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  1. I attempted to make some focaccia bread to take to the barbecue yesterday. I used my usual ingredients and opened a fresh pack of yeast. However, after an hour it was obvious that dough was not going anywhere, it would not rise! the water I used was not too hot; either I put the yeast too near the salt or it was dud yeast. Anyway I had no time to have another go so I used a Wright's bread mix, garlic and rosemary focaccia bread, that I had in my cupboard. It was quick to do, with minimal rising time and although the rise was not as good as my own bread should be, everyone who had it at the BBQ LOVED it. They wanted the recipe, and I just looked mysterious .........
  2. That's a lovely site, thanks Egluntyne. Will have a good browse.
  3. I made the Tzatsiki according to the recipe CatieB linked. Our friends at the BBQ loved it - thank you for your suggestion! It was very zingy. One lady, from Mauritius said that she makes a yogurt dip with onion and toasted mustard seed in it, which sounds rather intriguing, oh and coriander as well, which I love.
  4. I am going to a barbecue on Saturday and we are bringing the salad, plus I would like to bring a dip made with yogurt I have made using my new yogurt maker. Has anyone a good recipe for one please?
  5. This is an idea for a future breakfast, but what about a "bring and share" or a team effort? You don't say whether anyone is going to be helping you, but -may I say that forty odd seems an awful lot for one person to cater for, especially with no cooking or keeping warm facilities at your disposal.
  6. MM- scooping it up and eating it straight away. I like that method.
  7. Hi, have been wanting to reply to this for weeks but have had problems logging on for some reason. Have recently bought the Lakeland yogurt maker and a spare pot. Beautiful, thick yogurt using UHT Moo milk and a couple of spoons of dried. Have used bought yogurt as a starter with success but found I got a smoother result with a starter bought in a sachet . Also have used a sachet of Easiyo once. Was not so keen on this. It was the apricot flavour and I think I may have incubated it too long overnight as it was very tart. Used goats milk another time, it was nice but had a runnier consistency so either I didn't give it long enough or mixed the starter in too thoroughly. If you use bought yog or start off with a sachet and then keep using a bit of the last batch as a starter, does anyone know how long the bacteria last to keep doing that or if they deteriorate after a while? And has anyone used non dairy milk such as soya or almond?
  8. I have a seven year old Husqvarna Platinum and it works beautifully. Bought it from a local dealer who has since gone out of business. I also bought my daughter a Janome Mystyle LE from him, and that is a solid little machine, which works very well. Both makes are good: accessories may be cheaper from Janome but it might be worth supporting your friendly Husqvarna local dealer who'll be on hand if you get any teething problems.
  9. Thanks, Snowy I will. I have got some oils left over from my soap making last year, including some apricot kernal oil, so I'll start off with them. Sorry, Liz Earle, your creams are gorgeous, but I am going to try my own creations.
  10. Hi everyone, it's some time since I have been on here, not had much time for crafts as we have had a house move. Lately I have been thinking of making my own cosmetics and wondered if anyone else had tried this? it started because my daughter bought me some Liz Earle face cream, which is lovely but expensive. My daughter bought me some trial sizes and I have since splurged on the full sizes, and my skin has improved because of this. However, I wonder if making my own using natural ingredients, like shea butter and rosehip seed oil might be just as good. Any thoughts, anyone? I made some soap last year and it turned out well, there is enough to last us about four years so can't make any more of that just yet.
  11. I have one in a booklet called Peter Pan Tiny Classics 1. It is a hooded jacket or cardigan, raglan style fitting chest sizes 20 or 22 inches, but the larger size's actual size is 25 inches. there is a simple textured pattern which I think is suitable for a boy and the hood looks as if it fits nice and snugly. Have scanned picture - just trying to work out how to send it.
  12. I was in John Lewis on Saturday in Norwich and the mini sewing machines were on display in three different colours. They looked attractive but they are lightweight. I started sewing on my mum's treadle, which I have inherited now, and since leaving home have had a succession of cheaper machines. The first I got on a special offer from a magazine and it would probably have been better to buy a good quality one to start off with. Also, I think that the cheaper ones are not always very user friendly and someone with a bit of experience might get better use out of them.
  13. I have never used one of these but if you went to a JL store there would probably be someone there to demonstrate it for you. My feeling is that to be user friendly you might need to spend a bit more on a machine. Have you thought of getting her a reconditioned one that might be a better quality machine but second hand. Maybe ring up the school and see if your daughter's textile teacher will recommend something, she will probably have experience of what the pupils find easy and what they will find frustrating to use.
