Sunday 7 October 2012

Podcast Episode 3: In With the Old (and Storytelling Sunday)

I thought I'd get out episode 3 of the Journal of Curious Things Podcast a little early in order to tie in with Sian's Storytelling Sunday.  I've got my story in audio format, along with the usual scrapbooking update, a round of Miss Smith Suggests, and some thoughts on baking from the Craft Corner.  You can stream it here or download it from iTunes and listen whenever and wherever you want.  Just search for Journal of Curious Things in the iTunes store.

Show Notes

The surprisingly busy yet beautiful background paper for my latest page, unearthed from stash in a bid to use what I have and learn to love the older items I have hoarded.  See above for my work-in-progress as part of the mother-daughter challenge.

Simple, elegant elements that are neutral enough for any page, but do add a touch of handmade inspiration to any project.  I LOVE them.

Pages that are finished can be seen below with full details here and here.

Pepper and Orange Soup Recipe
See below

Hop over to their site to catch their podcast, or listen to it on iTunes.  Either way, you'll giggle, you'll grin, and you'll play top 5s out loud with them.

Check out her lovely blog, her huge range of inspiring projects and the up-and-coming Bloggers' weekend!

If you want to hear my story, you can either listen to podcast all the way through or you can jump in at 26 minutes and 30 seconds if you just want to hear the Storytelling Sunday bit.  I'm got a school story n audio form today,  Remember to stop by Sian's blog, read her story and those of others, and leave a comment to let people know you had a read!

Pinata Cookies (Fail)
Still trying to get my head around how biscuits with sweets in could be disappointing.

Music: Bed of Cloud by Amanda Duncan, courtesy of Music Alley

The soup recipe goes like this (serves 1)
Halve a red bell pepper, remove the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 mins. Once cooled, peel and chop.

Finely chop an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and fry lightly in olive oil in the bottom of a large pan.  Add 100ml of vegetable stock, 200g of tinned chopped tomatoes and the roasted papers.  Season (I used pepper, paprika, cumin, dried chilli flakes and hot chilli powder), stir and leave to simmer over a low heat with the lid on for 30 mins.

Blitz with a hand blender until smooth and add 60ml of orange juice and a splash of milk.  Heat for 10 minutes and serve with a garnish of freshly chopped coriander or basil, and a crusty bread roll.

Kisses xxx

P.S. I'm at a Guide event all day but rest assured I am looking forward to coming home, making some tea, reading some stories and then curling up with a film and some mac and cheese.  Heaven!


  1. Number 3?! I haven't listened to No 2 yet! Off tot he zoo today, so no chance this weekend to catch up. Maybe next weekend - DD is off on her very first Brownie holiday (she has wanted to go camping ever since she was in the Rainbows and I am so proud of her that she chose to go without her Brownie school mates who are all staying at home to go to a 2 hour birthday party!)
    Your vellum is finally in the post btw!

  2. This is a beautifully made post. I shall enjoy the podcast after I have been through the rest of the stories. I'll come back then.....

  3. Love that sunburst with old papers - had fun recognizing several. Shall have a listen to the podcast later - off to put it into itunes to remind me.

  4. Another lovely podcast Kirsty. I've subscribed in itunes so was able to listen to it very late last night/early this morning while drifting off to sleep. Lovely, but will listen again later in case I missed anything. A note about peeling peppers. If you put them in a plastic bag while they cool the skins come off quite easily. Having said that, I never bother to peel if I'm blitzing them in a soup. Will try this recipe. We all love soup. Thanks. Julie. x

  5. Gorgeous layouts, lovely colours. So much to see and hear that I am going to save this up for later with my afternoon cuppa. Didn't know about the podcasts until I popped in today. Enjoy your Guides weekend.

  6. I really enjoyed this podcast; and as a (science) teacher, you totally should continue the word of the week battle. :) Humanities teachers always think those of us in the sciences have no vocabulary, so prove them wrong! :)Although I'm not really sure how mendacious applies... you weren't telling lies. Maybe fallacious could be your word? Or would someone be clever enough to make that into something rude? Erroneous maybe?

  7. Oops, forgot to listen to episode 2, as I didn't have time straight away... Well, I need something to do now I have to rest my foot, so as soon as The Doctor's finished watching the football I shall be back to catch up on both of these! :)

  8. I shall go and have a listen, great layouts.

  9. Absolutely beautiful LO's. Off to listen to your podcast...

  10. Love the LOs and fancy the soup..will catch up with the podcasts soon..I hope!!
    Alison xx
    P.S. I believe I'm going to be meeting you next March!!

  11. Have fun with the Guides! TSO went to her first meeting last Monday - hurray!- and she can't wait to go back..

    Lovely pages with such pretty colours

  12. Love the podcast--love to listen to your accent, please continue. Love your pages. You and my oldest daughter are the same age--unfortunately she is not a scrapbooker--just too busy in med school right now. She humors me (so do her siblings) but I love looking at things from her/your young eyes.

  13. Just found your podcasts although I have been an admirer of your layouts for some time. I really enjoyed listening and will be sure to come back again.

  14. Love your podcast! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Just subscribed to your podcast on iTunes - how lovely to have another scrappy crafty something to listen to - love your accent :P Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  16. The soup recipe .... oh my gosh its delicious! The youngest was home ill, and not wanting much in the way of food, so I made this up thinking he could dip a bit of bread in & drink the rest. It went down a treat AND I've been asked to make it again :)