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For All Foodies…

Inspired by the fabulous food writer Anna Jones: a quick ibbi lunch in the sun today: avo mash (of course served in prettiest ibbi ceramic bowl)  with lemon juice, salt & pepper. To be piled on sourdough toast and top with fresh tomatoes, rocket, balsamic vin and olive oil. Yum...

Inspired by the fabulous food writer Anna Jones: a quick ibbi lunch in the sun today: avocado mash (of course served in prettiest ibbi ceramic bowl) with lemon juice, salt & pepper. To be piled on sourdough toast and topped with fresh tomatoes, rocket, balsamic vin and olive oil. Yum…

We foodies at ibbi are always on the look out for inspirational ideas on what to gobble next. And some moons ago our fellow ibbi co-founder Anna heard about the amazing stylist and food writer Anna Jones…and now at ibbi we’re all totally hooked. Anna Jones believes vegetables are essential and should sit at the centre of every table. And her recipes, packed with grains, nuts, seeds and seasonal vegetables, are healthier and lighter (on both body and pocket) than those of many other writers too. She makes you want to eat veggie, even if you’re not vegetarian. It’s exciting, vibrant food. Discover more at http://www.annajones.co.uk and have a look at we_are_food on Instagram or treat yourself to her fabulous book: ‘A Modern Way To Cook’. We love it!

Gorgeous ceramics for your table: always available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

Relaxing This Weekend..With Our Delicious Sweet Treats

IMG_8064How to relax this weekend? We agree. Keep it simple. Read the papers, potter in the garden, enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and spend time with family and friends. And food? Well isn’t quick and delicious always the way and this weekend why not spoil yourself with a simple throw-together sweet treat, straight from our favourite Northumbrian cook Jane Lovett. Jane’s Creamy White Chocolate Pots can be created in seconds and they’re pictured here in our gorgeous ibbi hand painted ramekins. Read on and enjoy..

Creamy White Chocolate Pots (Serves 6)

7 oz best quality white chocolate

7 oz creme fraîche

7 oz Greek yoghurt

blueberries, redcurrants, raspberries or strawberries

icing sugar to decorate

The Making:

Break the chocolate in to a mixing bowl. Suspend it over a saucepan of hot water until melted. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl come in to contact with the water.

Stir the creme fraîche in to the chocolate, followed by the yoghurt and mix together until smooth.

Spoon in to ramekins, cover and leave to set in the fridge for 4 hours (or overnight).

Just before serving, top with fruit and dust with icing sugar. Drizzled honey is scrummy too.

 

ibbi hand painted ramekins: £11 each plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Jane Lovett’s brilliant book ‘Make It Easy’ will be available again in November. Pre-order (and we strongly recommend you do!) from September at http://www.janelovett.com. Price: £12.99 plus p&p

 

 

 

 

the ibbi list: June

Welcome to our ibbi list for June!

Claire and Anna unpacking some of the latest ibbi collection at ibbi HQ recently

Claire and Anna unpacking some of the latest ibbi collection at ibbi HQ recently

This month we’re dipping: in to great reads, great art, delicious Summer cocktails and scrummy places to eat . And as we’ve got new collections arriving all the time now, we thought we’d take a moment to recover from the past few weeks of unpacking our fabulous deliveries and do something a little more relaxing..so we’ve been ‘test driving’ our new charpoys (traditional Indian beds) from Jodhpur for you too.

So after the work’s done this month, we hope you have a moment to relax, enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the great outdoors and perhaps find time for a Summer cocktail too (why is it that they taste so much better outside!). We hope you have a great month.

Claire, Anna and Eliza


 

READ: ibbi’s Top Five Great Summer Reads

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We do hope you find the time to enjoy one of these..and if you’ve lots of time try all 5!

 

1. Akhil Sharma: Family Life

An absolute must read. Brilliant, discomfiting story of the American dream gone horribly sour

2. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is The Night

Talented, charming young psychiatrist marries fragile heiress: the story of their exotic lifestyle and the seeds of destruction that lie within.

3. Amitav Ghosh: Sea Of Poppies

Terrific novel set against the backdrop of the Opium Wars in 19th Century India.

4. WM Thackeray: Barry Lyndon

18th Century adventures of a clever, unprincipled member of the Irish gentry as he tries to better himself with little money and bags of charm

5. Stephen Hilton: More Human

Truly spectacular ideological eclecticism from David Cameron’s former Strategy Director, who discusses how change is possible to create a more local, more accountable and more human way of living. Perhaps doesn’t sound fascinating..but truly it is.


