Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rhubarb, Blueberry & Apple Crumble

Rhubarb, Blueberry & Apple Crumble

I love crumble of any kind really but this one has to be my fave at the moment.
I think its the colour is so in your face & the taste is pretty good too :)

It's really easy to make & you can make them ahead of time & pop them in the fridge.

Pouched Fruit
I bunch of Rhubarb washed with the leaves removed cut into 2cm pieces
2 apples (I used Granny Smiths but any kind will do)
1/2  punnet of Blueberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of water.  

Crumble Topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
1  teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
60gm butter
100gm plain flour
 Oven 200 c
Remove leaves from rhubarb & wash stems, then cut into 2cm pieces.
Peel, core & chop apples into chunks.
Put the rhubarb, apples,  sugar & water into heavy based pot with the lid on & cooked over a medium heat for 5min, then stir, cook for a few more minutes until the apple is soft the rhubarb will have cooked to a soft puree. Remove from the heat.
While the fruit is cooking, crumble butter into the flour with your fingers to making small pea sized pieces then mix sugar, cinnamon & baking powder with butter & flour crumble. 
Spoon poached fruit into 6 cup sized oven proof bowls or 1 large oven proof dish scatter blueberries over the top  & sprinkle crumble over it all then bake until golden  ( small bowls approx 15min, large dish approx 30min).
Serve with cream or ice-cream or both.
Enjoy ♥

fruit puree
crumble on poached fruit
just out of the oven

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Super Cool Blackboard Signs

I have had these timber signs sitting in storage for awhile, so on the long weekend (Melbourne Cup Day), I brought some paint & turned them into things of wonder. Super Cool Blackboard Signs or Chalkboard signs for you guys in the US.

Awesome Blackboard signs

Sweet wood burnt bow design

How cute would this look on the Cake Table

These are my Favorites

So you really need to have one of these, well you can they will be available in my store Vintage Sew and So very soon but in very limited numbers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Brownies stuffed with Oreos & Peanut Butter

My darling daughter found a picture of Oreo & peanut butter stuffed Brownies on FaceBook yesterday, so we had to make them.
It's not the best photo but you get the idea.

Oreo, peanut butter stuffed Brownie

We used my tried & true Brownie recipe. It's not as rich as some recipes that I have, so it great for this as it's super rich with the Oreo & peanut butter.

Brownie                   Oven 170C.
250gm butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven.
Place butter, sugars & vanilla into the bowl of an electric mixer & beat until light & fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beat well.
Sift the flour, baking powder & cocoa over the mixture & fold through.
Place patty pans in a 1/2 cup 12 hole muffin tray, spoon a tablespoon of mixture into the patty pan. Spread one Oreo with peanut butter then top with an other Oreo to make a sandwich. Lightly press the Oreo sandwich into the brownie mixture, top with a small amount of brownie mixture.
Bake for 15-18min 
Cool in the tray.

We only had 1/2 packet of Oreos so we made peanut butter stuffed Brownies & a loaf pan too. The loaf pan brownie is in the freezer for later.
Peanut butter stuffed brownie

Enjoy ♥ Kerri

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Party Props - Market Cart

This is our market cart all prettied up. These photos have all been taken in my yard. We live in The Dandenong Ranges just outside of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The area we live in is a cold climate rain forest so we have heaps of tree ferns, huge Mountain Ash Gum trees,  an abundance of native animals & birds. The mountain climate also makes it perfect for European & Asian plants too, so the Rhododendrons, camilas & azaleas are stunning this time of year too. 
Styling Leo & Bella, Flowers The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie Cakes Kiss my cakes, Photo Lee Bird Photography

We will be hiring it out in Melbourne in the new year, so if you are interested just leave me a comment or email: vintagesewandso[at]gmail dot com

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lemon Muffins with lemon curd center

Lemons are in season & just about every Lemon tree in  Melbourne is bending under the weight of a bumper crop. So I have gotten creative with ways to use them up. Use the  Lemon Curd on ice cream or as the filling for lemon tart.

Lemon Muffin with Lemon Curd Center.

