Raising money for different charities is something that I love to do. I like to sponsor everyone I can that I know that run crazy races, do Tough Mudders and everything else under the sun! I ran a Marathon in A Month for the British Heart Foundation last September and really enjoyed it. I love doing something with a purpose so when I heard about the Blooming Great Tea Party I was in!
There’s always so much conversation about Valentine’s Day, is it romantic, is it just marketing ploys to get you to spend money, is it a big deal in your relationship, is it not? SO MUCH CHAT. Everyone seems to have such a strong opinion on it and I don’t see why people can’t just let it wash over them and take it for the novelty cuteness that it is.
Need cake, epic hot chocolate, freak shakes, pancakes with bacon and coffee in your life? You need The Pudding Pantry in Nottingham. Located super close to Victoria Centre is this teeny tiny cafe that’s packed with character and insane cake. This has been one of my favourite places to head on a weekend for ages and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t actually featured them on my blog before.
Snuggling down for Bake Off in the winter is never the same without a sweet treat, is it? Sometimes a biscuit or a couple of squares of dark chocolate isn’t enough and I feel like I need a proper homemade feeling pudding. Step in my amazing new discovery of Dr Oetker Pud In A Mug Sponge Puds! You must know all about the ‘mug cake’ trend, right? Well, these are mug cakes without the faff of actual ingredients and with a surefire guarantee that it’ll work every time!
What’s better than cosying up with tea and cake on a rainy Saturday afternoon? Pretty much nothing in my opinion. We headed to Browns in Nottingham to sample the Royal Afternoon Tea which comes with all your usual Afternoon Tea goodies but with a bonus British Royale cocktail topped with juicy blackberries.
Tucked away in a corner of Sheffield’s Creative Quarter is Steam Yard Coffee Co, a gem of a coffee shop that’s guaranteed to satisfy your weekend caffeine and sugar cravings. We’ve been following them on Instagram for a while and have been drooling over our iPhone screens at their incredible doughnuts and pastries. We ventured down (or, actually up!) to Sheffield last weekend to check them out and do a little shopping and we weren’t disappointed.
This crazy heart shaped cake mould is one of my favourite pieces of kitchenalia at the moment. It’s silicone and bendy and easy to clean, bright red and when you cut your cake, it’s heart shaped! What else could you want?
I made a ‘healthy’ Victora sponge the other day, topped with strawberries and fromage frais! It wasn’t the best cake so I’m not going to give our the recipe, I’m sure Google can help you out there! I just wanted to share how cute this little cake mould is, it’s fab.
So today, I decided to bake some gorgeous cookies using a Nigella recipe, they’re double chocolate chip and amazing! I was inspired by the lovely new bakeware that I picked up on the weekend from TKMaxx, the Mecca of all the things that you want but don’t actually need. These pretty cake tins were only £2.99 each and I couldn’t resist them.
The summer holidays will always mean moments of boredom for small people. It was our lovely Abby’s (our Nanny, we call her Abby as it’s short for the Spanish for grandma… long story short) birthday yesterday and she’s coming to stay tonight. We thought we’d make her a cake and it killed two birds as it kept little G occupied for an afternoon.
So the amazing people from Teapigs got in contact via Twitter asking for bloggers that loved tea and I went for it, bombarded them with tweets until they sent me a really really really big bag of tea in so many different flavours and types.
This is the first of my Teapigs themed posts, I’ve got an iced tea recipe coming up next month which will be really exciting!