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Recipe Week – Laura

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Our next recipe is from the gorgeous red-haired Laura, food contributor to the new Nor-Folk venture, and lives in Norwich with her son Oscar.  I discovered Laura’s love for cooking  on instagram.  Her food pics are warming, inspiring, make me hungry and wish that I was a neighbour every time.

From Laura:

In our house this is a winter staple. Simple and wholesome, it packs a vitamin punch while the lentils make it a more substantial meal. The ginger and cumin provide warm spice and earthiness while the Queen of Citrus: the blood orange, brings a welcome sweetness that is often popular with children. Perfect for rosy-cheeked days.

The recipe is easily doubled to feed more mouths, provide the same mouths with seconds or to pop in the freezer.

Carrot, Blood Orange & Ginger Soup
(Serves 3-4)

1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
1 onion (finely chopped)
4 or 5 carrots (approx. 400 grams, chopped)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
100 grams red lentils
2 thumbs of ginger
2 blood oranges
1.2 litres vegetable stock

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In a large pot, fry the onion in the oil for 10 minutes over a low heat until softened but not browned before adding the chopped carrots (I leave the skin on when making rustic soups like this for equal parts health and laziness) and garlic. Gently fry for a further few minutes.

Add the ground cumin, stirring continuously for a minute until the contents of the pan are coated. If it begins to catch, add a splash of water.

Add the lentils and stir through until coated by the oil before adding the stock. Homemade stock can take this soup to the next level, but otherwise use a good quality shop-bought job.

Grate in the ginger and the zest of one of the blood oranges. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Add the juice of two oranges. Blitz with an immersion hand blender. If it seems a little too thick, add a little more stock or hot water. Check seasoning. I like to serve this with plenty of freshly cracked black pepper, crusty bread for dipping and maybe a swirl of yogurt.

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You can follow Laura on instagram here

 

Loom love

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We have a new brand for Lil’ Beans store this week, Loom.  They are gorgeous hats, crocheted by the lovely Kyle.  The Loom collection is inspired by the people and places of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind In The Willows’.  The ‘ratty hat’ comes in two colour ways, and we will be adding a scarf to the collection soon.
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Here are 3 quickies with Kyle:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Clapton, East London. I think Cornwall – where I was born, and spent my formative years – is where I will always call home, but Hackney comes a close second. I live with my partner Ben, my son Syd, my daughter Winona, our three cats (Merlin, Vincent and Runter) and a plague of moths, seemingly hell-bent on ruining my life.
Who taught you to crochet?
I’d like to say I was taught to crochet by my grandmother (or even my mother, if it comes to it!) but the reality is that youtube was – and is – my guide. I got the basic stitches from a ladybird book I found at a car boot sale though, so I can up my twee quotient slightly by way of that.
What’s your favourite time of day with your children and place to go (so far) with them?
My favourite time of day with my children is bedtime. If that sounds harsh, it is slightly (who doesn’t love bedtime?) but what I really mean is curling up with the kids and enjoying time with them, one-on-one. For Syd that means reading books (Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer is the current favourite) and for Win it’s a few precious moments without the somewhat hands-on advances of her older brother.
As far as favourite places, any chance to enjoy the countryside with the children has been wonderful. So yes, that means Cornwall again. We visited the wishing well in Madron in the summer and tied ribbons to the tree… Making memories, that’s what we’re all about.

comfort and warmth

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I’ve tried this recipe once before, and am thinking of giving it another go this weekend, now we’re in pumpkin season.  Very calorific, but these things can be overlooked occasionally.

pumpkinpie

  • 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
  • 1 large butternut squash, quartered and seeds reserved
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml double cream

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.

Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.

Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool.

image and recipe. Jamie Oliver

tights

Here’s a selection of tights to keep your lil’ ones warm available from the shop, as it’s supposed to be a wet and cold weekend for us x

SpiritHoods – give a little back

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We like these fake fur hats for all ages from SpiritHoods.  Made in Los Angeles, the company gives 10% of net profit from each sale to the conservation of endangered animals.  Like our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun tee’s it’s a bit of ‘shopping for a good cause’, and receiving a great product in return.

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Bubble London & Playtime Paris

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A handful of some  highlights we had the pleasure of seeing and meeting at Bubble London (Sunday) and Playtime Paris (Monday).  Two great shows, many lovely collections and interesting talks.  Need a day to get my head together now, exciting times.

an etsy find and love

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I am totally wanting these slippers by woolybaby on etsy.  They look the most comfy slippers ever, love the colour ways and they are made for both sexes in adult and kids/baby sizes.  The slippers are made from 98% recycled material, leather soles, wool lining and a cute lil’ sheep is stamped on the bottom.  The attention to detail is adorable and I have a vision of all the feet in our house getting a pair of these to keep us toasty through the winter.

images. woolybaby on etsy


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