Buttons, Bunnies, Buns and the BBC

When I go rummaging and foraging in dusty corners of junk shops, one of my most favourite things is finding an interesting looking box or tin.  The anticipation of opening it to see if there is anything inside is delicious.  Yesterday, I was on such a rummage and found this tin which, in itself, is a bit gorgeous.

vintage tinIt had a label on top saying ‘boite et boutons’ so I knew there were going to be a few old button inside but it was full to the brim, sorted into bags by colour and some of them are pretty unusual.  I’m not yet that brilliant with the macro lens yet, mainly because I am too lazy to set the tripod up,  but here is a small selection of what was inside. WARNING: zoom down a bit if you’re not interested in vintage buttons or dodgy macro photography.  Just saying.

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You can’t really blame Pandora for causing so much trouble can you?

I’ve got bunny fever again – must be the time of year – and here are a couple of new additions to the ever increasing bunny bento family – well, that’s rabbits for you.

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I actually found a local source yesterday for vaguely reasonably priced (well, it is France!) coloured linen and I’ve bought some in a soft grey which I think will be lovely for a bunny.  I have added it to the projects list.

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I love hot cross buns and Mr. T. obligingly goes into Waitrose when he is in the U.K. and brings back supplies so we can keep up with the tradition of  slathering butter onto hot buns (ooer missus) and gorging on this Easter treat for a couple of days.  Funny, I don’t put much, if any,  butter on bread or toast but huge amounts of it are necessary for hot cross buns and jacket potatoes.  Anyway, inspired by the Great British Bake Off spin off for Easter, I’m going to slavishly follow the lovely Paul Hollywood’s recipe for hot cross buns.  I like the fact that they look all puffy and soft as the shop bought ones are usually a little flat.  Wish me luck with the piping bag when I add the crosses as I am usually not to be trusted with this kitchen tool that seems to behave perfectly well in anybody else’s hands but behaves like a demented serpent when I give it a go.

Paul Hollywoodand back to the buns…….

hot cross bunsIf mine turn out looking something (anything) like this, I’ll take a photo, if not I won’t.  Thank you BBC for the programme (the photos!) and the recipe which, if you want to give it a go, you can find here.

Thank you also BBC for the return of Dr. Who this Saturday.  The Doctor has obviously finished his work experience stint with Mr. Bricolage (see here if you are confused) and has returned to South London (mostly) to keep the Earth safe for us all.

Even better!  For those of us who love cooking AND sewing.  The Great British Sewing Bee is starting on BBC2 on Tuesday.  A sewing programme!!!  I will be interested to see what equipment the contestants will be given.  The bakers in The Great British Bake Off  had their own Smeg fridge, Neff oven and KitchenAid mixer – each had a different coloured one.  Will there be Husqvarnas or Berninas in tasteful pastel shades or what?  I can’t wait.  My life is now complete.

Madamoiselle Tialys the elder is back from Uni for the Easter break so I will be otherwise engaged listening to tales of student life and struggling to be ‘cool’ about it all and resisting the urge to send her to her room if she lets a swear word slip.  Whatever you are up to – have a great break. x

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  1. #1 by wendy on March 29, 2013 - 17:13

    Now that’s what I call a find! Lovely tin, bien sur, but those buttons are particularly FAB! Lucky you. Love the green one especially.

    I think a lot of people have been inspired by Paul Hollywood – I’ve seen a few pics of homemade hot cross buns. Even my hubby is keen to give them a bash. I hope he does – they look delicious. I’ve just bought a few packs from Sainsbury’s (this morning) and intend to go and have one in a minute – as you said, heaps of butter is definitely a must.

    Enjoy having la mademoiselle at home – and good luck ignoring the swear words. I see my boys on Facebook using all manner of filthy language and every now and then I make a big fuss about it and it stops for a while and then they get slack and let it creep in again. Drives me nuts – especially as my Mum and MIL and elderly aunts and uncles see it all too. I know I sound like a grumpy old biddy but young peeps these days have very little discretion and tact – nor a good vocabulary.

    Right, I’ll climb of my soapbox and leave on a positive note…..your bunnies are adorable.:)

    • #2 by tialys on March 29, 2013 - 17:49

      I think that’s one of the problems with FB Wendy. It makes you feel as if you are in a private world and you forget who might be reading. My Dad found out one of his grandaughters is gay by seeing her status on Facebook. Nothing remotely wrong with being gay but I feel there are better ways of communicating information. I hope you enjoyed your hot cross bun. I think ours have got cranberries in – will the fun never end!

  2. #3 by Jan Marriott on March 29, 2013 - 17:19

    I certainly am a button person and you have some crackers there. Will it be vide grenier time soon? hot cross buns are awful here…I want a really yeasty one. Jan

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    • #4 by tialys on March 29, 2013 - 17:51

      Yes Jan, we had one a couple of weeks ago and they will be starting in earnest in April – hoorah – that’s my sunday morning lie-ins scuppered for a while. I am hoping my home made buns are going to be yeasty and soft and who cares if I don’t get my crosses exactly right?

  3. #5 by Mary on March 30, 2013 - 01:43

    Oh, I do love a button box. Recently received my husband’s great-grandmother’s button tin, and was delighted with the assortment of buttons, buckles, hairpins, and a bullet!!! I’m sure there was a story there which I suppose I’ll never know. Happy Easter!

  4. #6 by tialys on March 30, 2013 - 13:25

    A bullet. Mary! What a story you could weave around that. It’s not a silver one is it?

  5. #7 by Jodie on April 1, 2013 - 11:50

    those buttons are delicious …and I hope the buns were too.

  6. #8 by Zoe on April 1, 2013 - 13:17

    Bootiful buttons! Plus those bunnies are adorable! xx

  7. #9 by Lisa on April 6, 2013 - 17:46

    Beautiful buttons, and nice photography too. I adore your rabbits!
    You seem to be able to get all the British TV where you are. You get to be an expat and watch British telly all at the same time! Lucky you. My youngest son is a huge Doctor Who fan, but his schoolmates don’t know what he is going on about😦

  8. #10 by tialys on April 9, 2013 - 07:41

    Do you not even get the free to air channels LIsa? I have to say, British T.V. is quite important to me even though I don’t watch that much. Of course, we’re an hour ahead of the U.K. here so my favourite programmes are on too late to watch and I have to record them. I know I should watch more French T.V. but as well as being a bit of a strain for my less than perfect french, quite frankly, most of it is pants and quite often dubbed versions of U.S. and U.K. programmes anyway.

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