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Corn Fritters with Tomato Salsa

In our current issue, we asked Anne from Anne’s Kitchen to share some of her favourite spring recipes from her current book with us and she had our mouth watering with these yummy corn fritters!
“I like preparing mine with ricotta, which makes them really light and fluffy. This is also great as a light lunch, in which case I’d serve a few rashers of crispy bacon on the side,” says Anne. 
Makes 8 fritters for 4 people 
• Prep 20mins • Cooking 10mins • Easy
For the salsa:
400g cherry tomatoes
a squeeze of lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil
a handful basil, chopped

salt and pepper
For the fritters:
3 eggs

250g ricotta

100g flour

30g melted butter
2 spring onions, chopped

1 small can sweetcorn (140g drained)
1⁄4 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp salt

a handful basil, chopped

sunflower oil for frying

Method
- Start by making the salsa: wash the cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, add the lemon juice, olive oil, basil and season with salt and pepper.
- For the batter: Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
 Beat the egg whites until stiff. Put the egg yolks into a big bowl, add the ricotta, flour, butter and mix.
- Trim the spring onions and cut into fine slices. Add the spring onions, sweetcorn, chili, salt and basil to the ricotta batter and mix. Then fold in the egg whites with a spoon.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Once it’s hot, make four fritters by dropping four times two tablespoons of the batter into the pan, frying them for 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve the fritters with the tomato salsa.
Want to know what other spring recipes made the cut? Find out in our current issue

Green Fingers

Gardening is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. What with The Great Allotment Challenge over on BBC2, growing your own is becoming the new cool. Whether you have an outdoor garden or are filling indoor spaces with pots and planters, the good news is that there are lots of innovative products emerging to uphold gardening’s new rep.
Before we get carried away with all the shiny new things you can get your hands on, let’s start with the basics: watering cans. Indoor and outdoor gardeners alike will need a trusty can to seem them through the seasons.
For those of you who really like to look the part, then you can do no better than a Haws watering can, the classic staple of the gardening world. These beautiful cans come in both the indoor and outdoor variety, so no matter what sort of gardening you do, you can do it in time-honoured style. 
If you’re more of a finger on the pulse of all new trends type then Shahar Peleg’s Rainmaker is sure to make you smile. Adorably cute, there is also something quintessentially cool about this little cloud shaped bottle topper in it’s mimic of nature.
Being a reader of this blog, we’re going to assume that, like us, you’re a lover of the printed word. The Balcony Gardener’s Bookend Bloccon Indoor Watering Can mixes our love of bookshelves and plants perfectly. 

We also love these ceramic vases which are cleverly disguised as hardback books and definitely wouldn’t look out of place on our shelves. Fill them with your favourite blooms to make a cute book-themed flower display, perfect for when it’s your turn to host book club!
Words by Laura Peebles

Easy-peasy Berry Tart

There’s nothing worse than being at a party while the host is slaving away in the kitchen – particularly if you’re the host! That’s why today we have an easy Berry Tart recipe for you, that uses *gasp* shop-bought pastry. We don’t mind a shop-bought pastry, particularly when it makes something so delish! 
The great thing about this tart is that once you have the base (mainly berries) you can add whatever you’ve got in the cupboard. Here we’ve added chocolate (a gooey caramel, nougat & chocolate combo) and coconut. Oh and a sprig of mint to freshen it up, seeing as it’s spring.
Ingredients (makes 4) 
 400g ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry 
1½ cups fresh berries
 ¼ cup brown sugar
1tbsp cornflour
⅛ tsp salt 
 1 egg white 
Chosen toppings e.g chocolate, coconut, mint. 
Method
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. 
In a large bowl mix together the berries, sugar, cornflour and salt. 
 Roll out the pastry to 8mm thick. Cut into rounds and place the berry mixture in the middle. 
 Add your toppings to ‘spice’ things up. 
 Fold the edges in and brush with egg white. 
 Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the berries are bubbling. 
 These tarts are a perfect spring treat and so easy to make. Now you can pop them in the freezer until the day of your party, then defrost and enjoy yourself!
 Words and photography by Britney Hazeldine

Kelsey Genna

Whilst flicking through the new campaign from Kelsey Genna we were transported back to the ’90s and the wardrobe of our childhoods – who remembers floral cycling shorts?!   
Designer & Founder Kelsey has been creating floral sportswear for herself since she was a teenager, and is helping to bring that nostalgia to her collection, featuring everything from floral crop tops to leopard leggings and swimwear.
See the rest of the collection here

Weekly Round Up

We’re almost seeing the back of one of the most relentless month (bye January) and after all that planning for 2014, what better time to put plans into action and explore some new stuff. Whether it’s a cocktail, cuisine, theatre or an exhibition, there’s lots to be sampled out there. Off we trot…

EAT some Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This is the Shoreditch offshoot from the guys behind one of 2013’s most poular London restaurants, Cevice. The décor’s fun and rustic and brunch comes in the form of a fab menu that includes toasted barley, linseed, plantain leaf, horsetail tincture, alfalfa sprouts and quince. Who says you can’t feast and not break the Jabuary healthy eating regime.