  14. It's really nice. Love the lining as well. I feel very tempted to make one!
  15. Did you get your machine yet? I would agree that it is best to see and try a machine before you buy. I bought a Husqvarna about five years ago from a local dealer, I went to get a Bernina or Bernette but he won me over onto the Husqs. The foot pedal with them is a bit different. It has a slow start, which I have got used to but that is not to everyone's taste. Also, my reverse button is on the right hand side of the machine, which is a slight pain because I am left handed. However, I think the Emeralds have them on the left. Something I really like about my Husqvarna and that is you can wind a bobbin via the needle, without de-threading and it just seems easier and convenient. It is a lovely machine and very solid and reliable, the stitching is good. I am firmly of the opinion that it is better to save up to buy a good machine rather than go for one of the very cheap ones because I have been there and done that.
  16. I went into J L at London Oxford Circus to look at the wool, particularly to find some crochet cotton. There was so little, I could not believe it. I have now ordered what I want from Purplelindacrafts on the internet.
  17. Lovely, I especially like the pale green one with the raised dotty pattern on as well as the purple one. Crochet is addictive. Must go and do some!
  18. Thankyou for your reply. I did what you said and found some on About.com, also I am sure I must have a book of edgings somewhere. I have so many ideas for crafty things going round in my head, but so little time to do them all in! Also I have got an old cylinder shape 70's pouffe that I want to sew a stretch denim cover for, and then crochet an over-cover in string to put over it. That should look nice.
  19. I have a lovely lamp that was my mother's, but the edging is a bit curled up. I look at it and imagine a lovely crochet beaded edging maybe with beads hanging down. Does anyone know of any patterns for this type of thing, and I'll have that old edging off in a flash! Thank you, crafty people. Egzandra
  20. Two years ago I could not crochet and it was a real mystery how to do it, until I found a book to show me how to do it left handed, and with a bit of practise I have managed to learn. Ihave made dishcloths, a cushion cover of granny squares, a quilt of hexagons sewn together and a jacket for my daughter, which I altered to make buttonholes instead of ties. I am not telling you this to seem clever, but to show how easy it is for a beginner to do nice things. I am sure that you will too, keep going! You really can! It is better if someone can show you. Are there any craft clubs/knitting circles in your area, because most people who can knit or crochet would be delighted to pass on a skill. Good luck!
  21. I have a Husqvarna too, but an earlier model (Platinum 830) that I bought about 5 years ago and I love the Husqvarna. When I went to buy a new machine I asked for a Bernina and the salesman suggested Husqvarna as a less expensive alternative. What I especially like is the fact that you can wind a bobbin from the needle thread as well as in the usual way. When I had my Singer Treadle overhauled yesterday (by the same man, incidentally) we were talking about the cheaper machines on the market and he implied that they could be false economy as they are in sealed units, so impossible for anyone to get in to mend them if they go wrong, so they end up being thrown away. So maybe ease of maintenance should be a question you ask when you go shopping for a machine.
  22. The sewing machine man came, and he has got the machine in good working order, it sews beautifully and purrs along. I was lucky enough to find someone Singer trained, so he knew his stuff I think. He changed the belt and the rubber ring for the bobbin winder, and gave it a good oil and clean and adjusted it. He told me it was solid wood, so I will try and improve the appearance when I pluck up courage, or if not, get someone to do it. I am looking forward to using it some more. Will post pictures soon.
  23. Thanks for that, Snowy. To me the wood looks solid, but I can't be sure and I would not want to take the veneer off. I've left a message on my original posting to see if Mrs Frugal knows whether the wood is solid or a veneer, she has a similar Singer which she has sent me a lovely picture of. I would not mind having a go at restoring the wood myself, although maybe I should wait for a professional to do it - I know someone who might.
  24. Hi, it's me again with my Singer 66 treadle which was my mother's and grandmother's. I have it at my house now, and someone is coming today to look at the machine part, but I also need to do something about the woodwork which is not terribly bad but which has signs of wear and tear like white rings from coffee cups and general drying out due to mild neglect. Mrs Frugal, if you are reading this, do you know if the wood on your Singer is solid or a veneer? On mine it looks solid to me but I can't be sure. I posted a query about wood restoration and Snowy said that if it is a veneer it might get rubbed off by sanding, and that I might need to get it done professionally. She is probably right, but if it was solid wood I might have a go myself. Your Singer machine looks beautifully polished. Have you any thoughts about the wood finish and how I should tackle it? I am looking forward to using my machine when it is working again. I will post some pictures soon. Just off to get some rags ready for the maintenance man, who was due to come on Thursday but has now rung to say he can come today! I am very excited.

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