Author: Jessica Walker

Homemade Pineapple Centre-sensation

Cherish the last long light days of summer, entertaining and eating al fresco. Decorate your table with this impressive and unique Pineapple centrepiece. You will need… A large pineapple A selection of flowers and foliage A kitchen knife Decorative plate or chopping board Method Step 1 Cut the top of your pineapple off Step 2 Scoop out the flesh, using a sharp kitchen knife. You can use this to make a desert or eat fresh. Step 3 Fill your pineapple vase with water, and place your foliage. Step 4 Add your flowers. I used gerberas and roses Step 5 Place on your plate or board so as not to stain your table or surface. Fire up the BBQ and wait for the compliments!

Homemade Citrus Centrepiece

  In the mid summer heat, flowers can wilt and die quickly. Try this vibrant citrus centrepiece; it will last for days, even if the temperatures soar… You will need…. A selection of citrus fruit. I used Lemons, limes, small oranges, kumquats and physalis. An oasis wreath Greenery, I used Bay leaves Toothpicks A kitchen knife and secateurs Ribbon- optional Step 1 Cut your greenery into aprox 4-inch sprigs Step 2 Working around your wreath; place the sprigs into the oasis to make an even base. Step 3 Using your toothpicks place the fruit decoratively into the base   Step 4 Cut 2 of the lemons into slices and wedges, and place in your wreath.   Step 5 Optional – I added ribbon for a more festive look – perfect for a party! Pour yourself a chilled glass of Vino Verde and admire your heat resilient masterpiece!

Homemade onion, chilli, herb and garlic tree

It’s BBQ time, and we will all need onions, garlic chilli and herbs to flavour and scent our sizzling feasts… oh and quite possibly a brolly! Sit this unique tree in your kitchen to add colour and flavour to this month. You will need… A selection of small onions. I used red and brown. Garlic Chillies, I used red and green to add colour Rosemary, bay and olive sprigs A pot of choice Kitchen foil Marzipan Step 1 Stuff your pot with foil. Step 2 Mould your marzipan into a cone shape, creating a food safe base. Place onto your pot Step 3 Using the toothpicks arrange your onions and garlic around the tree evenly. I used a chopping board to help plunge the toothpick into the harder onions and garlic. Step 4 Now add the chillies Step 5 Finish your tree with sprigs of herbs Place in your kitchen and fire up the BBQ, Happy sizzling! This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of SE22 magazine. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Chocolate Strawberry and Cream Centre Piece

It’s that time of year – the sound of tennis balls, the smell of fresh cut grass and the irresistible English strawberry dipped in fresh cream. Spoil your friends and family this month with this indulgent centrepiece. You will need… Strawberries and a pot of double cream Cherries Dark chocolate and a knob of butter Marzipan Fresh mint Kitchen foil and toothpicks An oasis wreath base A dinner plate and a decorative bowl. Sugar flowers and cake sprinkles to decorate Step 1 prepare your base. Cover the oasis with kitchen foil, making it food safe. Now roll out your marzipan and place onto the foil. Step 2 Place your base onto the dinner plate, and pop your bowl in the centre of you base. Pour the cream into the bowl. Step 3 Melt the chocolate and butter in a bon Marie, or a bowl standing in gently boiling water. Be careful not to scold yourself. Do not leave the melting chocolate unattended. Step 4 Dip the strawberries into the chocolate holding them by the stem. …

Homemade lemon table decorations

Freshen your Lunch or dinner table this May with these unique Lemon table decorations. They can be used as place settings, or grouped as a centrepiece. You will need A bag of lemons Flowers, I used Orange Roses, Alstroemaria, and a selection from the garden. Secateurs and a sharp kitchen knife Craft tags Step1 – cut off the bottom of your lemon, so it sits flat. Then cut the top of, about ¼ so you have a nice little flower holder Step 2 – cut your rose leaving about 3-4 inches of stem, and place in the middle of the lemon. Hold the stalk firmly when pushing into the lemon so as not to break it. Step 3 – work around the centre rose with your assorted flowers and foliage – to make a miniature posy. Step 4 – write your guests names on the craft tags, and tie to the stem of the rose. Step 5 – place on your table, make sure you use a plate or saucer so as not to stain …