Poodle coat construction

I am having a lot of fun with this project.   Stand collar ‘interfacing’: not a fusible, but lovely Italian shirting cotton There’s something appealingly subversive about using “couture” techniques when sewing faux fur that looks like a poodle. Mais oui, pourquoi pas? Of course a poodle needs couture treatment. It is French, no?  Continue reading “Poodle coat construction”

Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie

This blog needs to be renamed from He Cooks… She Sews! to He Cooks…. She Shops, She Bakes and (just sometimes) She Sews… The Shopping. See previous post. The Baking. Chai Spiced Carrot Cake: 3 eggs 175g honey 125g gluten free SR flour (2/3 cup) 155g grated carrots (2 to 3 carrots) ½ tsp groundContinue reading “Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie”

Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP

Ginger nuts This great recipe is thanks to Jorth. 200g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 cups raw sugar 2 eggs, beaten (or 4 eggs -see update note below) 3 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour 6 teaspoons ground ginger (yes, I know that’s a lot, but ginger nuts need to be gingery!) 2 teaspoonsContinue reading “Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP”

Paris, and the next project…

Just down ‘our’ street in the 6th arrondissement The last part of our silver wedding anniversary holiday was 5 days in an apartment in Paris. Reflections in a chocolatier’s window. They were also celebrating 25 years.. Our location made it easy to pick up some cheese and fruit from the local open air market (LaContinue reading “Paris, and the next project…”

Cappuccino cake

Yes, more baked goods! (If you are here for the sewing, click away now! or scroll to the bottom to see what’s in progress..) with my sister-in-law’s gorgeous red roses (Papa Meilland– stunning to look at and to smell) Ingredients 220g butter, softened 220g caster sugar 220g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoonContinue reading “Cappuccino cake”