I know I’ve mentioned Woods Ware Beryl on more than one occasion, but this post gives you a little bit of information about Beryl’s sisters Iris and Jasmine.
Beryl was manufactured by Woods during the Second World War in response to strict utility standards meaning things must be manufactured cheaply and made to last.
Tons of Beryl was churned out, and she was soon joined by Iris and Jasmine – two more colourways. Beryl is known for being plain and simple although I always think if you look closely you’ll notice some little Art Deco details. I’d always favoured Beryl but recently I’ve started picking up bits of Iris and Jasmine too as I think these three ladies look rather stunning all together.
I bought a big big stack of Beryl recently, and once I’d weeded out the bits I wanted to keep I set about selling and swapping the other bits for Iris and Jasmine. I’ve also been given a dresser that needs some TLC and I think it’ll be a great home for my ladies. More on that later…
It is with a pastel hued longing I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!
Suddenly Spring is here and it’s nearly Easter! My little man is gorgeous but he’s quite the time waster! Between playing with him, snuggling him and the actual job of caring for him (not to mention the amount of cleaning and laundry he contributes to) I don’t seem to have time for much else!
We have family visiting for the Easter weekend which I’m really looking forward to. I like spending holidays with family and it seems all the more appropriate now I have a little one – I want him to know and cherish his extended family, so it’s good to start early.
I’ve been menu planning this week and chose a rather drizzly day to try out some recipes.
I decided it was time I tried an old favourite – Lemon Possett. I first heard of this in an episode of The Box of Delights. After an icy dip in a river, one of the children asks the maid if she can make him a possett to eat. Having done some research it seems the possett has changed a little over the years. It is definitely vintage – dating back to medieval times when it was a warm milky drink, whereas today it’s somehow become a smooth creamy dessert.
It’s a very easy thing to make. Just three ingredients, only a few minutes of preparation – and allow a few hours to chill of course. I used James Martin’s recipe (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemonpossetwithlemon_85812) but there doesn’t seem to be much variation in methods. There are a few different flavours – I plan to try the orange and the rhubarb versions!
I served it in my Woodsware Iris teacups with a little shortbread biscuit on the side. Really rather pleased with the overall look. It would be a very good dinner party dessert as it can be prepared the day before, the flavour is lovely and the silky texture makes it feel like a luxurious desssert even though it’s quick and easy to make. For some reason, light, citrussy flavours seem apt for Spring, making it a perfect addition to my Easter meal.
It is with a menu planning head on I say:
It’s only Vintage but I like It!
Following a discussion during The Great british Bake Off I decided it was time I give Bakewell Tarts a go as my never-baked-it-before challenge. The Dr (my fiancé) is not a big fan of nuts in cake but he agreed it’d be ok if they were ground nuts, plus it’s a Northern cake so I had the go ahead!
Whilst looking for recipes on the BBC Good Food website (often my go-to when looking for recipes) I found this recipe:
It looked tasty and it looked easy and it had over 300 good reviews so that was enough for me!
It was super easy to make and just involved whizzing ingredients up to make the cake batter, then layering it into the tin with some fresh raspberries in-between. The Dr ate two slices and didn’t complain about the nuts so I’m calling that a success.
It seemed like a good excuse to use my new Beryl china too so I did enjoy a pot of tea with my cake. All in all a very nice experience! Of course, I still have to make the traditional Bakewell Tarts with pastry case and a layer of jam. Next weekend perhaps…
It is with a plan for the weekend I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!