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Chilling Our Boots with a Homemade Raspberry & Choc Ice Cream Recipe

rasp-choc

It’s still very much trial and error with my attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden. We’re enjoying it though. My friend Lou told me that raspberries grow easily so of course I rushed out and bought a plant last year – and she was right. They do.

Hoe Grown Raspberries

Betsey loves them and there’s nothing nicer than popping outside and helping ourselves to a few organic raspberries – and I seriously don’t want to waste any of them. In fact, I’d go as far to say that I’m obsessed with not wasting anything that we’ve grown. It tastes so good and we’ve spent so long nurturing everything. I probably sound like that lady with the dungarees from the 70s sitcom ‘ The Good Life ‘  – but we have a long way to go before we have pigs roaming in the garden.

Home Made Ice Cream

Anyway, we decided that as we have practically been melting in the heat this week it would be a good time to use our new ice cream maker and try out our own simple recipe for raspberry and dark chocolate ice cream with fresh mint. As we have sampled it and like it a lot..  ( it’s so intensely fruity ) – thought you might like it for yourself ? You don’t actually need a machine to make this but if you do have one  – saves a little bit of time. It’s really quick and easy.

Ice Cream RecipeIce Cream Recipe on Lucy Loves Ya

Ingredients.

1 and a half cups of raspberries.

200 ml  extra thick double cream.

75 g white sugar.

40 g dark chocolate chopped into small pieces.

1/ 4 teaspoon of vanilla bean extract.

a few sprigs of fresh mint to decorate.

Method.

Puree 1 cup of raspberries and chop most of the other ones in to little pieces – adding them a bit later in to the ice cream mix for texture and also save a few for topping.

Add the sugar, chopped raspberries and vanilla extract to the puree and mix together. Then add the chocolate, saving a few pieces back. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 mins.

Next put it on the ice cream maker or mix steadily until the consistency has thickened a little. Pour it in to a bowl suitable for the freezer and then sprinkle the last few bits of chocolate over the top.

Pop it in to the freezer, ideally over night but for at least 4 hours. You have ice cream !

Raspberry ice cream recipe

To serve  – add a few fresh mint leaves and raspberries to the top – it looks nice and colourful but also adds lovely flavour.

If you try it out – hope you enjoy it – do let me know how you get on ?

Have a good one.

Lucy x

Three Bedroom Moodboards for a Makeover

Pinks & Blues Moodboard

Apologies for the radio silence these last few weeks here on my blog. I have been updating my social media but have had this weird virus so the energy levels have been a little low. However – feeling loads better now.

Enough of that though … on to brighter things.

A new look bedroom is on the horizon. In fact, I’m not sure you’ve ever seen my bedroom before but you will once it has had a little makeover. My mind has been buzzing with possibilities. I know for sure that I want to change the flooring from carpet to wood. I think it will make the room feel more in keeping with the style of the house. We have wooden floors downstairs too so as long as we have some good felt underlay underneath it will be soundproof and add more character to the room. In the long term it will be more practical too.

Realising how important the floor will be to the overall scheme, I have teamed up with flooring brand Quick-Step who are leaders in their field, to discuss how my final choice of floor will impact on the look and feel of the bedroom.

I have lots of Quick-step samples to choose from as they manufacture all sorts of trend-lead flooring including luxury vinyl, hardwood and laminate – However, for my bedroom, and we are going for their hardwood collection which is in fact engineered wood flooring, which comes with many benefits. It looks fantastic and also offers the same appearance of solid wood due to its real wood top layer. It’s very easy to install which is good, plus it’s hardwearing and easy to look after – which is just what we need. Our local flooring fitter has also given it the thumbs up, so I’m sold and looking forward to getting started.

Next comes the ideas for colours and textures. Still in the early stages but I have had some fun picking out my favourite samples and seeing what palettes might work with them. Quick-Step has a huge selection to suit everyone’s taste, from trend leading greys and whites, to more traditional browns and golden tones, so I wasn’t short on choice.

Bedroom Boudoir.

The first one above is from the ‘ Compact range ‘. I like the idea of similar coloured floors to downstairs so that it flows well from room to room. It also means that they can be painted if we ever decide to.

