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SushiAtHome

posted by Natalie Paddick

I Like Sushi .... But it is one of those things that when I have it ... Well it can be a bit boring .... I am no connoisseur of Sushi for any of you that might take issue with the boring comment... But you need something to 'perk' it up ... Don't you find?

Sushi is the easiest thing to make and it has to be said it looks elegant on a plate ... So I like to add this recipe below for a dunking experience ... Please bear in mind that we are not dippers in this family... I offer a spoon to drizzle the sauce over the Sushi ...  Just saying !!... 

Dunking Sauce... 

 

Cucumber peeled, de-seeded & quartered...

Cider vinegar [or what ever you have] ...

Brown Sugar... 

Light Soy Sauce...

Mirin Sauce ...

Crushed Chillies ...

Thinly sliced Spring Onion ...

Mix the above all together, to taste & sprinkle with toasted white sesame seeds .. 

It is yummy on the Sushi ... Happy Bank Holiday ... XX

 


Christmas.2018

posted by Natalie Paddick

This Christmas .. I just wanted to do something different, something that was in keeping with the environmental feelings of not creating more waste ... All round it has been a different kind of year.. So on a walk with my husband we came across a 9ft Ash branch in the undergrowth around the moat at the beautiful Wells Cathedral. It was naturally a bit wet and covered in lichen and bald! So my husband retrieved it and brought it home. Normally we have a 7ft chunky Spruce, which is beautiful, traditional and takes over a lot of space but has enough branches to house most of our now large collection of decorations...

So time for change ... First issue to find a container to work with the skeletal dancing limbs of the tree. A good old 'rootle' around the cupboards and a perfect solution an old terracotta bread bin... Filled with off white gravel, which cost £3.29, which we will repatriate to the garden come the New Year ... No waste there... It also secures the tree beautifully in place.... 


I chose decorations from Christmas box, ones that I thought would work with the design on these bare branches, but it needed a splash of colour... So a ball of red wool threaded through red, silver and black baubles and tied with a bow added to the design with a scattering of decorations taken from our large box of goodies. The wool cost £2.50. 

The delightful effect was finished off with the feel of festive icicles created from a beaded strings that I usually use to create shaped loops on our Spruce... Overall cost of our Christmas tree £5.79. Not bad!

What fun in the hallway... I am a habitual reader of glossy magazines, so with the aid of my trusty guillotine and a bit of tape I quickly made an enormous Christmas paper chain ... You can choose your colours to match your design ... I like the dramatic ... Sort of Versace look against the white background ... And look at those shadows .... Such a good look...

 

So all in all a simple designs for pennies ... I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year ... x 


 

 


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