Friday, 26 August 2011

Wallis Simpson and her Black Pugs

The duke and duchess owned a pack of pugs with great names: Disraeli, Davey Crockett, Black Diamond, Imp, Trooper, and Ginseng. Wallis didn’t just love live pugs, though; she also had 11 pug-shaped pillows arranged at the foot of her bed. The pillows were replicas of a needlepoint done by actress Sylvia Sidney and sold for $13,800 after the duchess’ death.

Further reading - I found this article on the Daily Mails website.  A very sad read of the final years of a once glamorous and stylish woman.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Red Hunter Wellies

Maybellene thought she would give me a little push

Red Hunter gloss wellies - ebay
Red early 60s vintage dress - Sheffielf vintage fair
Navy Belt - vintage, it was my Grannies
Maybellene's pink harness - Puppia, Ebay

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tarted up 9p Asda Smart Price Noodles

I am a massive fan of Wagamamas vegetable and noodle soup., Saien Soba. Its light, healthy and filling.  I make my own at home.  Using the ever so glamorous Asda smart price, 9p noodles.


One packet of supermarket value 'super noodels'
One clove of garlic
One small chili
One cm cube of ginger
One red onion
Half a carrot
Half a courgette
Four leafs of Chinese lead or pak choi
Hand full of bean sprouts
Half a pepper
Quarter Aubergine
Hand full of peas
Small bunch of fresh coriander
One spring onion
Three radishes
Two teaspoons of bouillon
Splash of soy sauce
Splash of sesame oil

Chop up the garlic, chili, onion, lightly fry in a dab of oil.  

Add chopped courgette and finely sliced carrot, aubergine and pepper. Fry for a couple of seconds.

Add the 9p noodles and about two cups of boiling water, add the Chinese leaf, stalks of coriander and bean sprouts.  Boil for two minutes.

Add the spring onion, radish and coriander leaf at the last second.

Pour into a big bowl, drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.  

Enjoy, but look out it will be hot!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Victoria Sponge

I have been itching to bake all week.  In particulary a Victoria Sponge.  I got the below recipie from Lady Cherry Loves blog.

Victoria Sponge


170g unsalted butter
170g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
170g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
strawberries or strawberry/raspberry jam
150ml double cream
icing sugar to decorate


Preheat the oven to 170C or gas mark 3 and line two 20cm cake tins.

Whip the butter and the sugar until the become pale and fluffy.
Whisk in the eggs one by one.
Sift in the flour and baking powder, and fold it in to the wet mixture. If it becomes too stiff, use the milk to loosen it.
Add the vanilla extract.

Split between the two tins, and bake for 25 minutes.

i wanted to make my own jam for the cake, so we went bramble picking;
Picking brambles in vintage, is not a very good idea!

Maybellene licked the spoon!

Yes that is her tongue

Very proud of myself