Pink & Blue Moodboard

The soft shades compliment it and hopefully give a restful and feminine feel ( sorry, Andy ).

Blue & Pink Moodboard Close Up

I think the colours would be more in the bedding with white walls. A stronger turquoise to pull it all together and a little splash of gold to add warmth and a bit of opulence. :)

 

Green 7 Yellow Moodboard

Green and Serene… Almost.

Yellow is very much on trend at the moment but I love it all the time whether it is or isn’t. Of course in a bedroom you don’t necessarily want too much as it is a stimulating colour but
maybe a chair covered or an art print or two will make it cheery and lovely to wake up to. Some earthy green  – maybe a plant or I can make some blinds with botanical prints. Gentle pinks always seems to sit nicely alongside these two colours.

Green Yellow Moadboard

The white washed floor is Quick-Steps’  Castello ‘ range and I really love it. With white walls it will make a very light and peaceful room. You can see the grain of the wood still which is really appealing too.

Green & Yellow Moodboard

What do you think of this colour – way ? I’d love to find a vintage style brass lamp to complete the look.

Beach Hut Moodboard Inspiration

Beside the Seaside.

Obviously a seaside inspired room was going to make its way on to my blog wasn’t it ? If not for Andy and I  then it would suit one of the girls’ rooms.

Beach Hut Moodboard Textures

I think the rustic feel of the wooden flooring here also helped to conjure visions of stripes and pastel hues. It is from the ‘ Imperio ‘ range at Quick-Step and is described as ‘ rough white oak ‘  – the texture is lovely to touch.

Beach huts and rainbow colours always remind me of fun family days so it would be a happy haven to retreat to.

A striped duvet set or some wallpaper would definitely add a coastal element.

Beach Hut Moodboard

Blue and white is probably the most popular combination but I don’t think I would be able to resist the odd pop of yellow or pink – or both.

So now the big question  – which is your favourite – or do you have your own idea of what would look good ? Do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Keep your eyes peeled for the finished bedroom – and in the meantime I also have an updated design area nearly finished too ..

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step. All opinions are my own.

Sweetpea & Willow – 10 Year Anniversary …

Sweetpea & Willow Lansdown 3 seater sofa in Azure velvet from £3290, Eicholtz Asscher nickel coffee table £1495 (4)

Today I want to share with you,  some rather gorgeous pieces of furniture. I’ll start with this one because, as I think I’ve said it before – my favourite colour is turquoise or in this case ‘ Azure ‘.  It looks so inviting in this room and it might just be be because those seat cushions are extra deep for comfort.

The Landsdowne Modular Sofa and all the other pieces on this post are from Sweetpea & Willow who are actually celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. You may well know of them already – they have a huge showroom in London as well as an online store. They are a name that I am familiar with for good quality, high end french furniture and home and garden accessories and I love their ” Handmade in London ” section.

I have noticed that they evolve along with the trends and colour palettes of each year but always know their own style and do it really well.

Sweetpea & Willow Vintage Rose Berkley collection armchair ú1495, antique mercury glass lamp ú195, Eicholtz connor side table ú1195 (7)

Vibrant pink and gold. I’m sold. The Vintage Rose Berkley armchair here with its deep buttons and fixed studs is dreamy. It’s designed and made by Sweetpea & Willow with responsibly sourced hardwood frames. It comes in different fabrics and sizes from the armchair all the way up to a 4 seater.  Really, really like this and am now wondering how I can make it appear in my living room sometime soon. Hmm. Funnily enough I have been looking for a new standing lamp and this one is great for reading.

 

Sweetpea & Willow Bancroft 3 seater sofa in silver from ú2980, Bancroft armchair in silver from ú1580, Bancroft footstool in silver from ú685Sweetpea & Willow Bancroft armchair in silver from ú1580 (2)More neural tones for a tranquil space, with these pieces from Sweetpea & Willow and some splashes of dramatic hues. My eyes are drawn straight in to that lovely glass Eichholtz tray.

