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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Spring Seasons Top Picks



Wide leg trousers, ditsy print skirts, ribbed tops and strappy dresses.. Even though more of us now face staying in, Madia & Matilda still has plenty of new fashion to browse.

 Get ready for events later in the year with statement eveningwear, or look to oversized sweatshirts and fun accessories for an instant pick me up. Plus, our Easter SALE is Extended.
 
Lisa May Tank Top, MadiaMatilda


Victoria Jacket, Madia Matilda



Sale, MadiaMatilda










Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

#Foodie - Summer Salad


Nothing says summer like a fresh salad

shake up your greens with seasonal veggies like cucumber, chickpeas, avocado and tomato with rice and so much more!

For the recipe above you will need:
couscous
vegetable stock, boiling
can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Sliced on the slant radish

Spinach
pinnuts
1 Pomegranate




Add the couscous into a bowl, pour the boiling stock over and mix well with a fork. Cover with a plate and leave for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, tip all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, stir in pomegranate with balsamic vinegar or a dressing of your choice, add some radishes and pinenuts. Mix well and pile on to a large serving dish.


To find similar recipe's check out this link to find out more, if you like us and looking to go plastic free why not check out the veggies from the organic delivery company





If your not one for sauces, we've got another dish you 


You will need:

Long grain Rice
Chickpeas
Cucumber
Tomato
Avocado
juice 1 lemon

With this dish all you will need to do is prepare the dish cook the rice and chop up the ingredients. Add in a some lemon Juice or dressing of your choice and its ready to go. A great quick meal for when you are busy. 



Anya - Jersey Blouse







Or if you are a connoisseur of salads, why not try this dish above

You will need:
Spinach 
Cabbage
Pomegranate
Butternut Squash
Walnuts
Halloumi cheese
Artichoke 

This dish will take a bit more preparation time and cooking skill.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette slices over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until dark golden brown. Lift out on to kitchen paper. Now chop the artichoke  and put the cut-side down into the pan, and cook for another couple of minutes until tinged brown on the underside . Then add the butternut squash to the pan.


If the pan is dry, pour in a little more oil and heat it up, then add the halloumi strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until crisp and sizzled brown. Pile on top of the cabbage and pomegranate, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve as soon as possible.



Find out more on BBC good food




Or for a light bite

An avocado filled bite with feta cheese, tomato, courgette 


  • Just before serving, cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove the pit and discard then fill with your filling. Just add feta, red pepper, green onion, olives, oregano, olive oil and vinegar, stir well, and set aside. A tasty light bite.

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Sincerely Madia
& Matilda

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

National Gingerbread House Day #Foodie



Happy National Gingerbread House Day!


To celebrate national gingerbread house day, we're sharing with you a festive recipe for building your very own gingerbread house.

We love this easy Mary Berry gingerbread recipe:
If you want to read the original more in depth recipe click here.


Ingredients:

For the Gingerbread:
375g unsalted butter
300g dark muscovado sugar
150g golden syrup
900g plain flour
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp ground ginger


For the icing:
3 free-range egg whites
675g icing sugar, sifted
3 tsp lemon juice

For the decoration:
Boiled sweets
Chocolate buttons
Jelly sweets
Chocolates
Powder icing sugar
Cake board



Method:
Preheat your oven to 200°C or 180°C for a fan assisted oven.

In a large pan, melt together the butter sugar and syrup.

In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger together.

Make a well in the centre and pour in the liquid butter mixture. Stir it in and, when cool enough to handle, knead into a stiff dough.

Next divide the dough into five equal pieces, then divide one of those into two - so you have six pieces of dough in total.

Roll out each piece of dough out on to a sheet of parchment paper to ¾cm thickness.

Using a template, cut the pieces to make the sides and roof of the house.

Using a sharp knife, cut out the windows, doors and star shape on the back.

Place the doors on a separate tray and re-roll the offcuts to make a chimney.

Slide onto baking trays and bake for 8 minutes or until even in colour.

To make glass windows in your gingerbread house, crush up some boiled sweets (any colour you desire) and place them in the windows. Place these pieces back in the oven until the sweets have melted.

Leave the gingerbread to cool completely before decorating.




Time to decorate!

You can be as creative as you want with the decoration of your gingerbread house. It can be covered in colourful sweets or iced and decorated in a more traditional style - it's completely up to you!

To make the icing, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Using a wooden spoon or a hand-held electric mixer on slow speed, add the icing sugar a tablespoonful at a time. Stir in the lemon juice and beat the icing until it is very stiff and white.

Next, to create roof tiles, spoon the icing into a piping bag and pipe small dots on the back of the chocolate buttons and stick onto the roof of the ginger bread house.

Spoon six tablespoons of the icing over the cake board and, using a palette knife, spread the icing to cover the board with a snow effect and to create a base to stick the house on to.

Pipe some icing along the wall edges and join the house together on an iced cake board. Leave the icing to dry for a minimum of four hours, but preferably overnight.

