Saturday, 15 May 2010

Cushy Loves edible "Love Hearts"

It dosen't have to be Valentines day to bake hand made Love Heart Cookies. So much fun decorating and eating them or giving them as Gifts to Loved ones.
Traditionally the Heart has long been used as symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the Heart was once widely believed to be the the ruler of your soul, the word Heart continues to be used poetically and stylized depictions of Hearts are extremely prevalent symbols representing "True Love".
A simple Love Heart ice cube in a cup of Strawberry Milk Shake looks so sweet. Or the most stylish bar of Chocolate with a cut out Love Heart can make the most amorous of gifts. Alternatively "the big deal", a multi tiered Frosted Sugary Pink Love Heart Cake ....... !
One of our favourites, a gorgeous Embellished Chocolate Heart
encased in a Corseted Ribboned Box form Hotel Chocolat
A delicious box of Cookies filled with a Raspberry Love Heart Jam center, a freshly baked Love Heart Cake with tossed Raspberries and dripped with a Raspberry Coulis or a Cake dressed in Love birds, Love Hearts and a White Chocolate Camelia!

Having a Lovely day with "Love Heart" Treats!

Cushy Loves Naoto Fukasawa

We absolutely Love theses Fruit Juice Carton designs by Industrial Designer Naoto Fukasawa they really are above the rest. If only we could buy these in our local Supermarket in the UK!
Naoto Fukasawa
You can read all about him at
Design Boom

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Cushy Loves, Quando Quando Quando

We absolutely adore this vintage slide show along with Quando Quando Quando it's so "Holiday" and as Summers on it's way we thought we would share it with you.

Connie Francis - Quando quando quando

Cushy Loves Cork

It's amazing what you can find made from Cork, living in an ever increasing "Green Society" Corks sustainability along with it's durability makes Cork a fascinating medium for Designers to work with. Here are some of our favourite Cork Designs and Product.
The most exquisite of Designer Pieces designed and built using Ash and moulded Cork by Mathew Weatherly. You can see his designs at
We love this Origami CD case and the Musics lovely too

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Cushy Loves Macaroons

The Cushy Team are so in love with Macaroons that we have put together all our favourite Macaroon Pictures for you to enjoy and make your taste buds tingle. Did you know . . . ? The earliest recorded macaroon recipes are for the almond meringue variety similar to amaretti, with a crisp crust and a softer interior. They were made from egg whites and almond paste. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management gives a recipe for a macaroon of this kind.

The name of the cookie comes from an Italian word meaning paste, maccarone. While origins are uncertain, some culinary historians claim that that macaroons can be traced to an Italian Monastery. The monks came to France in 1533, joined by the pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II. Later, two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, came to Nancy seeking asylum during the French Revolution. The two women paid for their housing by baking and selling macaroon cookies, and thus became known as the "Macaroon Sisters." Recipes for macaroons (also spelled "mackaroon," "maccaroon" and "mackaroom") appear in recipe books at least as early as 1725 (Robert Smith's Court Cookery, or the Complete English Cook).

Italian Jews later adopted the cookie because it has no flour or leavening (macaroons are leavened by egg whites) and can be enjoyed during the eight-day observation of Passover. It was introduced to other European Jews and became popular as a year-round sweet. Over time, coconut, was added to the ground almonds and, in certain recipes, replaced them. Potato starch is also sometimes included in the recipe, to give the macaroons more body.

Cushy Loves Macaroons

Marie Antoinette " Queen of Fashion" seen eating the most Exquisite Macaroons. In France, the coconut macaroon is known as the "congolais", while the almond flour version is simply called "macaron".
Macaroons are also known as "congolais" in France or "carajitos" in Spain. India, has its own variety of macaroon made with cashews and egg whites, so too has Turkey, a cookie called Acibadem Kurabivesi made with bitter Almonds.
When you think of Macaroons you think of Laduree, they are one of the finest purveyors of exceptional Macaroons which are simply to die for! The Macaroons come in the most gorgeous colours and adorable boxes, in fact the packaging is so exquisite when given, one almost feels like one has received the "Crown Jewels" fit for a Princess.
Something about Macaroons and Boudoir ................ maybe it's the Meringue like crystal frills along the edge of the Macaroon or simply the prettiest pastel colours that remind us, either way, they are the "Sweetest" and most beautiful ornamental of cookies on the planet!
If only your wardrobe was full of pastel Macaroon coloured shoes!

If I buy a Blue Bell coloured Macaroon will it taste of Blue Bell's, Blue Berries, or Blue Curacao?

These Raspberry Fondant Macaroons are so mouth wateringly devine.They could only be made for the "Bon Vivant" Macaroon Connoisseur.
"Marie Antoinette à la Rose", one of the most famous portraits of Marie Antoinette; it was meant to counteract the scandal caused by the "muslin" dress portrait, by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Rose, Camillia or Peony coloured Macaroons are so Romantic.
Pastel Cashmere coloured Macaroons in Elegant fine boxes from Pierre Herme.
Adorable Macaroon charms that look scrumptious enough to eat.

This shoot makes us "Smile"
There is something about Ochre, Pale Ochre and Sunshine colours that make us feel "Happy".
For years, Yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of "Hope" as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Yellow has also represented "Courage" in (Japan) and for Merchants in (India), along with "Peace".
Honey Bun, Cup Cake, Fairy Cakes, Fondants, but more importantly ..... Macaroons!

"Endless streams of "Oodles and miles and miles of Macaroons adorning Patisserie Parlours all over the world". Sugary dreams and pastel rainbows wrapped in special ribboned packages what more could a Girl ask for!"

"Love is a Macaroon"

Monday, 10 May 2010

Cushy Loves - Janet Klein and Her Parlour Boys.

Cushy Loves

Cushy is reserving this blog spot and will soon upload all our Favourite Stories and Loves from around the World.

See you soon