Homemade XMas: Red Onion Chutney

Hello Lovelies,

As I mentioned previously, I’m making hampers for a few people this Christmas. One of the things I’ve made for them is red onion chutney. The recipe is from the Super Jam cookbook, so it’s not my own but I thought I’d share it as it’s really yummy and so quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

8 red onions
1 red chilli
2 bay leaves
25ml olive oil
200g brown sugar
150ml balsamic vinegar
150ml red wine vinegar

What to do:

I got 5 small jars (around 200g) out of this recipe.

!) Slice the onions and the chilli into thin slices. The recipe states to cut them into thin, short slices but I left my slices long as I wanted a more ‘rustic’ chutney. You can add the chilli seeds to the recipe too if you like a real kick (I left them out of my one as not everyone I’m giving it to is as keen on hot spice as I am).

2) In a large, wide bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the onions, chilli and bay leaves. Cook gently on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) The onions should be translucent and really soft. Add the sugar, red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

4) Simmer the onions for 30 minutes until dark and sticky. Take off the heat and transfer to hot, sterilised jars (boil in water to sanitise the jars and their lids). Seal and leave to cool. You’re done!

The recipe states that the chutney is best left to mature for about a month for the flavour to really develop. Refrigerate after opening and eat within 6 weeks or so. I kept a jar aside for myself, I’m planning to eat it as part of my vegan cheese board! NOM.

Well, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Christmas Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies,

Some of you may be super organised and have all of your Xmas shopping done already but some of you may leave it to the last minute or need a little help with picking the perfect gift. Here’s my recommended gifts guide. I’ve kept to UK based companies as I feel it’s important to support small, local and independent businesses. I see that more and more people are doing this each year and there’s also been a few other blogger’s bigging up Blighty (like Betty Bee of Betty Bee Towers).

Jewellery:

Little Miss Delicious– The adorable and colourful jewellery by Little Miss Delicious always brings a smile to my face. Each piece is lovingly  hand crafted and painted by the very talented Maxine.

LMD I Want Candy Cane Necklace £22. Image by Miss Rain Photography.

Pip Jolley– Gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery from this Crouch End lovely. Her pieces are truly unique and fun. I have been coveting her silver roller necklace for quite some time now.

Large Silver Roller Necklace by Pip Jolley.

For your barnet:

B Millinery– I love Ellen’s hats. She recently made a lime green netted skull hat that I want to badly. A fusion of vintage glamour and darker pieces for  more macabre maidens in your life.

Aqua Trimmed Leopard Print Pillbox Hat by B Millinery, £65.

Wonderland Wigs- Have someone in you life who loves to dress up and release their alter ego? Wigs are such a great way to achieve an entirely different look super fast. Sam of Wonderland Wigs has a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste and great customer service.

Clothing:

Conquer- Established by Sebastian Stobbs and recently opening up a flagship store, Conquer has gone from strength to strength over the years. Each top has artwork designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Hiramatsu. Always a little disturbing, always with a sense of humour. Every garment is made from fair trade cotton too. What’s not to love?

Friends Melange Grey T-Shirt by Conquer.

Betty Blues Loungerie– A bastion of glamour among a sea of frumpy and unflattering lounge wear. Each beautiful vintage inspire piece is made right here in the UK, now that’s a rare thing indeed!

Tempest Baby Doll by Betty Blues Loungerie.

What Katie Did– Something to buy the lady you love for sure! Little hint. If you’re buying a lingerie set that includes garter straps, make sure you buy some stockings too to ‘complete’ the gift. Again, made in the UK, the fully fashioned stockings are manufactured on original machinery How cool is that?!

Helene Atsuko in WKD Antoinette Extreme Corset. Photo: Tigz Rice Studios.

The Grand Gesture:

Tigz Rice Studios– Give the gift of glamour caught forever in photography with one of Tigz’s boudoir packages. Tigz is an established photographer on the burlesque scene and has shot the likes of Dita Von Teese and Vicky Butterfly no less! A truly indulgent gift and something you and your partner can both enjoy.

Kitty Crimson at Tigz Rice Studios.

Bags:

Nap-Sac– A range of sturdy yet stylish bags. A small, independent company run by Mark Knapp, who was fed up of riding his scooter to work all day with a less that stylish bag to carry his things in and decided to make his own.He believes men should be able to have nice bags too and that there should be more style choices the ‘Briefcase’ and ‘Satchel’ for the style conscious male. Not only that, they’re cruelty free too!

Oak with Coffee Trim Holdall by Nap-Sac.

 

Stocking Stuffers:

Rockalily Lipstick– Lipstick that stays put and doesn’t dry your lips out. Comes in several retro -inspired colours, I use these lipsticks in my mua kit, I love them! Poifect for slipping into a stocking or as a small gift for a girly friend.

Core collection of rockalily lipsticks.

Vx Vegan Boutique– An independent vegan haven based near King’s Cross. You’ll find all sorts of cruelty free goodies here, from freshly made cakes and snacks to shoes, accessories, clothes and most importantly (in my mind) vegan cheese and chocolates! YUM!

Lil3Birdy– Beautiful stationary and home wares designed by Clare Sheilds. Her notebooks are great for those who are always scribbling, sketching and writing and the perfect size for a Christmas Stocking.

Small Cute Bird Notebook, Orange and Green by Lil3Birdy.

Well, I hope that gave you some gift ideas and that you choose to support indie companies this year. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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