Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Chelsea Fringe

The grande dame of the gardening world, the Chelsea Flower Show returns this week for her annual celebration of horticultural design and innovation. Indeed, the designs on show tend to determine the gardening trends of the next year. And running along beside her, is new (ish) kid on the block, the Chelsea Fringe.



Having started on Saturday, the Fringe runs until 8 June and this year is taking place in and around London, as well as Brighton, Bristol, and has even spread as far afield as Vienna and Ljubjlana. 

Although only in its third year, 2014’s Fringe is playing host to a heady mix of over 200 public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations. With so many exciting events going on, we thought we’d lend a helping hand and have picked a few we like the sound of most. 

London 

Discover London in a new light with Where the Wild Things Grow, a project which aims to make us take notice of the small and often overlooked wildernesses within the city. Where the Wild Things Grow documents the ordinary everyday weed, or wildling, and encourages us to look more closely at the botany, history and geography of our pavements, building edges, bridges and step cracks. From walks and talks, to a photography exhibitions and a pop-up cafĂ©, this event takes a number of forms and each promises to be equally interesting, informative and illuminating. 

Dirt and Martini's; Herbal cocktails in Kentish Town certainly sounds like one for tickling the taste buds. Head to the Boma Garden Centre, where they have teamed up with The Oxford Pub to bring you a Pop up Herb Garden. Sample herbal cocktails and summer snacks whilst being given top tips and expert advice on growing your own edibles at home.


The Tea Time Wonder Game invites you to become part of ‘a bizarre, wreathed in mist tea party’ and it sounds delightfully intriguing. After taking a place around the table, you become part of a performance that mixes Alice in Wonderland with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Pan, and adds a dash of Dali’s surrealism for good dreamland measure. Not necessarily directly related to gardening, but sounds fun nonetheless! 

 Brighton
Spend three delightful afternoons with artist Kate Osborne, exploring different watercolour techniques using the late Spring garden as inspiration. In Waterworks you will learn how to mix watercolour with other mediums to create your own beautiful botanical images.


 Bristol
This Pop up Edible Garden aims to show that you don’t need much space at all to grow your own food in the middle of a city. Popping up in a spot the size of a car parking space, you will be able to see for yourself the wide variety of food that can be squeezed into tight spaces and may even inspire you to turn those green fingers to growing fresh food.

Enjoy a literary evening at Bristol’s Chelsea Fringe Poetry Review. Garden and wildlife poetry will be performed by acclaimed poets as well as newcomers and the readings promise to be entertaining, informative and evocative. The perfect way to mix a little cultural learning with outdoor interests.

By Laura Peebles

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Getting Crafty



We spend a lot of time working at our desks here at Cellardoor, so we thought it was about time we jazzed them up a little with a fun D.I.Y to keep our stationary mess under control. 

You'll need: 
Patterned wrapping paper 
PVA glue 
Glue spreaders or paintbrush 
Ruler 
Pencil 
Scissors 
Empty tins (fruit, soup etc) 



Method
Measure the length of your tin and mark it on your wrapping paper. 

 Mark a few lengths across the paper, marking with dots and join with a ruler and pencil. This helps to get a perfect straight line. 


Draw a line from the top to the bottom edge of the paper, this will create the rectangle that you'll cover your tin with. Then cut out the rectangle.

Cover the tin or paper with PVA glue. Wrap around the tin, being careful not to the air bubbles and creases. 


Seal the paper in place by coating the whole tin with a layer of PVA glue. Leave to dry.

 Once dry, your pots are ready for all your desk bits and bobs! No more rummaging around for your most loved stationary. 



We've loved putting some fun and floral into our working space, let us know if you give this D.I.Y. a go too!

Words and photography  Emily Smith

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Corn Fritters with Tomato Salsa


In our current issue, we asked Anne from Anne's Kitchen to share some of her favourite spring recipes from her current book with us and she had our mouth watering with these yummy corn fritters!
"I like preparing mine with ricotta, which makes them really light and fluffy. This is also great as a light lunch, in which case I’d serve a few rashers of crispy bacon on the side," says Anne. 

Makes 8 fritters for 4 people 
• Prep 20mins • Cooking 10mins • Easy
For the salsa:
400g cherry tomatoes
a squeeze of lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil
a handful basil, chopped

salt and pepper

For the fritters:
3 eggs

250g ricotta

100g flour

30g melted butter
2 spring onions, chopped

1 small can sweetcorn (140g drained)
1⁄4 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp salt

a handful basil, chopped

sunflower oil for frying

Method

- Start by making the salsa: wash the cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, add the lemon juice, olive oil, basil and season with salt and pepper.
- For the batter: Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
 Beat the egg whites until stiff. Put the egg yolks into a big bowl, add the ricotta, flour, butter and mix.
- Trim the spring onions and cut into fine slices. Add the spring onions, sweetcorn, chili, salt and basil to the ricotta batter and mix. Then fold in the egg whites with a spoon.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Once it’s hot, make four fritters by dropping four times two tablespoons of the batter into the pan, frying them for 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve the fritters with the tomato salsa.
Want to know what other spring recipes made the cut? Find out in our current issue...

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Green Fingers



Gardening is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. What with The Great Allotment Challenge over on BBC2, growing your own is becoming the new cool. Whether you have an outdoor garden or are filling indoor spaces with pots and planters, the good news is that there are lots of innovative products emerging to uphold gardening’s new rep.


Before we get carried away with all the shiny new things you can get your hands on, let’s start with the basics: watering cans. Indoor and outdoor gardeners alike will need a trusty can to seem them through the seasons.

For those of you who really like to look the part, then you can do no better than a Haws watering can, the classic staple of the gardening world. These beautiful cans come in both the indoor and outdoor variety, so no matter what sort of gardening you do, you can do it in time-honoured style. 



If you’re more of a finger on the pulse of all new trends type then Shahar Peleg’s Rainmaker is sure to make you smile. Adorably cute, there is also something quintessentially cool about this little cloud shaped bottle topper in it’s mimic of nature.



Being a reader of this blog, we’re going to assume that, like us, you’re a lover of the printed word. The Balcony Gardener’s Bookend Bloccon Indoor Watering Can mixes our love of bookshelves and plants perfectly. 



We also love these ceramic vases which are cleverly disguised as hardback books and definitely wouldn't look out of place on our shelves. Fill them with your favourite blooms to make a cute book-themed flower display, perfect for when it’s your turn to host book club!


Words by Laura Peebles