Thursday, 28 June 2012

{ Interior Inspiration } Chilli Crabmeat Risotto

Risotto is my all time favourite meal! I could eat it for breakfast, dinner and tea.... if only! I always thought that it was a mega hard dish to make but I was so wrong. Here's my recipe for a simple risotto dinner.

Ingredients:
- Couple of handfuls of risotto rice (I never weigh the rice, but I'm sure there'll be guidelines for portions somewhere)
- 425ml vegetable stock
- Half a tub of chilli cream cheese
- Tin of crabmeat
- 1 garlic clove (diced finely)
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 lemon, halved

Method:
1) Heat the hob to a medium simmering level (we use number four on an electrical hob with a range between 1 and 6) 
2) Add your risotto rice to your deep pan and introduce half of your stock solution. 
3) Gently stir the rice and stock until the liquid has been completely absorbed. The rice should begin to look sticky.
4) Add your garlic.
5) Continue to add half of the stock solution, allowing it to be absorbed between instalments, until all of your stock has been used. The rice should now look much thicker than it did when you began. If you give it a try, it will have a slight crunch but be soft enough to eat comfortably.
6) Take the pan from the heat and stir in the chilli cream cheese.
7) Once completely mixed, stir in the crabmeat.
8) To garnish add the tomato and sprinkle a little lemon on top of your risotto. Dave chooses not to have lemon but I love the juice of half a lemon on top of mine.

There we have it! A very simple recipe for a tasty fresh dish. You could always adapt it using different flavours of cream cheese and varying accompaniments, such as smoked sausage or bacon.

Love and lacery,

Leah

P.S: Sorry for the absence of photos - I can't help but gobble the risotto down as soon as possible!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

{ A Snapshot } Painted Roses


The colour of this rose is just stunning! It looks like it's been in a storm of falling paint drops, or tie-dyed by an eager primary school child. Beautiful.

Love and lacery,

Leah

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

{ Craft Corner } Watercolours

With a view to expanding upon my sketching, I had a root around in a couple of boxes I have stored away in search of shading pencils and sketchbooks. In the end though, I found something much better! I stumbled across this sweet watercolour sketcher's set...


Isn't it too cute! The little watercolours can come out and be replaced by new blocks as and when required, and it even came with a compact brush. I've had a bit of a dabble with this medium before (as can be seen from the lid!) but it's always been something I have scheduled to learn in the future. However, with this handy sketcher's box, I think I'll have a bit of fun with landscapes, especially as we'll be off to Cornwall next weekend. There's something so beautiful about little watercolour scenes and images - I'm always attracted to them at markets and boutiques.

Do you have any watercolour tips for me?

Love and lacery,

Leah

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

{ Craft Corner } Artistic Flair

I've always been one who appreciated art, both in observation and production. However, for some reason or another it'd been quite some time since my last drawing - until the weekend! I was sat opposite a beautiful bouquet of lilies and found inspiration in the fantastic shapes and shades created by their enormous blooms. Thus, I set down to sketch them, using only a HB pencil and a sheet of A4 printer paper.

This is the result.


I'm really rather pleased with my creation. The time spent observing and sketching was so peaceful and the end result is of great joy to me and those other eyes that fell upon it.

I have a feeling that I'll be sketching / painting quite a bit more in the near future. I'm glad my artistic inclination has resurfaced.

Do you ever fancy sitting down and drawing something? Be it fictional or factual?

Love and lacery,

Thursday, 14 June 2012

{ Scrapbook } A Valley Walk

Last weekend Mumma and I went for a stroll along the valley in the evening light. We also walked along to the village church, found at the bottom of a rather steep hill! The landscape is so beautiful that I couldn't resist getting a few snaps.





Do you have a favourite place to visit when the sun is out?

