Monday, 30 November 2009
I am back with pictures of products on offer through KAW’s CHRISTMAS CUISINE. Prices are now included and I can be emailed for more info, etc whenever you so desire. I’ll be here, waiting!!
Lets begin, there's is a lot to get through!
Festive, mouth watering dreams...?
Christmas cakes, made in advance for the fruits and spices to infuse and ready for you to feast your Christmas chops around.
*MULLED WINE CHRISTMAS CAKE* £5.50
A perfectly assembled, rich and moist cake, made from succulent vine fruits, Christmas spices and laced with red wine and Ruby Port
*KAW'S CHRISTMAS CAKE** £5
An original concoction of succulent vine fruits and spices, producing a rich, moist, Marsala laced cake.
Both cakes are wrapped in sturdy layers of baking parchment and foil, then wrapped in luxury waterproof paper.
JAMS AND CHUTNEYS...
*KAW’s CHRISTMAS CHUTNEY* £3.50 (a real steal)
Full of festive fun, crammed with dates, cranberries and Clementine’s and infused with Christmas spices, you cannot beat this rich flavoursome delight, a perfect companion on the Christmas dining table..
Stored in a heavy duty Kilner jar (which you get to keep for your future chutneys!) this chutney is a divine gift to a pal or parent , or yourselves!
*TOMATO&CHILLI JAM* £2
A bold tomato flavoured jam, with a kick, to spice you up come Christmas.
***All food items have been produced, using ethically sourced and good quality ingredients. I am selling these not to make a profit, but to have my name shouted from the roof tops as you delve into your seventh slice of cake. I am trying to promote myself and my cooking, so I can reach my dreams and grasp them tight.
Now to Arty things..
*TEA TOWELS** £6.50
to mop up those spills or to display somewhere lovely, the choice is yours!
I have tea towels, 2 designs, printed onto quality fabric (450mm x 750mm)
2010 A3 CALENDARS** £4.50
Printed onto quality heavy weight paper. Comes rolled in postal tube.
A choice of 6 designs, displayed below.
(in order from left-right: Leoni-Bird, Mary-Angela, Picnic time, Thinking of England, Hello my deer, Pick'n'mix)
A3 PRINTS** £2 OR 2 FOR £3.50
Save some pennies and buy a KAWCANDRAW thin paper print! Cheap as chips, so NO EXCUSE!
(these are white, for some unknown reason, my camera has turned them a lovely shade of pink.. apologies)
A choice of 6 designs (clockwise: Birds, Hello my Deer, Mary-Angela,Cupcake perfection, Pick'n'mix, and one above: Horsey. Horsey. Horsey.) Please note, these are folded when posted.
All items listed above are available to buy through paypal, (I can request a payment, or you can send me payment), or a cheque through the post is acceptable, but I will have to wait for it to clear before sending, prolonging the whole process. But I'm easy either way.
Please also note, the price of p&p will be added onto the prices stated. I can offer discount for multiple buys, and endeavor to keep postage price as low as possible.
I will hopefully be putting a few things up onto etsy.com so find my shop at etsy.com/kawcandraw.
Thank you for reading, it has been a pleasure.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Today I will cross mountains to reach IKEA. I have been looking forward to this trip for many weeks now, after running short of bottles used to store and pretty-up my precious sloe gin.
Yesterday, I found a rather large package down the stairs, with my name plastered on the top. I had received my rather beautiful KILNER jars yesterday, to store my chutneys and jams (and to display - empty!). They are the prettiest things I have seen in all of my life. 24 perfectly formed kilner jars with metal clips. Heaven.
This put a smile on my face, and cheered me up having to think about the inevitable brief looming all around me. I have a brief to finish by Friday for Figtree ">http://www.figtreenetwork.com/. I am finding this very hard going, being about myself, a self portrait, if you will, illustrating my personality and showing the people at Figtree why they would want to use me and my drawings for themselves. So. I set to work, and drew myself last night. late last night, missing a trip to the pub with pals. It was weird and I didn't much like it, but the show must go on. It must and it shall...
Friday, 20 November 2009
Went out. Early. Brought ALL ingredients needed from AMAZING shop Daily bread. www.dailybread.co.uk. Spent far, FAR too long in admiration of all the wonderful products on offer. Which was fun and nice, but not overly productive, and definitely not on my schedule and time allowances. I quickened my pace to Tesco. Boo. I know, but it has to be done. Anyway, spent far too long there. Checking out the nice ingredients I could use, and failing to find any vegetarian fish sauce, I left, after spending obscene amounts of money, and crying/ trying to reassure myself all the way home.
So anyway, that was my morning (afternoon, really) In fact, it was 4 o’clock, and baking was not looking promising. After stuffing food products into various crevices in the fridge, freezer, and any cupboard I could find space in, I proceeded in beginning the “simple” task of making cupcakes. Easy. Using the Nook Café lady’s fail safe recipe anyway. www.fishmarketgallery.co.uk/page/the-nook-cafe. Using some delicious looking vanilla extract with vanilla seeds, I bunged said cupcakes into the oven in haste, and watched. (watching is a must with our 25 year old oven!)- time for a new one mother? yes I think so.
Anyway. These came out a treat, and icing them, using my newly found skills, thanks to cake decorating classes, I was on my way...
(this is Elaine – my pink sparkle horse)
I finished the cupcakes at half past 9 and I was beat. After swinging these round rather hastily to my pal and a quick chat, I was home and working on the brief due in today. This time for www.theothersidemag.co.uk. After a brain dead flurry of activity, listening to Florence - trying to create brain doings, and drawing a train; trying desperately to make it look at least acceptable to the eye, exhaustion hit me, hard. And bed was my game.
