Edward Street Bakery – Saltaire’s Tastiest Secret

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I first heard about a ‘secret’ pop up bakery in Saltaire (West Yorkshire) from my mother-in-law, Marie.  Clearly far more on the ball with the local food scene than us, she instructed us to follow @edwardstbakery on Twitter, keep our eyes peeled, and all would be revealed.

We were rewarded a few weeks later, when tweets emerged promising imminent bread, cake and pizza treats.  Rye, raisin and caraway bread, pumpkin loaves, homemade croissants, pretzels flavoured with fennel, pistachio custard doughnuts – catnip to a conneisseur of carbs like me.

Tray of pretzelsHomemade pretzels dusted with herbs

The Edward Street Bakery is run out of a tiny, stone-flagged front room of one of the many Victorian terraces in the pretty village of Saltaire.  Edward Street is tucked away off the main drag of Victoria Street and the famous Salts Mill.   A no-thoroughfare road that you might scoot past, were it not for the lure of pastry, cakes and yeasted delights.

Exterior of houses on Edward Street, SaltaireSpot the bakery

We didn’t see the bakery until we were in sniffing distance of the baked goods.  An unassuming (though rather lovely shade of blue) door with a glimpse of a sign in the window was the only giveaway.

Exterior of the Edward St Bakery

Window of the Edward Street BakeryAh ha! Found it.

As we entered we were met with racks of fresh bread, huge trays of pizza just out of the oven, oozing custard doughuts and golden, crisp French pasties.  Spoilt for choice, I attempted to buy up most of the shop.

Loaves of bread on metal shelvesI’ll have one of everything please

Laden with goodies, we also succumbed to the freshly brewed coffee (from local roasters Casa Espresso) and left very happy customers. We breakfasted and err… desserted like kings for the next few days and stocked up the freezer with pillow-soft bread baps.

three cakes and cake forksAlmond and coconut Bakewell, millionaire slice with Northern Star porter and peanut butter cornflake tart

Since then we’ve been regular visitors – stalking them on twitter ahead of each Saturday opening, drooling at the menus and keeping track of their link ups with other local suppliers at events like the Lishman’s Butchers’ Barbeque in Ilkley (cakes + expertly barbecued meat = heaven).

On returning I’ve also managed to look past the edible eye candy to admire the simple, low-key decor – the bare brick, open shelves, stainless steel counters and funky neon signs.  These guys have excellent taste in decor as well as baked goods. 

3 loaves of bread on a wooden boardGlorious line up of loaves

Our favourites in their line up so far have been the Grumpy John Ploughman (combining my twin loves of cider and cheese), the sausage, apple and mustard roll, the nostalgic peanut butter cornflake tart, the seasonal pumkin almond and lemon cake, and the delectable hazelnut and caramel doughnut.  The toast from the malted wholemeal batard also goes down a treat with our youngster (8 months), who’s rather worryingly developing a taste for the artisan end of the bread market.  Eeep.

So if you’re in or near Saltaire on a Saturday, have a check if there’s a bakery session on, get yourselves down there, and stock up the bread bin (but leave some for us!).

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New Sink Splashback Tiles from Bert and May

Four grey and white tiles

Our new tiles have arrived!  I’ve been in search of some small tiles for the sink in our utility room for ages, but strugged to find any interesting tiles that are smaller than the standard 20 x 20cm.

Luckily I came across Bert and May, a London supplier of handmade and reclaimed tiles, who have a fantastic selection of glazed tiles in 13 x 13cm size.  These are the grey and white ‘Churriana’ Tile, which also come in black, pink, blue and green.

We’ve just bought a handful to form an interesting splashback feature for our sink, but they also look stunning as a feature wall (if you have the budget!).

They’re not up yet, but we’ll keep you posted on the final result, as well as the progress on my (miniscule) kitchen tart-up.

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Our Favourite: Wooden Bathroom Accessories

A bathroom can be transformed by the accessories and little details you add to the room – a houseplant here, a bath mat there.  Wooden and natural materials are perfect for softening the look of bathrooms that might otherwise feel a bit cold or clinical, and I’ve recently been on the look out for wooden bathroom accessories to work with my brother and sister-in-law’s new on-trend grey and white bathroom.

You need to be careful in choosing wooden items for a bathroom as they need to be treated approporiately (otherwise they’ll rot), but if you get it right you can update the look of your room without having to spend money on expensive bathroom rennovations.  They pop up across a wide span of price ranges, so you can take your pick accordng to your budget:

 

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1. Taunus Bath Mat £27.55 |  2. Oak Rope Light Pulls from £6.95   |  3. Iris Hantverk Bath Brush £13  | 4. Lavatory Brush Holder & Brush £23.95

 

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5. Wooden Bath Tidy £45  | 6. 4 Dot clothes rack £85  |  7. Teak Slat Bath Mat £98  | 8. Lav Brush Set £45

 

 

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Stylish, Unisex Baby Changing Bags

This round up post isn’t strictly interiors, but we’re bending the rules a bit with this one, as it’s something I had to hunt for fairly recently now that I have a new small person in my life (note: for anyone who knows us this is Kath posting not Liz – Liz would like to stress that she hasn’t secretly acquired a child).

The world of baby changing bags was entirely foreign to me, but when I started looking I was immediately overwhelmed by the amount of choice. I was also a bit put off by the out-and-out girliness of a lot of the bags, which isn’t me at all, and I certainly wouldn’t inflict a pink cupcake-print bag on my other half (not if I want him to ever change a nappy).

