Monday, 28 February 2011

Hunibun Bakery.

Hunibun Bakery is the name of a cute new cafe in our village, it sells absolutely gorgeous  cupcakes for only £1 each and lovely,lovely coffee and lots of other delicious cakey treats too.
And the best bit....they're allowing us to hold our Monday morning 'Stitch 'n' Bitch' there!!
Yay!!! 
Its lovely sat hooking away and gossiping in such lovely surroundings.









   
The lovely lady who bakes the cakes there has promised to make me some vegan cupcakes so that I'm not sat in a fit of jealous sulking while everyone else tucks into the lovely cakes!!!
If any one wants to join us at our 'Stitch 'n' Bitch' group, its monday mornings 10 am onwards at Hunibun Bakery Church Street, Darton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Em xxxxx

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Emma Loves.....

I think Beki has come up with a winner with her 'loves lists...'
So here are my current obsessions!!

1. Dandelion and Burdock, my drink of choice for our crafty Saturday night get togethers.


 2. Neil Oliver, I am loving his 'History of Ancient Britain' series on BBC 2.


 3. This gorgeous ring which I'm soooo tempted to buy...its so green and spring-like!
      find it and lots more lovelies here .


 4. The 'Earths Children' series of books by Jean.M.Auel, I've read them all before and am currently re-reading and thoroughly enjoying them again.

 
Hope you're all having great weekends.
Em xxxxxx 

Friday, 25 February 2011

Red Pepper, rocket and Tomato Soup.

I'm a bit of a soup fiend...I usually just chop up any old veg We have lying around and chuck it all in the pan and cross my fingers and hope that it tastes nice!!

But yesterday when I spotted a load of those long pointy red peppers reduced in my local co-op along with reduced rocket I knew immediately what I wanted to make.
The shop where Mica works part time sells homemade soup and their red pepper and tomato soup is delicious so I really wanted to make one of my own just as nice.


So...
Fry 2 chopped onions in a little oil,
Add 6 chopped red peppers
When softened add 2x tins of chopped tomatoes
1/2 pint of vegetable stock
pinch of mixed herbs
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of 'lazy chillies'
Large glug of tomato sauce
Approx 2/3 of a bag of rocket
Lots of black pepper (to taste)

Simmer for 15 mins then liquidise until a lumpy consistency is achieved.

Serve with ciabatta...yummy!!!


 I was really, really pleased with this soup and wont be buying anymore from Mica's work now!!!

Have a lovely weekend.
Em xxxxxxx

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Its All About Me, Me, Me!!!

I saw this on Lucy's blog and couldn't resist telling you yet more useless facts about myself!!

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I don't think so, I'm pretty sure my parents just liked the name Emma.

2.  WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
About half an hour ago after watching the film 'Stardust' ,the ending never fails to make me blub.   


3. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes I have three lovely daughters, Kia aged 21, Mica aged 19 and Evangeline aged 8. I'm not a great fan of kids but my girls are the best!



4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON,WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF YOURSELF?
 Of course I would, I'd be so impressed by my taste in books, films and music ...I'd have so much in common with myself!

 5. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
 Yes I'm a sarcastic bugger through and through!


6. WILL YOU EVER TRY BUNGEE JUMPING?
 No thank you, I rather enjoy being alive!!

7. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
 Until I became vegan I didn't eat cereal because I hate milk, but I find soya milk is bearable so I'm really into museli now especially ones with lots of interesting fruit and lots of nuts in them.


8. WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
 I'd be a liar and I think most other people would be too if they didn't say 'how someone looks/dresses' is what they notice first about a person. But if its a picture of a face I'm usually drawn to the eyes first, theres nothing more attractive than dark,heavily lashed eyes.
 
9. WHAT IS YOUR EYE COLOUR?
 Blue.

10. SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
 Gosh I like both..although I'm constantly disappointed by the lack of scariness in films. A good cry-worthy happy ending is always fun too, but I like films with grim, bleak endings where all you feel at the end is emptiness and despair!

11. FAVOURITE SMELLS?
 Abroad outside at night! lime, bergamot, roses, patchouli and newly sawn wood mmmmm.

12. SUMMER OR WINTER?
 Summer definitely, I love the sunshine. Nothing makes me happier than spending time out in the warm summer sun.


13. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
 Computer wins hands down, I love the internet its an amazing resource where I can research anything I'm interested in, buy things, look how to make things, play games, make friends etc etc 


14. WHAT'S THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME?
 The Dominican Republic in January 2008. We had a nightmare flight on the way there, as we went in to land there was a storm blowing up around the airport and the pilot pulled out of the landing twice at the last possible second. We circled the airport very bumpily for an hour and a half before finally landing.
There were lots of very very upset and scared people on board the flight, one of them was my partner Scott, he was not at all interested when I had my 'Lost epiphany' where I thought I'd sussed out the ending of Lost (incidentally I was wrong).
Our holiday was great but it sort of put Scott off long haul flights.






15. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?
 I dont know...what is classed as a special talent? I could talk crap for Britain and my amazing armchair organising is legendary in my family!!


16. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
 Shipley in West Yorkshire.


17. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
 Crochet, photography, reading, World of Warcraft, sewing, cooking, drawing, travelling.


18. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
 Yes a dopey black cat called CoCo, she's a bit dim-witted but she's the most loving friendly cat ever and she's gorgeous and smells lovely too.
We have sea monkeys too...does that count?



19. FAVOURITE MOVIE?
 Requiem For A Dream...the last 30 minutes of this film are meant to be amongst the most harrowing cinematic 30 minutes ever!
Its a truly brilliant film and deserves all the recognition it gets.
I also love 'Stand By Me' but that makes me cry more than any other film ever, even just chatting about it brings tears to my eyes.





20. DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS?
 Yes I am the oldest of five, theres Marc, Jody, Ruby and Hermione all under their big sisters rule!!


21. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
 An explorer or an archaeologist.



I'm not tagging anyone, if you want to do this quiz I'll come along to your blog and have a nosy afterwards!!


Em xxxx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Nut Roast Anyone?

Someone recently gave me an idea to make a quick and easy vegan nut roast.
I tried it out and improved it to my own taste and its deeeee-licious...


Dry fry a couple of tbsps of each..pine nuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds until toasted.
Fry 2 onions chopped and as much or as little garlic as you like.
Make up one packet of stuffing mix adding a big tsp of marmite and one veg oxo  crushed up.
mix all ingredients together with a packet of ready to eat beluga lentils and a good splash of oil to bind
Season with salt and pepper to tast.
Bake in a loaf tin for about 45 mins at 180C
Crisp top under grill for a few minutes before serving.

We ate ours on a bed of beetroot salad and it was lovely!

Em xxxx

Monday, 21 February 2011

Happy Birthday Mim..

The first proper day of the half term holidays and my daughter Mica's 19th birthday.
For reasons lost in the depths of time Mica is usually referred to as Mim, Mimobot or Meetle in our family.
She celebrated in style on Friday night with her friends (I've seen the evidence on facebook!) and spent Saturday in Manchester, then today her actual birthday she came along to our Monday morning 'Stitch 'n' Bitch'.












As you can see from the pictures there was a whole load of tapestry, crochet and colouring in going on this morning along with lots of coffee and tea drinking and lots of breakfasts and cakes eaten!

Em xxxx

Friday, 18 February 2011

7 Things You Really Shouldn't Know About Me...

 Taz at Ratbag has thrown down the gauntlet and tagged me to tell you 7 things you really shouldn't know about me.


1. I am an incessant doodler...I doodle on everything and anything, I've even been known to doodle on my clothes or hands when I don't have paper to hand!!


2. I always kiss my cat at bedtime and I like to sniff her too as she always smells lovely.


3. As a child I grew up worrying about having a big ball of chewing gum with finger nails sticking out of it sitting in my stomach as I bit my nails and always swallowed chewing gum!


4. I love love love crocs and I don't care who knows it!!!


5. My all time favourite food is those big fat, bright green, marrowfat processed peas, I even like to eat them cold out of the tin.


6. When I was pregnant with my middle child I craved rubbery flavoured water and bought a nice new hot-water bottle just so I could drink water from it!
 7. Theres a man on TV who is better than all the vampires who are currently being obsessed about...and I looooove him....its The Doctor!



Have a great weekend.
Em xxxx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bite Me!

So after my comments about keeping vampires away by eating lots of garlicky tapanade it seems quite a few of you have taken a shine to the bloodsuckers!!

So I've decided to post a few vampire pictres and take a vote on who you'd like to bite you the most!!!

