The Ultimate Shroomaloumi Burger

Mushroom Halloumi BurgerFancy burger chains are popping up everywhere in Liverpool – Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Byrons, even Nando’s do mushroom and halloumi burgers – but they come at a price – you won’t pay less than ¬£10 for a meal (and you have to pay extra for chips, what?!). I like the idea of a simple food like a burger being made all gourmet – with fancy cheeses, relishes and veggies piled high so I thought I would create my own ultimate burger – taking all the things we love the most from eating out and putting it in my own fabulous burger! The mushrooms and halloumi are marinated so do this step a couple of hours before you want to eat (If you are super organized do it the day before and pop in the fridge for 24 hours)!

You will need (for 2 burgers): 2 large flat mushrooms, 2 burger buns, 175g halloumi cheese, olive oil, peri peri sauce, 2 garlic cloves, mixed herbs, lemon juice, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise.

Take a large flat dish (I used a casserole dish but a mixing bowl would be fine) and pop 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 pinch of mixed herbs, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon peri peri sauce into the dish. Crush your garlic and add this as well. Mix everything together so all the ingredients are combined.MarinadeChop you halloumi into big chunky slices, peel the mushrooms (they soak up the flavours better) and take out the stalks. Put these in the marinade and rub the marinade all over the halloumi and mushrooms – then cover with cling film and leave in the fridge.

DSCF1527Place the mushrooms and halloumi on a baking tray, drizzle any leftover marinade on to the tray and pop on the grill for 7 minutes – make sure you keep an eye on them. Now for the important part – assemblage! Spread some mayo on the bottom of the bun, then layer lettuce, tomato, mushroom, halloumi, lettuce, mayo – perfect! Serve with some homemade chips (check out the recipe on the beer battered halloumi page)

This is one of my fave meals – the marinade adds a lovely subtle flavour and flat mushrooms and halloumi is a match made in heaven. It’s good to have veggie dish with so much flavour, this would be great to have at a BBQ or having friends over watching a film.DSCF1558Love, Mrs Gardom

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Little Beaded Button Flowers

I love buttons and beads, as you know. So why not combine them?? These super cute flowers are really easy to make and look so pretty. They are also nice and quirky – I certainly haven’t seen them in any … Continue reading

Button Cardigan

20140131_163458I love buttons, the lovely bright colours and the fun shapes. I also hate boring¬† clothes so a couple of years ago I sewed some fab new buttons to a plain back cardigan, and then another purple one with crayon buttons. I think they are really fun and quirky and I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.

20140131_160040You will need: a plain cardigan, buttons, black thread, scissors and a needle.

First you need to carefully cut the original buttons off the cardigan. Choose the correct amount of buttons and use some creativity to decide which ones you are going to use in what order. Bright colours work best on black cardigans, if you have a coloured cardigan use colours that complement the colour, so if you are using red, try using purple, orange or pink buttons, if you are using a blue cardigan, use green, turquoise or purple buttons. 20140131_162513Thread your needle and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Do a couple of stitches where you want to put the button to secure the thread.20140131_162713Thread on the button and sew through a couple of times. Tie a couple of knots to secure the button and then do the same for the other buttons.20140131_163302#1

That’s it! I chose to use some fun kids buttons, in a rainbow of colours. Here is the other cardigan, a purple one with a set of crayon shaped buttons. 20140131_163923Another thing to check is that the buttons go through the holes.

20140131_155824So there we go, a cute cardigan with bright buttons!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom

I love our flat, I really do, the location is amazing, the layout is good and we have tonnes of space. However it is a generic rented flat, white walls, ikea furniture and beige carpet and me and Sam aren’t really generic people. Over the last year and a half we have been slowly but surely putting our own stamp on this little place, hanging some of my paintings, adding a bit of furniture and a fluffy green rug, however the bedroom has been kind of ignored. I had this idea in my head of a bohemian bedroom, somewhere really quirky,with an eastern feel, lots of clutter and various eccentricities, reds and golds and fabrics and beads. The only problem is that the flat is rented so we can’t do anything drastic and unchangeable. So I will share with you my inspiration and keep updating the blog on our bohemian bedroom and how this idea in my head actually turns out.

So, inspiration… here are a few spaces which I really love.

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Pinterest is a great way to see how other people have designed their rooms.

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Call me nerdy all you like but I adore Firefly, it really is one of the best sci fi shows ever made. I love Inara’s shuttle, the draped fabric, candles, lamps and red and purple colour scheme.

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Music is a big deal in this house. We have far too many guitars and a rather large record collection so I love these old vintage feeling recording studios, the bright colours and crazy wall coverings.

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There is something about old orthodox and coptic churches that I find really inspiring, I love the colours, the sumptuously painted icons and the gaudy over the top decor.

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I also want to add a hippy feel, inspired by the 70s, the peace and love movement and Simon and Garfunkel. Why not?!

So there we go, an internet moodboard if you will. I will keep you updated on progress, I have just bought a giant indian wall hanging which needs photographing!

Love, Mrs Gardom

My Wonderful Bookshelf Shoe Rack

20140107_135514I have a confession – I am shoe maniac. I refuse to count how many pairs I have. I just love the way the perfect pair of shoes make you feel like you can take on the world (though totter somewhat). However, we live in a one bedroom rented flat and this makes storage rather difficult. I remember watching house programmes when I was younger and thought ‘why do all those boring people get so excited about storage space? how dull!’. Unfortunately as a reluctant adult I have realised that actually it’s kind of useful to have places to put things. This big old bookshelf was in my mum and dad’s house, I think it belonged to my great grandma, and is the perfect size for our hallway. I love the antique wood and the dark colour, and it makes a feature of all my wonderful shoes, instead of dumping them in the wardrobe, I must admit, some do get dumped in the wardrobe, there isn’t quite enough room for the whole collection. So anyway, this is one of my favourite things in our house. Why use a bookshelf for books anyway?

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