Monday, 26 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


We do not have a garden at our house in the Stockholm Archipelago but somebody planted an apple tree in the 50-ies. It does not give many apples but enough to make an apple pie or two! Here is the recipe! Start by putting the oven on at 200 degrees C!

You need

4-5 green and firm apples (cooking apples)
100 ml light brown moscovado sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

For the pastry

450 ml plain flour
50 ml light brown moscovado sugar
1 tbsp cold water
150 g softened butter, cubed

Start by making the pastry. Mix all the ingredients with you hands and work until
soft and not sticky. If needed add more flour or cold water.
Use a big pie form (25 cm diameter) and "knuckle" out the pastry.
Leave some pastry for the decorations. Leave in the fridge (pricked by a fork) for 30 minutes.

Core and peel the apples and cut into wedges. Mix with the sugar and cinnamon.
Add the apples to the pie, poor the juice over (see below) and decorate with the rest of the pastry. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Serve with custard or whipped cream. Delicious!
The finished result!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Shabby chic @ House of Fraser in Reading

Went to the Oracle in Reading (UK) on Saturday and saw this "up to date" window display at House of Fraser....right on time...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


 Thinking of getting married? Think Chipping Campden. Not only because of our beautiful church (Four Weddings and a Funeral place) but for our new magical bridal shop in the HighStreet.

My lovely neighbour and friend Danielle Mc Cabe has opened her dream shop. The White Rose Bridal Shop. With top British Bridal Designers like Stephanie Allin, Ritva Westenius, Caroline Castigliano, Johanna Hehir and Suzanne Neville you can choose the perfect dress for your big day with the help of the very cunning and lovely Danielle and choose from accessoiries from Rachel Simpson, Magpie Vintage and Hermoine Harbutt (known from the Royal Wedding). All in the stunning surroundings of the town of Chipping Campden.
Danielle with her models of the opening day.
The well designed interiors centerpiece is this wonderful and big mirror. The bespoke rails make the dresses fly like doves in the showroom.
The simple and elegant interior with its vintage chairs, french desk and modern plastic chair by Philippe starck give you the right ambiance to relax and be able to choose calmly.
Karma Cars can rent you a very special and "glitzy" car for your big day!
After the opening all the guest were invited for a glass of bubbly and cupcakes, chocolates and nibbles at the Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden. Cupcakes by Cake Sweet Cake and chocolates by The Campden Coffee Shop. Danielle, break a leg!