When I was thinking, earlier today, about writing this post, I thought it would be about my week that was, but as is the way of the world as soon as I started to look back on what I did this week, my brain took off in a different direction and the planned post morphed into something else.
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Tomorrow, Bastille Day is the French national holiday; it commemorates the storming of the infamous Bastille prison on 14th July 1789 by disgruntled revolutionaries. The rebels took the Bastille and that event became a symbol of The French Revolution. Tomorrow all of France will be en fête; I decided to celebrate from afar by baking some madeleines.
This Sunday’s weather made it very difficult to believe that we are just ten days away from Midsummer. The sky was dull and dark in these parts and misty, gauzy, grey rain floated incessantly to the ground. A soft day! To cheer myself up this evening I did a spot of comfort baking and whizzed up a batch of orange and cinnamon breakfast bars, for the freezer. The recipe comes from Jane Clarke’s book Body Foods for Life.
I suspect the grand panjandrum, whoever he or she is, in charge at Diageo’s (owners of Guinness) marketing department, may have been mostly occupied these past ten days with ordering in cases of celebratory champagne. The reason? On a recent state visit to Ireland the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watched a master class in how to pull a pint of Guinness. A short few days later Barrack Obama also on a visit to Ireland was pictured downing a pint of the black stuff. These images have appeared in media outlets worldwide; a marketer’s dream and the type of publicity that no amount of money can buy.
If a trainee fairy maniacal working her way through ‘Bewitchment for Dummies’ were to cast a spell which meant I had to eat lunch in the same place everyday for evermore, I hope that place would be the Books for Cooks café in London.
The Cake Cafe, in the eco-friendly Daintree building, is slightly off the beaten track. First find the Daintree paper shop on Camden Street, walk through the shop and exit by the rear door into a bamboo fringed alleyway, when you emerge you will see The Cake Café.
Welcome to my world seen through the prism of my blog. This is my first post. Why blog? Well for me it’s the chance to talk about some things I love: life, style, interiors, food, wines, books, great cities, and anything that makes my heart skip a beat. I also hope it will act as a catalyst to push me into doing some things I have always wanted but keep finding some reason to put off.
I baked a cake to celebrate my first post, so excuse me while I go eat a slice or two. Talk to you soon.