Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Friday, 21 September 2012

Bits & Pieces ...

Today's post is going to be a bit of a mish-mash.  Firstly I want to share with you two of my favourite pictures, one picked up last year in a little vintage/antique shop and the second at a garden sale earlier in the Summer, each within walking distance of our home.

Both are by the artist C. Z.  Shand who I can't  find much detail on, other than postcards for sale on Ebay.  Usually when you buy something at a flea, vintage or boot fair there is little you know about the previous owner, but what I like about these two is that there a small, if but simple story behind  both.   The one on the right is called 'Ready for the Ball' and features a girl and Pierrot and was purchased from a collector who sells at Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair.   The one on the left I bought from a couple with connections to the theatre and one of whom used to have a stall on Portabello Road.  I personally love the anonymity of on-line shopping for just about everything, but when I buy something old I like to make a connection with the vendor, one of the nicest things about buying this way is the people you meet and how talented & interesting they are. 

Talking of talent I was lucky enough to win Athomewithred's first giveaway.  I chose the lemon print which arrived yesterday, beautifully packaged.  I am both pleased and delighted with my win.  Once I find a suitable hanging spot and frame I will post a photo.  In the meantime, please take at look Dawn's craft which I describe as beautifully classic.

Finally, here is the recipe I promised for the Pear & Ginger Cake I posted earlier in the week.  This was my entry for the baking club I have joined.   The irony was that after mentioning the 200g of butter required for this cake on Sunday, the club had arranged a presentation on healthy baking which was excellent, although I did feel a little guilty about my fat content!  It is fascinating to see how club members interpret the given theme, which results in such a wide range of delights that we  have the pleasure of sampling, my particular favourite was the Pear Frangipane Tart.  The Pear & Ginger Cake received positive feedback but my favourite review has to be from a colleague at work who sent me the following message after trying the cake;

'Moist, sweet with a generous kick of ginger, perfect balance of sweetness vs crystallised sharpness'.

Have a great weekend xxx

Welcome to my new followers, in particular Lisa at Jumble and Jelly and Penny at Being Penny Wise.


  1. Well done on your win! Have a good weekend! Ada :)

    1. You have a great one too. It looks like today's weather will be good but we might be holed up indoors tomorrow.

  2. Thanks for the welcome.
    Congrats on the giveaway win, I had a peek at the choice, the cherries one was fab too.
    Lisa x

  3. Hi Nice pictures. I had a pierrot duvet cover when I was little, do you remember those? The cake looks good too. enjoy the weekend, Heather x

    1. Yes I do but I can't recall who I knew who had one. I am going to rack my brains all day trying to remember.

  4. I love ginger! Will bookmark the recipe and try it, 200g of butter or not! (That Plum and Almond Tart my husband made this week contains 550g of butter...yes. 550g. I ate one tiny slice. He's still working his way through the rest of it.)

  5. I love ginger so much that I put extra crystallised in when I baked it the first time, but stuck to the recipe for the baking group just in case. You can also add a tsp of Cardamon seeds (crushed) if you like. The plum & almond tart looks lovely. I love autumn baking, blackberries, plum, apples & pears all contribute to fabulous dishes.

  6. A big congrats on winning the give away :) I am liking the sound of the pear and ginger cake, Yummy!
    I hope you are enjoying the weekend x

  7. Hello!
    Another lovely post,You have reminisced the thought of Pierriot clowns, again to me ( used to collect these in the eighties)..
    Both pictures are beautiful, see why you had to have them!
    Thanks for the recipe, just need a day off work to give it a goooo....
    Have a Sunday full of kindness.
    love Maria x

  8. :-)Pear and Gingercake sounds lush! I will have to give it a try when I get my new kitchen!