Spicy Vegetable Bread

Here's another savoury recipe that is great for a lunch box snack.


115 g (4 oz) wholemeal plain flour
115 g (4 oz) plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.25 tsp salt
60 g (2 oz) butter
115 g (4 oz) grated zucchini
90 g (3 oz) grated carrot
1 tblsp chopped fresh rosemary
70 g (2.5 oz) grated Parmesan
1 egg
3 tblsp mayonnaise
3 tblsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tblsp sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 190 C (375F), Gas No 5.
Mix flours, baking power and salt together and rub in the butter.

Add zucchini, carrot, rosemary and 3/4 of parmesan.

Beat together the egg, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce.

Pour into the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Spoon into a greased and lined 1 kg (2 lb) loaf tin. Smooth the surface level.

Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and sesame seeds.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, bread should be still moist.

Best served warm.

This bread is so tasty - crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside!

If you liked this recipe, see what other recipes I have shared here.

A Crochet Owl

I've been doing some more crochet practice this week and made this cute little owl!

I used this great tutorial from Bunny Mummy.  It used only stitches that I've already learned, and what I loved most about the tutorial was that it had both pictures and written steps.

I think I did pretty well, other than miscounting the ear part at the top of one part. Can you see it looks a bit wonky on the left side?

Still, overall I'm very pleased with my owl. 
I'm going to call him Barry!

So far it's a motley collection of bits and pieces I've made.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all these things yet, but I shall keep everything I make over the year and hopefully can see my progress as the weeks and months go by!

Mini Pop-up Fabric Baskets

These baskets are so cute, useful and easy to make. 

The larger versions are great as thread catchers for 'travelling' sewing!  But the smaller versions I made are perfect for holding earrings in for safety.  My girls both recently had their ears pierced but have to take their earrings out when they play hockey on the turf a couple of times a week, so I thought they might like one each for that!

I made them using this YouTube video tutorial from AngiesBitsandPieces.  The video is about 12 minutes long and is very clear and easy to understand.  It's mostly made using hand-stitching, only one seam stitched by machine.  I also later found an earlier version of this tutorial in PDF form from Red Hen Fabrics if you prefer a printed and written version!

Here's some photos of mine being made!

The video tutorial I followed uses a section cut from a Pringles can for the top section of the thread catcher, and cardboard for the base.

For batting I used some scraps of fleece.  I love that this project uses all recycled materials and scraps of fabric!
Here's my first one cut out and ready to go!

There was a lot of hand stitching.
The cardboard bases with the batting are covered with fabric stitched like you would stitch a fabric yoyo. The outer fabric drawn up around the card.

These circles are stitched together to form the base of your basket.

Then the rectangle that is the main part of the basket is stitched into a tube using a sewing machine - the raw edges pressed over first, then the seam pressed open.

Next the ring cut from your Pringles can is pushed over this tube into the middle.

Then the tube is folded over the ring, enclosing the ring at the bottom.

The ring is then stitched into place using a simple running stitch.

Then you push the inside of the basket up through the ring and  hand stitch the base to it.

Last of all, you push the base back through the ring and hand stitch it to the other side of the main basket.

And that's your pop-up basket finished! Simply twist and push the base up into the ring to fold and seal!

I made another slightly larger basket using a ring from a drinking chocolate container we'd just finished!

The tiny baskets I made using the plastic rings from the top of plastic milk jugs, just under the lid.

Cardboard circles just smaller than the ring, and the rectangle of fabric 13 x 13 cm (5 x 5 ").

I really like these pop-up baskets.
My girls claimed these four, so I'll have to make more if I want any for myself!

Do you like them too?
Will you try making them?

You could use any firm kind of ring for the top of these baskets - an embroidery hoop, kid's plastic bracelet... the only limit is your imagination!

Super Simple Pumpkin Soup

One of my favourite things to have for lunch is soup, and this is the easiest soup to make there is I think!

Here's how to make yummy pumpkin soup! The amounts here are just rough - you can adjust them according to what you have available or whether you like thicker or thinner soup.

You will need:

Pumpkin (1kg), stock (1 litre), 1 onion, olive oil, plain flour (1 heaped tablespoon), cinnamon and nutmeg (1 tsp each).

Saute the onion in a little olive oil.

Then add the chopped pumpkin and stir fry for a few minutes.

Add the flour and spices and stir until all the pumpkin is coated.

Add the stock, stir and simmer, covered, for about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and blend until smooth.

Serve while hot.
 (season with salt and pepper to your personal taste)

See - super simple!

Do you have a favourite soup to make?