It was a weekend of pottering in our home and despite feeling very relaxed we seemed to get plenty done.
Strawberry curd was on my list of things to try this year and I made some using the recipe on Allotment 2 Kitchen.
250g didn't seem like very many strawberries so I began to double the recipe and then realised I'd need eight egg yolks, which seemed a bit excessive! I ended up halving the mixture (before adding the egg yolks) and making a strawberry meringue thing with the remaining mixture and egg whites.
This was the first time I have made fruit curd without straining for bits. Cameron is very reluctant to eat berry seeds due to sensory issues so it was a bit of a gamble but actually, by the time the strawberries were cooked down, the seeds were barely noticeable.
The strawberry curd is delicious but this particular recipe was a bit heavy on the butter for me and also seems quite pink in comparison to other strawberry curds I've seen with vivid colours so I'm on the look out for another recipe to try.
I made use of Sunday morning to tidy my office/studio room and was instantly inspired to get the sewing machine out (which inevitably made the room messy again by tea time!).
I made Millie's Hot Pad from Amanda Blake Soule's Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.
The pattern was really clear and easy to follow but I still have a lot to learn about using a sewing machine.
This was the first round thing I have made with a machine (and with bias tape) so I'm pretty proud that the finished product is round but I made a couple of mistakes - not having the book flat when I scanned the templates and also rushing to top stitch the bias binding right at the end meant that the stitches didn't match up from front to back.
However, it's very sturdy and will do the job well enough and sort of resembles the ones in the book so I'm quietly pleased with my hot pad.
P.S. The winner of the Yeo Valley tour has been picked! Find out if you won in the original giveaway post.