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    Country food: lemon mousse

    by  • 27/02/2014 • Eating • 0 Comments

    Lemon Mousse

    A little taste of heaven: lemon mousse

    Spring is in the air (yay it’s nearly March) and crumbles and sponge puddings suddenly seem so last month. It’s time to pack away those big dishes and hunt out the ramekins as the season demands a dainty, light and fresh tasting dessert. These little pots of lemony  heaven are wonderfully tangy and feel so right for now. Even better, they’re pretty easy to do too. This recipe serves 8 (supposedly – we think everyone will be back for another one).

    4 gelatine leaves
    3 free range eggs, separated
    75g caster sugar
    100ml double cream
    juice of 3 lemons
    1 tsp finely grated organic lemon zest

    To serve:
    100ml double cream
    candied lemon zest (see below)

    1 Immerse the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. In another large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until the foam forms still peaks. In a separate bowl, whip the double cream until it forms soft peaks.

    2 Lift the gelatine out of the water and melt it gently in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, pour in the lemon juice and add the zest. Slowly pour the gelatine mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring all the time. Set aside in a cool place until the mousse is starting to set.

    3 Fold in the egg whites and the whipped cream. Pour into several small dishes and chill for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. Whip the double cream until if forms stiff peaks, then serve the mousse with the cream and the candied lemon zest.

    To make the candied lemon zest
    1 organic lemon
    60g caster sugar
    4 tbsp water

    Cut the zest from the lemon in long, thin strips using a zester, then squeeze the juice from the fruit. Combine the zest, juice, sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Separate the lemon strips from each other and spread out on a baking sheet. Leave to cool and dry.

    *Recipe from The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trine Hahnemann (Quadrille, £12.99). Photograph by Lars Ranek

     

     

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    Country style: Copper kitchen

    by  • 26/02/2014 • Living, Shopping • 1 Comment

    Follow the trend for decorating with copper by mixing traditional utensils such as pans and grinders with contemporary lighting and metallic wallpaper

    Get the look in three steps

    *Opt for floor tiles in a warm terracotta to give the kitchen a cosy feel

    *Add softness with metallic wallpapers, in leafy designs and use stunning floral fabrics for curtains, cushions and tablecloths

    *Get creative – hang pans in clusters and display vintage style metal letters and baking trays on shelves and the mantelpiece

    For more Spring decorating ideas see our March issue, out now!

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    Country style: Copper kitchen

    Paint, The Little Green Paint Co. Wallpaper, Casamance. Floor tiles, Fired Earth. Table, Windsor chairs, I&JL Brown. Bossy chair, at end of table, Loaf. Pendant light, The French House. Tablecloth made in Florinda Red, Jane Churchill.

     

     

     

     

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    Country craft: place setting

    by  • 23/02/2014 • Crafting • 0 Comments

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    Brightly coloured home-sewn place setting made with Junkanoo Chillie, £80 a metre, Rapture & Wright, as seen in the March issue of Country Homes and Interiors

    Add a cheery touch to springtime tables with colourful home-sewn place
    settings. This bright fabric style features in our the March Issue of
    Country Homes & Interiors and is easy to make. Lay on the table for everyday
    dining or match with a posy of daffodils for belated St David’s Day entertaining.

    You will need
    Fabric (we used Junkanoo Chillie, £80 a metre, Raptune & Wright)
    Matching thread
    Needle or sewing machine
    Pins
    Pinking shears
    Heat resistant wadding (we used Insul-Bright)
    Fabric basting spray (try The Cotton Patch)

    To make decide on the dimensions of the finished placemat then measure and
    cut out a rectangle of fabric double this size plus 1cm hem all around
    (shortest width at the top of the fabric design). Measure and cut a
    rectangle of heat resistant wadding to fit the finished placemat dimensions. Place the
    fabric right side facing, shortest sides at the top and bottom. Fold over so
    the shortest sides meet and press. Position and spray the heat resistant wadding
    onto the fabric, butting up the longest edge with the folded side of fabric
    and leaving 1cm of fabric showing on all the other edges. Sew along and
    across one short and one long side of the fabric taking in a 1cm hem. Turn out the
    placemat so right sides are facing. Make sure the wadding is still neatly in
    place then turn in the last edge of fabric and slip stitch the seam. Press
    to finish

