Eat / Home / Recipe

Chestnut and Chocolate Cake


I thought I would squeeze in a quick and easy recipe post before Christmas.   I will be completely honest with you, this recipe was my second attempt, the first was an absolute disaster.  I was trying to remember how I made this last year and managed to create a coconut oil drenched monstrosity.  Thankfully I asked my Instagram friend, and chef extraordinaire Alexandra Dudley for some advice, and she suggested I use olive oil instead, and voila, a very quick, seasonal, light and pretty delicious chestnut and chocolate cake (even if I do say so myself).  And I nearly forgot, it is also gluten, dairy and virtually refined sugar free too, hurrah!

I’m afraid there aren’t many pictures of the process because I wasn’t sure I was going to share depending on how it turned out second time around.  But seeing as it is so easy. I am sure you will let me off.

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Found / Home / Shops



Today I am chatting to Eleanor from Denman&Gold.  Like everything thing else, it has been a while since I have done a post like this, and this one in particular has been a long time coming!  Eleanor and I originally spoke at the end of last year but I am very happy to be able to finally share a few snippets about the beautiful creations that her and her partner, Russell make, and about their lives living and working together in Dorset.

Eleanor has also very kindly provided a beautiful large hand embroided pouch and a necklace to giveaway to one of my followers.  So I thought now would be the perfect time to bring back my aquietstyle hashtag, so if you would like to enter, please share an image over the month of December, and tag #aqschristmas.  As always interpret as you would like.

Eleanor and Russell have been working together under the name Denman&Gould (taken from their surnames Goulding and Denman) since 2014, they have a strong interest in natural materials and a focus on slow design, which led them to establishing their practise in visual art, contemporary craft, furniture and design.

Tell me a little bit more about Denman&Gould?

We are a multi disciplinary studio creating individual pieces of crafted objects, furniture, textile design and art work, selling and exhibiting throughout the UK. We have a mutual background in the Visual Arts and founded Denman&Gould in 2014. Both individual and collaborative projects are created in our beautifully converted church studio in Dorset.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Art. People who are dedicated to their creativity in whatever way that is expressed. I have a real resonance to the quietness and simplicity of Scandinavian art and culture. I love the strange, strong quality of light that is unique to the North which you can really see in Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi’s paintings. Growing up on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales,  I have always felt the importance of looking to the sea and the meditative states it’s infinity brings.

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Christmas / Home / Made / Tutorial

2017 Advent Calendar Tutorial


I’m not quite sure how, but it is already that time of year, and as much as I am avoiding all take of Christmas for a while longer, it would be a bit silly if I didn’t post my advent calendar tutorial until Christmas Eve!  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, which is exactly why I don’t want to start it in November, because otherwise by the time it actually arrives the novelty will have worn off completely.  Take note shops, I don’t really want to be hearing Christmas carols whilst I’m shopping for bonfire night sausages!

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