Below are my pick of bags that I think are simple, stylish and practical (ie. you can wipe them down / stick them in the wash) and don’t scream ‘changing bag’.   Some are specific changing bags, and others are simply backpacks that you could use as a changing bag if you pick up a handy changing mat insert.  Any of these I’d be happy to use as a normal bag beyond the changing bag stage and, most importantly, all have passed the husband test of ‘minimal embarrassment if made to carry’.

For those of you interested, I ended up buying a unisex navy changing backpack from Etsy shop One Duo (which has Mary Poppins-like capacity and zillions of pockets) along with a spare travel changing mat from JoJo Maman Bebe.  It’s been worth the investment as I love the look of the bag, and other handbags aren’t getting a look in at the moment!

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1. Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack – Grey £59.95 | 2. Storksak Noa Changing Bag £75  | 3. Fjällräven Kånken Backpack £56.99 | 4. Laessig Neckline Changing Bag £83.92 | 5.  Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Bag £30 | 6. Skip Hop Duo Signature (Heather Grey) £60 | 7. PacaPod Hastings Changing Bag – Navy Stripe £69.95

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Mix Tape: Music For A Winter’s Night

 

Original image ‘Retkinia’ by Kamil Porembiński

 

A selection of the finest winter songs to keep you company on long, chilly evenings

1. Valley Winter Song by Fountains Of Wayne
2. Winter by Tori Amos
3. Winter Is All Over You by First Aid Kit
4. I Smell Winter by The Housemartins
5. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
6. Calling and Not Calling My Ex by Okkervil River
7. Set The Fire To The Third Bar by Snow Patrol Feat. Martha Wainwright
8. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) by Laura Marling
9. Footprints In The Snow by Robert Earl Keen
10. Frozen Man by The Albion Christmas Band
11. Cold Coming by Thea Gilmore
12. A Long December by Counting Crows
13. Winter Song by Colourmusic

 

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Our Favourite: Nordic Interiors

We’re heading off to Finnish Lapland in a few weeks’ time, thanks to the nice folks at Thomson Holidays. As well as checking in to say ‘hi’ to Old Saint Nick, we’re also going to be exploring the activities that Lapland has to offer for the (marginally) more grown-up traveller.

To get us in the mood, we’ve been looking at Nordic-inspired decor to cosy up our living spaces, now that November is coming into full force here in Blighty. The wild and windy weather and dark evenings are making it far more appealing to stay holed up inside, so it feels like we should make the most of it and embrace the Nordic spirit….

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1. Skog Poster 48 euros  |  2.  Nordic Nights Hot Water Bottle £12 |  3. Danish Geometric Pots from £24 | 4. Golden Magritte Bookends £30 | 5. Copper Trim Chopping Board Set + Stand £71  | 6. Gran Tray, Green/white 42 euro | 7. Wooden Storage Boxes from £16  | 8. Ströva, Soft toy £12  |  9. Senior, Casserole with lid £30 | 10. Bears Mugs – Set Of 4  £4 | 11. Faux Fur Throws £35 (incl p&p)

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M&S Breton Cider: The Sweet Taste Of France

Bottle and glass of marks and spencer Breton cider

Ooh la la!  Everyone likes a bit of French fizz in their life, but this is fizz of the apple variety; a light sparkling Breton cider courtesy of British stalwarts,  Marks and Spencer.

It’s not a typical cider – it clocks in at a mere 2%, so only very lightly fermented giving a sweet, gentle taste with a delicate sparkle.  It has a lovely honey colour and the taste is of a slightly alcoholic fruit juice, so it goes down very easily indeed (but with minimal hangover the next day!).

As an introduction to French cider, there are better examples out there (and it wouldn’t win over any fans in the beardy, scrumpy loving fraternity), but it’s no alchopop either, and sure to please anyone at a gathering that wants to take it easy on the booze.

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Etsy Picks: Office Chic

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Head back to the office in style after the summer holidays with our selection of Etsy picks (see the full treasury over here on Etsy)

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M&S Somerset Oak Matured Cider: A Proper English Vintage

Two bottles of marks and spencer cider

M&S know how to make cider look classy don’t they?  I can almost see these bottles being drooled over in one of their adverts (this is not just cider…).  Anyway, I heartily approve of the innards as well as the exterior, as the clever chaps / chapesses at Marks’ have outsourced these own brand ciders to the quality Somerset cider makers Sheppy’s.  Sheppy’s are a real deal cider maker, who have actual orchards, know their stuff and have a presence at many a cider festival.

It’s a medium dry cider, and it strikes a nice balance of a bit of dryness and depth without drying your mouth out.  I hadn’t come across an oak matured cider before (I thought that kind of thing was for wines and whiskies), but it’s not just a gimmick.  There’s an oakiness in the smell and although it’s still full of juicy apple flavour, it gives it an interesting bit of complexity.  Definitely one to savour and not gulp.

As usual with the interesting stuff, it clocks it at the higher end, alcohol wise (7.4%), so I wouldn’t recommend a session on it, but worth seeking out to support a fine British cider maker.

Union Jack bottle tops on cider

p.s. lost my tasting notes for the Dabinett apple cider, so will have to buy that one again at some point to give my verdict…

 

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Etsy Picks: Sweetheart of the Rodeo

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Giddy-up on over to Etsy to see the full collection of picks

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