Asparagoose!

Did you know it’s asparagus season here in the UK? It’s such a super time to buy it at the moment as it’s so fresh in the supermarkets and quite often locally sourced! Absolutely one of my favourite vegetables and so versatile, I’ve shared one of my favourite Waitrose asparagus recipes below, give it a whirl!

isobel barber food illustration asparagus

 

Chargrilled Asparagus with a Fresh Beetroot Salad

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 6 as a starter

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 500g English asparagus spears
  • 160g bag Waitrose Beetroot Salad
  • 6 tbsp Grana Padano shavings (or other Italian hard cheese), to serve

Method

  1. To make the dressing, place 3 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil with the vinegar, mustard and some seasoning in a screw-top jar and shake well. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together with a fork in a small jug.
  2. Remove any woody stems from the asparagus by bending the end of the spears. They should snap easily at the point where the woody part begins.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a griddle or frying pan. Place the asparagus spears in the pan in a single layer. Cook for 5-6 minutes, turning the spears once, until they are slightly charred and just tender (you may need to do this in 2 batches).
  4. Place the salad leaves in a bowl, pour the dressing over and toss lightly. Divide the salad and asparagus between 6 plates. Scatter over some Grana Padano shavings and season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

 

Have a great day folks!

Isobel x

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My little paper cacti in You & Your Wedding magazine!

So thrilled to see my little paper cacti featured in this months You & Your Wedding magazine! The perfect exotic wedding name tags for a destination or tropical themed wedding! You can find them here! These colourful cacti would also add a burst of colour to any desk, just pop them in your favourite little jar or teacup! The easiest plants you will ever look after.. and prickle-free!

 

Isobel Barber You and Your Wedding magazine paper plant

 

Isobel Barber paper cactus place cards

 

paper cactus wedding cards

 

destination wedding You & Your wedding namecards

 

Isobel x

 

New papercut illustration… This healthy little number contains all of your 5 a day!

Isobel Barber paper illustration

 

Isobel Barber paper illustration health

 

Isobel Barber papercutting food illustration

 

Isobel Barber papercut food illustration

 

This colourful papercut scene was a self initiated project. Even with self-initiated projects I like to give myself a brief and my inspiration for this one came from the very lovely organic brand of baby food called Ella’s Kitchen.. Their lip smacking Spag Bol to be precise! I wanted to create something fresh, colourful, playful and food related for my portfolio and this was the outcome! (Boxes ticked, I think?!) The Ella’s Kitchen story is so adorable and the brand is admirably environmentally friendly too.. If you’d like to read about it, click here! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new portfolio piece folks!

Isobel x

Chez Fred- Papercut Shopfront Commission

I recently completed a mega exciting commission for a local newly refurbed Fish & Chip restaurant called Chez Fred. The shopfront has been so beautifully refurbished with its striped awnings and luxurious gold accents, the attention to detail makes it so wonderfully striking! I was thrilled when lovely Fred the owner wanted to go SUPERSIZE with the commission as this meant I’d get to capture all those teeny tiny details. It’s the largest scale papercut I’ve completed to date and up there at the top of the list of favourite commissions I’ve worked on. A combination of the colours, symmetry, detailing, stripes (such a sucker for stripes!) and the fact that the commission had a personal touch to it too… I’ve been eating fish & chips here for a whole 28 years!… made it such such such a super project to work on! Here are some papercut Chez Fred ‘in the making’ snaps and the finished product at the bottom. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Isobel barber papercut illustration flowers

 

Isobel barber papercut illustration typography

 

Isobel Barber desk

 

Isobel Barber Chez Fred restaurant

 

Isobel barber papercut building Chez fred

 

Isobel Barber papercut illustration buildings

Isobel x

New personalised Automotive baby boy print & an exciting feature by Bump to Baby blogger Alex

Afternoon all! I absolutely love it when I find the time to sit down and create new prints and products, and I recently did just that! I’m excited to share my new personalised baby boy Automotive print with you, now available from notonthehighstreet. This print makes a superb custom gift to mark the birth or christening of a relative or friends little baby boy… Or you could order one yourself as a keepsake for your own little one! Your name, birth month and year will be hand cut in navy blue paper. The wording will then be scanned and added to the artwork digitally, and printed to create your personalised flat print. The lovely Alex who writes the BumptoBaby blog shared a fab photo of the personalised prints I snipped up for her little ones Logan and Ethan (below!)

 

papercut art notonthehighstreet

 

papercut automotive print notonthehighstreet Isobel Barber

 

bump to baby notonthehighstreet print Isobel Barber

 

Isobel x

Papercut Russian dolls

Here’s a little project I’ve been working on. Created to curb my recent pattern and colour craving! Made using 100% recycled paper.

Isobel Barber

Russian dolls 2014, cut recycled paper

Thanks for popping by x

Christmas cards 2014

I am jolly excited to be selling at the Wimborne Christmas Fair this year! Here’s a sneak peek of a festive papercut card I’ve been working on…

 

Isobel Barber

 

 

Wimborne Christmas craft fair

Thanks for stopping by x