Sweetpea & Willow St Jorges Bed in Platinum fromú2265 (kingsize) (4)

I’m not sure that I would ever leave this St Jorge Bed. I think if choosing a fabric I would have it made up in the cotton but you can also get it made in silk ( wow ) linens and velvets ( double wow ). A bed is usually the centre piece for a bedroom and something we don’t change regularly so – it’s important to have one that you love getting in to. After all we spend about 26 years of our life sleeping, apparently.

Sweetpea
  1. Jonathan Charles Artanis Four Shelves Unit. 2. Columbo Desk Lamp. 3 Double Jeu Opiat Cushion  4. Gold Good Vibes Only Picture 5. Gold Top Pineapple Jar 6. Barbara Bronze Chair 7. True Grace Black Lili Candle 8. Golden Base Viola Vase 9. Alexandra Side Table 10. Eichholtz Mirror Cheyenne

Here is my wishlist on some current Sweetpea & Willow items. As you can see – I’m all about the gold at the moment. It adds warmth to a room but is super glamorous too. I’ve always been a huge fan of tropical prints and interiors and glad to see they have a selection of luscious pineapple products including the jar .. but do check out their book ends too. I will definitely be buying the ‘ Good Vibes Only ‘ picture.. I think it says it all for a happy home.

How do you like Sweetpea & Willow’s style ? I recommend checking their garden ranges out too …

 … and are you with me on the Wishlist ? Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Sweetpea & Willow. All opinions are my own.

Palms Trees, A Sri Lankan Monkfish Curry Recipe and Coconuts.

The Elephant Stamp Napkins

After the last curry recipe here on my blog, I figured another one might go down as well. You all seemed to like it and the feedback I received was ace.

Thankfully my clever Dad was very happy to oblige and came up with a recipe for a Sri Lankan style curry and let me tell you – it is good. I ate it all and then scraped the plate clean at the end.

I also thought it would be a great opportunity to try out my lovely new napkins and matching cushions. They’re really tropical and match the curry theme perfectly, don’t you think ?

If you don’t know of them already – I’d like to share a bit of background info about The Elephant Stamp who I received my Safomasi tropical textiles from –   and then I will move on to the recipe and a tasty non alcoholic cocktail too.

Monkfish Curry

If you love homeware that has a story to tell then The Elephant Stamp online store will be right up your street.

They personally selects all of their homeware designs by global brands. The printed illustrations are inspired by places such as Devon, The Netherlands but then further afield in Kerala ( I have a feeling this is where my napkins and cushion print inspirations are taken from ) and they even have hand embroidered items from Women Artisans in Mexico. All very beautiful.

Elephant Stamp Cushion

The Elephant Stamp’s aim is to connect us to the maker of each piece and to understand the origin –  which also will helpfully enable them to carry on making their carefully, well made products for a long time to come … Which is good news for us all.

They sell some beautiful throws that I am sorely tempted by. Do check them out.

Sri Lankan Curry

Now on to the Sri Lankan Monkfish Curry recipe.

If you’d like to give it a go then here is what you will need. This should serve 4.

1 kilo Monkfish – diced, skinned and de – boned.

Turmeric powder.

1 red onion – thinly sliced.

2 tablespoons groundnut oil ( you could use sunflower oil instead )

3 medium sized tomatoes – well chopped.

1 teaspoon seasalt, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 teaspoon grated root ginger, chilli flakes, ground cumin seeds, ground black pepper seeds, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 inch cinnamon stick, handful fresh curry leaves, 1 tablespoon of tamarind water ( you can find this online or in some supermarkets )

1 litre –  coconut milk.

1 lime.

Rice – enough for 4 people.

Coriander, extra lime pieces and 1 grated coconut to garnish.

NB: Keep the shell of your coconut for serving your cocktail  – you will need 6 ice cubes, coconut milk ( you will already have enough from the carton from the curry recipe )  and 3 mugs of fresh pineapple juice.

 

Monkfish Curry Recipe copy

Method

Marinate the monkfish in a light powdering of turmeric for 10 minutes and then set aside.

