Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

So far we’ve introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it’s our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them!

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What’s the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?

I think leaving my ‘proper’ job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
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Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
If it’s a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner…..and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday – friends round for roast and I cook!
Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I’m also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to…
What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I’d love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I’d also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky ‘Day of the Dead’ crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island – what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
This is a tricky one (don’t want to say smart phone – although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
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Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
Love them both (not that I’ve glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea…
Favourite book?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  – because it is epic!
First ever ‘proper’ job?
Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire  – the oldest school in England and posher than Eton – Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
Name the top two things on your bucket list.
Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
Going travelling with Biba….I have a hunch she’ll enjoy a chicken bus…..
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Poppy in her St Ives shop!

So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you’ve got questions you’d like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow.

And join us in a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday to us’!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!)

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A lovely evening dahling!

After planning and talking about it for many months various members of team Treffry finally came together this week to learn how to make Dahl with Sara, our resident expert! And we thought you’d like it if we shared!

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In a heavy based pan we heated up sunflower oil and then fried 2 onions, about 6 cloves of garlic and about an inch of ginger for approx 15 minutes till they’re softened (first onion, then garlic and then ginger).

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Next we added 2 small green chillies diced, a teaspoon of tumeric, 3 of garam masala and 1 of coriander and mixed these together over the heat.

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Next we added a good teaspoon of sea salt flakes and half a carton/one carton of passata depending on quantities. You can also add some fresh tomato here as well. Just cause it’s nice!

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And there you have your Turka (none of us sure of spelling here, a great base for all curries etc)
Now leave that simmering whilst you prep your lentils. We used red split but you can use any kind here, split peas. Puy lentils, mung beans, all sorts! We rinsed the lentils and then put them on to boil.

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Here we took a moment to admire the artwork before we began our potato and cauliflower curry. An added bonus to the evening!
Potato and cauliflower sabjee.
We chopped up about 12 potatoes to fairly small chunks.

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And then broke a cauliflower into it’s florets. Fairly small sizes again and we included a few of the outer leaves.

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Then we took out half the Turka from our pan and put all the cauliflower and potato in with the remaining. We gave it a good old mix to coat the veg and then we put the lid on and were told not to remove it for at least 40 minutes! Hard to resist.
Meanwhile we stirred our red lentils from time to time and skimmed them occasionally

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Once our lentils were a bit of a porridge like consistency we added the rest of our Turka mix (you can add more water here if you like). Then we added some chopped ginger to the Dahl and put it to one side. Meanwhile we heated a frying pan and added garlic and dry fried it and then afterwards we dry fried some poppy seeds and black onion seeds.

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Tip these into the Dahl and mix after you finish each, let the garlic brown but not too much.

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We then cooked some poppadoms over the gas flame, tough fingers with no feeling are the key here!

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And at last our feast was ready. (we cooked up some rice and added pickles, raita and wine!) Delicious it was too – Team Treffry are ready to go forth and create dahl this weekend, are you?!

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A fond farewell….

Hello! It’s Sarah from the shop at St Ives, although sadly not for much longer as I will be leaving Poppy Treffry at the end of the week. I must just say that it is not due to the company or the lovely people but becuase of me! I work part time in the shop and also have my own little business designing stationery for weddings and occassions and have got very busy in the last few months and just won a national award (i’ll tell you about that in a minute!). It was a very hard decision to make as Poppy and the team are just the loveliest bunch of people and have been so good to me, but I just need more time to concentrate on my own business.

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Last year I was nominated for the ‘Best Wedding Stationery‘ award by Wedding Ideas magazine. In December I found out I had made it to the finals and was invited to the awards night at Tower Bridge Hotel in London on January 11th. The magazine also asked me to create the stationery for the tables and winners cards so it was great to see it all laid out. It was all very glamorous with all of the top wedding industry suppliers all under the same roof. There were butlers in the buff serving champagne, a glass giraffe vodka luge and celebrity entertainment by Francine Lewis from Britain’s got talent. Once we’d eaten our 3 course meal it was awards time and the stationery category was the first one up. To say I was nervous was a massive understatement! Then they read out my name and I was so shocked, overwhelmed and excited. I could only describe the feeling as I thought I was going to burst! Biggest smile ever and still smiling now.

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The whole night was a bit of a blur (not due to alcohol!) and a very sureal experience-one that I will never forget! After a bit of boogying and mingling it was time for bed but not before a photo with my trophy infront of the screen on the way out. Felt like a celebrity on the red carpet!  I lay in bed thinking; did that actually just happen, it felt like a dream.

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I am very overwhelmed, proud and grateful that my little business has won a national award-still can’t believe it! Plus got lots of exciting  new things on the horizon too. If any of you are engaged and after some whimsical rustic stationery for your wedding, then you can have a look at my collections over at www.sarahwants.com.

It’s been a great few years working at Poppy Treffry and I will miss you all so very much. I have never had the privilege of working with such a fantastic, funny and skilled bunch of tea addicted nutters before! The Christmas party roller disco was a highlight of course-lost count of the times poor studio Sara fell over! I will visit the shop regularly and keep upto date on what’s new over on the Facebook page. Thanks for everything-its been a blast and I have very fond memories of my time at Poppy Treffry.

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Fun times!

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