 

SEE: Eric Ravilious

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This show is dedicated to the watercolours of British designer and illustrator Ravilious. In a short career of only 20 years he mastered the techniques of the Old Masters yet the intricacy and scale of his works reflect his belief that watercolours were finished pieces and not simply sketches to paintings in oils. His landscapes reflect his love of the English countryside and simple studies of geraniums and carnations in the greenhouse use fabulous forms, colours and textures. As wartime approaches we see military vessels on the high seas and the desperate gaiety of  wartime picnics. It’s all intelligent, emotional and hugely enjoyable stuff from start to finish.

At the Dulwich Picture Gallery London SE21 7AD  until August 31


 

EAT: Dishoom

We think the best dining experience in London: Dishoom

We think the best dining experience in London: Dishoom

Even when the sun shines and the temperature rises there’s still something truly delicious about a great curry and if this Summer you find yourself in our great Capital city could we suggest you pop on down to Dishoom, undoubtedly, we say, the very finest, relaxed and enjoyable dining experience available in town. A Bombay style café with vintage decor and retro ceiling fans , Dishoom is open from breakfast to dinner. The menu is loosely styled on Irani café food and offers all manner of mouthwatering goodies such as birianis, bhel (crunchy puffed rice with tamarind chutney) rajma-chawal and a black dal to die for too. It’s very busy in the evenings but you can book for breakfast and lunch. Dishoom has very kindly offered ibbi a £30 voucher so just be the first person to get in touch with us and we’ll happily send that out to you.

Dishoom: 12 Upper St Martins Lane London WC2H 9FB

http://www.dishoom.com


 

DRINK: Strawberry and Basil Margaritas

Strawberry Margarita

Always looking for great Summer cocktail ideas we love the combination here of  fresh strawberries with beautiful basil. These margaritas come together in seconds and are utterly delicious. You’ll need:

4 oz tequila

half a punnet fresh strawberries

2 oz fresh lime juice

8 fresh basil leaves

1 oz simple syrup

lots of ice

The Making:

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until the ice is crushed. Pour in to 2 margarita glasses. Finish with a sprig of fresh basil or a fresh strawberry and just taste the Summer!

 

 


WEAR: GLASS JEWELLERY BY MARINA AND SUSANNA SENT

fabulous colourful jewellery designed by the Sent sisters

fabulous colourful jewellery designed by the Sent sisters

 

As we’re always on the look out for something new and unique we love this jewellery: recently discovered in Venice. Marina and Susanna Sent are sisters with close family ties to the Murano glass works (both their grandfathers worked in the sector) who’ve chosen to break away from traditional products and focus on minimalist glass statement jewellery. Spectacular pieces in a huge range of beautiful vibrant colours.

Check out at http://www.marinaesusannasent.com for details


 

ibbi STYLE: The Joy Of The Charpoy

Relaxing on his charpoy: the leader of a Bishnoi village close to Jodhpur whom we met on our travels earlier this year

Relaxing on his charpoy: the leader of a Bishnoi village close to Jodhpur whom we met on our travels earlier this year

After a hard day in the office, kitchen, garden or car (no doubt taxiing your kids around) there’s nothing like a quiet hour’s relaxation in the sunshine.  That rug on the lawn always looks appealing, but why is it you’ve only just got yourself settled on the lawn when the damp dog has to come and say hello and then dry off right by your side? So this Spring we decided to get busy testing all manner of outdoor seats, swings, chairs and beds , to get us all a little higher off the ground. And whilst in Jodhpur earlier this year we were delighted to find what we think are the most beautiful and most comfortable outdoor beds around: the charpoy or traditional Indian bed. Over one and a half billion people around the world apparently sleep on charpoys. In India they come outside during the day to be sat on and then go back inside at night to be slept on. Our charpoys have original carved legs and new woven webbing and they easily accommodate 2 adults (with probably enough room for a wet dog too). Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

and lastly: something ibbiotic..

Egg

How do you like your eggs in the morning? There’s fun available for all the family on the last Sunday in June in Swaton, Lincs, UK at the World Egg Throwing Championships. All details available at http://www.eggthrowing.com

And believe it or not there’s the world Toe Wrestling Championships in Derbyshire, the Swamp Soccer World Cup in Scotland and the World Worm Charming Championships in Cheshire this month too…

Aren’t those strawberry and basil margaritas somehow so much more appealing..


