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A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Inspired by Soulemama

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

This weekend is the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend that many people have been planning for months! There will be street parties and road closures, flags and bunting, afternoon teas and fancy dress parades… well in our road anyway, but I won’t be there as it is also the weekend of the Kingston Lacy Craft and Garden Fair.

To get in the celebratory mood we have made some delicious chocolate~vanilla and lemon~vanilla Union Jack Flag and crown cookies. These have been decorated by hand using Royal Icing.

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this {moment)

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Inspired by Soulemama

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this {moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Inspired by Soulemama

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this {moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Inspired by Soulemama

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Special Requests ~ Unique preserves and event products

Parkside Produce offers a bespoke service

I was delighted to be asked to produce chutney for a wedding that took place at the end of April. Instead of a traditional wedding cake the couple opted for tiers of assorted cheeses from our local cheese makers at Lyburn Farm, Landford (like these or these) and therefore chutney was required to go with these various creamy cheese layers. The theme was ‘vintage’, and they wanted Red Onion Marmalade and Rhubarb & Date! I was then presented with the recycled jars for filling – an assortment of shapes and sizes ranging from Le Parfait, Leifheit and Ball to a Mrs Ellwoods pickle jar!

Not at all fazed I set to and made the Red Onion Marmalade first as this needed slightly longer to mature. Given I had a month maturing time I made sure that the onions and sugar had really caramelised well before adding the red wine and balsamic vinegars. I then cooked low and slow to remove the raw and quite harsh vinegar taste, without evaporating too much of the liquid before bottling and sealing the jars.

The Rhubarb & Date was made a week later but in the meantime I had to think about the appearance of the finished jars. They were different sizes and shapes and some had patterns and logos embossed into the glass. My usual labelling wouldn’t work with the jar shapes I had, and anyway it would have been far too formal. Luckily, the one consistent feature was the size of the lids, so I adapted my stall labels from ovals to circles and measured the lid diameter to get them to fit neatly. I inserted my logo discreetly as a watermark behind the product name and printed them onto card and paper. Once printed off they were stuck on with glue stick – this makes them easy to wash off again later.

To finish off the simple vintage feel I tied raffia bows around the necks of the jars.


I know the bride and groom approved of the presentation, but more importantly I’m certain that the chutney was perfectly matched to the cheeses they chose for their ‘cake’. Parkside Produce wishes them all the best for a happy future together.

So, if you have seen a product we offer on our website, or you have already bought some, and you would like a smaller or larger quantity (than 200g in the case of our preserves), then our bespoke service is just what you are looking for!

Perhaps you would like me to create a unique recipe for you, a friend or a special occasion. Maybe you have a special jar that you have sourced that you would like to be filled with our lovingly homemade preserves or sweet treats as a gift.

Are you are hosting an event (private party or corporate function) and you desire favours for the guests to take away – please get in touch for a quote.

Please bear in mind the seasonal nature of some of the ingredients used in our range of preserves. We need a minimum of a months’ notice for all products and the sooner you contact us the better, particularly if you know that you want an ingredient with a short seasonal availability.

 

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All Things Cookie

Sugarbelle’s, Sweet Ambs, Sweet Hope Cookies, Sweetopia, HayleyCakes and Cookies, Arty McGoo, Jill FCS, Karen’s Cookies, (I’m sorry I know I have missed a fair few off this long motivational list) – all these wonderful cookie-mad bakers have produced some amazing, inspiring creations. They generously spend their time not just creating marvellous works of cookie art, but then kindly teach us all by demonstrating these techniques to us step-by-step, either as video, or photographs. They give their ‘no-fail, go-to’ recipes for the top type of sugar cookie to hold its shape and they share their tips and tricks on the best icing to use for different ways of decorating our own masterpieces. I wouldn’t have known where to start without them. I also wouldn’t spend days in front of the computer absorbing all their inspirational ideas.

It was Sweet Hope Cookies that started this ball rolling! I stumbled upon her facebook page earlier this year which led me to look at her website. She creates gorgeous cookies to raise money and awareness of ALS – a devastating disease that her brother died from. Her biscuits are beautifully decorated and set the bar high, so after a couple of months procrastination I started making rolled sugar cookies in March this year and am about to make my fifth batch. I see the carefully crafted creations of Sweet Hope Cookies and my many other cookie heroes and I try to emulate their designs in my own style. I know, I definitely need to practise, but I love it! It is so addictive! I have bought new cutters, icing tips, sprinkles and lustre dust – from the UK and the States I’m that hooked!

I am still searching for my ‘best recipe’. I am not happy with how my biscuits spread a bit too much on the first and second roll-outs, even after chilling the dough overnight and after cutting. I am still trying to get the icing consistency just right for each style of job. I am also learning how to pipe icing, and what effects different nozzles have – but it is FUN! And I love it when a cookie-plan comes together!

However, the looks are only the beginning – the proof is in the pudding as they say, and these cookies taste FANTASTIC!!

I am starting to take orders for cookies. If you have an event that you would like custom cookies created for, contact me to discuss your ideas. I typically need notice of at least a month to complete your order request.