Lemon Muffin Recipe  makes 12
2 cups of SR flour
3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup of low fat yoghurt
2 eggs (60gms)
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon of coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Put the flour, sugar & lemon rind in a bowl, stir to combine.(add coconut now if you like)
In another bowl whisk eggs, yoghurt & oil until smooth.
Stir the wet mixture into dry ingredients until just combined.
Half fill 12 half cup muffin tins with batter, make a small hole in the batter(don’t go to the bottom of the pan) spoon 1 teaspoon of lemon curd into the hole, cover the lemon curd with more batter.

Bake for 20 -25min or until cooked. (can be frozen)

Lemon Curd (makes about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of cornflour
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
60gms butter
Put the water, lemon juice, rind, sugar & cornflour in a small saucepan & whisk until smooth.
Heat the saucepan of ingredients over a medium-high, whisking until it boils, then boil until it thickens it takes about 5 minutes. (it will go from cloudy to sightly clear).
Remove from the stove, whisk in the butter & egg yolks .
Set aside to cool slightly. Keeps in the fridge for a week.


Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lady Ga Ga Costume

If you remember way back in  2010 I was making a Lady Ga Ga costume for my daughters dance concert, well it got finished & I just didn't have any really good pics of it to put up at the time.
The costume has had a few wears & the dance has been preformed a few times too(brilliant dance)
Tonight my daughter & her friends are going to Lady Ga Ga's Melbourne concert so of course the costume has gotten another run, we add  a studded bustier that I had from the early 90's & the black boots.

My Little Monster

X Kerri

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Some books I have read

Starting last September thought I would take a picture of each of the books I read just to keep track of them & to see just how much I did read. So here are some of them. I got these from the Library too.
Fade - Lisa McMann, Flash Forward - Robert J Sawyer, The Infernal - Kim Wilkins
I loved them all for very different reasons.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ombre - Graduated Colour

Ombre is a massive colour/style trend at the moment, whether it be hair colour, cakes, nails even homewares.
You see this colour graduation in nature all the time, my favorite is the way hydrangeas fade from dark to light.
I really think flowers do it best. Oh & sunsets they do it really well too, I guess sunrises too but I don't do  mornings very often, so I'll let you be the judge of that.
There are some awesome tutorials on the web that show you how to achieve this effect.
These pic are from
 ♥ Kerri

Ombre cake
Ombre hair natural

 Ombre Hair
 Ombre Tablecloth

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lemony Dessert

I made this lemon dessert last night, I really wanted lemon tart but the pastry shells takes so long to make & I couldn't be bothered.
So I concocted this Lemony dessert, it is a bit like Tiramisu & it was so super easy. Plus I thought of a cheats way too that is even simpler.
Lemony Dessert
Recipe: makes 6 small
9 small sponge finger biscuits (Savoiardi) The kind you use for Tiramisu. Cut into pieces.
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of cornflour
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
60gms butter
whipped cream to finish
Put the water, lemon juice, rind, sugar & cornflour in a small saucepan & whisk until smooth.
Heat the saucepan of ingredients over a medium-high, whisking until it boils, then boil until it thickens about 5minutes. (it will go from cloudy to sightly clear).
Remove from the stove, whisk in the butter & eggs .
Set a side to cool slightly. (I didn't wait that long I was hungry)
Arrange the cut up biscuits in small bowls, pour the lemon mixture over them, add some whipped cream.
Any left over lemon mixture can be stored in the fridge for a week.

Here's the cheats way.
9 small sponge finger biscuits (Savoiardi) Cut into pieces.
1 jar of lemon butter or curd.
whipped cream.
Assemble as above.

♥ Kerri

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Christmas Ham

This is the ham I made at Christmas, it's Nigella's Coca Cola Ham & it is amazing.
It's dead easy to do, you just need time.
 Recipe to come or you can just google Nigella :)
♥ Kerri

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pizza for dinner

Today I'm just going to post some pictures of the yummy pizza I made over the weekend with the pizza oven my sister & her hubby got us for Christmas. Recipes to follow.
Ham, cheese, tomato & herbs

Garlic, fetta, parsley, cheese & olive oil

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year & all that good stuff

Well it's day 3 of the New Year & I'm only just writing my resolutions (you can't rush these things!). I'm not real good with resolutions or sticking to a plan, I kinda just go with the flow & get distracted by bright shiny things. Last year I started to change that & managed to stay focused (well focused for me, baby steps people baby steps).
1st thing will be to blog everyday.
So here is day ONE.
Like i said baby steps :)