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DIY emergency mask template [English & Italian]

For the moment I don’t have a photo to post, but will get one organised soon.
Just thought it might be useful to have immediate access to this mask pattern and tutorial so that you can supply your friends and family with community masks as requested by numerous local authorities at the present time.

They are NOT medical masks, but are in keeping with local community activities such as shopping and recreation where it is important to keep our OWN droplet emissions from spreading when we cough or sneeze.

Feel free to download for your own needs. In the pdf file you will find a template and instructions to make the mask — including tips for down sizing for children.

Mask kit available for those who would like to make their own but have little or no access to the necessary materials for doing so. Click here for details

Versione italiana

Palm Sunday 2020


A beautiful day, but a very subdued Palm Sunday for those who usually celebrate. No religious celebrations for the community and in the UK, Queen Elizabeth made a public speech from her quarantine quarters in Windsor Castle — a special occasion and something that she hasn’t done in many years.

But there seems to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel — at least for some of the northern regions of Italy, where new cases of coronavirus have been a few less, and the death rate not quite so high — which means that there is hope that we can soon move into the next phase and begin to ‘live’ with the virus instead of just hiding from it.

Fast & Furious cake

This is one of my ‘go-to’ recipes if I’m looking to cook up a quick breakfast or dessert. What makes this truly, ‘fast & furious’ is that — using a silicone cake form I can put this in my microwave oven at approx.750°C and within 7 to 8 minutes, have a good looking cake to serve up! But I must also add that the microwave version will dry out very quickly, and so it’s best with the addition of some jam in the middle, or even with a scoop of ice-cream or a drizzle of cream, custard or sweet sauce if you are serving it as a dessert.

Yield: About 12 slices

Simple, fast & furious cake

Simple, fast & furious cake

Simple cake recipe to whizz up all in one go in your kitchen robot

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g Flour (can be self-raising, plain or wholemeal)
  • 200g butter or margarine
  • 200g sugar (demerara is ok too)
  • 1 x 16g packet of raising agent
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Optionals:
  • Flavouring if desired
  • Chocolate chips or chopped nuts
  • Icing sugar to dust top of finished cake
  • Fruit jam of choice to spread in the middle of the cake

Instructions

  1. Turn on your oven to 160°C
  2. Prepare the baking tin (27cm diam.) by rubbing all over with small knob of butter and then dusting lightly with flour.
  3. Prepare the robot with a non-cutting blade
  4. Sift together flour & baking agent -- if using wholemeal flour, first sift & then add the chaff which remains behind in the sieve.
  5. Spoon into your robot along with any flavouring eg. cinnamon, vanilla etc.
  6. Add the sugar
  7. Cut the butter into small pieces, then add to robot.
  8. Turn the robot on at half-speed until the butter is mixed with the flour, then increase the speed for about 30 seconds.
  9. Break the eggs, one by one, into a cup so that you can check for pieces of shell, before adding each into the flour mixture
  10. Turn on the robot full speed until the mixture becomes smooth & slightly shiny. That should take a couple of minutes.
  11. At this stage, if you want to add some chocolate chips, throw them into the mixture & turn on the robot for just a few seconds so they mix in evenly.
  12. Carefully transfer the mixture to the cake tin, & if the oven has reached temperature, slide on to the top shelf.
  13. Cook for about 35 minutes, checking a few minutes before the end of cooking time with a wooden skewer in the cake to see if it comes out dry or moist. If too moist, you may have to extend cooking time a few extra minutes.
  14. When cooking time is up, take the cake from the oven and leave it to stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cake rack to cool
  15. When the cake is cool you can add a little extra interest by slicing it in half horizontally & adding a jam spread in the middle -- or more simply, by just adding a dusting of icing sugar on the top

Notes

Cooking utensils:

  • Round cake tin 27cm diameter
  • Kitchen robot
  • Kitchen scales or measuring jug
  • Sieve (for flour)
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Knife

Recycled hearts for wall hanging

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Biedermeier hearts wall hanging [Tutorial]

I’m afraid the image doesn’t do the wall hanging justice, but these are really very attractive and make nice little gifts so you might like to try this one out for yourselves. There is only one heart in the photograph, but the wall hanging actually has 3 of them, one above the other.
Click on the button below to download the PDF file instructions.

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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