Friday, 15 March 2013

Last weekend

A little mistake with our online shop meant that we ended up with three bags of parsnips, when I only actually needed three individually. So, my thoughts turned to soup and I found this recipe, which turned out great. Very easy (and I didn't bother peeling the parsnips either - too laborious) and tasty. I left out the ginger, because although I love it in sweet things, I hate it in anything savoury. Now my freezer's full of soup, and if you're planning on coming round for lunch, that's what you'll be getting.

{parsnips in abundance}

{sautéeing}

{done, with some chilli on top}

New Look have had some brilliant jewellery in lately, and I took advantage of their buy one get one free offer to get these two necklaces below, which I'm wearing together, giving the impression of a much more striking and expensive looking statement piece. Since I bought them, they've got some lovely new stuff, and I'm coveting this necklace and this necklace at the mo.

{layered necklaces}

The weather was brilliant, so we went in search of the sea, and talked yet again of getting our names down on the waiting list for a beach hut...decorating one of these would be a nice little project.

{stroll on the beach}

{beach huts}

Mr Kipling's French Fancies have been part of my life as far back as I remember. Fighting with my brothers over who didn't want to be left with the poo-brown cakes is a particular highlight. And then I remember slightly later in life being introduced to the far superior M&S version, with their glossy icing, and creamy fondant, in soft pastel colours, and thinking that I'd never look back. But then, M&S "changed their recipe" and because an exact replica of the more standard Mr Kipling version. I have been meaning to write a letter to M&S about it ever since. Still not quite got round to it. But then I spied these at Heidi's Patisserie last weekend, which are at least a lot further along the road towards the M&S French Fancy holy grail. And I brought out my Spode plate for the occasion, which is perhaps my most favourite shade of green ever. And a good sized cake plate.

{tea and cake}

Next door to Heidi's Patisserie, was a handily positioned charity shop - I popped in and lo and behold, this cake stand was looking right at me. Snapped it up and headed home, to dig out my cake knives and forks to go alongside it.

{tea and cake accessories}

Sunday saw me whizz off to Bath for the day, to meet my mum, go for lunch and do some shopping. Lunch at Same Same But Different was a real treat, with us going for the Butterbean Cassoulet with Slow-cooked Pork Should and the Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Parmesan with White Truffle Oil. Yum. I always make a beeline for the Comptoir des Cotonniers shop in Bath, which still had a good sale selection with some brilliant reductions - you can look at their sale items here on their website.

{lunch}

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