THE NEW #BAKE OFF – CREME-DE-LA-CREME…

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This new BBC 2 series starts tonight at 8pm. In episode one Tom Kerridge welcomes three teams of pastry chefs to the first heat of this contest. They are challenged to make more than 100 perfect miniature pastries in three hours for judges Benoit Blin, Cherish Finden and Claire Clark to inspect and taste. Contestants must then reinvent the apple crumble as a showpiece dessert, complete with a towering edible sculpture.

The three judges – all famous patissiers even if they’re not household names – are fierce. Presented with tray upon tray of exquisite and innovative miniature patisseries in the first round, Benoit Blin, Cherish Finden and Claire Clark nitpick over the tiniest detail. But as host Tom Kerridge tells us, precision is everything in the pastry world, which explains why digital spirit levels and an instrument like a multi-wheeled pizza cutter are among the utensils on their worktops.

Can’t wait to see how this one goes tonight….

MY LATEST CUSHION PROJECTS…

 

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It all started with this cream and black one which was a piece of fabric I found in the ‘fabric ends’ bag for £1 – it just fitted the cushion I had for the bedroom (which is all cream and black) and I had enough braid left from my previous projects, to put it down each side.

My sewing machine broke down making this first one but I decided to just make them by hand instead, and the second one I made was another piece of fabric from the same ‘fabric ends’ bag again for £1.

2016-03-17 14.08.06I decided to add some buttons to each corner for this one, just to give it a different look. I then had the bug and I went to Dunelm Mill to have a look at what they had in their ‘end of line’ bags.

I couldn’t find anything I liked in that bag except for some cream rope braid which was a £1 so I bought that but found two lovely fabrics which I really loved. You could buy them in half metres and so the next two I made were the ones below.

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Finally the last two I have made (so far) were these two checked ones (below) for my bedroom. I haven’t put a zip in any of them but finished them with invisible thread instead. I can easily unpick that when they need a wash.

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I’ve got another couple to make yet from the £1 bag but I am really pleased with these. What do you think? …..