Courgette and Lime Cake

Ah living the domesticated life today! I've accomplished the basics that people do all the time but for me today has been a massively productive one. For starters I finally got round to a good bake. Back on it :) This is no picture for pinterest but I have had 3 people say how delicious this cake is :).

 I would love to take all the credit but it was from Katie over at Katie's Kitchen journal. She's so talented and loves to bake with vegetables just like me! So if you would like the recipe please click here. It is fluffy and moist and she gives you a recipe that works fuss free. Oh one tip - do not scrimp and buy a cheaper version of Philadelphia. Pays off to buy the real thing. 

It was just nice to spend a day at home. I visited Anne my neighbour and she let me rummage her herb garden. Great for my next bake that's in the pipeline - Lavender and Orange cake :) I also spent some quality time with my feline besties curled up watching the thunderstorm today watching a gazillion episodes of Desperate housewives. That not so productive I admit. But I do love these kind of days. 

What have you been up to of late? Have you any nice summer bakes for me to try? Any lavender recipes you have I would love for you to send my way!

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Mad Hatters Tea Party

So, I have to tell you firstly, how happy I was meeting these beautiful bloggers in the flesh! I have been reading their blogs for a few months now so it was ace to actually sit down with them and have a good old gossip about tea/cake/love and life! We had arranged it a while back and so I was worried that life might do its thing and get in the way. But we all amazingly pulled it off and enjoyed the most playful afternoon tea at The Sanderson in the most glorious weather! Result. 

Meet the ladies 
They are all just as lovely as they appear on their blogs. Yep. Get yourself over to their blogs (after reading mine!) and follow their lifestyle/baking blogs to show them some love.

The Mad Hatters theme taken from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was evident from the china, cakes and even the staff! We had an awesome waiter who was a tad bit eccentric. Check him out...

Tea was very delicate. We opted for all flavours as we couldn't chose despite trying. The Sanderson offered Rhubarb and Custard (my fav), Mint chocolate, Strawberry and cream and Apple pie. Do you understand where our dilemma was now?

Cakes were worth every bite. We had strawberries and cream mushroom marshmellows (yum), melting mango cheesecake (yummier), green tea and white chocolate mouse in a popping candy chocolate cup (yummier than yummier). I was dead impressed with how everything was flavoursome and creamy but you never felt like you could say no to another :) 

The famous 'Drink Me' portion. I have seen this for a number of years now in photographs of the afternoon tea and finally managed to get a taste. It was split into different creamy and citrusy flavours which meant you had to drink really slowly to be able to taste them all. 

After deciding somehow that we'd had enough cake for one afternoon we read our individual riddles wrapped around our napkins which we all thought was really sweet. Mine read At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they? Err I seem to have forgotten the answer to this? Anyone want to guess? I think the answer is Stars!?

Here we are...

Thanks for coming! See you soon for the next meet up soon I hope.

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Birthday at the Bingham

It's been way too long. I lurrv blogging so much but I think I've been a tad bit busy with work/social and being seriously ill ( I have been so contagious recently! ) to put TLC into a post. I never want to feel as if blogging is a chore so I never force myself to start writing, I do it when I want to! That way it stays a hobby and not another pressure on top of lifes others! Know what I mean?! Anyway enough waffle about that, I want to share some birthday snaps with you. It was such a special day that would not have been that way without friends. Here's to friends, old and new who go out of their way to make you feel a million dollars :) 

My 7am surprise! From my wonderful housemate - she'd hidden my cards all week, baked a cake and even made my favourite breakfast for me! Such a cutie.

Another shock was a huge bunch of flowers delivered by a uni friend on the day. It was then I realised it was my first bunch anyone had ever sent me. It was so lovely of her.

The Bingham 

It was such a treat to eat at The Bingham and lived up to expectations ladies! I mean, this is a place I would want to get married at it's that lush. The service - amazing. The food - beautifully presented. The weather - HOT HOT HOT! We actually
kind of melted away on that balcony. 

If you fancy something fancy on the Thames with stunning views - this is your place. The menu will not disappoint and you will be bowled over by the waiters attention to making your visit a pleasant one. They are also a boutique B&B listed on Mrs and Mrs Smith.

Hair done, Jamie Oliver's and wine with friends made my birthday so much fun! But there was one thing missing.....Ma Famillia! They arrived the next day for some dossing around Ham time. My family seemed to love Ham which was nice. We took little Wills on his first ferry rid and just meandered around until the heat wore as all out (excuse the bed hair and hungover look!)

Birthdays can be a downer when your're single but thank god for the people in my life that rallied around to make it one of the best birthdays yet. MWAH!

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