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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Coffee & Date Muffins! delicious

Cake-loving hubby is away for the day so I thought I'd make him a treat, as well as use up some ingredients from my fridge. Here is a receipt I've used a few times for coffee and date muffins; they don't last long in this household, far too tasty.

You will need:

1 cup of chopped dates,

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,

1 cup brown sugar,

1.5 cups flour,

1/2 teaspoon baking (bicarbonate of) soda,

1/4 cup of strong coffee,

1/4 cup of butter or margarine,

2 eggs,

1 teaspoon of baking powder and

1/2 teaspoon of salt.

For extra flavour you can add some good quality vanilla extract.

Cook for 20 - 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven 325 F or 170C (160C fan oven)

I use paper muffin cases but if not grease your muffin tin.

Mix the dates, cinnamon, coffee and about 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional and to taste).

In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter, slowly beat in the eggs and beat thoroughly.

Add in the date and coffee mixture and stir well.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients and stir again.

Fill the muffin cases about 2/3 full and bake for 20-30 minutes.

This makes 12 muffins.

Whilst this is baking, sit down and rest ... you have to prepare to eat something this tasty; no point overdoing things.

1 comment:

  1. These look soooo good - dates are going on my next shopping list!