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Royston Tuesday Talks Part 1 – Kelly’s Kitchen

As you may know already, #SupportingLocalBusiness has always been something we’ve cared about at Pentlebay Clothing. Following this year’s events, it is now, (more than ever), so important that we celebrate and support our fellow locals. This has inspired us to create a monthly #RoystonTuesdayTalks series – where we’ll be chatting to other businesses from our lovely hometown in Hertfordshire.

So, to sweeten the deal and kick this series off, we thought we’d start with a Q&A with Kelly Da Silva Fernandes from Kelly’s Kitchen 😊. Enjoy…


1) Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do…

I’m Kelly from Kelly’s Kitchen based in Royston. I make wedding cakes, celebration cakes, lots and lots of cupcakes and treats.

I also run Children’s Baking Parties and online Virtual Cupcake Decorating Parties.

Pre Covid I used to have a stall on Royston Market, I now supply my treats to the new cafe Kooky Nohmad at the weekends.


2) When did you start Kelly’s Kitchen and what/who inspired you to start the business?

I started the business in March 2019 after years of making cakes for family and friends. I used to regularly bake with my Mum and my Grandmother as a child too. One of my earliest memories is standing on a stool in her kitchen helping to bake a cake.

My Dad actually inspired me to start Kelly’s Kitchen. When I was younger, he had his own business delivering fresh bread, baked goods and milk to residents in the villages surrounding Royston. I used to join him on his rounds!

In the early hours of the morning, we would go to Days Bakery HQ in Ashwell to pick up the fresh bread that was still warm. I used to love going down to the bottom of the bakery where the cakes were decorated, and used to watch in awe. I was often treated to a warm jam doughnut straight off the cooling rack!

My Dad has worked very hard all his life and now he’s retired he often helps me with the business side of things – which is invaluable to me with his experience.


3) How involved are you in the local Royston community?

Apart from a brief stint in Leicester and London for Uni and work, I’ve lived in Royston all my life.

I’m passionate about local businesses in Royston, and have made many friends that also run small businesses. I love working with them and have had lots of collaborations, supporting each other. You can often find me in Banyers House or Kooky Nohmad meeting local people and organising exciting projects.

During lockdown when I was closed for 8 weeks, I ran online bake-alongs on Facebook. My children and I really enjoyed them and was so pleased to receive photos every week of proud local children with their bakes.


4) How do you keep up to date with the latest baking and cake decorating trends?

Wedding publications, Instagram and Pinterest are amazing resources for inspiration and trends. I always give a trend a short time before I try it as they are not always for everyone and I’m selective about what I try out.

Personally I prefer to take inspiration from all around me. Nature is hugely inspirational, particularly for wedding cakes. I was recently at Therfield Heath for a wedding photo shoot with Gareth Jones Photography, and took my own photos of the wild flowers – thinking of new designs for wedding cakes. I often use fresh flowers on cakes but I absolutely love making delicate sugar flowers too.

My logo was actually inspired by Champneys in Henlow, a very special place that I go to every year with my Mum. Kelly’s Kitchen logo is based on some of the decorative features from the spa.

I used to really enjoy going to cake shows too, which are not only a fun day out but very inspirational.


5) Baking has become more and more about the look and aesthetics, as well as the taste. Are you ever inspired by fashion trends when building your delicious creations?

Fashionable colour combinations often filter down from fashion to cake design, especially for weddings. Some couples are very set on the style of wedding. They pull together resources to show how the colours and style can work throughout all the elements of the wedding including, of course, the cake!

When I work with other suppliers on photo shoots there is always a mood board to show the vision for how the colours, textures and flowers complement each other.


6) Do you have any top tips for our wonderful Pentlebay customers, on how to make THE perfect cupcake?

With cupcakes it’s all about getting a light sponge with a flat top so that you can pipe a swirl! Making sure the oven is not too hot will help you get that flat top. I bake at 160 (fan) for approx 20 mins. 😊


To find out more about Kelly’s Kitchen or to treat yourself to some deliciously tasty creations, head over to https://kellyscakekitchen.co.uk/


Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

6 Fabulous Friendship Day Gift Ideas to treat your Bestie

It’s International #DayOfFriendship on 30th July so we thought we’d share some fab gift ideas that you could treat your closest pals to. And where better to look for this than #shoppinglocal in our lovely hometown of Royston? 

