Pita Bread

Pita bread

  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 pkg of yeast
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 4-5 cups of flour
  • extra oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the sugar and lukewarm water then sprinkle yeast over the water. Once the yeast has started to froth add the oil.
  2. Place the oil water mixture in a mixing bowl and gradually add flour. Knead to create a smooth elastic dough. This can be done by hand or kitchen mixer.
  3. If using a kitchen mixer, start with the standard mixer attachment initially and when the dough gets stiffer after about 3 cups of flour switch to dough attachment. Continue to add flour until you see the dough pull away from the sides. Generally to achieve this it takes a little practice and alternating between adding flour and oil to get the right consistency. To get the best dough, it takes practice to get a feel of what the dough should look and feel like. It should feel a smooth soft elastic dough that bounces back slightly when touched.
  4. Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl then drizzle a little oil on the surface of the dough. Cover with a clean tea towel and let stand in a warm place until doubled. This generally takes a couple hours.
  5. When the dough has doubled, punch it down sprinkle with salt and gently knead. Cut the dough into small portions and roll out in pita sized circles on baking paper to about 2-3 mm thick. Leave it stand for for 10 mins.
  6. In the meanwhile heat the oven to 200 C with a baking sheet inside. This is a key step, you need a very hot oven and baking sheet to get the dough to puff up.
  7. When the dough has risen slightly, gently peel the dough off the baking paper and place on hot baking sheet. Bake for 2-3 minutes or until slightly golden. Watch them, they can burn quickly.
  8. The dough should puff up in the oven, though I never have 100% success! By puffing up the pocket is created in the pita bread. To remove air, poke with a sharp knife to let steam out and remove from the oven. Stack the cooked pita on top of each other to cool.

Enjoy! Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t always puff up, just keep trying. Seeing one work makes it all worth it and practice makes perfect or in this case a pita bread!

Retro Knitting

New Zealand Picture Knitting from the 80’s

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Skyline garage to “Studio”in 3 weeks!

It seems every Christmas holidays we have a project, this year’s project was to convert our 1960’s skyline garage into a studio to showcase products from our website and allow people to come visit and buy. It’s always fun to share our finds and tales of the treasure hunt

As you can imagine, the original skyline garage was packed to the roof with everything sheds have – bikes, camping gear, garden stuff etc. So the first step was to empty everything out , so to accompany these still important life essentials we took a weekend and build a kitset shed. Not hard but nothing is ever simple. The kit set was missing a roof panel so we currently have a half built shed covered with a tarp. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain! The disadvantage to doing things at Christmas is nothing happens fast. 6 weeks later and we are still waiting for a replacement.

That’s ok, we carried on. First by doing the basics, weatherproofing. The concrete floor was sealed and painted, the roof was inspected and repaired where needed. That seemed to take forever with no noticeable change.

Next came the paint. Starting with painting the roof beams in a soft cream of Resene’s half Dutch White Zylone. Then colour on the walls. Yay! We had gibbed the walls a few years earlier so luckily we just had to paint with a Karen Walker Resene’s colour of Beryl Green. Karen Walker’s colour are great, they have depth other colours don’t seem to have. We have used them couple of times in the past half Beryl green and I am very tempted to use her version of orange to add a pop of colour. Orange is such a great retro colour. What do you think?


The next step was design with the shed/studio needed to be multifunctional – storage and display. The shed is really not big and only had 1 functional wall – that’s the challenge!

Storage was achieved by making cupboards along one wall with the specific purpose being to fit as many banana boxes as possible! We managed to fit 36 – mainly Crown Lynn.


The cupboard shelves were basic but we added a plywood bench top, embracing the grain of the ply. There is something nice about keeping things basic and the grain was beautiful when polyurethraned. A bit of a Scandinavian vibe.


The display space was dedicated to the area above the cupboard shelves. Not that easy as nothing in this 60’s building was square and it had the classic angled roof.


To maximize light , mirrors were placed on the wall first. They reflect the light from the opposite window and are always great for enhancing display spaces. The cheapest way to do this was to buy 3 identical mirrors- each was 120 cm x 90 cm. Large mirrors are too expensive so the challenges was how best to fit the shelves and mirrors together. Luckily it worked, the key was having the spacing between mirrors fit a designed shelf and extend the mirror down to the bench to act like a splashback.

Next came the fun, adding furniture and styling the space!

This was a very organic process with the key being trying different versions and combos to see what looked best.

After 3 long weeks of building, hopefully we achieved some which is functional and can now be called a studio. Thank goodness it was Christmas as the only thing we ate was the Holiday ham.


To give you context, everything was done by my partner and I . We are not builders or interior designers, we are just plain folk who make it happen mainly because we don’t have the financial resources to pay someone. If we can do it, you can too!

Geek Chic

Clothing or accessories that are very geeky/nerdy and yet, at the same time, says “I’m cool” because I’m proud of the fact that I’m a nerd, and am not afraid to embrace it”.

I’m definitely a bit of a geek and love all things geek chic. Check out our Vintage Store for cool geek chic items like a huge Darth Vader.


a recycling  project