Friday, 27 February 2015

Casual Friday - In the weird world of consumer goods... Cat Tapestry coats and other assorted BACON merchandise

Cats, cats and MORE CATS

Do you guys get into Etsy? I did an image search for blanket coats and Etsy came up, thought I'd check it out.... and found these *ahem* coats.

I am also somewhat fascinated by the prevalence of Bacon products... that don't actually contain ANY BACON... like, you can get a COFFIN in a rasher print!

"Accouterments Bacon Air Freshener":

  • Take that great bacon smell everywhere you go
  • 4" tall air freshener
  • Comes with string for hanging

HURRY - Only one left on Amazon

Why Accouterments? Weird name for a company that sells air freshener... almost like they're trying to sound fancier...?

If Air freshener is'nt going far enough... how about something slightly different?

Coffee. Maple glazed Bacon topped DONUT. Bacon DEODERANT.
Why not go the whole hog* with a BACON SCENTED PILLOW CASE...
*Pun intended.

Let me know if you guys buy the cat coat - I would but i'm just not sure how I could style it...

Maybe I could get my Norman Screen-printed on a t-shirt?

Happy Friday everyone

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Shoesday Tuesday - Shoes: here, there, EVERYWHERE. New Acquisitions

So... these have been acquired in the last 6 months. I'm not THAT bad.

 Cut-out detail Boots - Wildpair
 Snow-leopard print point-toe-pumps - these are hiiiiiigh. Wildpair
 Left- Topshop. Right- Zara (Bag- Karen Walker)
Metallic Point-toe-pumps - Steve Madden. These are GORGEOUS
Oh Hello - My blog Header!
Had to inject some 70's with these leopard print strappy Sandals
with Hand-carved Platform heel by Siren @ +Wild Pair 
These were actually a GIFT - I am that easy to buy for >:D

Natural canvas Peep-toe wedges from WILDPAIR - You guessed it

Ooh, now where can I wear them!!?

Happy Shoesday err'body.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sunday Baking - Pear, peach and Almond Tart - not too sweet and just on the right side of rich

Pear and almond tarts are popular and common in the UK - Marks & Spencers do a nice one.
After trying a particularly luscious one in The Barbican kitchen I decided I had to tackle a tart for myself! This recipe is really good as you don't have to blind-bake the pastry case first.  


170g Plain Flour
85g Butter
30g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
2 Eggs
100 g caster Sugar
Tin of peaches and pears in Juice (400gms approx)
100g Ground Almonds
30g Melted butter
50g Plain Flour Sifted
 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder


Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar and then use the egg to bind the dough together.  If there is not enough liquid to bind add a drop of water or cold milk. Rest the dough in the fridge for at least an hour before rolling.
Roll out the pastry to line a 20 cm fluted flan tin. Prick the base all over and return to the fridge.
To make the filling whisk the eggs and sugar until pale and light. Fold in the ground almonds then the butter and finally the flour and baking powder.
To assemble the tart put some of the almond nmixture into the pastry case then sit the pears and peaches on top. Fill in the gaps with more almond mixture, this will help protect the fruit during cooking.
Bake at 180c for about 40 mins.

If this seems a strange combination of ingredients I would definitely recommend you give it a try, it's super tasty, not too sweet and just on the right side of rich. Mix up some mascarpone cheese with a touch of vanilla to serve if you like!

Thanks to Christine on Allrecipes UK for the original recipe

Or if your prefer something chocolatey...

Happy Baking everyone!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.