DRINK Gin in a Gin Palace. Yep, you heard that right. A palace that serves gin, plus it’s in a pie and mash shop on Broadway Market. The latest pop up to occupy the striking F.Cooke Pie & Mash, is Peter’s Gin Palace who claim, “It’s literally impossible to be depressed when you’re drinking gin.” We’ll gladly take their word for it and head on over to combat those January blues. Open Thursday to Saturday, from 7pm until late.

SUPPORT a small theatre. The Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell is currently showing Shakespeare’s bloodbath tale of violent greed and ego, Richard III. Directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra, this is an original production and a great chance to get to know the theatre and enjoy a corker of a play.

INVEST in a new wardrobe staple from brilliant Ukrainian designer Yasya Minochkina’s S/S 2014 collection. Easy to wear but striking, this collection is modern but will stand the test of time because of Minochkina’s eye for structure and use of fabrics such as delicately woven silk. This is comfortably one of the most exciting collections we stumbled upon during London Fashion week and every piece is stunning.

LOOK at the two great speakers added to Liverpool Sound City (1-3). The Velvet Underground’s John Cale and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. This year’s conference is set to attract 45000 people to lovely Liverpool and it’s no surprise with guest speakers like that.

SEE the abstract and lithographic prints of Ellsworth Kelly at the Ingelby Gallery, Edinburgh until 11 February. This retrospective spans over 40 years and contains Kelly’s deceptively simple work. Kelly’s work is powerful and uncompromising, which is one of the reasons he’s one of a few remaining figureheads of American abstract painting.

ENJOY the work of photographer Viviane Sasson’s series Flamboya. Taken on her travels in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia this photo set is striking and uplifting. Sasson has worked with fashion houses such as Craven and Misooni and her crisp bold style’s instantly appealing on the eye.

CELEBRATE Peckham Springs being back in action at Sassoon Gallery. A bar and gallery under the arches (with a BBQ in summer), they host a range of events and are open until late at weekends. See you there!

By Kerry Flint

Lily Kamper

Inspired by an array of items including LED lights and abandoned Miami swimming pools, Lily Kamper’s SS14 jewelry collection is anything but ordinary. We love her latest collection of hand crafted and dip dyed pieces, all with distinctive architectural quality.The latest collection include chunky pendants, statement rings and delicate bangles with a mix of precious stones and fine metals, which pay homage to her distinguishing signature combination of hard and soft materials – and the outcome is nothing short of visually stimulating. We know what we’ll be pairing with our Spring wardrobes…


When I Grow Up…

Following on with our When I grow up series, we caught up with textile designer Naomi Tuffery founder of Tuff Love, who specialise in creating stunning digitally printed silk scarves. Read on to find out how she managed to bag her dream job… 

You graduated with a degree in Textiles and Surface Design, was this is always your dream career?
Definitely not! When I finished my A-levels I thought ‘Oh gosh! What am I going to do with my life now?!’ I knew I wanted to do something arty but was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in so decided to do a foundation degree but was told they had no more places at my interview. I immediately thought it had all been a waste of time and that I was back at square one but the interviewer carried on talking with me and looked through my work and thought I was ready to go straight to degree and between us we hand-picked the Textiles and Surface Design on the spot. All of a sudden I was doing a degree! It was very surreal. Luckily when I started the course I fell in love with print design and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. 

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
A huge combination of things! I find that it’s pretty random, for example I may stumble across an old photograph and it will inspire a whole collection. All it takes is one initial thought to expand and lead onto other things…

Who would you most love to see wearing one of your designs?
I think I would say Kate Middleton. She has become such a fashion icon and she dresses very smart, classy and sleek – A look that I think my scarves go with perfectly.

Do you have a favourite piece?
I have a couple in the collection that I like the most but if I had to pick I would say my Winter scarf print, partly because of how it came about. Last year I went out to my car and it was completely covered in the most beautiful intricate patterns that had been formed by the ice overnight. I photographed them and used them to design this piece. That then inspired the whole of the Seasons Collection.

 Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mum. She is so supportive of me and my career. Having her motivate me and keep me positive keeps me going and not let me give up on my dream of being a successful textile designer. I’m getting there one day at a time and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.
Describe your average day…
Well I work freelance and am building my business up at the moment so I have other part time work around it. This means most days I will work a shift at one of my part time jobs and then I will go home and try to do as much designing as I can in the evenings, or visa versa. I love to design in my room with a big mug of tea and background music or telly. My favourite days are when I have no other work on and I get to work from home all day creating beautiful things! I’m hoping one day I can quit the other jobs and that can be my full working week.

Any advice for our readers wanting to take the plunge for themselves?
Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your business. You don’t want to waste time and money investing in something that is not going to work. You need to look at every aspect of your idea and decide whether it is a good one. When it came to picking my label name it took me ages and before I finally settled with ‘Tuff Love’ I asked most of my friends and family what they thought. They all loved it and I’m so happy I stuck with that one.

Tell us something no one else knows about you…
I spend a lot of my time designing from my bed, drinking tea and eating chocolate! It is work, I promise!

What does the future hold for Tuff Love?
I will definitely be widening my range of products. At the moment I am just selling digitally printed silk scarves but soon I will have hand printed T-shirts available too. Then even further in the future I hope to have even more products!
Oh and as we’ve just released our music issue, we want to know what’s on your ipod at the moment?
 I am in love with ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental! I cannot stop listening to it. It is definitely my favourite song at the moment. 

See more of Naomi’s designs on Etsy and Folksy, and at Nisbett and George

Spicy Feast

Ooh yes! This week Cellardoor made a hot-pot full of spice, warmth and exotic flavours: our Moroccan and Spanish cuisine inspired dish of chicken and chorizo. It looks complicated but all that’s really required is to chuck what’s available into a pot and cook and serve up a mighty feast for you and your friends. 
Ingredients 
Serves 4 
Main 
8 chicken drumsticks (skinned) 
170g chorizo sausage (chopped) 
Marinade 
2 onions (chopped) 
2 carrots (chopped) 
2 celery sticks (chopped) 
3 garlic cloves (peeled) 
1 tin of tomatoes (chopped) 
1 tin of kidney beans 
1 glass red wine 
1 tsp paprika 
1 tsp cinnamon 
½ tsp ground chilli 
 3 tbsp olive oil 
Salt and pepper 
½ pint chicken stock 
1 juice of freshly squeezed orange juice 
Side dish 
Couscous 
1 lemon 
Plain yoghurt 
1 courgette (chopped and gently fried) 
Handful of mint 
1 tbsp olive oil 
Salt and pepper 

Method 
- Heat the oil in a large cooking pot or pan with a lid. Add the chicken pieces and fry until they are a light brown colour. 
- Add the onion, spices, heat a while and then add the stock, the celery, carrot, garlic cloves, orange juice and wine. Heat and bring to the boil. 
- Add the chorizo, kidney beans and tomato and simmer for 35-40 mins. 
- Make the couscous as the packet instructs you to, then add olive oil, seasoning and then add the lemon juice, courgette and mix. Add the yoghurt and mint on top. 
- Make sure you have some bread to hand to soak up the sauce.
By Melodie Walter

Raspberry Delight

Now the weather is finally warming up, we have the perfect emergency recipe for you this week; raspberry delight. Tickle your tastebuds with this creamy fruity treat: lemon, melon, cream cheese and raspberries – fight the spring blues! 
 Ingredients 
4 mini lemon cakes (broken up) 
200g raspberries 
200g cream cheese 
1 dessert spoon sugar 
100g melon (cut in to chunks) 
 Method 
- Whip the cream cheese and then beat the sugar in thoroughly. 
- Pop 8 raspberries in to a bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, pop half the mixture in a wine glass and the rest in to another. Put the glasses in the fridge until mixture is cool.
- Once it is has cooled, add some cut melon on top, leaving aside one chunk to put on top for decoration. 
- Put 3/4 of the cream cheese mixture in to the glasses on top of the melon, dividing between the two glasses. – Add on top the lemon cake mixture, dividing between the two glasses. 
- Next a couple more dollops of cream cheese mixture and raspberries and decorate with a slice of lemon 
- Emergency pudding sorted!
By Melodie Walter

Pretty Pastels

What with this horrible cold snap that’s arrived recently, we’ve been inspired by warmer climes – Oz to be precise. We love this editorial by Nicole Bentley featuring Rosie Tupper for Vogue Australia.   
Those sweeter than sweet pastels and gorgeous botanical prints have us pining for spring… hurry up sunshine!

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