Once dry, stick the roof onto the walls of the house. If you want your gingerbread house to look especially Christmassy, place a couple of fake tealights or nightlights inside before adding the roof. The light will shine through the boiled sweet windows and make it look like a real home.

Pipe some icing along the apex and edges of the roof to look like snow and icicles. Stick the front door in place with icing. Once you have finished decorating, dust the house with icing sugar for the final snowy touch.



The rest is up to you! Go crazy with colourful jelly sweets or make some gingerbread characters or trees to accompany the house.

This gingerbread house makes the perfect Christmas decoration, you could even give this to someone as an amazing gift!

If you decide to follow this recipe make sure to let us know by tagging #MadiaMatilda and #GingerBreadHouseDay

















Sincerely Madia & Matilda











  

Monday, 10 December 2018

Plastic-Free Tips & Tricks

Plastic-Free Tips & Tricks

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas…

Christmas is one of those holidays where there is plenty of excess and wastage. From gift wrap and decorations to party plates and cutlery. Our aim this Christmas is to help you celebrate in the most sustainable way possible.

Sustainable Decorations


Making your own Christmas decorations is not only a great family activity but it could also save you money as well as the planet. We’ve got two easy DIY Christmas decorations for you to try out!

Whether you’re changing the colour scheme of your tree or just looking to add some sparkle, why not update your existing Christmas baubles this year?
A simple way to spruce up your decorations is to add some glitter. You can either paint the entire bauble and dip it in glitter. Use gold, silver, red or green glitter or any colour that matches your theme. Alternatively, you could go for a more subtle approach by painting the glue in a festive shape. From snowflakes and stars to trees and phrases – this DIY works with any pattern or shape and brings the sparkle back to your decorations again.
If you want to create something interesting and unique to your Christmas tree this year, why not try making these cute felt ornaments?

For this DIY you will need:A sewing needle
Coloured felt
Matching thread
A ribbon to hang the decoration with
A pair of scissors
A few pins

To begin making this craft you’ll need to make yourself a template of the design you want to create, or you can find one online. Start by cutting out the template pieces and laying them on top of the felt, making sure to cut out your pieces in the correct colours. Next Cut your ribbon to around 12cm long. Once, you have all of your pieces cut out you can assemble what your ornament will looks like by layering your pieces to form the design. Sandwich the ribbon in between two pieces of felt to create the loop for hanging. Attach the ribbon, in a loop, to the inside of one of your pieces with a few stitches. Now Sew along the edges of each pieces of felt to attach them all together, making sure to use corresponding coloured thread. To make the ornament double sided – make a copy of the pieces you made earlier and sew both designs back to back. Then, you’re all done and ready to decorate your tree!
If you want to follow a pictorial to help you make these ornaments, we found this great one by Laura Howard – click here to read it.

Plastic-free Wrapping Paper



Sadly, most wrapping papers cannot be recycled because of the printed pattern on them so this year we have found some eco-friendly, sustainable wrapping paper to ensure your Christmas is as sustainable as possible. 
  1. Hobby craft sells eco wrapping paper for just £3.00 a roll. Printed on eco brown paper these rolls of wrapping paper are much more easily recycled than most paper. Order online or check in your local store to see what they have in stock.
    Click here to shop.
  2. Re-wrapped is a fantastic eco-friendly business, it was “founded in 2011 and specialises in designing and producing a range of top-quality wrapping paper and other products, made solely from 100% recycled paper.”
    Click here to shop.
  3. Happywrap specialises in reusable fabric gift wrap. The perfect way to wrap your eco-friendly gifts this Christmas to minimise your waste. Shop a variety of sizes in different pattern and colours and keep them to wrap presents again and again.
    Click here to shop.

Sustainable Crackers


Christmas crackers can contain a lot of plastic and aren’t always recyclable. As one of the most essential parts of any festive celebration, we thought we’d show you how to make this Christmas tradition as sustainable as possible.

If you haven’t got time to make your own or just don’t want the fuss of finding gifts and jokes to go inside, we’ve found some crackers you can buy in supermarkets and high street shops that have little waste.

  1. Our first shop bought crackers are from Hotel Chocolat. Each mini cracker has a gourmet chocolate hiding inside and even has space on the outside for writing your guests names on. We can’t be 100% sure that the card cracker is recyclable (make sure you check the label before buying!) but they certainly have less waste than a regular cracker with all of the plastic gifts inside.
    Click here to buy.
  2. The second option we have found for you is reusable crackers. Keep This Cracker, run by Bea Thackeray, is a sustainable way to celebrate Christmas whilst also reducing your waste too. These crackers come flat packed for you to fill with personalised gifts for all the family – to reuse them next year simply replace the ‘snap’ and they're ready for festive fun all over again. Better still, the packaging they are shipped in is 100% recyclable too.
    Click here to buy.


