Day 180 – Custard Tart

Today I started week 3 of my Puff the Bakery pastry course, making the deceptively simple custard tart. After making last week's frangipane tart I had kept half of the pastry to one side to make the custard tart, and thinking back to my melting butter problems, I waited until the weather had cooled slightly… Continue reading Day 180 – Custard Tart

Day 179 – Played Mikado

I'd only heard of Mikado in relation to long thin biscuit sticks, coated in chocolate, based on the Japanese Pocky – I'd no idea it was a game until I came upon a cheap set in a local shop. Intrigued, I decided to pick it up and try it out for today's new thing. I… Continue reading Day 179 – Played Mikado

Day 178 – Made Grissini

Just a quick scroll through my done list will show how much I like baking bread: there's been sourdough (still not nailed this), baguettes, hot cross buns, and lots more. There's something so satisfying and a bit magical about making bread out of just four ingredients and seeing it all come together in a smooth… Continue reading Day 178 – Made Grissini

Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Today's new thing is another bake from my course with Puff the Bakery. After successfully making last weeks trifle, rhubarb and raspberry pie, and peach galette (pictured below), I was keen to get on to the next bake – a browned butter, pear frangipane tart. Peach, lemon, and thyme galette I don't actually like pears… Continue reading Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Day 176 – Wildflowers

I think one of the big advantages for me over the past few months, and I acknowledge my privilege in being able to say this, is the increased connection to nature in my neighbourhood. I'm fortunate to live very near to a forest, and it's been a real pleasure in noticing the change of seasons,… Continue reading Day 176 – Wildflowers

Day 175 – Pressed flowers

I normally favour plants over flowers in my home, but it's hard to resist a beautiful bouquet of fragrant blooms now and again. Last week I picked up a bunch of pink peonies that not only brightened up my house and made it smell heavenly, but a little smile on my face every time I… Continue reading Day 175 – Pressed flowers

Day 174 – Endangered Languages

This week I was shocked to read that one of the 7000 languages in the world becomes extinct every two weeks. Every two weeks! Languages aren't spreading like they used to, whether regionally due to climate change, or generationally due to the increase in more widely spoken languages such as Spanish, English, or Chinese. UNESCO… Continue reading Day 174 – Endangered Languages

Day 173 – Paper Helicopter

Today's new thing is yet another from the James Dyson Foundation challenge cards I discovered a few months ago. Whilst these are aimed at children, I've had great fun making and learning about spaghetti bridges, paper water balloons, and weather balloons, so I was looking forward to today's task - making a paper helicopter. I've… Continue reading Day 173 – Paper Helicopter

Day 172 – Folded a t-shirt in 2 seconds

This could be the quickest new thing I've done so far! I saw a video a while ago showing somebody doing this and it looked so cool. https://youtu.be/uz6rjbw0ZA0 I took one of my husband's t-shirts and gave it a go. The first time I ended up a bit tangled up, but after that I had… Continue reading Day 172 – Folded a t-shirt in 2 seconds

Day 171 – Hand Shadow Puppets

Normally I am quite well organised with my new things, I usually plan out two weeks at a time, and rearrange as and when spontaneous things come up, but today, I don’t know what happened - it was the closest I’d come to not completing anything new at all. I had a full and busy… Continue reading Day 171 – Hand Shadow Puppets