Comfort and cosiness and home made soup


This week has been all about comfort and cosiness, mmm. I’ve been busying myself with baby blankets and home made soup, winter is definitely here.

Firstly a custom patchwork blanket for a wee little thing who goes by the name of Francesca. Her grandma asked me to make this for her and requested pale, pastel tones. I love to work to other people’s taste as it pushes me to create something that wouldn’t come about naturally if I was making all the decisions. I usually choose loud, vibrant, clashing colours and prints that work both with and against each other. There’s usually no ‘shying away’ and I thought that’s what made my work, ‘my work’. However, after doing this one, I think I might be changing.

It took me forever to choose the fabrics. There needed to be such a fine balance of tone, hue, pattern and non pattern. Once I’d cut all the squares it was another long process to decide how many of which print, who should go next to who, who should be removed and who was missing.

I’m personifying my fabrics. Is this normal?

Once I started sewing I became really detailed orientated and wanted this to me my finest baby blanket yet. I think, because I was so unsure about the colour and pattern combinations and felt so unfamiliar with pales and pastels, that I would make sure it was technically as sound as possibly to kind of ‘make up for it’.

But you know what, it absolutely doesn’t need any excuses making it for it. I love it. It’s calm and cool and cosy and comfort all wrapped up in 20 patchwork squares.


I’m so excited that this blanket is going to a new baby. Another little bean that needs cosiness and comfort. Mmm…

Enjoy, Francesca!

And at home it’s been about soup. Curried soup, spiced soup, thick soup. Yum!

I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with tomato soup, often feeling as though it’s exactly what I want but getting half way through a bowl and being bored by the taste. Well, I’ve stumbled across the perfect recipe that completely combats that entire feeling and has me returning to the pan for more. It’s a BBC good food recipe (as always) but I’ve adapted it slightly as I didn’t want to use tinned tomatoes in a soup.

(And, yes, the lime is an absolute essential. It completes the dish in ways that you won’t know until you try it.)

Tomato, lentil and lime soup



1 onion, roughly chopped

1 Large carrot, peeled and grated

2 tsp cumin

A pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

3 tblsp red lentils

500g vine tomatoes

500ml vegetable/chicken stock

Juice and zest of 1 lime

Heat oven to 350 F/ 180 C. Chop tomatoes in segments, probably amount 8 per tomato, but if they’re smaller, only 4. Throw into a baking dish or pan and toss with plenty of olive oil and seasoning. Roast in the oven for approx 40 mins or until nice and mushy. Leave to cool. With a knife and fork, gently peel off the skins and discard.

Cook the onion and carrot in a little oil until softened then add the chilli flakes (if using) and cumin. Cook for a minute then tip in the lentils, tomato and stock. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Blitz briefly with a stick blender so you have a semi-smooth texture then stir in the lime juice and zest.

Yummy goodness for the whole family! I’ve made this a few times now and always seem to use a different amount of liquid each time, so feel free to adjust as and when you need to.


Oh, and did I mention that the Maddymade Etsy store is now open? 🙂

Click here or the icon below to be transported to a world of handmade goodness…


We’re slowly gearing up for Christmas and making list upon list upon list of how to tackle to trip to England. It’s never the flight that’s the biggy, more the journey from London into the deep dark depths of Norfolk. 🙂 Molly is wearing her Rudolph jumper in anticipation (that he lovely auntie Joey bought for her) and successfully destroying  playing with all the lists I’ve been making!


Now…go make some soup and listen to Ella’s ‘Ella wishes you a swinging Christmas’ whilst you’re at it.

Have a jolly wonderful weekend and, as always, thanks for stopping by. x

This entry was published on December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Comfort and cosiness and home made soup

  1. Absolutely love the baby blanket! The name and heart applique looks fantastic too. Molly is so cute in her reindeer jumper. I love her big blue eyes xx

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