A Family Interior
My third baby arrived just over a month ago. Unlike the bundles of energy and pure fun that noisily start from 5 until 7(ish) in our house; this baby is quiet, serene and extremely comfortable!
The gestation of our sofa range has been magical adding to our family interior. It was something we always wanted to do at Duck Egg and when the opportunity arose we were so excited to create our range. We loved the classic design with a low arm reminiscent of sofas that wouldn’t seem out of place at Pemberley and deep cushions you can sink into with brass castors. The sofa range is one we are constantly growing. Offering it in our fabric and with the ability to colour match we hope that it is flexible as well as stylish. Our prototype was agonised over for hours. We loved the fluidity of our Bunny hop print and thought it would suit the restful olive green we chose for the background. I always wanted this shade having seen beautiful faded olive green linen on a huge elegant sofa in a villa in Tuscany. The villa was down a winding dusty drive lined by chirping cicadas in the dry grass. Having been ushered into the airy frescoed hallway, my host took me into a dark drawing room half covered with dust sheets and the large beautiful sofa we were to sit on faced french windows gently moving in the breeze and a fountain bubbling peacefully behind the curtains. This sofa stole my heart as I hope our range will…
Another holiday that inspired our range was our recent trip to Dinosaur Adventure in Norfolk. Norfolk is an area that is hugely sentimental to the Duck Egg family and we were very excited to add a palaeontology aspect to our holiday for our Dino mad son! The trail through the eerily authentic forest of ferns and pines hid life size dinosaurs and I don’t know who was more excited to find a T. Rex lurking around a corner or a diplodocus looming over us our children or us. Our eldest’s squeals of terror and wonder and our 9 months old calm and fearless patting of terrifying creatures as he passed in his buggy made it a trip to remember!
So we have created a poster range tried and tested by our own little ones and perfect for all nurseries as the colours can be tailored to any style. We have gone for soft greys in the nursery to match the dreamy ‘Bone China Mid’ from Little Greene which has been such a success, as it is blue but with a background grey that makes it subtle. We have chosen white wooden frames and thick white mounts for the prints to complement our signature white silhouettes. And this is our Duck Egg design ethos to create interiors that work for all the family.
Suddenly the lengthy summer days seem to be over and I thought I would share a recipe the boys and I will be making later and of course eating! Perfect Autumnal comfort food!
• Plum(s) 500 g
• Caster sugar 75 g
• Orange(s) 1 whole
FOR THE CRUMBLE
• Unsalted butter 200 g
• Plain flour 400 g
• Caster sugar 200 g
FOR THE CREAM
• Semi-skimmed milk 280 ml
• Single cream 30 ml
• Vanilla pod(s) 0.5 whole
• Egg yolk(s) 2 whole
• Caster sugar 30 g
• Vanilla extract 2.5 ml
• Corn starch 10 g
Pre heat the oven to 200 c.
Cut the plums in half and remove the stones. Place them in a baking dish, sprinkle over the sugar and orange zest and juice.
Place the cold butter, salt and flour together in a food processor.
Pulse until the mixture is at fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and just bring together, do not overwork.
Spread evenly over the plums and bake in the pre heated oven for 20 minutes, or until nice and golden.
FOR THE CUSTARD
Bring the milk, cream and vanilla to simmering point slowly over a low heat.
Whisk the yolks, sugar and cornflour together in a bowl until well blended.
Pour the hot milk and cream on to the eggs and sugar, whisking all the time with a balloon whisk.
Return to the pan, (add vanilla extract if using) and over a low heat gently stir with a wooden spatula until thickened.
Pour the custard into a jug and serve at once.
To keep hot, stand the jug in a pan of hot water and cover the top with cling film to prevent skin forming.
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