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Country news: 50 Decorating Ideas

    by  • 22/02/2014 • Crafting, Living, Shopping • 1 Comment

     

    50+ DECORATING IDEAS

    50+ Decorating Ideas

    50 DECORATING IDEAS

    50+ Decorating Ideas

    Looking for inspiration to help you design fabulously furnished rooms, enhance your home or give a look that final finishing touch? Then 50 Decorating Ideas is just what you have been looking for. This special publication is a jam-packed decorator’s bible aimed to bring you the creative know-how to give your home a polished and professional look. Featuring stunning room ideas captured by Britain’s best homes photographers, it includes inspirational images, interior-design secrets and tips from the experts at Britain’s best-loved homes magazines plus an essential guide on how to use colour. Available in stores now or follow this link to buy the digital edition.

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    Country craft: seat cushion

    by  • 09/02/2014 • Crafting • 1 Comment

    Home sewn fabric seat cover craft Coutry Homes and Interiors blog

    Colourful home-sewn seat cushion made with Doveflight, Blue/Blue, by Mark Herald, £48 a metre, St Judes Fabrics, as seen in the March issue of Country Homes & Interiors.

    Add a touch of cosy cheer to dining furniture and make a bright and comfy seat cushion – just the thing to inject a bit of colour to lift a gloomy room and update a chair too! This one is featured in the March issue of Country Homes & Interiors and is simple to sew. Find instructions here to recreate a similar version.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

     

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    Country food: gingerbread treat

    by  • 04/02/2014 • Eating • 0 Comments

    Parkin

    Packed with apples and spice and all things nice: our take on parkin

    Parkin is a type of gingerbread that hails from Yorkshire. It gets better and stickier the longer it’s left in the cake tin, assuming you have the willpower to leave it alone that is. Nice with a cup of tea, it also works well as a pudding with a good dollop of custard.

    Serves 12

    100g slightly salted butter, plus extra to grease
    6 star anise, plus extra to decorate
    25g caster sugar
    225g self-raising flour
    1 tsp ground mixed spice
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    100g medium oatmeal
    4 Russet or Cox’s apples
    2 tsps lemon juice
    150g black treacle, plus extra to drizzle
    125g golden syrup
    50ml milk
    1 medium free range egg, beaten
    Demerara sugar, to sprinkle

    1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a shallow baking or small roasting tin, around 28cm by 22cm. Grease the paper. Break the star anise into pieces and whizz in a small food processor or spice grinder with the caster sugar until finely ground. Tip into a bowl and add the flour, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and oatmeal.

    2 Peel two of the apples and grate around the core, directly into the dry ingredients. Peel, core and thinly slice the remaining apples and toss with the lemon juice in a small bowl.

    3 Heat the butter in a saucepan with the treacle and golden syrup until melted but not boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk, then the egg. Stir into the bowl. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and spread to the edges. Scatter with the apple slices and some whole star anise.

    4 Bake for about 45 minutes, until the centre feels just firm to the touch. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and serve warm, or leave to cool in the tin.

    Recipe: Joanna Farrow. Photograph: Myles New

     

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    Country news: Seasons journal

    by  • 01/02/2014 • Crafting, Eating, Gardening, Living • 4 Comments

    Seasons by Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Spring blooms as seen in Seasons by Country Homes & Interiors

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    Seasons by Country Homes & Interiors

    Want another chance to find a whole year of inspirational ideas for living, decorating and eating throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter? Then take a look at Seasons, a special edition of beautiful ideas curated and produced by the publishing team of Country Homes & Interiors.

