I do love chocolate but I tend not to crave it in the summer months. Our hot weather saw a decline in my baking but an increase in our fruit consumption. Deserts were light and often meringue based, we were all eating more fruit and baking was infrequent and resulted in only the odd flapjack, biscuits and occasionaly scones and lemon drizzle cakes.
Things have turned distinctly more autumnal of late though and I finally gave in to Dylan's continual request for Brownies. My best Brownies to date, I used Nigel Slater's recipe which makes a plain brownie, no nuts, no fancy flavourings, he calls it his "very good chocolate brownie recipe" and I will not dispute the title. Highly recommended.
I promised some more details on my latest Japanese book score. I must say I am very reassured by your comments to see that this addiction is shared by so many. So for your hunger I give you :
This is the book I featured in my last post and I have tried to get better shots of some of the images. All instructions are in Japanese of course but the book includes full size patterns and I think there are just enough English measurements and numbering to help me sort out what bits make what dress. There are also some simple stitch diagrams, including one for French Nut Stitch which I rather love and think is now firmly embedded in my brain completely obilterating French Knot.
I love this dress, I have some lovely blue wool fabric stashed which might work well.
I definitely want to have a go at a smock top like this, I have seen some lovely examples in blogland recently.
Next up we have ISBN 57911054
I know there are already a number of images from this book in circulation but here are some of my favourites. I think mostly this book contains patterns of a more summery nature so it will probably tucked away until spring although there is a really useful little trouser pattern which would work with some lovely soft babycord that is tucked at the bottom of my fabric pile. I envisiage something like these Boden baggies which are a invaluable part of my children's wardrobe every year. So you see really, buying these books will save me an absolute fortune if it means I don't have to buy so many clothes.....