Monday, 21st March 2011

HIGH TEA ANYONE?

You may remember I introduced Pearl & Godiva on the blog previously, as a Farrell & Chase Loves feature. When I saw this stunning new photo shoot of their wonderfully whimsical vintage china I had to share. I love this teapot so so much…

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Pearl & Godiva offer an extensive collection of stunning vintage china for hire for every kind of wedding as well as banqueting chairs, tables, sofas, vintage tablecloths, antique chandeliers, lanterns, birdcages, candelabras… everything need to turn your wedding reception into a vintage wonderland!

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Pearl & Godiva now also organise exclusive hen nights and bridal party tea parties at your venue of choice, with vintage table linen and lace, antique bone china and silverware. Afternoon tea, what could be more sophisticated!

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You can also purchase their beautiful bespoke cake stands directly from their website. They would be so pretty for displaying your wedding сплит кондиционер в минске cupcakes..

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Tea anyone?

Photography: Shane O Neill Aspect Photography

Cupcakes: Be My Cupcake

Macaroons: Petits Fours Patisserie

Models: Lockdown

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Tuesday, 11th January 2011

LOVE SO SWEET!

Following on from our 2011 Wedding Styles & Trends post I have decided to dedicate a full feature to dessert tables, I couldn’t resist…

2010 saw the emergence of sweet or candy stations, for 2011 the top wedding food trend is dessert buffets. If you’re looking for a focal point to get all your guests talking this is definitely for you. Your dessert table can reflect the style of your wedding, is it rustic, minimal or classic. Choose a centre point on the table to place your wedding cake and surrounded it with delicious treats. From cupcakes to french fancies and doughnuts to macaroons offer your favourite desserts. desserttables1Whatever you choose to indulge in, make sure everything on your table is easy to access and don’t forget to label everything to. Consider backdrops and table cloth patterns and colours, dishes and cake stands, dessert tables can make a huge impression on your reception decor. Cover the table in lace, ribbon or surround your cakes with a sea of flowers. Consider the colours of the desserts and compliment your wedding pallet with coloured icing, fruits and toppings. Add decor to the table using bottles, candles or old picture frames for a vintage look or for a very “French” look display your treats on an old distressed dresser. For a a relaxed picnic look lay down chequered blankets over a picnic table and tier the desserts using old bottle crates. The possibilities are расчет кондиционера в витебске endless Delicious!

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Friday, 6th August 2010

MAKING WHOOPIE!

Apparently the best bakes since cupcakes. Whoopie Pies! They look so delicious, like giant cake versions of Oreo Cookies, yummm, I can wait to try one…

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The traditional whoopie pie consist of delicious white frosting or cream sandwiched between two chocolate cakes, just enough for one person to indulge in. They originate from New England where Amish women would bake them and put them in farmers’ lunchboxes. When farmers would find these yummy treats, they would shout “Whoopie!”

I think they’d be great for a sweet/cake table at a wedding! Huge in the US it’s only a matter of time before they hit the Irish market.

As they haven’t hit Irish shores yet and I’m not going to America any time soon I think I’ll have to get baking if I want to try them. If you fancy trying them too here’s a recipe I have found, let me know how you get on…

TRADITIONAL WHOOPIE PIES

Recipe makes 12 pies, Cooking time 12 min

Cookie Dough Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg

Marshmallow Creme Filling Ingredients: 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, slightly softened, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 jar (7- to 7 1/2-ounce) marshmallow creme, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets.

Prepare Cookie Dough: In large bowl, with spoon, mix all dough ingredients until smooth. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on each prepared cookie sheet. (There will be 12 rounds per sheet.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking, until puffy and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. With wide spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Prepare Marshmallow Creme Filling: In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter until smooth. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla until smooth.

Spread 1 rounded tablespoon filling on flat side of 12 cookies. Top with remaining cookies. And enjoy!

