Monday, 26 October 2015

Halloween Baking


I'm a huge of Halloween! Mainly because I absolutely love witches, so it is right up my street. I just can't resist buying all the exciting spooky themed sweets and novelty stuff in the shops.

Over the last few weeks I have been trying to add a bit of the Halloween spirit into my baking. The first thing I made was a butternut squash pie with a pumpkin face. You can make any pie you like and cut what ever pumpkin face you want into the pastry. It's super easy! I cooked the pastry for the top of the pie separately and then just added it as a lid once the rest of it was cooked.

Next I made witches' hat pasties. As with the pie, the filling for these can be whatever you like. I filled mine with feta, spinach and peas. I got the ideas for making these from here but decided to make them look bit more like witches hats by adding a little buckle at the bottom.

Lastly, I made these Bakewell tarts with spiders' web icing. I used this basic Jamie Oliver recipe. Although I just used the leftover pastry from my witches' hats to make the cases instead of using pre-made ones. I need to practice doing the spiders' web effect but I think you can at least get the idea. Here are the instructions from someone who has actually mastered it if you want to give it a go!

I would say I am a little bit obsessed with Halloween themed baking at the moment. I have even made a Pinterest board to pin all the good ideas I have seen on the internet. I'm definitely going to do some more before Saturday.

Have you been baking or have you got any ideas for Halloween themed food?


Monday, 19 October 2015

Do you think I'm spooky?

A few weeks ago we launched a new collection of spooky products. The collection is inspired by one of our all time favourite TV shows the X Files*. The collection consists of some large and mini temporary tattoos and three new embroidered brooches. Both the ghost and alien head have, excitingly, been embroidered using glow in the dark thread to add that extra spooky element to your outfit on these dark winter nights.

You can view the whole collection in our Etsy shop here. What creeps you out and stops you from sleeping at night? For me, it's the weirdo black cat who lives next door.

*we're also making an X Files zine, which is taking a long time to finish, but it will be ready soon!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Long time no blog posts

It has been exactly a year and one day since we last wrote a blog post on here, oops! While we haven't been great at keeping this up to date, we have been super busy doing loads of other things. Here is a quick update of what we have been up to:

- Moved house
- Co-organised the first Northwest Zinefest
- Got HLF funding for Salford Zine Library
- Been on a dream holiday to Florida
- Been on holiday to Copenhagen
- and most recently we have launched a completely new spooky collection!

Hopefully we will get a chance to do some recap posts about a few of these things that we didn't get around to writing about at the time.

L x