In the Kitchen With: Ruby Tandoh’s Meatballs with Sticky Blackberry-Anise Sauce

Meatballs with Blackberry-Anise sauce by Ruby Tandoh | DesignSponge

A few weeks ago, I made one of my favorite meatball recipes. It sent me on the search for more wonderful meatball recipes outside of the common flavor combinations with which I was already familiar. The first recipe I came across in my search was one by British food writer and cookbook author Ruby Tandoh for Meatballs with Sticky Blackberry-Anise Sauce from her most recent cookbook, Flavour. The meatballs have a great flavor profile for combining with winter’s berries to make a slightly thick sauce, perfect for mixing with other roasted root vegetables which may be on your plate — or mopping up with a nice, thick slice of bread. —Kristina

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Food Photography by Charlotte Bland | Portrait by Nato Welton

Meatballs with Sticky Blackberry-Anise Sauce
Makes 32, serving 4

You need something fruity to balance the comforting heft of these meatballs. Usually it’d be a redcurrant or lingonberry sauce, but I’ve opted for something a little darker: an inky blackberry sauce, spiked with anise for a gentle licorice sweetness. You can make a sauce with a little beef stock and double cream, too, if you really want to go all out, but I don’t think these meatballs need it. Glazed with dark blackberry and served with buttery mash, this is a comfort food dream without any overwhelming richness.


For the sauce:

— 2 cups (12 ounces / 350 g) blackberries
— 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (225 g) sugar
— 3 tablespoons (50 ml) water
— 3 star anise
— 1 dried bay leaf
— 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

For the meatballs:

— 1/2 pound (250 g) ground pork
— 1/2 pound (250 g) ground beef
— 50g white breadcrumbs
— 2 shallots or 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
— 2 teaspoons dried thyme
— 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
— 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
— 1/3 cup (75 ml) milk
— Oil, for frying


First, prepare the blackberry sauce. Heat all the sauce ingredients in a small pan and simmer for 15 minutes, crushing the blackberries under the back of a spoon as it cooks. When the mixture is syrupy, strain out the blackberry seeds through a fine mesh sieve. Set the strained mixture back over the heat and simmer for 5–10 minutes, until sticky and thicker. Leave to cool and turn jammy, then add a little more water if the sauce is too sticky, or place back over the heat for a few minutes if it’s not quite thick enough. Set aside while you prepare the meatballs, re-warming it when the rest of the dish is ready.

Combine all the meatball ingredients except the oil in a large bowl, and work together using your hands.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan. Shape the meatball mixture into 32 small balls and cook them over a high heat for 3 minutes, turning frequently. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for a further 10–12 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

Serve with the blackberry sauce — you can toss this through the meatballs in the pan, with a splash of water, if you want to glaze them all over — and heaps of smooth mash.

About Ruby: Ruby Tandoh entered Great British Bake Off at the age of 20. She quickly impressed with her creative approach to ingredients and flavor taking precedence over decoration. Ruby subsequently wrote a weekly food column for the Guardian for two years, has written columns for British ELLE and has made documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Her first book, Crumb, was published in 2014. She spends her time in Southend-on-Sea cooking, eating and watching Take Me Out. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.

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13 Wallpaper Designs to Swoon Over

13 Wallpaper Designs to Swoon Over

Styles, trends and tastes change in the course of a few years, or even decades. We see cycles of homes with beige and bold colors to homes with white or light grey walls, and then more color and interest again. It’s why trends that die out eventually come back around. They offer something that the status-quo can’t quench. Wallpaper is a trend that I’ve been so happy to see make its way back to the home goods market. Removing 1950s wallpaper is a huge headache, and it can be a pain to even put up, but wallpaper can be the perfect addition of color, texture and pattern that will bring a room to life.

Wallpaper products are more sophisticated this time around with easier applications, removable options and a broader range of designs to choose from. Surface and textile designers are including wallpaper in their shops, graphic and pattern designers are releasing sponsored collections, wall treatment companies are updating their stock and trendy start-ups are offering large-scale murals and removable wallpaper in every pattern imaginable. We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite wallpaper products that feel fresh, sophisticated and full of personality. Wallpaper will be sticking around for a while (literally and figuratively) and if you can find a pattern and colorway you love for your space, it might be worth the trouble of putting it up. –Lauren

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wear this there: the penny drop.

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say ‘top o’ the morning’ to ya’ with australia’s sweetest new coffee joint — the penny drop. satisfy your caffeine cravings amongst this copper highlighted design darling that sits at the ground floor of the australian tax office building. designers of pop & pac were very literally inspired by the penny dropping. we say you don’t need to spend too many a penny on your look to be chic! a pair of wide-legged pants and statement jewelry will do the trick. This week’s read this there is paul beatty’s new york time’s bestseller the sellout. we foresee a lot of coffee sipping, and page turning in your future. ~ michaela d’artois,

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

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wear this there: pixie market sydney black snap button side pants; kt jewelry shape earrings from; herbivore botanicals moon juice beauty dust sachet box; read this there the sellout by paul beatty; zara suede effect jacket; asos curved velvet foldover clutch bag; front row shop black oxford sandals; true & co. uniform bralette; reformation laney top.

