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Monday, 22 August 2011

Painting outside in the Tuscan sun

Up early and painting before the sun gets too hot. Such a lovely day in the countryside.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Handmade wall paper

I have an Italian artist friend called Leonardo Magnani who moved to london last year and has started to make hand painted wall paper. It is fantastic work, I love his style. He was recently commissioned to design some new wall paper for a beauty salon in East london, which I think looks awesome.

Check out his website to see the examples of his amazing work!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Home made Scotch eggs

We arrived in Cornwall on Saturday and have been enjoying the fresh air and country walks. Unfortunately the weather has not been the usual Cornish sunshine and blue skies, but we have still braved the waves (without wetsuits!) and found it was not as cold, once we were in, as we had initially anticipated!

Yesterday with true English, holiday spirit, we decided to plan a picnic and make some scotch eggs, for a treat to eat outside in the drizzly rain!

This morning, I walked down to the local farm shop to buy some delicious sausages for our scotch eggs. I left the house, with the eggs boiling on the hob and Nicholas, under strict instructions, to remember to turn them off! Luckily, when I got back he had done it and the eggs were cooling in cold water. He had even done some washing up!

Ingredients- Makes two

275g sausage meat
3 slices of bread
3 eggs
tsp dried herbs
salt and pepper

Step 1: Boil two of the eggs (we used fresh farm eggs!) for 9 minutes. Once boiled, pour out the hot water and leave the eggs to cool in some more cold water.

Step 2: Shell the eggs and roll in some flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper and a pinch of herbs.

Step 3: Take the bread and either with your hands (more rustic) or with a magimix, make bread crumbs.

Step 4: Remove the sausage meat from the skin of the sausage. Season and mush together with your hands. Divide into two equal parts and place on a plate, flatting the meat down.

Step 5: Put the boiled egg on top of the meat and wrap the sausage around it. Pat together into a ball, with your hands.

Step 6: Crack the last egg into a little mug and whisk with a fork. Next, take an egg brush and glaze the sausage meat with whisked egg.

Step 7: Mix the herbs with the bread crumbs and sprinkle all over the scotch eggs. I repeated the egg glaze over the first layer of breadcrumbs and went for it again. I think it covers them better and helps to get them more crispy!

Step 8: Heat up a baking try for 10 minutes at 180 degrees, with some sunflower oil and then place the scotch eggs into the tray.

Step 9:  Cook for 25 minutes at a medium heat, turning occasionally. For quicker results you can simply fry them on the hob.