Pretty in Pink

A bit of making and cooking today all with a pink theme. The pink food came in the form of a yummy beetroot, parsnip and horseradish soup. It turned out to be an amazing colour and really sweet and tasty. I made a big batch so that I could freeze some.

600g cooked beetroot

600g parsnips

2 onions

2 cloves garlic

2 litres vegetable stock

2 tsp horseradish sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Peel and chop the parsnips, onion and garlic and add to a large saucepan along with the roughly chopped beetroot.

Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer until the parsnips are cooked. Using a stick blender whizz up the soup until smooth. Add the horseradish sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Hearts seem to be everywhere at the moment with Valentine’s day looming, but in my home they are in abundance all year round. I have hearts of every sort on handles, walls, hanging in the windows and even on my crockery!

I thought I would make a few new ones to add to my collection. I decided to make a small fabric scrap heart to hang in my kitchen. You can make this any size or any shape you want and the children can even get involved.

If you want to make a child friendly version you could use pipe cleaners instead of the wire or wrap the wire in masking tape before letting little hands tie on the fabric!

To start with I roughly measured the amount of wire I would need to make the heart shape. I then formed a circle shape and wrapped around extra wire to strengthen the wire shape. Once this was done I re formed the heart shape.


I then cut my chosen fabric into strips using a rotary cutter but you can use a pair of scissors. I made the strips about 2cm wide by 10cm long. This was the shortest length I could comfortably tie a knot in. I fastened a piece of wool at the top of the heart as I wanted to hang it up once completed.

I then began the task of tying each strip onto the wire. As the fabric only had the pattern on one side I folded it in half before tying so that the colour would be more vibrant.


I continued to tie on the fabric strips until the wire heart was full. Don’t worry if you can’t see the shape you made, this can be rectified with a quick trim of the fabric!


The finished heart hanging in my kitchen! I plan to make a few more hearts using different techniques so watch this space x



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