Love and lacery,

Leah

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

{ A Snapshot } Flanders Fields

Dave and I have taken to having a relaxing stroll after dinner in the subdued light of the early evening. We're quite lucky to live in the countryside and so have a variety of routes to choose from - the reservoir, along fields, the bridleway to the next village etc. Today we chose to walk along the field to the reservoir and were pleasantly surprised to meet a field of poppies all smiling up at us. This has to be one of my favourite sights.

I couldn't help but think of Flanders Fields...

"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row 
 That mark our place; and in the sky, the larks still bravely singing, fly..."

Love and lacery,


Monday, 11 June 2012

{ Over the Weekend }

England has been sticking to its true guns this spring / summer, serving up a never ending supply of extreme weather events within the same season! After a few weeks of drought, we have now been inundated with torrential rain and flood events across the country. However, on Saturday we saw a little blue sky which did enable a little adventure! 

- Taking a walk down into the valley to admire the beautiful view and make the most of my new compact system SLR camera. The Rutland valley is truly breathtaking and the sun stayed out long enough to enable a few snaps to show the scenery. We also walked along to the village church - I do love looking at old village churches. They hold so much history and always have wonderful architecture. There'll be a scrapbook post coming up in the week to show a few more photos.
- Enjoying the floral delights of a few local stores. We've finally got enough flowers in the garden to give a good show now and the rain has helped to bring out a few of their blooms. The latest addition is a beautiful garden rose in a stained red / pink colour. It's been added to the group of terracotta pots upon the patio.
- Making a few purchases for our upcoming family holiday to Cornwall. It's so exciting! 
- Picking out recipes to try throughout the week and next weekend. So far we have a chocolate fudge cake and elderflower and lemon cupcakes on the list. I'll be sure to share the instructions if they turn out as well as hoped!

Did you get up to anything this weekend? I hope you didn't have to share of the soggy weather!

Love and lacery,

Thursday, 7 June 2012

{ Interior Inspiration } Bathroom Timepiece

The bathroom in our little house is the only room which we've re-decorated since moving in. This is partly because we rent and so have quite strict rules about what we can change within the space but we're also a little reluctant about changing interior aspects which we'll then leave behind when we move. However, the paint work in the bathroom was appalling and so we decided to dab our brushes and improve the room. After an evening of hard work, we were really pleased with the change. Since then we've added a new mirror and a selection of photos / seaside themed items but after a few months now we've realised we're lacking a clock - solely for convenience purposes of course!

With this in mind, i've been on the lookout for something suitable but have had no luck thus far. There's just been nothing that has really caught my eye and made me picture the wall with it purchased snugly upon it. This, along with my little adventure with sea debris to form a picture frame, has got me thinking about making a timepiece for our little wash room. I'm thinking of using sea glass for the hours and maybe driftwood running from the centre to each hour (imagine a spider's web design with a central area which spokes run out from).

Will have to see what spurs the imagination when we're walking along the Cornwall beach next month! Or wether we can find a clock in one of the fabulous boutique shops in the seaside county.

Have you ever made your own clock?

Love and lacery,


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

{ Garden-spiration }

I just can't stop buying flowers and pretty garden accessories! Over the past couple of weeks, our garden has gained a whole host of differing floral adornments including Lupin, Poppies, Hydrangea, Columbine, Foxgloves, Petunias, Dianthus and Rhododendron... to name but a few! It's such a nice way to spend the time - wandering around garden centres or picking out spots for specific flowers or planning what's next on the list.

Our most recent adventure took us to Scotsdales (a fantastic garden centre / nursery / gift emporium within a 10 minute drive of our house). Dave picked out a little cactus collection and decided on some gardening tools, which we've needed for a while.

Watching buds turn to great splashes of colour and intricate petal formations is just so fantastic. There are still a couple of gaps and a little selection of 'wish-list' flowers that might be looked at as the summer wears on. The prospects are exciting and it's a intriguing way to express creativity.

Do you take an interest in gardening? Or proon a little terrace garden or window box?

Love and lacery,