Pear and guava fruit leather

Fruit leather

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Every week we receive a box of seasonal mixed fruit and vegetables from a company that supports local farmers by distributing their produce. Each box is a complete surprise which is a huge amount of fun when it comes to meal planning! We’ve had a bit of a glut of guavas lately (as they are currently in season) and so I’ve been wracking my brain with what to do with them. Poached guavas are always a hit (have a look here for a recipe) but after a few weeks of that, it’s time for something different. Fruit leather is a fantastic way to preserve fruit and it also makes a tasty snack!

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Spring time bunny crochet pattern

crochet spring bunny

It’s been so cold here lately that sitting snuggled up doing crochet is a pretty standard position for me these days. I was looking through my diary today, though, and realised that there are 21 … Read more

8 tips for crocheting amigurumi

Tips for crocheting amigurumi

This post contains affiliate links. So you want to start crocheting adorable amigurumi but not quite sure where to start? Here are some amigurumi tips to help you get going! 1. Master the magic ring … Read more

Baby milestone cards

Baby milestone cards (mixed)

You may have noticed that things on Thoresby Cottage have been a little quiet lately…well, this is because there have been some major changes afoot in our household with the arrival of little baby Moore! Before … Read more

Pot of pickled sweet peppers

pot of peppadews

I love growing things in the garden – particularly edible things! There is such a huge sense of achievement when a plant that you have been nurturing for weeks or even months bears fruit. I … Read more

Spring flower digital illustration

Spring flower digital elements

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These lovely spring flower vector illustrations started out as a project for a graphic design course I did about a year ago. And now, with a little more time on my hands, I have finally managed to finish them! Since moving into our house (Thoresby Cottage) my husband has uncovered a love of gardening and we’ve had a huge amount of fun growing all sorts of beautiful plants – hence the inspiration for these illustrations.

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Vanilla poached guava

Vanilla Poached Guava

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Winter is descending on Cape Town and that means guava season! Guavas (also known as Koejawel in Afrikaans) were brought to South Africa by the Portuguese in the 19th century and have become a feature in many South African homes in the form of guava juice or canned guavas. I received a handful of fresh guavas earlier this week and decided to try my hand at gently stewing them. 

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Thermomix braided bread

Challah thermomix recipe
Challah
Thermomix braided bread

 

There is something so comforting about the smell of home made bread, but it can be quite an effort to make by hand and so I don’t often do it. However, now that I have a Thermomix, bread making is so much easier!  It’s simply a matter of chucking in the ingredients and letting the machine do (most of) the rest.  The recipe I’m posting today is for a simple Thermomix braided bread loaf.  This type of braided bread is also known as challah or kitke; and is a sweetened and enriched bread eaten on the Sabbath.

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