Recipe from www.delish.com

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Monday, 14th June 2010

SWEET & SAUCY

I stumbled across Sweet & Saucy looking through the Green Wedding Shoes Blog, a great blog for beautiful wedding inspiration, and fell in love. Sweet & Saucy, I love the name, based in the US specialise in custom desserts, wedding cakes and much more yummy treats that really look beautiful. Their wedding cake designs are stunning, I love the elegant understated look…

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I have been looking for cake inspiration as I am planning on decorating my own wedding cake. A family friend has a bakery and their cakes are so delicious that we never even considered going anywhere else to have our wedding cakes baked but I really love the idea of decorating the cakes myself. I have always been interested in cake decoration so this is my chance to really embrace it. I have been looking for something different in decoration and think I’ve hit the jackpot in inspiration with Sweet & Saucy, their cakes really are beautiful. I also love the images of the cake tables, three beautiful cakes on lovely cake stands with flowers and candles decorating the table…

Watch this space for some of my practice cakes.

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Monday, 15th March 2010

A MOTHERS DAY TREAT IN TANKARDSTOWN

On Saturday I brought my mother for lunch in Tankardstown House in Rathkenny for an early mothers day treat and had to share…

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Tankardstown House is a beautifully restored country house in Co. Meath only down the road from our site so will be no doubt be a local haunt when we move into our house. Anyway more about our lunch on Saturday, we walked into the beautiful garden in the walled courtyard where there is a pretty shop, a very elegant formal restaurant, a secret dining area for small private parties and the Bistro which was where we were headed. The interiors of the Bistro are really gorgeous.

We both ordered the special, chicken and leek pie with peas, with chips and salad. We were served a lovely basket of home made breads to nibble on while we waited for our lunch. The pie arrived served in a pot with a pastry top and lovely skinny fries in a small bucket, it was delicious! We followed with sticky toffee pudding and tea, it was my mothers day treat for my mum after all. We did notice some other guests ordering afternoon tea which was beautifully presented on a silver stand; sandwiches, sweet cakes and scones with cream and jam. We will definitely be returning to sample the afternoon tea, possibly the champagne afternoon tea, if we can come up with a reason to celebrate. I visited the Brabazon Restaurant with Alan for dinner a few weeks ago and have to say  it was delicious too, we had a really lovely night.  I’m looking forward to my next trip to Tankardstown House!

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Friday, 15th January 2010

CUPCAKE ME! PLEASE

A sweet treat for you. Yummmm!

I would just love some of these delicious cupcakes now. They are sooo pretty, making me rather peckish just looking at them…

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Cupcake Me, run by Tara, makes all of her cupcakes with lovely fresh ingredients. Tasting as good as they look they’re sure to kick your sweet tooth into overdrive! All of her beautiful cakes are available to order for delivery to offices, homes, party locations etc.

MMmmm! I really would love one now, or two or three…

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Monday, 8th June 2009

I SCREAM ICE CREAM

What a lovely idea for a summer party or wedding, delicious ice cream scoops in a beautiful cup and saucer!

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I stumbled across this ice cream blog by Kieran Murphy, part of Murphy’s Ice Cream in Dingle featuring beautiful ice cream creations and recipes. I’d love an ice cream now!

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Saturday, 4th April 2009

SUNNY DAYS!

It’s a beautiful spring day here, the sun has been peaking out from behind the small white fluffy clouds in a beautiful blue sky! It makes a change from the usual wet Irish weather which makes you want to curl up in front of a roaring fire.

Not today though… lots of work has been done, I’ve been out in the garden weeding, preening and watering. The flowers are starting to bloom, beautiful butter yellow daffodils are popping up all over the countryside, giving me lots of inspiration for some fresh spring designs.

I’ve also been baking brown bread, my first time, very proud of myself ! I couldn’t resist the smell wafting through the house when it was cooling and had to have a small taste with some devilishly red raspberry jam. Delicious!

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