Flights of Fancy
The new collection is here. Flights of Fancy has landed and is ready to buy. How we travel, stay in touch and how we plan or dream about our futures is something that I think about a lot. There's an inevitability about this new collection, which as it happens, was designed before the UK's lockdown began. And yes! There is an exclusive launch offer for newsletter subscribers. It's good to find a balance between my reality and my dreamy fantasies. In a week when I've been planning the launch of this new collection, I brought myself back down to earth with reading, watching and obsessing about this and listening to this. Other lovely developments include a Pizza for homeschoolers, an ESA EVANS App and the latest Month of May offer.
Flights of Fancy
Flights of Fancy is a collection of Paper Plane and Feather jewellery pieces.
The Paper Plane pieces encapsulate the significance of building and maintaining relationships through email, text, social media and video calls.
And how many of us have had a duvet day during lockdown? Maybe we just need time to dream and drift away. That's what feathers mean to me - but they are flexible, they can mean freedom, personal growth and precious memories. They are available in 18kt gold plate and polished stainless steel finishes.
We are offering Newsletter Subscribers an exclusive launch code that gives them 20% off the Flights of Fancy collection.
Without digging too deep, can I just say that homeschooling is throwing me some parenting challenges? I'm confident I'm not alone and, of course, everyone's experience is shaped by the nature and age of their children.
At least in food tech, we find common ground. The boy threw himself into documenting his pizza making - choosing traditional pepperoni and olive toppings. Is it a surprise to hear that I chose asparagus and goats cheese?
It was a homeschooling success. More of this please.
Here's our favourite pizza dough recipe from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, it's also The Bondi Cook's favourite. Shared experiences are so often the best ones.
Hugh's Magic Dough
Ingredients 250g plain white flour 250g strong white flour 1½ level teaspoons fine sea salt 1 teaspoon instant dried yeast 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a little extra for oiling
Put the two flours into the bowl of the stand mixer with the salt and yeast. Mix well using the dough hook. Add the oil and 325ml warm water and mix to a rough dough.
Knead for 5–10 minutes, until smooth. This is quite a loose and sticky dough, which is just as it should be – you get better-textured bread this way – so try not to add too much flour if you can help it, it will become less sticky as you knead.
Trickle a little oil into a clean bowl, add the kneaded dough and turn it in the oil so it is covered with a light film. Cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size – at least an hour, probably closer to two – or if using the next day, wrap bowl in cling film and put straight into the fridge to prove slowly.
When the dough is well risen and puffy, tip it out and ‘knock it back’ by poking it with your outstretched fingers until it collapses to its former size. It’s now ready to be shaped to your will.
Watching/Reading: Normal People
I'm way behind the curve on this one. As I started watching the first episode of Normal People, I realised it was based on Sally Rooney's 2018 novel - that was waiting, unread on my bookshelf. So I stopped watching and started reading.
It's a beautifully written, story of teenagers growing into adulthood. If you've not watched the series yet, I recommend it. And the book.
Listening to Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson talking about their experience of truth and staying grounded was a thought inspiring discussion.
They cover conspiracy theories, what truth is and where to draw the line in investigative interviews and honest words about the envy they've sometimes felt towards each other. If you want to give yourself something else to think about, this is a good place to start.
Every Week of May
This week our 50% discount offer is applicable to the Honeycomb & Bees collection. Enter the BUSYBEES code to redeem the offer. Offer ends: 11.59pm Sunday 17 May.
ESA EVANS App: Google Play
With the incomparable insights of our Beta-Testing Squad, I'm ready to announce the launch of our Google Play App. This is one of many steps I'm making towards the new normal and exploring all the ways to make it easy for you to find jewellery that you love. If you enjoy this newsletter, the App also makes it easy for you to read through 'back copies' in our Journal pages. so if you happen to have a hankering to try out my chickpea recipe, you can find it here.
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