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Month: June 2015

Cheesy Feet for Father’s Day

On a recent rummage through the remnant receptacle at Laura Ashley I fell upon this ravishing piece of oilcloth at a reduced price of £8.40. Roughly 1.2m x 1.2m square it is the perfect size to use as a protective cover on my breakfast bar and this morning I put it into action as I set about making some ‘cheesy feet’ for today’s Father’s Day celebration.


Laura Ashley oilcloth remnant

For the benefit of those of you who do know not what I’m talking about please see the recipe below:


150g cheddar cheese, 100g plain flour, black pepper, 100g cubed butter, 1 egg yolk, 1 level tsp mustard.


Cheesy feet ingredients

Heat oven to 220C, 425F, Gas 7. Grease a baking sheet and cover with baking parchment. Grate the cheese into a mixing bowl, sift the flour, add the black pepper and mix together. Add the butter and rub into the mixture until fine ‘breadcrumbs’, then stir in the egg yolk and the mustard. (NB I always make the ‘breadcrumbs’ in the sink  as I find it is a better height for me than the worktop).


Cheese, flour and butter

Roll the pastry into a square, 5mm thick, then cut out the ‘cheesy feet’.



Dust rolling pin and cloth with flour before rolling out


Uncooked cheesy feet

Place on the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins, until pale golden brown. Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, parmesan cheese, or whatever takes your fancy, can be added. Recipe makes approximately 16 feet.


Ideal for a children’s party

The resulting cheese tasting biscuits are ideal as a children’s party snack or equally suitable for the grown-ups with a glass of wine!


the adults liked them too…

Without doubt these were a winner with the whole family!

Cookie cutter and recipe from Cox and Cox www.coxandcox.co.uk; similar available from Amazon www.amazon.co.uk.  Walls Ice Cream paper plates and napkins from Tesco stores and on-line at www.tesco.com.

Authentic Sardinian Style

I have just returned from an amazing stay in the Sardinian mountains.  Hotel Su Gologone is situated a short drive from Oliena in the country’s interior.  Described as an “experience hotel” and “country resort” it did not disappoint.  Its authentic Sardinia style was evident in its unpretentious comfort in this truly peaceful and tranquil environment.

Deluxe room

Rosa Suite

Our suite was nestled in the hillside enclosed in its own lavender and rose oasis. In the garden, seating strewn with jewel coloured cushions, benefitted from dappled shade provided by the native olive and fig trees. Hidden away to one side of the building was an equally colourful hammock and hand painted bean bag;  ideal for a late afternoon siesta!

Hammock and bean bag

Hammock and bean bag

Inside, our suite was equally as laid back. Comprising a separate living room and bedroom, each with its own shower room, plus outside tub!

Outside bath tub

Outside bath tub

The shower rooms were bright and airy with whitewashed walls, floors and ceilings. The uber-modern sanitaryware was juxtaposed with painted tree trunks which were used for seating and storage.  Rustic wooden ladders were laden with ultra-soft towels and robes.

Wooden towel ladder

Wooden towel ladder

White washed shower room

White washed shower room

Whilst these rooms were quite stark, by contrast,  the living room and bedroom benefitted from colourful, locally made crafts.  Heavy natural linen cushions and tie-backs were decorated with looped woollen flowers in contrasting shades of pink whilst the tea making facilities added a welcome pop of colour with their pretty pink linen cloth and brightly coloured china. The painted furniture and the richly patterned rugs added a feeling of warmth.

Colour pop china

Colour pop china


Tea tray

Austere cupboard decorated with flower symbol

Paintings and framed woven shawls adorned the walls whilst wrought iron curtain poles, decorated with hand crafted birds, added to the homely feel.  The huge bed and soft pillows weren’t just for show either as they were incredibly comfortable.

Day bed in living area

Cushions and artwork

Wandering around the grounds of the hotel we discovered a host of Sardinian delights; a kitchen garden, a terrace of dreams, a bakery and tea room, and a number of gift shops as well as a bar set in the side of the mountain.  The views were breathtaking and anybody who loves the shabby chic revolution would adore the genuinely old buildings that add to the charm and tranquility of this resort.

Panoramic of tea room

Panoramic of tea room and bakery

Panoramic of herb garden

Panoramic of kitchen garden

Bar Tablao

Bar Tablao

Shabby chic entrance

Shabby chic entrance

Shabby chic backdrop

Shabby chic backdrop

The local colour palette ranged from the patina of faded woodwork and brickwork through to the vivid shades of the summer flowers and vibrant colours of the drapes, cushions and hand painted accessories.


Hand painted cushions and table tops

Unfortunately, I did not bring back any of the wonderful crafts that were made by the local artisans just an immense feeling of wellbeing from staying in this lovely environment.  It also reinforced my belief that comfort is an essential element of good interior design and should not be substituted  for fashion!

For more information about this wonderful resort and their resident artisans visit www.sugologone.it/en/









Heal’s Summer Sale Starts

Heal’s sale in store and on-line

Sorry for my silence but I have been soaking up some rays in sunny Sardinia and now that I am home I am pleased to see that the Heal’s Summer Sale starts on Wednesday June 10 at 10am.  A firm favourite of mine since the ’70’s, Heal’s have recently streamlined their range of contemporary home furnishings and accessories into nine carefully curated collections; Modern British, Industrial Chic, Elegant Purist, Mid-Century Modern, Future Craft, Unique Pieces, Italian Country, Ambrose, and Tog. For an exclusive preview of the sale visit www. heals.co.uk.

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