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Savoury recipe time! Firstly, because I had some leftover ham on my hands (I think we all do after Easter) and secondly because I wanted to lighten up the upcoming recipe-wave of puddings and sweets and everything sugary…I’m trying to make as much as I can this week, because next week is “Live Below the Line” week and I don’t really want to stand in the kitchen surrounded by cakes and nibbling on a toast or whatnot…:)

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Ham filled bread

Ingredients:

  • 500 g flour
  • 1 sachet dry yeast (7 g)
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • leftover ham

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Method:

Tip the flour in a bowl and mix it with the yeast, salt and sugar. Stir the milk and the oil together and add to the bowl. Knead the dough until it’s soft and flexible. Put it back into the bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Leave it to rest for about an hour or until it doubled in size.Gently roll it about an inch thick and spread the ham pieces on top. Roll it up and pinch the two ends together so you get a nice bread shape.

IMG_0200I baked it in an oven-proof saucepan but you can use a baking dish or a baking sheet.So, put the bread into whatever you choose to bake it in and leave it somewhere warm to rest for another 30 minutes (or if you aren’t in a hurry a whole hour even). Bake it in a preheated oven (180 C) until it’s golden. Tap the underside, if you’re unsure about it. If you hear a hollow sound, it’s done.

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Serve it with butter or cheese. I spread some savoury cream cheese on top of the slices; it was lovely! Have fun in the kitchen, I’ll see you tomorrow! xoxo. Pearl

Ham filled bread Savoury recipe time! Firstly, because I had some leftover ham on my hands (I think we all do after Easter) and secondly because I wanted to lighten up the upcoming recipe-wave of puddings and sweets and everything sugary…I’m trying to make as much as I can this week, because next week is ”
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Quote of the week #05

Quote of the week #05

I dare you to challenge yourself and do something today that’s out of your comfort zone! Come on, just one little thing, you can do it! I’ll try :)

artwork © pearl woods 2014

As usual, you can download the A4 sized version for printing!

See you tomorrow! xoxo, Pearl

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Monday, 21 April 2014

I’ve got my hand on some very lovely strawberries last weekend and it’s strawberry season, so prepare yourselves for quite a few strawberry-inspired recipes (yes, yes by a few I mean a lot…). Also, Kitty and I found some rhubarb on our last minute shopping trip before Easter, so I couldn’t pass up making some rhubarb-strawberry pies. Which turned into rhubarb-strawberry crumbles, because there was only a small piece of butter in the fridge :P On to the recipe then!

Rhubarb strawberry crumble

Ingredients:

    • 200 g flour
    • 100 g oats
    • 100 g butter
    • 100 +80 g sugar
    • 350 g rhubarb
    • 200 g strawberry
    • 2 apples

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Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Chop the rhubarb and strawberry into equal chunks (about an inch). Get a saucepan, add the rhubarb, strawberry and 80 g sugar. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat until it’s tender but still holds shape. Pour it into a baking or pie dish. Tip the flour, oats and 100 g sugar into a bowl. Mix well before adding the butter. Rub them together until you get a lovely crumbly texture. Chop two apples into small cubes and add to the rhubarb. Spread the topping on the fruits and bake it until golden brown. Serve it hot with custard or vanilla ice cream.

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Sadly, and as usual, I only managed to steal a mouthful while taking the pictures. Of course the next time I waltzed down to the kitchen the crumble was gone…

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Hope your weekend was lovely and you all had a happy Easter! I’ll be back tomorrow! xoxo, Pearl

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble I’ve got my hand on some very lovely strawberries last weekend and it’s strawberry season, so prepare yourselves for quite a few strawberry-inspired recipes (yes, yes by a few I mean a lot…).
Saturday, 19 April 2014

Nan’s cheesy scones

Nan’s cheesy scones

I’m dead on my feet. I made a lovely post about devilled eggs and the photos came out all wrong and I had to get to work and to the beautician and to help my nan, so I hadn’t got a chance to re-shoot it. Blah. Then I thought ‘oh, the scones will do even better, no worries!’. Of course I did not bring the camera with me…but at least one of my sisters dropped by and brought it with her. So, thanks…

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

I love bread, be it sweet or not. I’d say it’s a guilty pleasure of mine (along with pasta and pizza) but I don’t feel guilty :P So, of course I couldn’t pass up on posting an Easter bread recipe! And it’s also pretty much multifunctional as you’ll see…

