Monday, May 25, 2015

Viennoisserie at Loaf

I had a fantastic day on Saturday at Loaf in Stirchely learning to make croissant, brioche and cinnamon buns with Tom Baker - yes that really is his name and he certainly lives up to it. The techniques were precise but surprisingly simple - what is required is time and patience. The freezer is now bursting with tasty treats - as we couldn't possible have eaten them all on the day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quilting again

This time it's one for our room! Some lovely Lotte Jansdotter material for the backing too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Salted caramel brownies

Salted caramel brownies for my birthday! We had to throw out the fleximold brownie pan so I cooked them in three loaf tins - lots of extra crunchy and chewy edges - yummy!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bistro 1847

Last night we headed to the Great Western Arcade and Bistro 1847. This super little vegetarian restaurant is named for the year the Vegetarian Society started. The food was divine - local, fresh and very beautifully presented. We were tempted to have one of the tasting menus but had a la carte in the end: carrot falafel with feta ice cream, mushrooms with potato crackling, leek crepe, mushroom ragout with parsley dumplings, whipped squash with plum and chocolate and crunchie parfait! 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Chocolate and Orange Teacakes

These delicious teacakes were inspired by the Meringue girls TV recipe on the waitrose website  but made just about following Jamie's minty ones. All I changed was adding tangerine zest to the dough, omitting the peppermint oil and adding a dash of orange oil to the chocolate coating! 

Monday, October 27, 2014


We had a super time yesterday visiting Hicote manor and gardens. We had intended to spend time at The Fleece Inn, who were celebrating apples and cider and had owls visiting, but we were evidently too early and they hadn't quite got going when we turned up, so we poottered round the corner to Hidcote and had lots of fun exploring the gardens and eating cake!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Market foraging

On Saturday we went to the markets with all the grandparents to 'forage' for our supper. Having passed on the delicious looking game we settle on a fishy fare - sushi for starters and halibut for mains!



Our little Lexi is getting bigger - we just celebrated her second birthday. Of course there needed to be a great quantity of cake: for us, for nursery and even some practise ones! The theeme was 'tickle monster'!

Lexi picked out the cake cases and helped fill/empty them.

rice crispies witches by laughingmagpies

cakes for nursery

practise monster cakes
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