You don’t have to look very far to find wonderful independent makers and creators. I am very lucky that in my line of work I come across many folk who do just that and I’m honoured that I can call many of them friends. Jette is one of these creatives and she has recently launched a beautiful on line store Created & Found. Jette is a food stylist based in Dublin her passion lies in the kitchen as her first collection testifies. I asked Jette to tell me the story of starting Created & Found and the ethos behind it.
“Created & Found is a home ware range that encapsulates slow living, functionality and aesthetics, focusing ruthlessly on creating incredible products that encourage memories and experiences around food. Created & Found is based on honesty and authenticity and we believe in community not competition and working in collaboration with Irish makers has helped to build a community for the long term. Within the collection are ceramics, wood products, linens and beeswax items and they have all be created with a vision to make everyday living a little more special.
Each piece is lovingly made by hand, taking into account environmental and traditional practices. The range is completely unique in that we have created only 50 pieces of each item in a bid to create a range that is so special and in keeping with our slow living, maker focused ethics. In our ceramics we have a dinner plate, bowl and beaker, we have 5 sizes of chopping boards, aprons, tea towels and napkins, two styles of wooden spoons; serving and cooking and beeswax candles. The items available range from €8 to €52.”
The current collection makes my heart skip a beat, linen, ceramics, wood; what’s not to like? From the rustic rough edged oak chopping boards, to soft Irish linen aprons and napkins , ceramics hand turned in Kilkenny using natural dyes to create the stunning one off pieces that you will treasure for a long time.
To celebrate the launch I was lucky enough to be sent some of Created & Found linen napkins and a to die for plate. What better way to showcase these lovely wares than to bake!
With it being the end of Autumn I had an abundance of home grown apples and pears to use up, so I got creative in the kitchen and baked a delicious apple and almond cake and our family favourite apple and pear crumble. It is so quick and easy I’ll share the recipe, just in case you want to give it a go!
700g apple (cookers)
225g dessert apples (such as cox or russets)
50g unsalted butter
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
140g golden caster sugar
140g plain flour
2 tsp cinnamon
140g unsalted butter
140g rolled oats
First pre heat the oven to 200°c. Peel, core and cut the apples and pears into large chunks. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the apple and pear chunks and cook over a high heat for a couple of minutes, turning all the time. Sprinkle over the caster sugar and keep turning until slightly soft and caramelised. Spoon the fruit mixture into a baking dish.
To make the topping, place the butter (cubed), caster sugar, flour, cinnamon in a large bowl and rub between your finger tips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in the oats and scatter the mixture over the fruit, pushing it firmly down.
Bake for 25 mins until the topping is golden, serve with anything you wish.
There’s nothing better than baking and serving your handmade goodness to the family especially on beautiful ceramics.
Everything featured on Created & Found would make perfect gifts for the artisan cook in your life. I have my eye on the chopping boards *wink*
- With thanks to Created & Found for gifting the plate and napkins for this post