1. Eric Northman - from 'True Blood'

Very popular choice in my family!

 2. Bill Compton - from 'True Blood'

The most well mannered vampire I've ever seen!
3. Edward Cullen - from The 'Twilight' saga.

Teenage girls and Twilight moms choice.
 4. John Mitchell - from 'Being Human'

My personal favourite.
5. David - from 'The Lost Boys' 

Looking for the retro vote!!
6. Louis and Lestat - from 'Interview With The Vampire'

For that Southern Creole vibe!
 7. Count Dracula - from Transylvannia and countless vampire films!

For the more mature ladies!!

So...who is your favourite?
 I'm off now to eat some more tapanade!
Em xxx

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Vampires???....Don't Bother.

In my never ending quest to be healthier and of course my new vegan diet I need some yummy snacks that excite me a bit more than chopped up fruit or veg...
So I made my own tapanade....spread it on thin crackers and 'Hey Presto' both delicious and has the added bonus of containing so much garlic that no vampires will come within 10 miles of me!!


If anyone is interested in making some of their own here's what I did.

Chop 1 red onion
Crush about 5 cloves of garlic (more or less depending on taste/ proximity to vampires).
 Add to liquidiser containing 
1 can of chopped tomatoes with some of the juice drained off.
1 medium sized jar of drained and pitted black olives.

Blitz until only slightly lumpy, add salt to taste and spread on whatever you like!

Em xxxx

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Tent Stitch...Half Cross stitch...who Bloody Cares Stitch!!

Hello Bloggy-verse, I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
I don't know if its just me but the weather seems a little warmer and I saw loads of snowdrops as I was on my way home earlier today...could spring be finally on its way?

Anyways onwards and upwards...
As I mentioned in my last post I was going to talk about tapestry in my next post...so here goes.
When I was about 12 my gran gave me a part done tapestry that she hadn't bothered to finish and I muddled through it myself and think I made an alright job of it.
Anyways I've always fancied doing another tapestry but never got around to it until I ordered a tapestry cushion cover a few weeks ago...
Its loads bigger than I expected and..eeek there are so many colour changes and similar colours, but I'm off to a relatively good start I think.





As I'm having to concentrate a lot more than i would do if I were crocheting I have developed the skill of listening to the television rather than watching it...I can now sit through an entire episode of 'Emmerdale' without glancing at the screen once and still know who said what to who!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Em xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

February Bookworm

Not a right lot of time to read recently until a bad cold the past few days made me want to do nothing but sit and mope with lots of Lemsip and black coffee (not in the same cup) and a good book!!
So my very short recent reading list is as follows.

1. Michael Faber- Crimson Petal and The White.


I got this monster of a book from  Lynda 
as part of my advent swap parcel back in december.


Its the incredible story of a prostitute 'Sugar' and her rise in the world with the help of the head of  perfume/soap company heir William Rackham.
Not is all as it seems though, the book really delves into the minds of the numerous interesting  characters and eeks out all their little neurosis.
The attention to detail is incredible, I could at times almost smell the filthy backstreets of victorian London.
I have read that some people found this book a bit distasteful because of the very graphic descriptions of various things such as the prostitutes contraceptive ritual, but in my opinion whilst the descriptions might have made me go 'eeew' a couple of times it did nothing but add to the overall effect of the book.
The ending was a little abrupt and  rather sad and poignant, I'd love to know what happened next!!!


Overall a brilliant read...thanks Lynda!


Alison Weir - The Lady Elizabeth.


The first book I've ever read by this author.
The story of the early life of Queen Elizabeth I.
Apparently most of the content of this book is based either on historical fact or on historical rumour and gossip!
This book tells the story in great detail of Elizabeths life from just after her mother is executed to the moment she becomes queen.
It deals with her troubled relationships with both her father and her sister Mary, who eventually becomes queen and spends most of her reign trying to find ways to find Elizabeth guilty of high treason and execute her!
I really enjoyed this and will definitely read Alison Weir's other novel.


I also read the first in the Manga Battle Royale series.

 Its been a very, very long time since I last read a graphic novel and whilst I absolutely loved the film I was not at all impressed by this book.

How cute is this???


I got this in my advent swap parcel too and I've kept a note of every book I've read so far this year in it!!


Thats all for now.
Back soon with a tapestry in progress.
Em xxxx