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at home with: designer tracy wilkinson.


tucked away in the hills of east los angeles lives british artist and designer tracy wilkinson. born in Yorkshire, england tracy is a multi-media artist and the founder of tw workshop, a collection of handmade ceramics, one of a kind furniture, home accessories, and perfectly styled soft cotton t-shirts. She lives and works in the Mount Washington neighborhood, northeast of downtown L.A. and continues to be a fashion consultant for companies worldwide, having studied at the Royal College of Art, earning a Masters degree in Fashion and Textile design. luckily for us, L.A.-based photographer Laure Joliet dropped in to visit Tracy and photograph her beautifully eclectic california home, which is filled with Tracy’s artwork, including her one-of-a-kind pieces made of stoneware and handweaving. tracy’s hosting a holiday sale this weekend, saturday december 3 from 10a-5p (along with prints from laure’s collection) so be sure and stop by if you’re in the L.A. area.

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The main part of tracy’s very unique southern california home was built in 1946 and was later added onto in 1954. she bought the home from the wife of the original owner, a mason, who built the house — which makes perfect sense since it’s all made of cinder brick. The glass in the ornate stone fireplace wall came from the Bel Air Glass fire and there’s a Luau pit on the patio. The wall in the bedroom was left after tracy removed mirrored tiles and she was going to rip it out but then loved how it looks like a Japanese painting, so kept it. She lived here for five years and hasn’t changed much, apart from putting in white oak floors. let’s have a look!

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In Arizona, a Couple Turns a Small House into Their Dream House

In Arizona, a Couple Turns a Small House into Their Dream House

In recent years, I’ve often come across “the small house movement.” Essentially, it’s the idea of downsizing your living space to less than 1,000 square feet in return for increased self-sufficiency, reduced carbon footprint and lower costs. I was intrigued, but I hadn’t come across anyone who had personally taken on that lifestyle. When I found out that Chelsea and Scott Goodson, a creative couple based just outside of Phoenix, AZ, had recently moved into their new “small house,” I couldn’t wait to hear their story.

When Chelsea, an influencer marketing expert and blogger at, and Scott, a real estate analyst and owner of home decor business Citizen Home Decor, began looking for a place they could call their own, they too found the idea of trading square footage for coziness, efficiency and convenience appealing. They began researching different options, from tiny houses of no more than 399 square feet, to homes over 800 square feet. Eventually, the couple ended up choosing a barebones 650-square-foot prefab house that they could customize to their own liking.

After taking the plunge into home ownership, it was time to choose where the couple wanted to live. Although their home is technically mobile, they still needed a home base, a spot where the house could be delivered. Passionate about their local community and wanting to stay close to their families, Chelsea and Scott jumped at the opportunity to live on a portion of their family’s 10-acre property in a quiet area of Chandler, AZ. “We’re super close to our city’s downtown area that has the best coffee shop, restaurants and community events. We truly couldn’t have picked a more perfect area for us!” Chelsea shares.

From start to finish, Chelsea and Scott’s house took eight weeks to build. In order to make their house feel bright and more open-plan, the couple made some structural changes at the drawing stage, like moving windows around and getting rid of a half-wall. When the house was delivered, it was a complete blank canvas. “Scott started by installing engineered hardwood flooring throughout the house, and then we moved on to installing our appliances and lighting,” Chelsea recalls. One month after the house was delivered, Chelsea and Scott moved in. The following months were spent rearranging furniture, hanging pictures and making each room feel like their own. By decorating with plenty of white and choosing mid-century style pieces that appear lightweight, the couple has made their small house feel bright, spacious and beautifully thought-out. Click through to see how Chelsea and Scott have turned this small house into their dream house! –Sofia

Photography by Rennai Hoefer from Ten 22 Studio

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10 Handmade Vases for Winter Flowers

10 Handmade Vases for Winter Flowers

Just about anything can be a vase in our house. Tin cans, mason jars, water pitchers, old perfume bottles — anything that can hold water and a tiny stem or two gets put to work. I tend to pick up old odds and ends at antique stores and thrift shops for vases, but every now and then I find myself coveting something new online. Lately on Pinterest I’ve been pinning flower vase after flower vase, perhaps as a way to capture the last fading blooms of fall, before everything gets covered in snow upstate. So today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites that are handmade by some great ceramicists and potters. xo, grace

Need some ideas for end-of-fall flowers? Check out some fall floral inspiration and ideas here

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whitewashed style.

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christina greve.

the thing i love about the design of all these rooms is the whitewashed canvas they’ve created to be built upon with all kinds of eclectic furnishings — especially those of the natural kind. woven textiles, tiled floors, baskets, cacti in pottery. it all looks simple and fresh, but very stylish and effortlessly chic with just a touch of a latin american flair. gorgeous, but minimalist and without trying too hard. it’s the kind of look i personally aspire to, if i could just rid myself of some of my stuff! that’s going to happen very soon though — because coming up this month, i’m diving in and remodeling the bathroom and back bedrooms. i’ll keep you posted as i start to see off some of my treasures.

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oracle fox; and the veda house.

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inside out magazine.

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grace spain; and amber interiors.

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the coveteur.

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Line Klein photography for Elle Decoration.

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bloesem design.

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hanna wessman.


joinery nyc.

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james schororos photography.

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anna bode on instagram.

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bob villa.

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