28 March 2013

happy easter!

Sometimes as a child, I used to paint watercolour directly onto blown out eggs and I remember being very taken with the results indeed. Not sure how my mum felt about the dwindling egg supply...

This time, I figured watercolour on paper would work just fine too and we wouldn't have to eat scrambled eggs for days. Easter decorations are not a major thing in our house anyway - chocolate eggs and a vase of daffodils and we're pretty much good to go.

Have a lovely weekend, and may spring and the sun hurry along in these parts. We're ready for you, you know. 

20 March 2013

Happiness on a stem

The sun has been a stranger around these parts again. Damnation!

But the daffodils are out. 

Cheap as chips in the shops, and slowly, sleepily beginning to flower in the parks and the churchyard near where I live. 

Happiness on a stem, said a woman also considering the flower stand in Tesco's. 

Yep. That's about right. Might as well buy a couple of bunches at a time.

08 March 2013

afternoon tea delights

I'm not really that much into sweet things, but working on this has given me sugar lust.

I'd go for the jam tart maybe, if the pastry is nice and buttery and the jam home made, or else the madelaine, just fresh out of the oven. 

In the end though, the custard tart with an espresso wins. When we were in Cape Town for our wedding, a Portuguese friend of my dad's brought a whole box fresh from the bakery while the marquee was going up, and we had coffee and the tarts out on the shady verandah to take a break from being stressed erics. 

Love how food and memories intertwine.

Which is your favourite for tea?