I thought I would share with you some recipes I used to make afternoon tea recently. My menu was made up of roasted red pepper shots, feta and ricotta pastry swirls, sandwiches, scones, lemon cupcakes and balsamic berry chocolate mousse. I was in a bit of a panic the night before, wondering if I would be able to make everything on time but it actually worked out ok. I made the red pepper shots and chocolate mousse the night before but managed the rest in about 3 hours the next day, with some help on the sandwiches.
Roasted red pepper shot – This recipe came from the BBC Good Food website. You basically just add all of the ingredients to one pot and then blend it once cooked. Nice and easy and you can keep it in the fridge overnight or even freeze it if you want to be extra prepared.
Feta and ricotta pastry swirls - These were a last minute addition to the menu. I mixed some leftover feta, ricotta, spinach and spring onions in a bowl and then spread it over some ready made puff pastry. Then I rolled it up and cut it into slices about 2cm thick. These went into the oven for about half hour and were served warm.
Sandwiches – These were pretty simple. We did some cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches and some turkey salad and cranberry sandwiches. I had a bread maker for my birthday a few months back so used that to make some fresh bread.
Scones – I used a Delia recipe for these. This was actually the first time I had made scones and was happy to find that they are pretty easy to make. We served them warm from the oven with clotted cream and raspberry jam. I will definitely be making these again!
Lemon cupcakes – This isn’t the exact recipe I used (mine came from a book I have) but it is almost exactly the same. The only difference is that I grated some lemon zest into the icing and also the juice of about half a lemon.
Balsamic berry chocolate mousse – This recipe came from a book I was given for my birthday a few years ago. Chococo is the perfect recipe book for chocolate lovers and, as well as this delicious mousse recipe, it also contains some amazing cakes and biscuit recipes and teaches you how to make chocolate truffles.
1. Went to see The Lion King in Edinburgh.
2. The Falkirk Wheel.
3. Edinburgh Christmas Market.
4, 5 & 6. Better late than never – Christmas photos!
7 to 12. Skiing for New Year in Montgenevre.
1. Jam Classic Wireless Speakers
I love how little space these HMDX speakers take up! You can either use them wirelessly from 10m away or connect to phones / iPods using an aux-in cable. We actually use ours in the kitchen where we are very low on sockets so just recharge every few days. The battery lasts for around 12 hours and the sound quality is good seeing as the actual speaker is so small. I think these would make a great Christmas gift and they come in blue, red, purple, green and grey! RRP £39.99
2. Snuggly Bear Massaging Booties
These slippers from HoMedics are just fantastic! They are warm and cosy and at the same time give you a lovely foot massage! RRP 19.99
3. Fudges crackers
Fudges sell a variety of delicious crackers and biscuits which make lovely Christmas gifts. There is a big range from cheese crackers to florentines and even mince pies. RRP £2.65 for packet pictured
Paperblanks always have a lovely selection of beautiful notepads which make perfect stocking fillers. I love them! RRP £11.99 for design shown
5. Ribbit Handheld Massager
Again from HoMedics, this massager makes a cute stocking filler! It is available in three colours – blue, green or purple. RRP £9.99
6. Green People Nurture and Nourish Gift Set
Green People have quite a few gift sets and lots of great products. This Nurture and Nourish set includes a beautifully scented shower gel and body lotion. RRP £17.95
1. The beach at Nairn
2, 3 & 4. Culloden Battle Field
5. Brodie Castle
6, 7 & 8. Crathes Castle
9. Cute tree inside a pub!
10. Forth Bridge
11. Caerphilly Castle
12. Castell Coch
13. Ice wine all the way from Canada!
14. Delicious strawberries and chocolate
15. My new festive earrings!
16. Personalised birthday chocolates from Sent With A Loving Kiss
17. A freezing cold morning walk to work.
18. My new magnetic nail varnish
1. Pula Colosseum.
2. View from a little hilltop village.
3. Cute street.
5. Amazing clear sea!
8. Had a go at axe throwing…
9. Spent the weekend at Edinburgh Fringe.
10, 11 & 12. Out for a countryside walk.
1. Sunny day for my day off.
2. Afternoon tea at The Intercontinental.
3. View from The Shard.
4. Cocktails in Giraffe.
5. Colourful macaroons!
6. Cupcake shopping.
7. Models Own Disco Mix.
8, 9 & 10. Linlithgow near Edinburgh.
11. Chocolate pasta!
12. Family meal at Center Parcs.
13. Reading in the sun.
15. Chalk art by my sister.
1. Lunch with my sister…
2. Baking cookies with my sister.
3. Zebra nails.
4. Gel nail polish – not too keen on the colour!
5. Nail varnish purchases.
6. New bikini for my holiday
8. Love this colour! (Models Own neon range)
9. New boots.
1. My sister has lovely hair
2. Bought myself a cute cactus.
3. Belated Easter cupcakes.
4, 5, & 6. Day trip to London.
7. Yummy macaroons!
8. Picnic in sunny Aberdeen.
9. Lunch time gingerbread man.