Thursday, 8 September 2016

Size x-small? I'm sorry, you won't find that here..

I've lost count of how many times I've browsed the rails in a high street store only to find a distinct lack of smaller sized items available. The high street it would seem at times doesn't want to cater for smaller framed ladies, with even more stores reducing their range of small sized clothing down to a meagre selection, it often feels as if we're unwanted custom amongst some of the largest names in high street fashion. 

At a size 6-8 finding clothing that fits seems to have become a long winded task, with countless hours spent traipsing from store to store, and rail to rail, only to find that I've been cast aside, unwanted on the shop floor. 

But it's not just an issue of out of stock items in high street stores, take a look online at the selection available at some of the industries biggest and most well known stores, with barely a handful of items available to shop from in smaller sizes. One such retailer that was once a firm favourite of mine for their range of petite clothing has for instance whittled down their new season range to a mere fraction in smaller sizes when compared to their full range of clothing sizes.

It's not just an issue with a small handful of high street stores, many retailers appear to have drastically cut down their selection of small sized clothing in recent years, making that seasonal clothing shop a bothersome, time consuming task.

When did offering a smaller size become such a burden? Especially when it comes to everyday staple items such as work wear and day to day essentials? I've long become accustomed to the ritual of trying on a larger sized top only to go home and order it in my actual size later that day, but nowadays even that has become a tiresome task, more times often than not resulting in a disappointing lack of items in my size when I've gone online.

It could be understandable if it was a problem confined to the shop floor, with many keeping best selling sizes in stock over low selling items in smaller sizes, but if items were regularly kept in stock I know I'd certainly be far more likely to make a purchase there and then. But when the selection of items that are actually available in smaller sizes is so few and far between it can often be off-putting as a potential customer, why would you return to a store where your size is so rarely offered in their latest ranges when you could turn to a more trusted site to find those elusive new purchases?

It would seem that the high street doesn't want our custom, and that's more than disappointing when it comes to the big names in high street fashion. For now it seems that I'll just have to make do with spending countless hours researching and hunting out those smaller sizes items that I'd love to have in my wardrobe, only to be bitterly disappointed by what's actually available.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A retro treat : Cherry cookies.

Deliciously sweet, soft and squidgy, just like a classic American style cookie. These tasty treats won't last long, and make for a smaller batch than usual, so you have another excuse to bake a second lot! 

Inspired by the classic chocolate cookie, these sweet cookies have been adapted for a dairy free diet with a tasty cherry filled twist.

Ingredients (bakes half a dozen cookies)

100g dairy free margarine
60g dark soft brown sugar
60g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
80g chopped glace cherries

Pre heat your oven to 190c/170c fan/gas mark 5. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Cream together the margarine and sugars till fluffy and well combined. Add in the egg, followed by the vanilla and mix.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix till well combined, the mixture will be the perfect cookie dough mix at this stage, a lovely caramel colour that's slightly thick.

Add in the cherries and mix to combine, so you have a good mix of the cherries throughout the cookie dough.

Spoon mounds of the mixture onto the baking trays, smooth down each one slightly as you go to make rounded shapes. Leave a generous gap between each cookie as these will spread out when they bake.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, till lightly browned on the edges. Then leave the cookies on the trays once removed from the oven for a further 3 minutes, as these will continue to finish cooking.

Remove the cookies from the trays and place on a wire rack to cool down. These are delicious when slightly cooled, with a lovely squidgy centre to the cookies!

This recipe makes a great base for any cookie, easily swap the cherries for your favourite sweet treat to add to the cookie mix.

Recipe adapted from: BBC Good Food.

Friday, 2 September 2016

The new look Tweed & Tea is here!

Welcome dear reader, you've reached the new look Tweed & Tea! 

Over the past few months I've been moving home, making sure that you can still browse the archives to your hearts content, whether it's a spot of boozy tipple that your looking for, or some handy vintage style tips.

You'll find all of the archived content with ease thanks to the handy tabs at the top, from fashion, to food and culture. So why not dig in and take a peek through some of your favourite posts from the site!

You'll be able to keep on top of the latest posts by subscribing and following the blog, so you'll be the first to know when there's a new boozy concoction or some vintage tips. So why not sit back and let's get re-acquainted as you take a peek around the new look Tweed & Tea!