November 23, 2015

Stir Up Sunday

Can I just pretend that I HAVEN’T been absent for a month here and just dive straight back into the conversation? Yep! Lovely, ‘cause yesterday my kitchen turned into a flour-dusted, sugar-coated, butter-slathered major Christmas bake-off station and I really wanted to tell you all about it.

It was Stir Up Sunday here in England and therefore time to gather the ingredients and get baking for Christmas. Unfortunately I can’t say the fruity Christmas pudding that inaugurated the tradition is a family favourite around here. Hence why I swapped the sticky fruits for even stickier marshmallow frosting and opted for (drum-roll): Christmas Pudding Cookies.

That’s a kind of pudding even the Englishman can agree with. Even more when he gets to dip oven warm cookies into the gooey sugar frosting all Sunday long. About time therefore that I filled the cookie jars. Where I come from, they used to be the main source of food during the holidays anyway.

The cookies and white frosting I made based on this lovely and simple recipe. The green and red frosting is ready-made frosting from a tube, to which I forgot to buy the nozzle, so I “painted” it on with a skewer.


Chocolate-Cinnamon Christmas Pudding Cookies
(for 20 cookies)


200g soft butter
100g icing sugar
250g plain flour
1 large egg yolk
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

2 large egg whites
130g caster sugar

In a bowl mix together butter, flour, sugar, egg yolk, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Knead until the dough is smooth and the bowl is clean.
Wrap in cling film and cool in the fridge for an hour.

Roll out the dough on a lightly flour dusted surface to 5mm.
Use the rim of a small glass or jar or a round cookie cutter to cut out circles
and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12minutes on 180°C (fan).
Let them cool on a rack or plate before decorating.

For the frosting beat two egg whites until they are stiff.
Then sprinkle in the sugar and mix together until it is a gooey mass.

Dip your cookies in the marshmallow frosting and let it dry a bit.
For the final touch add leaves and berries with green and red frosting.


What treats are coming out of your Christmas bakery this year? Has the season started yet? Please share your sugary goodness. There can never be too many cookies in a jar.

September 30, 2015

My Cup Of Tea | September

My cup of tea coll.
1. Old English phrase for "Something or someone that one finds pleasing".
2. The little things that I loved and want to remember from this month.
3. An opportunity to show off my growing tea mug collection ;)

September 23, 2015

Letter to Autumn

Dear Autumn,

Welcome back, old friend! You are looking rather fabulous these days with your blue skies and deep sunny glow, I must say. If I didn't know better, I would have thought you are hanging back a bit to let summer have its last shine. However, your chilly breeze and dark morning hours gave you away, I am afraid.

I must admit I have missed you deeply. I believe our inherit need for change (as we humans keep growing and changing all the time) makes us so very fond of you, as change is what you are all about.

Although I didn’t realise until your arrival, how much I really enjoy you being around and all the wonderful things we experience together. Just today I noticed how comforting the dry, warm air of the heater feels and how smokey the candles smell, the hot flame tingling my nose, when I am about to blow them out. Which is why I am very much looking forward to our brief time together (Christmas is looming already), despite your crazy weather moods. My knitting needles are ready to go, my tea cupboard is stocked, the blankets are ready to get snugly under and my book pile is about to tumble over.

Outdoors our little apple tree is bursting with fruit and the pumpkins are swelling up ready for carving season. I am also planning some candle pouring, wreath making and house tidying and my dusty wellies could probably to with some puddle splashing (but please, don’t be too generous with the rain). You see, lots to do and much to enjoy over the next few weeks.

Good to have you back,