Here’s a good-looking hit of caffeine to get you through your day. (I’ll take a #4 to go, please.) Enjoy!
1. Hot Coffee Splash in an Ed Hardy mug. By Thomas.
2. Coffee at high frequency. Isn’t this awesome? By David Melchor Diaz.
3. How to make dry cappuccino. A delicious doodle by Hyoin Min.
4. Chocolate-coffee cupcakes with mocha ganache and mascarpone cream. GIMME! By Chotda.
5. Coffee cup cookies. By DistopianDreamGirl.
Posted by thefty on 22/06/2012
Today is Shrove Tuesday, aka pancake day. If you’re having pancakes for dinner tonight (and you should be), I recommend these cinnamon-bun pancakes, and these vanilla-cinnamon pancakes with berries. (Yes, I really like cinnamon.)
1. My thoughts exactly. Incidentally, this is what Betty Crocker looks like in my head.
2. Oh, elephant pancake, you are a thing of beauty. Syrupy, doughy beauty. (Photo by Anne Wedlendt)
3. A Japanese crepe truck, by Tim Arai.
4. Flippin’ Mastery, by Ffion. I’ve got the flippin’ envy (I always make someone else do it).
5. This was my friend Olivier’s brunch plan, with everything written in singular. ‘Bean’ just about killed me (with laughter), and I asked to keep his list for my future amusement. (It’s sad that ‘pancake’ did not make the cut.)
Posted by thefty on 21/02/2012
According to the BBC, a toast sandwich is the UK’s cheapest meal. Apparently, it can taste pretty good if it is well-seasoned and well-buttered…but if you’re already seasoning and buttering, you may as well add a slab of avocado and a nice bit of ham. Don’t you think? I do.
1. Each to their own. From here.
2. Halfway through my glorious salt beef beigel. (Photo from my Flickr.)
3. A Unicorn Sandwich: Delicious and magical. Illustration by Kathryn Macnaughton
4. Oh my. I haven’t had a jam sandwich in years, and now I’m very ready for one. (I’ve got three pots of my mum’s home-made jam in the fridge, and now I know what’s for lunch.)
5. I didn’t know Jude worked at Subway. Huh. From here.
Posted by thefty on 13/02/2012
So, it’s National Chocolate Day according to Twitter (that reliable fountain of wisdom). I’m taking the mob’s word for it, because this is not the sort of fact I want to doubt. Happy Chocolate Day, everyone!
1. Chocolate mustaches! the best thing about these is that you can order them online (click here).
2. Big whoop(ie)! I love how he’s holding it casually, like it’s just a Big Mac, no big deal. From here.
3. This mug is leading me to temptation. From here.
4. Strawberry chocolate truffles. That colour is spectacular. You can buy these over here.
5. A double-chocolate thing of beauty. It’s freezing in London and ice cream is the last thing I want…so this is for those of you in sunny places. From here.
And one more thing for the Nutella fans out there: CLICK HERE (but be prepared to gasp in delight).
Posted by thefty on 09/02/2012
I am going to Cyprus at the end of this week, and I am anticipating a lot of good, home-cooked food. I can already smell it.
1. Tomatoes, basil and salty black olives.
2. A sprig of fresh Greek thyme.
3. Beautiful sardines in the oven.
4. Colourful peppers strung up at the market.
5. Crispy garlic baby Octopus eaten in Sitges, Spain.
Fresh! Fresh! Fresh!
Posted by thefty on 16/08/2011
The weather in London was incredible this weekend. I spent the afternoon at home, with friends, eating and drinking on the balcony. It was one of those days which I’ll remember for a long time:
1. Bare legs, fresh air, and a fragrant blooming geranium.
2. Pitcher after pitcher of iced lemon water (plus the odd splash of Jamaican rum).
3. Strong light and dramatic shadows (not to mention excellent frocks).
4. Happy colours and chilled fruit salad. (And Nutella.)
Of course, in true London style, it is now Monday morning and it’s raining.
