The last time I made lemon curd was in high school Home Economics class. I do love the stuff and when cleaning my mother’s home recently I stumbled across a fool-proof microwave version which allowed me to make gorgeous home made spread for my family and friends. So easy and a great way to use up lemons!
To make this, you’ll need:
A clean/sterilised jar, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups of caster sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon rind, 75 g butter. (This recipe makes 2 cups worth of lemon curd).
I was lucky to get some fresh lemons from a tree outside my apartment. I squeezed them in preparation!
Add the butter and juice into a bowl and cook on high in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
Add in sugar and lemon rind.
Add in eggs and whisk well. Cook on high in the microwave for 7 minutes.
Whisk well for 1 or 2 minutes.
Pour into glass jar and cover when it cools.
Refrigerate and decorate! Give it away as a gift or enjoy it on your crumpets like I do! Yummy!
This is probably the cheapest and quickest Christmas present you will ever make. The best DIYs during the busy festive season are quick to make and have a great pay off. These jars look substantial but are really economical and make lovely gifts.
You will need:
Empty jars (One serving of this filled 3 large jars)
510g of normal white sugar
150ml cold water
1) Begin by wiping a baking tray down with olive oil.
2) Place the sugar and water in a sauce pan and boil on low heat until the sugar dissolves.
3) Increase the heat and let it bubble until it turns the colour of honey.
4) Stir the cashews through the mixture as fast as possible as once the sugar mixture sets it will be hard as cement!
5) Quickly pour the mixture onto the baking tray and let it cool. When it is warm loosen the brittle.
6) When the brittle has cooled completely use a meat tenderiser over a clean tea towel to break up the brittle into bite-sized pieces.
7) Put your gift into a nice jar and label it nicely for the one you love!
Happy DIYing and let me know if you make this for anyone! Merry Christmas.
I was so flattered to be asked by Crate and Barrel to host the launch of their festive season event. Once again, my day job seems to be moving in perfect synergy with my love of DIY.
The event activities included making traditional Gluhwein, wreathmaking and how to wrap the perfect gift. I learnt how to tie the perfect bow from floral expert and fellow craft-lover Nadine Shamas. Nadine and I both agreed we wanted to see more crafters and DIY activities happening here in Dubai.
Here are some images of the gorgeous Crate and Barrel store and the festive Tree Lot. The event was packed!
I was recently in Australia and hit by a wave of nostalgia for the cuisine of my childhood. It’s no surprise to me that I began to lose a lot of weight when I left Perth, my childhood diet consisted of Chicken Treat Hot Chicken Rolls and cheese sausages.
There are some days however, that having a moderate sampling of childhood treats can do wonders for the soul. My Mum is very ill at the moment and it’s been a tough time. This DIY is dedicated to her and a childhood spent eating Kellogg’s¬†LCMs. These are my DIY version of the popular lunchbox treat.
Now you’re going to see many more simple non-bake food DIYs on the site soon, especially food for gifts that can also be packaged nicely into pretty boxes. My apartment has a hopeless oven that even my pastry-chef cousin Paula could not manage to bake well in when she visited. So all recipes will be simple and non-bake.
You will need:
250g pink and white marshmallows
185g white eating chocolate
5 cups of Rice Bubbles
1) Chop your marshmallows in half and break your chocolate up:
2. Take a baking tray and line with baking paper.
3. Combine marshmallows and chocolate into a medium saucepan; stir on low heat until it looks like this:
4. Have your Rice Bubbles on stand by and stir into the mixing bowl the marshmallow/chocolate mixture. You’ll need to move really fast here and be quite forceful as the marshmallow dries super quickly:
5. Press the mixture firmly with a flat spatula into the baking tray, you can even smooth the surface with wet hands (I didn’t do it here due to time constraints):
6. Refrigerate for 3 hours and then cut into squares.
This blog is dedicated to Mummy Heng (above, on her wedding day), that she may make a speedy recovery from her stroke. She never was very good at making cakes and slices but boy did she teach me everything else I know about DIY! Love you, Mum.
Recently I’ve been spotting loads of news in my favourite international magazines about the return of DIY.
This article in the January issue of Red¬†and sees four women who quit their day jobs to follow their dreams of doing DIY for a living. The story which strikes me as the most inspirational is “The Sociable Knitter.” It’s the story of three sisters who opened a venue in Scotland where women can knit while also dining.
It’s now become my dream to open up a venue where women can DIY cool things (not just knit) and eat some very nice food. I’ll keep saving my pennies.