    This beautiful journal embraces the changing sights and delights that come as the year progresses and passes in our homes and gardens with joyful seasonal crafts and ideas, tasty dishes and pretty looks, room by room. Available in print from 2 January 2014 for one month only from Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, WHS HS/Travel, or as digital edition (both priced at £4.99).

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    Country food: homemade yogurt

    by  • 23/01/2014 • Eating • 5 Comments

    Home made yogurt

    Served in glass pots drizzled with honey: home made yogurt is the bee’s

    A pot of thick creamy yogurt you’ve created in your own kitchen is the perfect way to start the day – just add honey or fresh fruit and you’re good to go. But there is so much more to yogurt than just as a wakeup call. You can mix yogurt into bread and cakes, or stir it into soups, casseroles, stews and curries to add a touch of creaminess. It also makes a great base for homemade dips – try adding fresh herbs, garlic, cucumber, feta cheese, lemon juice or spices such as cumin and cayenne. And of course yogurt is great frozen. Our recipe is really simple to do – and once you have tasted it you’ll be hooked on making your own.

    Makes 1 litre

    1 litre whole milk
    25g dried milk powder
    100g shop bought or homemade natural yogurt
    Clear honey, to serve

    1 Pour a little of the milk into a saucepan and add the milk powder. (You can make perfectly good yogurt without the milk powder. It simply gives a thicker, creamier result). Whisk to combine and break up any lumps before adding the rest of the milk. Bring slowly to the boil and remove from the heat. Let the temperature cool until it feels like a warm bath when you dip in your finger, or 43°C to 45°C on a thermometer. You can accelerate cooling by standing the pan in a sink half-filled with cold water – this should take about 25 minutes.

    2 Stir in the yogurt to thoroughly combine. Pour into a large Thermos flask, cover and leave to stand for 6 to 8 hours or overnight until thickened. Alternatively pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place such as the airing cupboard or on a towel over a radiator.

    3 Stir the thickened yogurt – it should be the consistency of a bought creamy natural yogurt. Store in the fridge for up to a week. You can use 100g of this batch as your starter for the next. Spoon into glass pots and serve drizzled with clear honey.

    Photograph: Myles New. Recipe: Joanna Farrow

     

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    Country news: Seasons journal

    by  • 11/01/2014 • Crafting, Eating, Gardening, Living, Out and About • 14 Comments

    Seasons Cover, Seasons by Country Homes and Interior blogs

    Seasons Cover, Seasons by Country Homes & Interiors blog

    Looking for year round inspiration of fulfilling ideas for living, decorating and eating throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter? Look no further for we are delighted to announce the publication of Seasons, a special edition of inspirational ideas from the publishing team of Country Homes & Interiors that celebrates, brightens  and blesses our daily lives.

    This beautiful journal embraces the changing sights and delights that come as the year progresses and passes in our homes and gardens with joyful seasonal crafts and ideas, tasty dishes and pretty looks, room by room. Available in print from 2 January 2014 for one month only  priced at £4.99 from Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, WHS HS/Travel.

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    Country Days: modern rustic kitchen

    by  • 19/11/2013 • Living, Shopping • 1 Comment

    Winter days make us gravitate towards darker, cosier colours, and deeper shades can work especially well in a country kitchen.  Denim and indigo blues, for instance, provide a contemporary alternative to the traditional pastel blue often used in Shaker kitchens.

    Darker blues are particularly effective in a light and bright room, especially one that comprises natural materials such as exposed stonework walls and rustic wood floors and beams, like this barn conversion.

    For a modern twist, interest can be created with a two-tone scheme. This country kitchen, the Kensington Painted Kitchen by John Lewis, features mid blue on the units and a deeper blue on the island and glazed larder unit, emphasising the different zones. Quirky details include the tapered mantle unit and tapered end panels, while oversized industrial lights (aren’t they just fab?) add the perfect finishing touch.

    The Kensington Painted Kitchen in Denim and Midnight is available in 25 colours and prices start at £15,000 units only, from John Lewis

    The Kensington Painted Kitchen in Denim and Midnight is available in 25 colours. Prices start at £15,000 units only, from John Lewis

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