Heat the oil gradually and then add the onion and fry until soft. Add the tomatoes and fry together with the onion until well blended. Now add the salt, crushed garlic clove, grated root ginger, chilli flakes, ground cumin seeds, ground black pepper seeds and sugar. Also the add the cinnamon stick plus a handful of fresh curry leaves  and a level tablespoon of tamarind water. Stir well  before adding a full mug of coconut milk and stir well until all well mixed together.

Now introduce the marinated monkfish and cook gently for for only a few minutes until it is tender. Finally add the juice of one squeezed lime.

If you are cooking this to eat with rice – prepare and boil the rice ready to co – ordinate with the curry being ready to eat.

Monkfish Sri Lankan Curry

Plate up your meal and then dress with coriander, extra lime pieces and some grated coconut.

Pina Colada

All you need now is a refreshing drink to have with your curry – so blend the ice cubes or crush if you don’t have a blender with the coconut milk and pineapple juice  and serve in the left over coconut shells. Add some straws  – and you’re away !

Pina Colada Non Alcoholic

Hope you enjoy this recipe by my Dad, if you do try it out –  and love my new napkins and cushions from The Elephant Stamp as much as I do ?

Any questions or comments – leave me a comment under this post and I will get right back to you.

Have a good one.

Lucy x

The cushions and napkins were gifted to me by The Elephant Stamp. All opinions are my own.

 

How to Make a Colourful Terrarium

Terranium

It has been a manic weekend. A good one none the less. More on that at the end of this post … :)

As it has been half term this week just gone, we spent a bit of time making things. Now the girls are that bit older – things like play doh and colouring in don’t really cut the mustard so much.

So, I thought it was about time, as they are always admiring the succulent collection in our home, that they made their own terrariums. We have some glass sweetie bowls left over from the wedding a few years ago so these are perfect   – just needed the contents for the inside.

I’ve written a little tutorial because it was really fun and thought it might be useful if anyone is thinking of making one for themselves. It’s really easy and at the end of it you have something colourful and easy to look after. Honestly, if I can keep these plants alive – anyone can !

Adding Stones

You will need:

A glass terrarium or something that resembles one. Even a large used jam jar will do the trick.

Some medium sized stones from the garden or wherever you can find them. Depends on the size of the glass container – if it’s small then smaller stones.

We have also used 1 bag of colourful ( of course ! ) aquarium gravel  – you can use this or plain if preferred.

1 bag of suitable terrarium soil – we used one with added charcoal to keep it fresh  – I found some online.

1 bag of terrarium moss.

Several plants ( that will depend on how many you need ) They will need to be suitable for your type of terrarium. Check on this before buying.

Fun bits to decorate the plants. Whatever you fancy !  ( Optional ).

Tongs if you have a slim glass terrarium – to add your decoration at the end.

Some succulent scissors to keep the plants looking fabulous for the future.

All of this should make you at least two terrariums, dependant on the sizes.

 

Adding Stones Terranium Stones

First – add the bigger stones to the base of the terrarium. Then add in the gravel and mix it up together. As these are coloured I wanted that to be a feature so we added quite a lot but less is fine if preferred.

The ratio can either be same stones as soil or 1/3 stones and 2/3 soil.

Then put in the soil and make holes for the plants that you will put in next.

Potting the Succulent Plant in

Make sure you make enough room to plant them and then pop them in to the soil. Ensure  you look after the roots while removing them from their plastic pots and don’t pull them away from the plant by mistake.

Adding Moss to Terrarium

Once they are in – pat the soil all around so it is firmly in place and then grab some moss and pull it apart before applying it all around the plants. Pat it in. so that it is below them.

Lego Friends!Succulents

Add your decoration. We chose some of lego friends and some kitsch birds to complete them.

Birds in a Terranium

They only need watering about once a week, so very low maintenance. A sprite of water a few times a week will keep them looking lovely and healthy too.

If you would like to add any tips to this DIY or want to just say hi – do leave me a comment under this post or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you.

As I was saying at the beginning of the post – It has been these last few days  – we popped to Manchester to see our   Daddio hard at work and watch Coldplay at Etihad Stadium. You can see the colour inspired pics from the set pics over on my Instagram page.

Have a good day.

Lucy x