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As many of you may know, I have been an avid attender of Grand Designs Live, in particular the annual event in Birmingham. Check out some of my highlights in Experience your Own Grand Designs Live.
We are honoured to be able to share a fantastic ticket offer with you!
The inspiration starts here…with a visit to Grand Designs Live
NEC Birmingham 8th – 11th October
Grand Designs Live, the UKs top contemporary home show, returns to NEC Birmingham from 8th – 11th October for its 10th anniversary show. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home.
With areas dedicated to interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, build and gardens, there’s something for every room in your home. And with over 500 exhibitors, you can shop from a great selection of brands with 100’s of items not available on the high street.
With all this and much more, make sure you plan a GRAND day out this October!
To celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary we have a great £10 ticket offer. Simply log on to www.granddesignslive.com, follow the link to book your tickets and enter the code CITRUS10 to claim. Or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 1348.
*T&C’s – Transaction fee of £1.70 applies per order. Tickets must be booked in advance. Offer ends 07/10/2015. Offer valid on standard admission tickets only. Saving based on the door rate.
Just before Christmas a parcel arrived from Occa-Home, inside was a beautiful dish – the LSA Serve Tall Comport.
The box alone told me this was a quality item but was the actual product just as good the images? Upon opening I wasn’t disappointed. The Tall Comport is part of the serve collection, Each piece has been individually handmade by skilled artisans. The glass feels thick and strong providing not only a stylish piece but also a very functional one.
So what to create to decorate this delicious bowl for Christmas, I took inspiration from the box and decided to create a trifle. Off to the internet I went, well as we all know Google knows everything, and searched for a trifle recipe where the image looked similar to that on the box. Although I love having a go at baking when I get time, I must confess I have never made a trifle before, but how hard could it be?
Little did I know I must have picked one of the hardest recipes, no packet ingredients here, everything homemade as I discovered. I looked at my bowl in anticipation, would my final creation do it justice or turn something so elegant into a sloppy mess – the pressure! My recipe started by creating the jelly from a mixture of berries, as I stirred the fruit the smell and the colours dancing around the pan was enchanting.
The first batch of custard I realised was far too runny, my mistake I followed the recipe so back to the drawing board and decided to follow the rule of ‘ignore the recipe’ and success the second batch was perfect.
It was time to start to putting the layers together. Nervously I placed each layer into the Tall Comport, praying that each layer would hold fast and not start to mix with the layer below. As the glass started to be filled, the colours of the trifle popped through the bowl enhancing its beauty.
Finally it was time to unveil the finished product.
I looked in pride as the trifle looked as delicious as the bowl. My family and friends descended into the kitchen and before I could move it from this place there was already a spoon in as people were desperate to taste the delights before them.
And so back to the LSA Serve Tall Comport, yes it’s great to look at but my concern was would it be durable? The answer here is yes and to put it simply, I love it!
The LSA Serve Tall Comport is available from Occa-Home for only £38.00