 

ibbi celebrates! World Baking Day with Jane Lovett

Celebrate World Baking Day!  Delicious sticky rhubarb and ginger cake

An Excuse To Celebrate! Rhubarb and Ginger Cake

 

 

Yes. Today is, apparently, officially, World Baking Day. Aah..another excuse for us here at ibbi to celebrate with cake! And if you’re thinking of celebrating too, could we recommend, if you are in need of a little inspiration, that you head to the website of fantastic Northumbrian based cook Jane Lovett . We are huge fans of Jane, who has always been passionate about great food, fresh seasonal ingredients and all things culinary and her legendary no nonsense cookery demonstrations around the UK are a source of inspiration for experienced cooks and complete beginners alike. Check out her website http://www.janelovett.com for details on demonstration tour dates and delicious recipes too. For now, we’ll leave you with one of Jane’s mouth watering cake recipes (from her book ‘Make It Easy’). This cake is too scrummy for words, freezes beautifully and served with a dollop of elderflower infused creme fraiche is, we think, the best way to celebrate World Baking Day (or any other day for that matter..)

Jane Lovett’s Sticky Rhubarb and Ginger Cake (serves 8)

You’ll Need:

110g softened butter

110g self raising flour

110g caster sugar

Half tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

5 sticks young rhubarb cut in to small chunks

2 large bulbs of stem ginger thinly sliced, plus a little of their syrup

2-3 tbsp demerara sugar

icing sugar

The Making:

Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C

Grease and line the base of a 20cm cake tin with a disc of greaseproof paper

Place all ingredients except the rhubarb, ginger, demerara and icing sugar in to the bowl of a food processor and blitz for 25 seconds until well mixed

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly

Arrange the rhubarb pieces on the top, pushing them slightly in to the mixture

Dot the slices of stem ginger between the rhubarb and drizzle over some of the syrup (about 2 teaspoons)

Scatter the top with demerara sugar

Bake for 45 mins-1 hour. Test by sticking a skewer in to the middle. If it comes out clean it’s cooked

Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out on to a cooling rack. Peel off the paper and scatter over some demerara sugar.

Dust with icing sugar before serving with the elderflower infused creme fraiche.

This cake is perfect for Spring picnics and it looks oh so delicious served on a hand painted ibbi platter! New collections of platters available later this month at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk and we’ve beautiful new linen aprons arriving soon too, if you like to keep mess-free whilst creating in the kitchen!

For more inspirational recipes from Jane head to http://www.janelovett.com

 

 

the ibbi list: April

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Happy Easter! Spring is here, our latest collections, bursting with colour and rich texture are about to reach our shores and we’re buzzing. This month we’re talking luxurious linen, great reads, delicious eateries, cool ceramics and must-see collections from the doyenne of abstract art: Sonia Delaunay. ibbi: eclectic as ever!

Have a great month,

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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TRY: ibbi’s Hand Painted Ceramic Ramekins: What Do You Do With Yours?

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Our humble hand painted South African ceramic ramekins are bright, bold and super versatile. We’ve used them to dollop the pesto, stack the slices of lemons and limes and display the Easter eggs.  We’ve glugged the olive oil, decanted the peppercorns and poured the balsamic. We’ve potted pate and potted shrimps. Whether you’re sorting trinkets, storing ever-illusive keys, sorting spare change, sorting cufflinks, stacking cotton wool, treating children to choccie eggs or even feeding the cat, there are just so many ways to use this perfect little pot. We thought you might like to see how we’ve used ours.


 

SEE: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern 15 April-9 August 2015

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The work of Sonia Delaunay, the doyenne of Euro abstract art is being celebrated in London this month. Don’t miss this fabulously bold and brilliant exhibition featuring the extraordinary creative talent of one of the key figures in the Parisien avant-garde movement. This is the first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s work and includes paintings, textiles, collaborations with creative power houses such as Liberty and clothes created through her 60 year career. ‘Delaunay is one of the critical reference points in modern art and design’ VOGUE.

A visual feast.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on


LOVE: To Relax With The Flax: Why ibbi Loves Linen

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

We’re delighted our gorgeous new 100% pure linen range of cushions and home accessories from Jaipur will be arriving with us soon. With colours inspired by the Spring skies and spectacular hot pink bougainvillea of Rajasthan and designs reminiscent of the lattice screens at Jaipur’s Amber Fort, our rich textured vibrant accessories will sit beautifully in both classic and modern interiors. And why linen? Well it’s extremely durable and its look is super versatile too: wash and line dry for a more casual look or iron for a style that’s perfect, crisp and clean. And the greatest thing about linen? Well the more you wash it and use it, the softer the texture and the more luxurious it looks and feels.

ibbi linen accessories arriving late Spring http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

READ: Rohinton Mistry

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If you haven’t yet discovered the works of Indian born author Rohinton Mistry then you’re misssing out. Start with the beautifully interwoven short stories in ‘Tales From Firozsha Baag’ (1987), then move on to ‘Family Matters (2002)’ and finish with his masterpiece ‘A Fine Balance’ (1995). The cultural and social worlds that Mistry’s characters perilously inhabit are cruel and there’s no end of misfortune and despair but the author’s heart is huge and somehow the novels remain hopeful. Utterly brilliant.