We all have different friends – the foodie, the fashionista, the lover of bling etc etc, so we thought we’d come up with ideas that could cater for every friend in your circle as well as sharing our favourite quotes along the way 😊.


1) “Life is too short to wear boring clothes”

If your friend is a lover of fashion, and you know their size, why not treat them to a new top or dress from pentlebayclothing.com. Our range of clothing is designed to make women look and feel great all year round and offers minimum effort, maximum style – the perfect duo 😊.

https://www.pentlebayclothing.com/our-range


2) “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cupcakes. And that’s kind of the same thing.”

If your friend loves cupcakes why not head over to “Kelly’s Kitchen” and order a box of Cocktail Cupcakes. Perfect to share with friends or family at a socially distanced BBQ over these summer months.  YUM!

https://kellyscakekitchen.co.uk/shop/ols/all


3) “Wine and friends are a great blend”

We all know that wine is best enjoyed with friends and family, so what better gift to celebrate a fantastic friendship than with wine? Cambridge Wine Royston offer a range of gifts from individual bottles to a beautifully presented gift bag/box.

https://www.cambridgewineroyston.com/


4) “The best things in life are sweet”

From Belgian chocolates, to greeting cards, to a range of gorgeous giftware, there are so many fabulous gift ideas at Ladds in Royston. The store has now reopened in the high street (yay!) but they are also offering local home delivery too.

https://www.laddsroyston.co.uk/


5) “Do something creative every day”

Does your friend always have a pair of knitting needles in their hand? Or do they always have a crafting project on the go? If so, say hello to No.3 Royston! Whether it’s haberdashery, patterns or fabric that you’re after…there’s sew many different crafting gifts and materials you can treat your creative friend to.

https://no3royston.com/


6) “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go”

Does your friend love a little sparkle? If so, how about choosing them a timeless piece of jewellery that they’ll treasure forever. Family run HC Jewellers offer a wonderful range of necklaces, earrings & bracelets – both in store and online: https://hcjewellers.co.uk/ – which will look FAB-U-LOUS when paired with a Pentlebay print 😊.


We hope this helps with your gift search, thanks for reading & have a lovely day!

The Perfect Country Picnic

Hi everyone, I’m Lucy from Her Country Living and to celebrate International Picnic day on the 18th of June I have been asked by the lovely Pentlebay team to share my top tips on planning the perfect picnic!

Living in the countryside like I do, it’s always important for me to try and use local ingredients and reach out to nature for some incredible flavours and foods; so if you’ve got time to think ahead, these are some of the yummy foraging foods and flavours you can look out for on your walks (and freeze ahead of time):


> Blackberries – an absolute favourite of mine and an easy to gather treat, if you don’t mind a few brambles! These are perfect little treats for making tarts, pies and jams for you to take on your summertime picnics! You can find them in hedgerows around the end of August to start of September.


> Elderflowers – These beautiful floral flowers are in abundance at the end of May and into June. If you’re lucky you might find some even now in your local woodland where they’ve been able to shade from the weather. This year I made some elderflower champagne which we’re going to have for a picnic in a few weeks time, but you can use these flowers to flavour cakes and all sorts!


> Wild Garlic – This is mostly over now but if you’re lucky you might find some lurking in the woodlands. It tends to be mainly in abundance between March and April and is an excellent addition to any picnic once blended into a pesto! This tasty treat can be tossed in cold pasta or added as a garnish to sandwiches, cheese and crackers – all sorts!


As well as nature’s fruits and labour, and time is short for international picnic day, I suggest you pop to the local farm shop and supermarket to pick up some essentials you’ll be needing for your perfect picnic! Everyone’s a little different about what they like and don’t like, and since I am vegetarian I try to ensure I cater for everyone’s needs, be they gluten free or vegan!

