Sunday, September 29, 2013

sweet spice...

I've been wanting to try baking these muffins for ages - something about the combination of tea & poppy seeds just really appealed. I much prefer chai tea to earl grey though, so I simply substituted chai teabags when infusing the milk - plus a dash of vanilla in with my wet ingredients - and went with apricot jam for the glaze.

A double batch (with an extra egg) yielded 3 dozen nicely sized muffins - although they seem more like cupcakes to me... but then again, I really couldn't describe what the difference is. Not that it matters, as they are soft & delicious, with a beautiful hint of tea & spice.

Just in case I haven't tempted you enough, a few other recipes I've had success with recently(ish) - Spelt Apple Teacake (& Amy also made this Spelt Carrot Cake not that long ago), Magic Custard Cake, & the chocolate version too. Plus, I had this awesome chocolate cake for my birthday :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

a day at the market | september

A day of changeable weather for the September market - seems about right for the first one of spring. There was cloud, a few raindrops & even some thunder, but the sun soon came out to warm things up nicely. The wind did it's best to make off with all our stock, but we managed not to let it (mostly).

& our new bag designs were a hit :)

a day at the market march | june | july | august

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

month of mornings | week 4 { spring }

{ monday }
{ tuesday }
{ wednesday }

{ thursday }
{ friday }
{ saturday }
{ sunday }
summer | autumn | winter | spring

Sunday, September 15, 2013

joy is portable...

...bring it with you.

My gorgeous birthday presents from my lovely family - a hand printed tote bag, a lovely, soft t-shirt from ellembee & an elegant ceramic necklace from andODesign.

Friday, September 13, 2013

lovely links...

It's my birthday today and although I'm not getting cake & presents (if I'm getting any - everyone has been very sneaky this year) until tomorrow, I have been promised pancakes :)

Stunning New Zealand mountains, majestic New York part 1 | part 2, breath-taking African mornings, afternoons & nights, the ever dreamy Paris (& one more, because I couldn't choose between them).

Take some time to smell the roses, embrace the power of the meaningless, make it work.

Some superb landscapes 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

A few tea-infused recipes I'd love to try: Black Tea Cake with Honey Icing, Earl Grey & Poppyseed Muffins, Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Cupcakes & another Black Tea Cake with blackberry lime jam & honey whipped cream.

The beauty of the everyday: greenery, people, spring, bringing a touch of nature inside.

Also this song, this song, another & this one too.