what's the quack? + 1
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The shop is having its grand opening on Thursday 12th of March (this day week!), I'd be delighted if you could make it along. For the opening we're having a Tea and Crumpet soiree so expect some jolly good fun. I will anyway so don't worry. For the opening I'm getting in some new stock from London and working on some of my own very special pieces so if you've already been in to the shop, you'll still be gob-smacked. Bring your friends, lovers and pets!
My favourite piece
Anne Bullitt was the daughter of William C. Bullitt – America’s first Ambassador to the Soviet Union. She was renowned for her elegance and style. Having worked as a model for many of the top fashion houses in New York in the 50s and 60s she amassed an enormous collection of clothes and accessories. I had the pleasure of acquiring some pieces from her collection. My favourite being a 3 piece Suit by Jeanne Lanvin. The fabric is a silk and linen mix and feels absolutely fabulous! I'm selling it for €120 and I'll be sad to see it go!
Carrot Cake Recipe
This is a cake a road tested on my hockey team. It went down a storm, happy cooking.
400g Self raising flour, 175g Melted butter, 175g Brown sugar, 125g Granulated sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tin of mandarin oranges (from london if you like), 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence, rind of an orange, 4 grated carrots
400g Icing sugar, 225g Cream cheese, 50g Butter
1. Preheat the over to 180°C. Grease and line a cake tin.
2. Beat the melted butter, sugar for the base and eggs in a large bowl until creamy. Add the oranges, essence and rind as well.
3. Add the flour and then the carrots.
4. Put the mixture in the tin and bake for 40-50 mins until firm to touch. Leave to cool.
5. Beat all of the icing ingredients until smooth and spread over the cooled cake.
Finally, this is my cat totes. He helps pick out fabrics!