Some perfect additions to a picnic and things you’ll want to think about having at a picnic are:

  • Sandwiches  – cucumber / hummus and red pepper / sausage (veggie or otherwise) / Egg and cress and then finally cherry blossom jam (you can make this if you have time and plan ahead).
  • Cakes – What picnic is complete without a scrummy cake? I like to make a few types but think cupcakes and traybakes are the best, that way they’re pre-cut into cubes or baked in cases making it easy finger food for your guests!
  • Salads – A nice warm salad is a welcome treat. You can make this in advance and give it some warmth by adding baked butternut squash tossed with paprika. Another thing I like to add to my salads is radish if they’re in season! At the moment my garden is flooding with radish and they add a lovely crisp taste to the salad and a pop of pink!
  • Nibbles – Everyone loves their nibbles and my go to are olives! I love to get a variety of these and tend to go to my local farm shop for them as they’ve got huge bowls filled with anti-pasti, (that contain gherkins and garlic), as well as stuffed olives and sundried tomatoes. You’ll also want to consider adding in some cheese and biscuits here. A firm favourite for most!
  • Drinks – If you had time to make elderflower champagne, then this is one to ‘wow’ your guests with when you pop it out! If not, then can I suggest a simple bubbly will do alongside some non-alcoholic drinks like squash and fizzy fruity drinks. Always ensure you have a nice cold jug of water, (or bottle if walking), on hand too. Your guest will notice if not!

My Picnic Shopping List:

  • Malfada pasta – to mix with my homemade garlic pesto h
  • Vegan sausage meat
  • Bread flour (gluten free if needed)
  • Flour for baking and other baking essentials
  • Vegetables – tomatoes / cucumber, lettuce etc…
  • Olives and nibbles (breadsticks / crisps etc…)
  • Cheese (vegan if desired)
  • Fruit juice

Now for the extras to take with your food! If you don’t have the following items, then just go with what you have that matches the closest…

  • A blanket to sit on – you can get some great foldaway ones that are perfect
  • A rucksack – I always find rucksacks more practical, meaning you can walk for longer distances if you’re intending on going somewhere in particular. If at home then simply a beautiful basket will do – I use my Grandma’s basket she used to use!
  • Outdoor candles – these are great at keeping away unwanted visitors (flies / wasps)
  • A garden umbrella – or if you’re lucky enough to have one in your garden, a large tree to shade under. There is nothing worse than warm drinks and burnt noses!
  • If at home I suggest giant cushions. I got mine online for a couple of pounds a few years ago. They’re excellent for keeping comfortable outside.
  • The right cutlery – for me I like to use bamboo cutlery and plates, easily washed and reused and a great addition to china that can get broken oh so easily!
  • Bamboo glasses / cups or chunky recycled glass glasses – again reusable and less breakable whilst still remaining beautiful.

Now you’ve got all your bits and bobs sorted and have an idea of what you’re going to be making, you’re well on your way to creating the perfect picnic! I hope you’ve found this little blog helpful and useful and given you a great basis to start planning for your perfect country picnic!


Read more about Lucy from Her Country Living:

https://www.instagram.com/hercountryliving/

https://hercountrytravels.com/

Top 5 funny parenting books

Have you been scrambling around getting a costume together for World Book Day for your children? Don’t worry, many of us have done it. You’ve earned yourself a cuppa and a good book.

For World Book Day, here’s our top 5 light-hearted reads about parenting that you should get your hands on:


1. Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNish

One to read when you need a laugh and a bit of reassurance that you’re most definitely not alone during the hardest points of parenting, such as those long night feeds or when your child simply won’t go to sleep when it feels like everyone else’s children do.

This book contains a fabulous collection of poems and honest accounts from Hollie’s own experiences of parenting.


2. Dummy: The Comedy and Chaos of Real-Life Parenting by Matt Coyne

This hilarious book, from the blog creator Man VS Baby, will have you cracking up, with lots of impractical yet remarkably original parenting advice.

Through all the trials and tribulations of parenthood, this book highlights the beauty of it and reminds you to enjoy all of the funny things our kids do before they grow up. Otherwise you’ll tear your hair out.


3. The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner

You’ve probably already heard of this bestselling book. From the creator of the ever so popular The Unmumsy Mum blog, Sarah Turner candidly shares the reality of parenting.

It focuses on how there truly isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to raising children, and that most of us are just trying our best despite not really knowing what we’re doing.


4. S***ty Mom: The Parenting Guide For The Rest of Us by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo

Scrap all the parenting guides out there written by professionals. Four real mum’s who have lived through it all came together to write this hilarious, honest guide.

It shares some scenarios most parents will come across at some point, with realistic advice on how to just about make it through them.


5. Hurrah for Gin: A book for perfectly imperfect by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo

This book is anything but a manual on parenting.

Instead, it shares laugh out loud, honest anecdotes and illustrations which parents will be able to relate to. It’ll make you feel that bit less alone.