Friday, 17 December 2010

Christmas in Stitches

For me, Christmas is about people rather than presents, but it always shows you care if you can give someone you love - or even like a lot - something you've made rather than bought. And there is still time! A friend of mine has given me a pair of wrist warmers in the softest, warmest cashmere which she insists only took her a couple of evenings to make. Stylish, useful and every time I wear them, I think of her. I just love them!

And I, myself, recently managed to knit this little stripy hat for a friend's newborn; it really did take me less than a week sitting and knitting in front of the TV! And trust me, I'm not the world's fastest or most competent knitter.

So if you're knitting skills are basic, average or even excellent, beat a path through those hellish West End streets and head for Patricia Roberts shop in Knigthsbridge (which is itself a joy to behold) where she is offering Les Soeurs Anglaises' followers a 10% discount on any of her gorgeous yarns bought before the Big Day. Just take along a print-out of her page on our website and be inspired by the wools and colours and patterns. And if you just can't think of anything to knit for your beloveds, why not give them some of Patricia's yummy yarn and a pair of needles and they, too, can be inspired to make something for themselves once the festivities are over.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Cooking and Booking

If you've visited our new website you will know that we are hosting, in April of next year, the first cooking workshop in our brilliant, new, purpose-built, hi-tech kitchen in l'Espace.

It took quite some time for us to decide who to ask to lead this workshop and we finally chose The Jewels of New York, a great young, fabulously talented (and stylish) American duo who have worked with both the great and the beautiful on the other side of the Big Pond, and are now ready to conquer Europe - well, France anyway.

A terrific Christmas present for someone you love .... who loves to cook!

We will be keeping the workshop number small so that Lisa and Diana can give as much attention as possible to each individual whilst sharing their knowledge, skill and excitement about the possibilities of French cuisine from this part of the world, with a special emphasis on Spring's bounty.

So, if you're interested in fresh ingredients, cutting edge cooking equipment and top class teaching, this could be the workshop for you. You can book online or email us directly and we'll send you an application form.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

and, of course, thanks to......

We are so thrilled with our new website and brochure (sorry to sound smug) that we felt it only fair to thank all those who gave their time and effort and allowed us to use some of their beautiful illustrations and photographs. It's been amazing working with such talented people - most of them local - and it goes without saying that we couldn't have done it without them!

Monoprints and Brochure Design, Emma Whigham

Illustrative Photographs, Rebecka Ryberg Skott

Interior and Exterior Photographs, Giles Stokoe

Interior and Exterior Photographs, Achim Deimerling

Food Photographs, Jewels of New York

and last but not least, our fab Website Designer, Ben Anstey