Cannon Beach and Basset Hounds

I just love the idea of a little family day out; me, husband and the doggins. Very rarely do I take a day off at the weekend to embark on such things. If I don’t work I don’t earn, one of the minus points of working for yourself but having some enjoyable summer days with my…

Slice of Cake Meets Slice of Life.

I have to apologize for the sporadic posts of late. I am back in full swing of the farmer’s market season and it’s kicking my arse. For those who haven’t gathered I run a domestic based bakery business called the Great British Bakery, using the local farmer’s markets as a venue to operate my little…

Sweet Roses

So sticking with the flowers you can eat theme, let’s move over to the sweet side of life. I use Rose as a flavour quite often in my baking – I just love it and it reminds me of British summertime, and I also use crystalized Rose or Viola petals – they look cool and…

Raw Flower Power

Shifting sideways from my usual sweet food exploration, and heavily influenced by my recent travels, I bring you the rawness of the good stuff. Vegetables. For those of you who are rolling their eyes and with a sarcastic ‘yum…vegetables…raw, I need meat’ just give this a chance. I expect you have seen or heard of the raw…

Wanna Get Your Wiki Wacked?

  Refreshments are needed, where my beaches at? It’s sounds painful but getting your Wiki Wacked is very very common indeed in Avalon, Catalina. Visit Luau Larry’s, ask for a Wiki Wacker, drink the colourful and flamboyant looking cocktail and enjoy sporting a new straw beach hat! Luau Larry’s was frequented a few times during…

Nice Buns!

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns are great, they are great at any time but somehow they just taste better at Easter, traditionally served on Good Friday – with a nice cuppa, obvs. These delicious little buns are sticky, fluffy, fruity and great slathered in a really good European style butter. You can also cut them…

Easter Biscuits 1958

Easter is this weekend so it is only right that I post some delicious Easter recipes. This biscuit recipe was handed down to me by my lovely Mum who was given this recipe in 1958 when she was at school. It hasn’t changed one bit. I’m not sure what makes these Easter Biscuits, other than you…

Victoria Sponge

This cake – traditionally simply called a Victoria Sandwich, was named after Queen Victoria (it was her favourite). The sponge cake was sandwiched with jam and… resembled a sandwich! Queen Vic is the chick that started the trend of having ‘afternoon tea’. In this recipe I have added a filling of fresh cream along with the jam….

Biscuits

Biscuits. Where as tea is the very backbone of Britain, biscuits are the support, the right hand man, the showcase within the art exhibition of drinking tea. And of course tea break just wouldn’t be same with out them. Now, just to clarify, biscuits as I am referring to are the British biscuits not the US biscuits. What the…

A Nice Cup of Tea

Tea is definitely the firmly established British drink of choice. Yeah, we like our cuppa tea. Now, I just want to clear up the image of Brits drinking tea. It is not so much a china teacup and saucer affair with your little finger poking up sitting at a well dress afternoon tea table, in the…