Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Classic French Macaron

I've perfected the Macaroon
but not the French Classic

A Macaron baking class with Caroline Hope….
she is an expert on English Tea
and all the goodies 
served with it! 

Five of us crammed into her adorable, efficient, London flat
for an intensive lesson 
on baking.

No electric

If it falls on your head,
it's not ready!

Cocoa with a chocolate ganache, pistachio with pistachio butter cream,
and my favorite,
ginger with lime butter cream! 

They turned out perfect and delicious,
but honestly…..
So many things can go wrong….
I'll probably buy them!  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Country Living Spring Fair

I have been looking forward to this day….
The annual "Country Living Spring Fair"
at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

It's best to get there before the doors open at 10:00….
it's always packed with shoppers!

It must be time for me to move back to the States…
TOO MANY venders recognized me from past shows!!!

As always … it's fun to end our shopping day at a local pub,
The Horse and Groom

***Do you even recognize my favorite Aussie with her hair down? 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lewes for antique shopping

As many times as I have been to the quaint town of Lewes for antique shopping,
I have never posted a blog ~
  Here is Lewes…..

About an hour train ride out of Victoria Station…..
Home to Lewes Castle, Harvey's Brewery, and Anne of Cleaves House…….
and believe it or not, Thomas Paine,
Father of the American Revolution! 

on a beautiful mid-March day!  

On our way up the hill from the train station we are tempted by the bakery windows…..

Sticking to the mission…..
Eve, Sandra, and Natalie at our first stop - the Antique Centre

the Oyster plates are still there….

What, none of us are looking for silver napkin rings???

Up the hill with a left turn at this memorial intersection…..

the Lewes Flea Market always promises treasures…..

some more interesting than others…..

Sandra has a thing for elephants, but this elephant foot planter ~
maybe not!  
(It would be funny to see others reactions with it in the seat next to us on the train!)

Heading back down the hill the village comes alive….

The best part of the day is always lunch at Bill's…..

starting with a refreshing 'spring-like' 
Prosecco and Elderflower spritzer!

There are several more fun antique shops along main street 
where I found what I was looking for…

but not the right 'colours'! 

Time to catch the train back to London….

where Sandra and I, bribed by a piece of chocolate - we are so easy,
filled out a questionnaire from a student in Brighton
majoring in Restaurant Management.
Judging by the look on our faces, we wanted to make an A+!!!

It was another great day out of the city with friends!