Friday, 31 May 2013

Floral Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

The Laurent-Perrier garden has long been a fixture at the Chelsea Flower Show and this years collaboration with designer Ulf Nordjell was one of my show favourites, snapping up a well deserved gold for their contemporary take on a romantic garden which married both English and French styles. 

So when I heard that The Dorchester Hotel was celebrating the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a special Laurent-Perrier Floral Afternoon Tea, I was on the telephone quicker than you can say "53 Park Lane" booking my table to join in the fun. 

To coincide with the event, The Dorchester Hotel's executive Chef, Henry Brosi designed a collection of floral-inspired cakes and pastries for little old me to enjoy alongside my favourite rose champagne. How could I resist? 

To begin with, the most deliciously refreshing Passion fruit pannacotta chocolate cup to cleanse the palate. I'm swooning already!

I opted for my favourite Arabian Mint Garden tea, I think Hercules chose the Puttabong Queen 1st Flush Darjeeling Tea in the end but I can't be sure, I was far too busy politely filling my face with cake you see.

OK, perhaps just one more....on behalf of the RHS of course!

A perfectly relaxed ambiance. The flower filled promenade was beautifully scented by Roja Dove Laurent-Perrier candles accompanied by a mellow pianist playing in the background.

Fresh scones were served alongside a 'Candied Lemon', a lemon-shaped sponge cake filled with lemon crémeux and a white chocolate flocage; 'Violet’s Garden', a red berry & violet mousse on a crunchy short bread with crystallized violets; and ‘Lavender basket’, a dark chocolate tartlet infused with lavender with a spun sugar handle. All served with that unmistakable, Dorchester elegance!

Bottoms up!

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA

Monday, 27 May 2013

Ham House & Gardens

With lots of little projects that needed attention around here this bank holiday weekend, we opted not to stray too far from home for our little outing. Ham house in Richmond was perfectly situated for us to take a little goosey gander around the 17th century house and gardens on Sunday morning. We even found enough time to splish, splash, splosh our way across flooded fields, sit on the banks of the Thames and watch a little boat racing before heading back home to embark on some light weeding around the garden, trowel in one hand, Pimms in the other!.

There you go, that wasn't too strenuous was it!
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend?

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Petit Four Stand Giveaway Winner

The lucky Winner drawn for
The Magical Christmas
Wreath Company’s

Tina Tsang 
Petit Four Stand Giveaway


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Big thanks to all our entrants via the Blog, Twitter, Pinterest & Bloglovin

Stay tuned for our fab, future Giveaways!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

World Baking Day!

Never one to miss out on a worldwide collective bake off, I got dolled up in my best baking outfit this afternoon, flinging on my favourite pinny and spent an hour or two throwing pots and pans around the kitchen to take part in World Baking Day.

I thought I'd better try out a couple of simple but new recipes and my unsuspecting guests were the perfect guinea pigs. The results of my efforts were a homestyle Prosciutto & Vegetable Tart followed by a Marbled Black Sesame Japanese Baked Cheesecake. I might just add that not a crumb was left at the end of the tasting and there were even requests for second helpings!

Did you take part in World Baking Day today? What did you bake?

Friday, 17 May 2013

Marché Français at Waddesdon Manor

Gazing up at the romantic, fairytale turrets and sun-kissed cupolas set against azure blue skies, you'd be forgiven for thinking for a moment that you were at Chateau de Maintenon, Amboise or possibly even Chambord. However, last weekend we were not in the Loire valley but tootling along, fifty miles from central London in the heart of the rolling Chiltern hills in Buckinghamshire. Welcome to Waddesdon Manor.

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The Magnificent baronial mansion was built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the neo-renaissance style of a French chateau by the architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. Waddesdon is one of my favourite places to visit at any time of the year and on this particularly glorious Spring day it's positively-glowing, honey-coloured Cotswold stone façade was to prove the perfect foil for a French market that had landed on its doorstep.

Anyone who was anyone was there.......

Monsieur Canard & Monsieur Grande Fromage

Monsieur Brioche Fraîche & Monsieur Chou-fleur
& the lovely Madame Pâtisserie

After spending much of the afternoon filling our bags and faces with all manner of delicious French goodies, we saved some quality time to stroll the beautifully laid out gardens, admiring the gorgeous garden statuary Waddesdon has to offer.


Then, right on cue, the ever punctual Hercules arrived in the balloon to whisk me off home, away from my French chateau shopping adventure in the middle of the English countryside .

If that has whet your appetite then stick around, we will be returning to show you a few of the other delights and surprises at Waddesdon Manor later in the season. x

Bicester Rd  Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH

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Don't forget the beautiful Tina Tsang Petit Four Stand GIVEAWAY ends 23rd of May and you are all welcome to join in the fun!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Naughty But Nice Giveaway

There is nothing I like better on the weekend than to enjoy a naughty but nice afternoon tea. Give me a lovely pot of Earl Grey, dainty finger sandwiches, fresh cream scones, scrummy cakes, some good old juicy gossip and I'm in seventh heaven. In honour of such afternoon delights I thought we could have another one of our fab giveaways.

Gorgeous cake related paraphernalia always grabs my attention and I love the cheeky Tina Tsang petit four stands that they use at Beas of Bloomsbury, one of my favourite London Tea establishments.

After Tina graduated from Central Saint Martins, she began fusing ceramics with antique lace. By blending nostalgia with a little naughtiness, she created the witty, seductive and iconic Blaue Blume tea service which now has a huge following. It isn't any wonder that they named her fashion's favourite ceramicist. Blaue Blume is also a Vogue favourite and has been featured in countless fashion and interior publications.

We have a unique all-white version of the Blaue Blume petit four stand currently being made right here in London for us to giveaway worth £150.

The giveaway is open worldwide. There are three options to enter.

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You can complete all three options to triple your chances if you wish!
Entries will be complied on 23rd May 2013 and a winner will be chosen at random.
Simple and oh so saucy! Good luck!