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Easter bread

Ingredients:

  • 500 g flour
  • 300 ml milk + some for brushing
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75 g sugar
  • 1 sachet dry yeast (7 g)
  • 1 egg

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Method:

Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a big bowl. In another one beat the eggs and then mix well the milk and oil. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk-egg mixture. Mix well (with a wooden spoon or your hands; I prefer my hands) until you get a sticky dough. Tip it on a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes. You should get a smooth and elastic dough ball in the end. Oil the bowl and put the dough in it. Cover it with a tea towel or an oiled cling film and leave it in a warm place to rise. It should take about an hour.

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Now, you’ll have to decide what shape you want to bake it. This much dough is enough for one big loaf of braided bread (or two smaller ones) or you can make cute egg-faced baby breads (four of them, to be specific) as you can see on the photos below.

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For the braided bread you’ll have to tear the dough in to three (or six) equal parts. Form them lightly until they’re like long sausages and then braid them. Push the “sausages” well together on both ends! Place them on a baking trays lined with parchment and let them rise for another 30 minutes/1 hour. Brush with milk and bake at 200C until golden brown.

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For the “babies” you’ll have to wash four eggs. Place them on the baking tray and divide the dough in to four pieces. Carefully shape them in to sausages. Place one around one of your eggs (the two ends should be equally long) and twist the ends. Repeat with the other eggs as well. Leave the “babies” to rise for 30 minutes/1 hour, brush with milk and bake them just like the braids. When they’ve cooled down get some coloured pencils and draw cute faces on the eggs.IMG_9947

I love to eat my Easter bread with butter and raspberry jam (as you can see :P). And it’s all gone by time I’m finishing this post…I’ll have to bake another batch for Easter. My sisters are animals :)

Hope you’ll give it a go! Have fun in the kitchen and see you tomorrow! xoxo, Pearl

Easter Bread I love bread, be it sweet or not. I’d say it’s a guilty pleasure of mine (along with pasta and pizza) but I don’t feel guilty :P So, of course I couldn’t pass up on posting an Easter bread recipe!
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

On Juicing and Pork Stew

On Juicing and Pork Stew

Last weekend I had the “fabulous” idea to try juicing and bought a lot of greens. I searched the net for recipes, read some opinions and made my first Juice. I even gave my sisters and my poor brother-in-law a glass each. Well, after drinking it I immediately started searching for recipes which required the greens that littered the fridge. Never again. Never. It was horrible…

Oh, and right after…

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Minimal Easter Greeting Cards

Minimal Easter Greeting Cards

I tried. I swear I did. I tried making something that’s more fun, more colourful, more fitting for Spring; I did! But as it seems the tragic love between black&white minimal design and me is still raging on…as it seems, it is for ever :P

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To lift the spirits a bit, I desperately tried to make the whole concept lighter by using these old, but still lovely patterned wrapping papers as envelope…

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Moustache Mood board No. 01

Moustache Mood board No. 01

My printer is struggling and I don’t have the time (or the will) to do anything about it, so I made a lovely virtual mood board instead of a “real” one…Also, totally exciting week ahead!! It’s almost Easter and I have five bunny-related posts for you in the upcoming days! How are your preparations going?

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Mood board for April 2014

  1. one two three four
  2. one two three four
  3. one two three four
  4. one two…

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Friday, 11 April 2014
Moustache Mix: Colourful Walls

Just a mix of fun, coloured prints today, because to be perfectly honest I still have about 12 items on my to-do-list and I’m genuinely dead on my feet :) Well, this was a busy busy busy week!

Moustache Mix: Colourful Walls

Just a mix of fun, coloured prints today, because to be perfectly honest I still have about 12 items on my to-do-list and I’m genuinely dead on my feet :) Well, this was a busy busy busy week!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

100 Happy Days Update

100 Happy Days Update

You know what day it is? It’s the 100th day of the year! Which reminded me, that I still haven’t started the #100happydays challenge…so I spontaneously signed up! And my photo for day one is:

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It doesn’t really project happy vibes, does it? But I love it when it rains, I love the smell in the air after a nice storm and I absolutely love going outside and standing under the terrace’s roof with a…

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