From Pearl Lowe’s COVID-19 decor plans to a seasonal carrot cake recipe we know you will love…
In this first instalment of our newest column, the Ca’ Pietra team will be coming up with a weekly round-up of things to watch, read, listen to and cook while we’re all battening down the hatches. We’ll also be picking a once-a-week favourite to follow on Instagram so there’s plenty to keep you entertained while we’re cooped up indoors. Here’s to new discoveries and to making the best of it!
Let’s start with something to flick through, because so often there just isn’t enough time to kick back and read. Not anymore though! There are book recommendations aplenty that we’ve got up our sleeve and will share over the coming weeks, but first, we thought we’d open with something a tad lighter.
Earlier this year, we launched our debut magazine, Ca’ Pietra Curates. Inside you’ll find tile tips in their dozens, behind-the-scenes stories of your homes, trend reports and the inside scoop from our founder and creative director, Hamish. It’s gone down a storm so far and it won’t be long before the next edition is out, so the last few copies won’t be around for much longer. And the best bit? It’s free!
Catch it while you still can here.
Everyone knows that boxset series (the streaming kind rather than the retro VHS variety of course) are the new films, and if there were one that we had to pick over the rest right now, it’d have to be The Morning Show – available on Apple TV+ (you get seven days’ free so if you don’t fancy signing up for good, you could binge watch it quite easily in less than a week).
It first aired at the end of 2019 and got a real mixed bag of reviews, from five-star sensational to jabs at Jennifer Aniston’s acting capabilities. But if you ask us, it’s absolutely worth the watch. Its all-star cast (Aniston is joined by Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and Billy Crudup) and topical #MeToo plot makes for a gripping 10-episode series that reaches a strong, empowering finale, hinting at the beginning to a potential second series.
Sit back relax and enjoy…
If you haven’t yet subscribed to Fearne Cotton’s award-winning podcast, Happy Place, now’s the time – more than ever in fact. Her upbeat vocal and candid interview style is emotional therapy wrapped up in a 30-45 minute slot.
With more than 50 episodes lined up and waiting, you’ll get to hear open, frank discussions with names-you’ll-know from across the entertainment industry, be it cooks like Mary Berry and Tom Kerridge, musicians such as Ellie Goulding and Ludovico Einaudi, and sports personalities like Jessica Ennis-Hill and Dame Kelly Holmes.
Not a podcast person? This is a great entry-level listen that eases you into the world of audio – not demanding all of your attention like some do, but providing easy-listening company as you potter about the house.
Quite the character on the fashion, interiors and music scene, textile designer (and former singer songwriter) Pearl Lowe is our current Instagram crush.
We’ve long been followers of her bold, brave and (very) beautiful feed – she lives in a just-gorgeous period property in the Bath countryside and is no stranger to pattern or colour and favours a clash-of-the-titans approach in how she puts them together.
Right now, she’s doing as so many of us are, and seeing the self-isolation status as an open invitation to remodel her already fabulous home. So far, she’s already played with her showstopper of a deVOL kitchen by repainting her larder in a beguiling green hue by Little Greene and William Morris-ed one of her bedrooms.
Find her at @pearllowe
(Image: Pearl Lowe)
One of the Ca’ Pietra team tried this recipe at the weekend which she adapted based on her family’s hand-me-down carrot cake recipe. It doesn’t ask for many ingredients, and those that are in the mix, aren’t too obscure so should be easier to find – we hope – if your pantry’s bare.
Carrot and blood orange cake with cream cheese frosting
175ml sunflower or vegetable oil
175g muscavado sugar
175g grated carrot
Grated rind of one blood orange
175g self-raising flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
200g full-fat cream cheese
100g icing sugar
2 rsp blood orange juice
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 9-inch square baking tin (or use sandwich tins if you prefer).
- Beat together the oil, sugar and eggs, and then stir through the grated carrot and orange rind. You could add any chopped nuts or sultanas if you wanted to at this stage too, but it’s just as delicious without.
- Sift the flour, bicarb and spices into the mixture and combine well.
- Pour into your greased tin and bake for 20 minutes (if using sandwich tins) or 40 minutes (in a square tin – as it’ll be denser).
- As it’s baking, you can make the frosting by simply mixing the cream cheese, icing sugar and juice from the grated orange in a small bowl. Set aside until your cake it baked and totally cool, before spreading and slicing!
See you next week!