Posted by thefty on 06/06/2011
Fancy I brew? I sure do. I’ve become quite the tea aficionado since moving to England. In fact, I have a whole drawer reserved for my packets of tea, and sometimes I stick my head in there just to take a good long whiff. My current favourite is this. What’s yours?
1. Flying tea (with extra fly) seen here.
2. A sophisticated cuppa at Camellia’s Tea House.
3. Hand knitted tea cosies at Teapod.
4. Delicate leaves and delicate cups… at the Orangery.
5. A steaming pot of Chai at NatGeo on Regent Street.
Posted by thefty on 18/05/2011
Cake tastes better when you’ve made it yourself. Don’t you think?
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a very big bowl.
2. Put your little cakes into a hot, hot oven.
3. Check that your skewer comes out perfectly clean.
4. Pile on the frosting.
5. Gobble them up!
If you’re in the mood for baking, check out this recipe, and also this one and this one. Enjoy!
Posted by thefty on 01/03/2011
I had a heated debate with a friend today, regarding the definition of cake. Apparently, polenta cake doesn’t count as cake because it’s not light and spongey. I told him that terminology means very little to me in this context. If the thing is sweet and baked, I’ll call it a cake. However, I’d happily call it any other name if it meant I could have a slice.
1. A rather unusual specimen from Spitalfields Market.
2. So, it turns out that Bowie’s head is filled with vanilla sponge.
3. This tasted as good as it looked.
4. My friend baked this cake for her Jewish friend’s birthday. Cheeky!
5. And lastly, I present you with some dense, chocolatey goodness.
Posted by thefty on 09/02/2011
Feast your eyes, if not your belly:
1. I spotted this in Athens, not Rome.
2. Cured meats and antipasti at the deli.
3. The sign of a good cappuccino: The sugar doesn’t sink immediately.
4. A thin, crispy pizza. With lots of cheese.
5. Treats at Borough Market, London.
Oh my, I’m hungry now.
Posted by thefty on 31/01/2011
Cherries remind me of my childhood (1. My mother fretting over my stained dresses, 2. The artificial flavour of Panadol kiddie syrup).
1. A chewy, sickly Maraschino cherry. (I love them.)
2. Perfectly gleaming Haribo gems.
3. Greek sour cherry juice. (This is my favourite drink.)
4. A beachside snack.
5. Puny fruit on a London cherry tree.
Posted by thefty on 17/01/2011
Right now I’m aching for a good, fat slab of lemon drizzle cake. The best one I’ve ever eaten was at the V&A Cafe, and I still get flashbacks of that glorious first mouthful. Oh god, oh god, oh god.
1. A zingy layer of lemon curd.
2. Clementines in the snow.
3. Lemon boobies.
4. Oranges afloat in a pool of mulled wine.
5. A zesty lemon canoli. MMMMMM.
Posted by thefty on 11/01/2011
I made a huge batch of gingerbread this Sunday, to take home to my parents. I tried to make them look less…uh…blinding than the last batch I made (see picture #2). I think gingerbread cookies are my favourite Christmas treat. What’s yours?
1. Festive cupcakes! (I’m liking the tiny red gingerbread man.)
2. Gingerbread…apparently decorated by a child on a sugar high.
3. Proper mulled wine.
4. Choc-peppermint donuts, endorsed by Santa himself.
5. And, of course, a hefty Christmas dinner.
I was very sad to leave out candy canes and mince pies, let alone the selection of Greek Christmas sweets and biscuits that I grew up with. Ah well, next year.
Posted by thefty on 21/12/2010
Can you smell it? Oh, yum.
1. Cappuccino, finished.
2. Latte coloured walls.
3. An old, old sign for an old, Greek coffee shop.
4. Greek coffee, bird’s eye view.
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Posted by thefty on 06/09/2010