Thursday, 6 November 2008

Felt Bowl Tutorial

A few years ago (before I retired) I worked out a method of making little felt pots like these. You can download a zip file of pdf files from the title link.

The tutorial was initially intended for Support Workers working with adults with learning difficulties so needed to have a lot of detail, it's been successful with a number of groups - if you download it do read the intro file first.

There's more of my felt stuff on my website here.

Spiced Bath Buns

Bath Buns seemed like a good idea and I found this info on the Bath city website:

The invention of the Bath bun has been attributed to Dr. Oliver whose patients loved them so much that their waistlines expanded at an alarming rate so they were quickly replaced with the savoury Bath Oliver biscuit ... The buns were originally a brioche or rich egg and butter dough topped with crushed caraway seed comfits. Today's Bath bun is made from a sweet yeast dough and is sprinkled with crushed sugar after baking and often has a sugar lump in the centre of the bun.

Didn't fancy sugar in a bathmelt so I used Himalayan Pink or Atlantic salts, depending on the colour of the bun. I also like bath melts to have some fizz - it disperses the butters and oils better IMHO.

This one is Spiced Orange, it has orange and spice essential oils with a clove stuck in the centre.

Grapefruit & Cardamon - self descriptive really.

When I made the first batch for testers to try out I used a large serving spoon to shape the mixture. The feedback told me that the fragrance and dispersal was great - but they were too big!

Luckily I went to a Food Fair the same week and found a Pampered Chef stand - there was a diddy traditional style icecream scoop and it's just the right size to make these buns.

Bath Meringues

I really ought to get down to adding pics of stuff which I make so here are some of my Bath Goodies. I was playing around with oils, butters and an icing pump when it struck me that bath bombs could look like meringues

This is
Tess - a Bath Meringue (two halves of Bath Bomb sandwiched with fizzing buttercream melt) - the fragrance milky and creamy with a tiny hint of vanilla. You'll find her at the webpage linked in the post title

I have some lovely raw Cocoa Butter with bits of really dark cocoa solids in it so choccie meringues are in the pipeline (not sure about putting cocoa powder in the bath bomb mix though - could leave a rather mucky tideline on the bath sides)