 

EAT: Pizza East

Pizza East Portobello

Pizza East Portobello

If  you’re in London during the Easter break and searching for a great eaterie then we’d suggest you head over to the Capital’s  delicious Pizza East, located in a former tea warehouse on the corner of Shoreditch High Street. Whether you’re in need of rich coffee and simple biscotti or something more substantial, this place with its distresssed paintwork, exposed bricks and statement lampshades provides the perfect eating environment. A menu of wood oven pizzas, fresh antipasti and daily changing specials awaits. Try the aubergine, smoked mozzarella, pesto and basil pizza with its perfect airy and hint-of -sourdough base, with perhaps an endive, pair and gorgonzola salad too. Finish with fluffy doughnuts and choccie sauce. Delicious.

Other branches in Portobello and Kentish Town.

http://www.pizzaeast.com


 

And Finally..IT WOULD BE ibbiOTIC NOT TO..Celebrate Easter

 

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Wherever you’re spending Easter it’s a great time to celebrate! Bake a simnel cake piled high with almond paste eggs. Organise an Easter Egg hunt. Dress as an Easter Bunny. Dress the dog. Enjoy eggs. Tie fabric ribbons to the trees in your garden, pack your eclectic collection of glass utensils with Spring flowers for your table and eat outside. Celebrate with family and good friends. Whatever you’re up to, we hope you have fun this Easter!

 

 

New, Vintage and Unique: the blog

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Welcome to our new blog! It’s great to be sharing it with you. Every month we look forward to posting our latest crushes, finds and inspirations  and all that other stuff we love at ibbi: style, food, fashion, travel and film..and we love a spot of eccentricity too..we like to call it something slightly ibbiotic . And there’ll be regular news on our ibbi100 product, which raises money to support our chosen charity in India, Magic Bus. Share your ideas and let us know what you’re thinking..we always love hearing from you. And if you’d like to feature in our New , Vintage & Unique Monthly List then who not get in touch?

So feet up, relax and enjoy. It’s great knowing you’re on our style journey with us!

Eliza, Anna and Claire

ibbi

 

 

the ibbi list: March


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Throw off the thermals! Spring is in the air, Easter’s fast approaching, there’s a hint of colour in the hedgerows and this month we’ve lots to share with you. After our recent travels to India there’s still an Eastern flavour to our blog: we’ve a fabulous giveaway from our favourite chutney creators at Rubies in the Rubble, we’re reminiscing about our favourite Indian films and we’re talking  juicing, doughnuts, interior touches and the very finest shoe styles too. ibbi: eclectic as ever!

Have a great March!

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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01830 530433  www. ibbidirect.co.uk


 

WIN: Rubies In The Rubble

We’re feeling utterly foody this month after our travels in India and thinking back to all those thaalis and biryanis and huge helpings of lime pickle and chutneys, we felt we had to link up with our most favourite of all UK chutney makers at Rubies In The Rubble for our giveaway this month. Check out founder Jenny Dawson’s inspired story and details of her mouthwatering premium preserves made as much as possible from otherwise discarded fruit and veg, at http://www.rubiesintherubble.com

Rescuing damsens in distress and pears in a pickle to create her scrummy preserves and jam, we suggest you try her apple and ginger or red onion and chilli chutneys. They’re perfect with Sunday lunches, sausages, cheeses and veggie samosas and we’ve got lots of delicious jars to give away. Simply like us on facebook or follow us on instagram for your chance to win.

Alicia from Rubies in the  Rubble with an armful of delicious premium preserves

Alicia from Rubies in the Rubble with an armful of delicious premium preserves


WATCH: The Lunchbox

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for film (and popcorn) and occasionally there’s nothing quite like a movie with a good dollop of romance. Inspired by our travels I recently re watched Ritesh Batra’s beautifully filmed drama The Lunchbox. It’s all about emotion, food and love coming together when a miserable Mumbai housewife, desperately hoping to reignite romance in to her marriage, finds hope as her elaborately prepared lunchbox goes astray and lands on the desk of the loneliest of ageing office drones. For foodies and romantics everywhere this film is an absolute feast. Don’t let it pass you by.


