Annette’s Website of the Week 23rd -27th January 2012

January 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week – I’m a keen patchwork quilter and whenever I get a weekend to myself I’ll often be stitching away or cutting fabric swatches to add to a quilt. But my love of crafts goes further as I’ve always knitted, and even tried my hand at crochet.

Craft ClubTo my delight a new campaign called ‘Craft Club’ is hitting schools in Britain in a bid to get children crafting. Produced by The WI, UK Hand Knitting Association and Craft Council, the Craft Club is run and developed by volunteers who are passing on their knitting (and other crafty skills) to youngsters in the hopes that learning to knit will help in other areas too.

There is no doubt that making something from scratch offers a great sense of achievement, which is why I think Craft Club is a wonderful incentive. Plus Craft Club’s mantra of ‘Knit 1, Hook 1, Pass it on’ encourages children to pass on their skills and share them with others- something which I believe takes you a long way in life.

The Craft Club website is wonderfully vibrant and filled with pictures of what people have created so far. Plus it lists events which you may want to attend if you’re thinking about getting your own community involved. Craft Clubs don’t have to take place in schools, any local venue is suitable.

I remember learning how to knit from my mother and also teaching my children the art of ‘knit a row, pearl a row’. It’s fantastic to pass on a skill which really does last a life time. Myself and my mother knit teddies for charity Teddies for Tragedies, which highlights the positivity which crafting can create. – I often find myself on websites which people have recommended whether it be for an offer, advice or just a general nosey around. This week I came across The Good Web Guide on a site suggested by a colleague and I was really impressed with the huge selection of sites that it houses.

Working by categories The Good Web Guide is simple to use and runs in order of lifestyle, home and garden, food and wine, travel and for those who are more asserted with business on the net there are plenty of financial, business and news sites to choose from.

the good web guide logo

What I really like about this site is the sense of variety. The home page offers websites which would interest lots of different people. Set up somewhat like a blog it’s constantly changing, making way for new content and sites (always archiving older sites so that you can find them later).

My favourite section of the site is Lifestyle as here there is access to lots of links from blogs, forums, and fashion, beauty and wellbeing sites. Grannynet an online community site which I’ve visited previously to read and contribute to is listed; proving that no demographic goes unnoticed. – I’m always sharing recipes on my blog because I truly believe that any occasion can be made extra special with a delicious feast of occasional food. At home I’ve got mounds of recipes books, which I’ve collected over a number of years. But this doesn’t stop me from searching the web for inspiration from time to time.

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More often than not I’ll use recipes featured on BBC Food because the site archives hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes from all different chefs and cooks. Most recently I used recommended Burns Night supper recipes from The Hairy Bikers and authentic Chinese New Year cuisine from renowned Chinese chefs such as Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang.

The great thing about BBC Food is anything you see on a cookery programme aired by the BBC will most definitely be stored here. Simply use the search tool to find the dish or chef. Plus the user friendly website works largely around occasions and offers bucket loads of inspiration for upcoming events, which is handy if you’re planning dishes ahead of time.

Bath-Knight’s top Christmas tips!

December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Have a merry Christmas with our top Christmas tips…


Prepare- If you’re making Christmas dinner this year remember that preparation is key. I’d recommend writing a list of what you’re planning to make then highlight anything which can be prepared or made in advance. Get started on these dishes early so that they are ready for Christmas day. Finally don’t forget to volunteer your children or grandchildren as veggie peelers on Christmas Eve- more hands make light work!

Contribute- Not cooking this year? Why not help lighten the load of your host by offering to take something along. A simple desert, starter or canapés are all things which can be made at home and transported elsewhere. Remember to run your recipe past your host to double check that they aren’t already making the same.

Decorate-Save yourself time by setting your table prior to Christmas Day. Lay out table runners, place mats and decorative finishing touches this week. Then add plates, glasses and cutlery the night before. It’s a great way to save time on the day and gives you chance to set everything up nicely.

Essentials-We all have a cupboard of essentials but it’s worth checking that it’s fully stocked for the festive period. Remember that essentials like stock, canned ingredients and preserves can come in really hand when turning left overs into a feast.

Be creative-We all have traditional Christmas favourites but don’t get stuck in a rut. Search the internet for new Christmas ideas. Easy to make cocktails can be great fun and add a little extra sparkle to the day. Alternatively, prepare family games which everyone will enjoy so that there is no arguing over what to watch on the television.

Handy Websites-

BBC Food- Get Christmas recipe ideas

House to Home- Festive decorating ideas

Guardian- Cocktails for Christmas

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