Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In Memory of Masterchef

Image: Curly Pops

I've noticed a few folk in Blogland lamenting the end of Masterchef. Luckily for me, I've found a way to help fill the gap. I've treated myself to one of Curly Pops' vintage teatowel aprons and it is a beauty. I was very excited to notice that it has snaps so you can adjust the neck and the waist ties are lovely and generous for those of us with substantial girths! I was able to select my own teatowel and it is full of the colours I love. I've decided that she is too pretty for any messy cooking and I'm going to keep her for good!

Image: Curly Pops

Every apron needs a recipe and this one is a Jamie Oliver recipe which he calls the English version of risotto. We Buttons eat it at any time of the day but it is a yummy, comfort dessert.


1 vanilla pod
75g arborio rice
600ml milk
2 knobs unsalted butter
50g caster sugar
1 wide strip of orange zest
Strawberry jam or Seville orange marmalade

Button Variation
We omit the zest and jam and add a handful of sultanas/currants/blueberries or other fruit at the end.

SCORE vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds from the inside.
COMBINE first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan and place on MED heat.
COOK gently, stirring every now and then.
REMOVE from heat when rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.
ADD jam or fruit to pudding before serving and sprinkle with zest.


  1. I miss Masterchef too;((But I see you found a beautiful curly pop creation!
    Thanks for the Rice pudding I have not made some for ages...

  2. I haven't had rice pudding for about 20 years. I'm definitely going to have to try out that recipe....yum!

  3. Love this apron!! It's adorable. I think I would wear it while bathing the girls instead of cooking or arts/crafts to preserve it but still indulge in wearing it!!