 

 

STYLE CRUSH: Penelope Chilvers

For me the very thought of comfortable feet used to conjur up terrifying images of sensible school lace ups and all things ugly. Aaah how wonderful that times have a-changed. Walking down Duke Street in London last week I couldn’t resist pressing my nose against the gloriously glamorous Penelope Chilvers shoe store window and soon found myself inside chatting with Head of Marketing and PR Whitney Blackburn and giving Penelope’s to die for range of velvet Cuban boots and African inspired Dandy Maun cotton needlepoint slippers more love and affection than I usually give my beloved terrier, Marj. Penelope Chilvers shoes are everything beautifully crafted shoes should be: unique, stylish, decadent and (I have to stress this point) beyond comfortable. The Dandy Mauns had to come home with me. Move over Marj.

http://www.penelopechilvers.com

 

Deliciousd: African inspired Dandy Maun Needlepoint shoes from Penelope Chilvers

Delicious: African inspired Dandy Maun Needlepoint shoes from Penelope Chilvers


EAT: Dum Dum Donutterie, Shoreditch E1

dum dum's finest: strawberries and cream

dum dum’s finest: strawberries and cream

Recently discovered whilst visiting London and mooching round Shoreditch with 2 of my constantly starving teenage children, Henry and Archie, both 16, this tiny dream of an eaterie offers the most mouthwatering doughnuts, iced buns and croissant creations known to man. Think strawberries and cream, banoffee doughnuts full of custard and banana puree, dipped in Dulce de Leche and perhaps a signature bake too: the Zebra, with layers of of croissant dough filled with butter creme and topped with lashings of dark chocolate. Sweet treat, energy boost, answer to your hangover prayers…whatever you’re looking for, these doughnuts are best eaten fresh and fast.  Tear and share, or  hog the lot! The best we found in town.

www.dumdums.co.uk

 

 

 


TRY: JUICING

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Never feel you’re getting old just because you love it liquified!  Juicers (and I love the Samson I use) are a must have kitchen essential. There are so many super healthy and delicious recipes out there and it’s (honestly) great to start the day with a big glass of green to get yourself looking and feeling sparkly. Try my current favourite, the Beet Treat (2 beetroots, half a fennel bulb, 2 green apples and the juice of a lime) or the ‘Instant Energiser’ (4 carrots, 2 apples, 1 peeled kiwi fruit and a handful of parsley..ooh and flaxseed, banana and a few blueberries for good measure too if you’d prefer it super thick and gloopy ).

For further inspiration look no further than Deliciously Ella. We’ve had a recipe crush going on with Ella for some time now and she has great ideas for all things healthy (and to die for chocolate brownie recipes too).

www. deliciouslyella.com


INTERIORS

There’s something we just love about kantha throws at ibbi. Beautiful, vintage, versatile and each one unique, they’re made from layers of vintage sari and hand stitched in West Bengal with the utmost precision and care. Gloriously vibrant and chic, robust enough to throw in the washing machine and perfect thrown, tossed or draped over any chair, bed or sofa, a kantha is just what so many rooms need: a spot of colour, a dash of personality and a smattering of individual style.

ibbi’s new collection of kanthas, £110, are available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

vintage kantha throws, £110 at ibbidirect.co.uk

vintage kantha throws, £110 at ibbidirect.co.uk


 

 

ibbi100 and Magic Bus

We are huge fans of Magic Bus, an incredible charity project in India which supports children from some of the country’s poorest slum communities. At after school club sessions run by Magic Bus every week, the children play games and discuss crucial issues such as education, health and gender equality. Youth Leaders from the local communities, trained by the charity, run the sessions and we’ve seen first hand what a huge impact this is having on those who participate. Every month at ibbi the profit from our ibbi100 product goes straight to Magic Bus. We’d love to keep you updated with news about the projects and the products we’ve selected too. Keep an eye on our website. ibbidirect.co.uk

our trip to Magic Bus in Kolkata last month, Feb 2015

our trip to Magic Bus in Kolkata last month, Feb 2015

 


and lastly..BE: ibbiotic

 

Not many people know that Finland is the spiritual home of wife carrying racing (or eukonkanto as they say in those parts). But now it seems we’re giving it a go here and we’re bending the rules too. In the UK the female competitors don’t need to be wives at all AND they can do the carrying. It’s a 400 metre sprint, takes place in Surrey this month and whatever your preferred lift: fireman’s, Estonian carry or the more traditional piggyback, it’s all great fun for a £10 entry fee on the day.

 

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http://www.trionium.com/wife for more details