Bulk Buying





If you have a large family or lots of friends to celebrate with this Christmas, why reduce your waste and shop more sustainably whilst also saving yourself some pennies. Buy in bulk can be an excellent way of stocking up for Christmas, whether you buy food, gifts or decorations, wholesales can be great value for money as well as eco-friendly by saving on the individual wrapping.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite wholesales for this Christmas.

  1. In recent years, there has been a rise in supporting small businesses so why not bulk buy from a small brand? We love Etsy for this as it supports a number of small brands, most of which are sustainable or eco-friendly too. This is a great way of buying lots of gifts and getting your Christmas shopping done in record time!
    Click here to explore Etsy bulk buying.
  2. If you’re looking for Christmas cards this year look no further than Tree Free greetings. They stock a wide range of greeting cards as well as gifts including drinkware, stationery, magnets, playing cards and much more. Great for bulk buying eco greetings cards as well as small gifts that are perfect for your reusable crackers!
    Click here to shop.
    Shop their sister brand for more Christmas gifts for all the family! http://www.somdiff.com/
  3. If you're looking for gifts to fill your Christmas crackers or stocking fillers Shared Earth has you covered. Offering a wide range of recycled gifts, including ranges made with recycled crayons, bike chains, circuit boards, tyres, glass, metal & many other creatively recycled products.
    Click here to shop.
  4. Wrapping presents can be difficult and although gift boxes are pretty and useful, they're not always sustainable. We’ve found a brand who solves this problem – Fold-A-Box. Their flatpack boxes are beautiful and made with a natural Kraft finish – perfect for all your present wrapping problems this Christmas!
    Click here to shop.











Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Friday, 19 October 2018

How to: Sustainable Halloween Outfits



Sustainable Halloween Outfits




For an effortless Halloween look, pair a black mini dress with a simple white collared shirt and plaited hair for the perfect Wednesday Addams outfit. We recommend our Carrie blouse and Julia metallic dress to add more edge to the look. 





Channel your inner Barbie girl, using our Hannah crop top and Phoebe skirt, paired with your favourite heels for a fun. playful Halloween look. Or pair the Phoebe skirt with our Forest vest, heels and pin straight hair to replicate the infamous Regina George.



Combine with your favourite black jeans or mini skirt, heels and some DIY bat ears, with our Wilma flare sleeve top for a simple yet effective Halloween bat.



Save yourself time and money by pulling items from your wardrobe to create this cute scarecrow costume for Halloween. Our Alison pinafore dress is the perfect foundation for this look just add a plaid shirt, ankle boots and a little face paint to complete.





If you're looking to replicate your favourite 70's/80's pop culture icons look no further than our Faith wide leg trousers to complete your look. Pair with a fitted tank top, like our Lisa May (pictured above) for a sleek silhouette. Add some platform heels, curl your hair and you're ready to party.



From the Corpse Bride to the Bride of Frankenstein, it's a classic costume that won't fail this Halloween. Coupled with a pair of stilettos and a veil headband our Alicia dress is the perfect item for this look and is totally reusable for any event all year round. 





Create a classic cat themed look with our Kate halter crop top and Roxy trousers. These items can be reworn throughout the entire year and transformed into many Halloween costumes time and time again. Give this outfit a sexy silhouette by adding some black strappy heels and cute cat ears.



This dress ticks all the boxes, an effortless feminine style with short sleeves. Our Rachelle mini dress can be the foundation to many Halloween outfits this season. Matched with a pair of heels or boots, a stethoscope and a DIY nurse hat, and you can take this dress from a day day staple to a sultry nurse this Halloween. Alternatively, you could pair this classic piece with some pom poms, trainers and a high ponytail for a cheerleader style costume.
















Sincerely Madia & Matilda









Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cheltenham



It's the home of world-famous horse racing tracks, a well-established Fashion Week, a superb Fashion Academy, and the Food and Drink Festival. There is just so much to do in Cheltenham, and it doesn't stop there! Cheltenham Literature Festival is opening soon and will be running from the 6th to the 15th of October. Cheltenham has something for everyone, whether you're a foodie, a book lover, a trendsetter, or a mixture of all three.




Madia & Matilda visit Cheltenham often enough to be able to confidently recommend some great spots, for example Huffkins, a contemporary "Bakery and Tearoom" with a relaxed atmosphere. Another place well worth a visit would be All Bar One, a tasteful pre-drinks venue also offering delicious bites to eat.






Cavendish House for a spot of retail therapy. 






For anybody into sewing, Cheltenham’s World of Fabrics is an Aladdin's cave of sartorial possibility.
World Of Fabrics, 28 Albion Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 2LP, United Kingdom



Wholefoods is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds on the Gallagher Retail Park, this store offers a vast range of high quality natural foods, as well as beauty and health products
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cheltenham

http://www.bostonteaparty.co.uk/









Great scenic views, a thriving shopping centre, the lido and some of the most tasteful restaurants and cafes and also only a stones throw away from Madia & Matilda.  http://www.madiamatilda.co.uk/



 Sincerely Madia & Matilda