dining

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

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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..


 

Summer Picnics And Rhubarb Cordial

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As Summer fast approaches it’s time to get collecting fresh ingredients from the garden and when the sun’s shining down and you’re feeling hot, bothered and in need of delicious refreshment, there’s nothing better than creating sweet cordials which can be diluted with either sparkling water or Prosecco (depending on your mood). And last weekend we turned to rhubarb, already in plentiful supply. Rhubarb cordial is scrummy (even the anti rhubarb league at lunch yesterday enjoyed it) and it looks so pretty at picnics, particularly when poured in to tumblers and served with strawberries or fresh mint. It’s perfect after a hard day’s gardening and makes a change from crumble..

Rhubarb Cordial: You’ll Need:

3kg roughy chopped rhubarb

150 ml water

lemons

caster sugar

6 whole star anise (optional)

The Making:

Put the rhubarb in  a pan with the water. You can add 5 or 6 strips of lemon (easy if you use a potato peeler), the juice of a lemon and the star anise at this stage too. Cook over a low heat until the rhubarb is totally soft and mushy. Leave to cool for about an hour. Strain through a muslin cloth over a bowl. Don’t rush it or the cordial’s cloudy. The process takes several hours but leaving it overnight is best.

Now measure your juice: for every litre of juice add 750g sugar and 75ml lemon juice. Pour this all in to a pan and heat on a medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.

Allow to cool.  Add 2 tsp citric acid if you’d like to store the cordial for several months (it’ll give it a serious tart kick) but if you’re using it straight away this isn’t necessary.

Bottle in sterilised bottles and seal.

Simply dilute with water or Prosecco. Add chopped berries and fresh mint and have a great picnic!

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the ibbi 100 update

Thank you! A great response to our ibbi 100 hand painted ramekins this month

Thank you! A great response to our ibbi 100 hand painted ramekins this month

Huge thanks for your response to our latest ibbi 100 product (our hand painted ceramic ramekins). Profits from the sales of all these bowls goes to the Magic Bus charity, which supports some of India’s poorest young people. Our ramekins are still available, each one unique. Great for oils, nuts, seeds, sweeties, spices and perfect for puds. Made to mix and match!

£11 each at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

ibbi100 and how you can get involved!

ibbi100 napkins. 4 for £16 at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

ibbi100 napkins: £4 each at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

100% of the profit from our ibbi100 products goes straight to the Magic Bus projects which support some of India’s poorest slum children. And this month we’d like to offer you our ibbi100 super vibrant Indian cotton aprons, napkins and tablecloths, in either stunning turquoise or fuschia pink.

Spring is here! What better way to transform the character of your table than by adding pots of fresh Spring flowers straight from the garden and glorious splashes of colour with vibrant table linen. Our tablecloths and napkins are great for mixing and matching and over time take on a fabulous faded charm. And why not have fun round the table this Easter with your own table napkin challenge? Napkin fold away to your heart’s content and let your imagination run wild:  create Easter bunnies, pointy hats, cuddly hens or pretty flowers. And there’s always beautiful triangles for the more artistically challenged!

You might also like our no-nonsense waist aprons, made from finest Keralan cotton. Wear them, wash them, hang them out in the sunshine to dry. The more they’re used, the better they get. Perfect for busy bakers and teenagers eager to help in the kitchen this Easter!

http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk