The Sweet Life….
February 11, 2015, 11:36 am
Filed under: sustainable living

We were quite surprised when we moved to Malta to find that due to Malta joining the EU a few years back, The Maltese now have access to a lot of ready made foods including fast foods and ready meals. Unfortunately this seems to be resulting in a loss of skills and enjoyment from creating food stuffs from scratch. No-one bakes bread any more, The Maltese bread is AMAZING, cakes and deserts are bought in more often than made at home.

Consequently we have found people clamouring for our home-made marmalades, chutneys and relishes as well as cakes and desserts. ¬†We are beginning to get a regular free supply of fruit from new friends that just ask for some sample jars of our preserves etc. We have made, so far: Orange marmalade; apple chutney; marrow chutney; tomato relish; caramelised onion marmalade; Nan’s piccalilli ( over a hundred year old family recipe); and chilli jam. Other things that have been popular have been my deserts: Chocolate Pecan GF Brownies; baked lemon cheesecake; Bounty cheesecake; Raspberry Cheesecake on a plain chocolate brownie base; Banoffi pie on a chocolate oat base; and a lemon polenta cake with a sharp lemon syrup drizzle to name but a few.

Most of the recipes will be appearing in an Applesteam Limited cookbook at some point in the future.


From Pallet to Sink = Renovate + Recycle + Re-use + Re-purpose

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Well…..what a time we’ve been having. Our dream is beginning to really come true. The interior design, build and maintenance business are doing well and customers seem to really love what we are doing and what we stand for. The above sink unit above was made from part of an old telegraph pole, lengths of 3″x3″ timber was used to build a base for the basin to sit on. the back, where the tap is fitted is made from lengths of pallet. The whole thing was sanded, painted with very dark varnish, sanded, stained with browns wood stain, then sanded for a last time and three coats of tinted beeswax polish was applied and rubbed to a mid-sheen finish.

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Another sink unit we made. The top is made from marine ply, sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of pallet wood and edged in 2″x 1″ edging. All sanded and triple waxed to a high level finish. This was fitted into two posts made from 8″ x 8″ Douglas fir, with rubber feet sotted into the base. The storage is provided by a pull out soft-close deep drawer. The drawer has a high gloss finish and is topped with a quartz composite. The tap is a waterfall type set onto the bowl.


We have some other items being designed for the bathroom to go with the first sink unit, to be added here soon, alcove shelves and a cabinet made from pallets.

Renovate + Recycle + Re-use + Re-purpose