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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

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

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 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!

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