Waking this morning, I thought, excellent. I have my ingredients. I’d spend a few hours sorting the image, sending, waiting feedback, rattling out anything else to offer, sending again, and, hopefully, receiving a “yes!!” and the rest of my day could be spent cooking and browsing the internet for some recipe concoctions and maybe a new dress!. I didn’t get to browse the net, apart from buying some rather pleasing real KILNER jars, to hold my jams and chutneys! And I was sent a lovely personal message from Good Food (to which I signed up to the mailing list last week-loser. I know) any way. The subject was: Kayleigh Ann, bake a batch of cookies! I found this rather amusing, so proceeded to open the page. I scrolled down to find.. http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/631728/fromNewsletter/670, this. A 17 egg chocolate truffle cake recipe. I nearly wee-ed! This set me up for the day and was determined to create at least one variety of Christmas cake I have on offer.
This, again, surpassed my optimistic attitude, and was confronted by a father wanting my help in the office. A mother needing a trip to the village for her mosquito bitten back itches (to which, when I was to leave on my bike, I got clouted upon by rain – not happy), and finally an email from the other side people, not wanting to rush me, but, I guess a gentle nudge to get a move on and GET OUR PAGE SORTED email. It was a very nice email, and I am in awe of what those boys do down there. So, anyway. 5 hours of stress and panic later. I was done.. Until, under scrutiny, I read it and realised Shepherd’s Bush was spelt incorrectly in my speed to get it done. So, it had to be sent again (this means a lot more then you think – its not a simple case of, “oh, lets log onto the internet and click send. No. No. It involves saving to my memory stick, making sure its there. Properly. Ejecting the memory stick. Walking down the stairs through the kitchen, where my fruit mixture is left soaking, to father’s office, where there lay at least 10 scally’s, watching my every move, complaining when I print in colour and waiting for any slip up. I then have to walk up his stairs, plug in the memory stick I have so gloriously named KAW; KAW has been located and I can finally open the file, ready to be attached and send across the internet web of glory, to London). But then. Then it was sent and I sat back to admire the Sent confirmation. By then it was 6. Mother had arrived home, and now dinner time would postpone my cake making efforts.
It was only after dinner, after everything had been shoved into the dishwasher, sides cleaned, father vacated, could I start on my cakes. It was fun. A long hard slog of pumping every muscle in my right arm to bind the raisin, currant, sultana, cherry and marsala ingredients together. I am now waiting. Waiting for the oven to ding, ping or whatever the hell it does when it declares “I am done”. I am longing for it to make this sound, down to the fact that, as mentioned before, our oven has gone around about 17 years over it’s warranty, and it does cease in breath from time to time… fingers crossed.
The only thing I need answering from my days of hectic activity is this. Why, oh why, does everything take SO darn long? Why? Someone help me decipher the meaning of time, and help me to realise that things take longer then they do or in fact should.
Tomorrow, I am off to work in the Nook Café, which promises to be a day of fun and frolics. So cooking, no baking. Until maybe the evening. When I hang up my tired eyes, on matchsticks (grim thought!) and slog hard into the night. For delicious cakes and things. Just you wait…
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Photos posted soon, if everything goes to plan. Big IF. The oven likes to break down on occasions..
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I have been working hard to develop an image in the theme of Liberation for the Sue Ryder Art Liberating Lives competition of 2009 http://www.suerydercare.org/pages/art_liberating_lives_2009.html.
I entered last year and was very proudly included in the exhibition, which took place in the Mall Galleries,
If I am to get through, this piece will be up for sale, and found in the Mall Galleries from the 15th December, for the Private View. I met Linda Barker last year.. Worth it, just for that!
P.S. The lady with the red hair is correct in her position of being 'upside down'. Before you ask.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
I saw the sights and sounds and a million, billion meat counters on Brixton Market. I went there to hopefully meet Rosie. Rosie Lovell. To eat. In her Cafe, which promised to rock my world..
Having read an article about her Cafe (Rosie's Deli) in the Observer, I just had to see it, for real. In existence.. And it was magical. A real treat. It was everything I expected and wanted it to be. I enjoyed an amazing anti-pasti with my good friend Elissa Elwick http://www.elissaelwick.co.uk/, and I'd like to express my gratitude for the inspiration she has brought me.
So thanks Rosie, for simply being you.
Check her out. http://rosiesdelicafe.blogspot.com/Here. And be amazed.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Welcome.. Sit. Get warm. Check out my images of KAW's CHRISTMAS CUISINE.. SLOE GIN. (should probably come with health warning with the rate of knots it can be drank!)
P.S. Just thought I'd let you know as I am so super excited - I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to sleep tonight excited - I'm going to visit Rosie's Deli in Brixton tomorrow.. Someone hold me or I might just explode!
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
It's been a while, trying to set up my new business ideas! I have now (finally) found my niche and am fully committed to making this a Christmas to remember, for you and me, and for all the right reasons..
I am setting up KAWs Christmas Cuisine, where all sorts of things can be brought for pals, parents, parents in laws etc etc..
These treasures include:
- Christmas cakes, (option of traditional delicious fruity delight, or an Orange and Cointreau cake)
- Christmas cards, (to buy individually or in packs)
- Presents: fanzines, prints, tea towels, 2010 calendars, sloe gin (ready to drink over Christmas)
If you are at all interested in any of the treats outlined above, please email me any questions, for price guides and things of differing description..
You can find examples of my work, throughout my blog, and more will be posted SOON!
Thanks for reading. Look forward to hearing from you! xx