Category Archives: Tea

Who’s coming to tea?

Cakes for tea
Cakes for tea

A friend I hadn’t seen for over 25 years flew in from Australia via Tokyo and came to tea. I had to make some fresh cakes – it wouldn’t do to get some out of the freezer for such a special guest.

I pushed the boat out and made blueberry muffins, pecan and coffee cake – our walnuts had gone bitter though the unopened packet was well before the Best Before Date – and my favourite poppy seed cake. Enough left over to freeze some for when Louise and her family come to stay.

Sevres Tea Set on disploay at the Queen's Gallery
Sevres Tea Set on display at the Queen’s Gallery



But I didn’t serve our tea on a magnificent Sevres set like this one on display in the Portrait of the Artist exhibition presently on at the Queen’s Gallery until April 17th 2017.

Seeded Muffins – another delicious treat

Tea- or coffee-time treat
Lovely for coffee or tea time

There are so many healthy things in these little muffins that surely they must be good for you  – pecan nuts, carrots, mixed seeds. porage oats, dried apricots – especially if you forget the calories and don’t eat too many.

The recipe sounds complicated but once you’ve assembled the ingredients it’s a doddle and they always work out well

Recipe Continue reading Seeded Muffins – another delicious treat