al fresco dining

ibbi: Fresh Thinking, Summer Style

 

Brimming with beautiful, bright colours, our latest collections are all about a V E R Y relaxed Summer style. We’ve lots of lovely outdoor ideas, from butterfly chairs, vintage throws, gloriously embroidered cushions, storm lanterns and stunning ceramic tableware, to authentic Rajasthani day beds and fire bowls (now they’re THE ideal gift for Father’s Day and the perfect accessory for a Summer in the garden). Embrace the eclectic! Take a look at what’s new..

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Beautiful, Relaxed Spring Dining: And Wishing You A Very Happy Easter

It’s almost Easter and with all this glorious Spring sunshine we’re getting ready for a long weekend of celebrations. We hope you have a fabulous Easter! At ibbi, we’ll be:

  1. Eating: freshly baked hot cross buns, straight from the oven. Too mouthwateringly droolingly good for words (and possibly the only thing better than choccie eggs at Easter?)
  2. Shopping: because who doesn’t love an Easter offer! and happy news: some of our absolute personal favourites will be up to 50% off this Easter so you’ll  be able to add a splash of cool colour to your home for less!
  3. Decorating: we’ll adorn our Easter table with all things simple and beautiful: bunches of fresh Spring flowers picked straight from the garden, pretty painted ceramic bowls piled high with choccie eggs, lots and lots of colourful candles and lanterns too with small tea lights (candlelight wins every time) . We’ll merrily mix and match our table linen to create a beautiful individual dining style. Plain linens and block prints go beautifully together. It’s the small details that can have the greatest impact. You really don’t have to think big at all. Mix it up every time.
  4. Drinking: Orange and Rosemary Mimosas (delicious for Easter: make a syrup from sugar and water and then add rosemary sprigs and orange peel..allow to cool. Add a splash of fresh lime and a squeeze of orange juice to the strained syrup and add to chilled prosecco. Garnish with rosemary and a twist of orange and lime peel. Simply too good!)
  5. Going: absolutely nowhere. Isn’t it great to stay put if you can? Enjoy some wonderful home time with family and friends. You can even encourage them to help you dig the garden too!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Pictured: Hand painted ceramics from £12, colourful candles £2 each, inlay candle holders from £17, block printed napkins £20 for a pack of 5. Check out our glass and brass lanterns too: from £9.95. All available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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

 

 

 

 

Hand Crafted, Hand Painted, Unusual, Unique ..It’s What We’re About

pottersworkshop blog franklin tamanaYou know how much at ibbi we love the hand crafted, the unique, the unusual and the eclectic. And there’s nothing we love more than our ceramic collections from South Africa. Inspired by the spectacular surrounding birdlife and vibrant indigenous flora of Cape Town, our favourite pottery there is constantly creating new hand painted collections for us. The ceramic pieces, bursting with texture and colour are created by a skilled team of artists, each with their own very individual style. We’d like to introduce you to Franklin Tamana, pictured here, whose turquoise Tembise pudding bowls have been flying off the ibbi shelves this summer.

New collections are arriving regularly. Check them out at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Hand painted ceramics: from £11 plus p&p

Simple But True: It Always Looks Better By Candlelight!

ibbi100 candle for blog 2Simple but true: everything look better by candlelight! Whatever the temperature this summer, whether you’re dining on the beach, in the garden or round the kitchen table, our ibbi 100 candles clustered in the centre of your table will add lots of lovely gentle light and bags of simple style. The candles are still available at just £3.50 and all profits from this product go straight to the Magic Bus charity (supporting some of India’s poorest slum children from childhood to livelihood). You’ll also be supporting the fabulous work of the Asha Niketan ‘Home of Hope’ in West Bengal where the candles are made. The candles sit in simple hand made terracotta pots and are either unscented or Indian Basil scented. ibbi 100 candles: £3.50 plus p&p: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Fabulous Frazada and super soft kantha: Al fresco dining ibbi style

Fabulous frazadas, available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

The Fabulous Frazada: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

School’s out and it’s time to get outdoors! And whether you’re beach bound or simply relaxing at home, there’s nothing quite like throwing down a rug and enjoying an impromptu picnic with family and friends. Why not have a look at our frazadas: versatile and vintage, these handwoven textiles, created in the Andes using llama wool and natural pigments, make perfect picnic rugs and the most super stylish of throws on sofas and beds too. Vibrant and full of cultural charm, our hand picked throws have a timeless appeal and each is unique. Our softest vintage Indian kanthas make fabulous picnic rugs too. Check out our latest collections: they’re changing all the time.

And what to eat at your picnic? Try a summer favourite: chop up and roast butternut squash, onions, courgettes and peppers in olive oil. Add a little truffle salt if you have it and black pepper too. Before serving add cooked quinoa and wild rice, some feta, broccoli, fresh coriander, mint and avocado. And finish with a good squeeze of fresh lime. Simple and scrummy.

Have a very happy, very delicious summer!

Vintage kantha: £110. Frazada from £220, all available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk