Mothers Day

Whoopie Pies

A few weeks ago I blogged about making my mum a Mother’s Day card but naturally couldn’t put it on here because she is an avid reader of A Crafty Chai!

Mothers Day Stitched Teapot CardAnyway here is the card that I embroidered for her. She was pretty impressed with it, which is relief as it took me all day to do it! It was quite an easy pattern to follow, although because there are so many colours in it it was quite fiddly. The card was from a pack I bought in Hobbycraft a while ago but I had to cut the hole into a square as the circle that was originally there was too small for the teapot. If my sewing skills were more professional I would have sewn ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ into the space above the teapot. But I am quite the beginner at this so I left it off!

The good bit is that I finished it in time to post home to her. Granny loved her homemade card too so Mother’s Day was quite the handmade success!

My OH & I also made something for his mum for Mother’s Day. She invited us round for dinner on the Friday & asked if I would like to bring the pudding. Given the chance to bake, I was more than happy to bring the pudding. We decided on whoopie pies, which a friend of mine has made & said how lush they are. We used the recipe from ‘Baking Made Easy‘ by Lorraine Pascale.

Whoopie PiesAfter gathering together all the weird and wonderful ingredients we began making them. It looks a bit gross to begin with but it all works out okay in the end. The most difficult bit was piping the mixture onto baking trays. The baking trays were probably a bit small & the measurements for the pies seemed quite large. They turned out okay though. One of the most frightening ingredients was the amount of icing sugar required for the butter cream filling – 400 grams! Not for those watching their calories. They were a great success & I’d happily make them again. I’ve since found a different recipe that has less calorific ingredients so will try that next time.

Atomic Breakfast

Atomic Breakfast

I love weekends and I love eating out. Combine the two and I’m a happy girl. When my OH suggested meeting some friends for breakfast at Atomic Burger I didn’t have to have my arm twisted. And knowing that they had a new menu made it even more lush.

In hindsight, I wish I’d had the Molly Ringwald. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my Charlie Brown pancakes but I was envious of the huge portions that everyone else got when I only had two pancakes. At least this means I’ll be going back to try it out! My OH had the Judd Nelson and was impressed by the amount of food he received. All this and endless cups of Joe – what’s not to love?!

Atomic BreakfastNot only that, for £1.50 we also bought a sticker book to get free food (and be super cool, natch!) I think this is a great idea – as if they need to give people a reason to go back for more! The service was always with a smile, which must have been tough on Sunday as there were some alarm/electrical issues. When we arrived & we were told we might not be able to get breakfast, to say I was gutted is an understatement so I didn’t mind waiting for food for a while.

I’ll definitely be going back for breakfast soon. If for no other reason than to get another sticker!  

 

Chocolate Festival

The Big Yum Chocolate Pretzels

Like most women I love chocolate. So when I saw from Oxford City Guide that there would be a full on chocolate festival in Oxford I was pretty excited.

Churros It was pretty small, to say the least. Plus I’d just had loads of coffee & pancakes for breakfast at Atomic Burger so my tummy wasn’t exactly prepared for loads of chocolate goodies. There were independent traders selling their lovely chocolatey wares. It smelt delicious. I decided on purchasing two things. A chocolate fudge cupcake from Miss Poppy Cakes and a small bag of chocolate covered pretzels from The Big Yum – Heaven!

The Big Yum Chocolate Pretzels I’ve managed to try both this afternoon. If nothing else, I’m dedicated to my love of chocolate & my blog! To be honest, the cupcake was quite dry. I can understand this if they were made on Friday, which they probably were. The icing however was delicious & more of a ganache. Loved it.

The Big Yum chocolate covered pretzels are delicious. A totally lush mixture of savoury & sweet. My favourite. I will definitely be ordering some more lovelies from their website in the not too distant future as the small bag I purchased will only last me about another 8 minutes. Oops!

I really hope that Oxford continues to host things like the chocolate festival & that word spreads. It was a shame that more local choclatiers weren’t present, as I know from Twitter that there are quite a few local bakers etc who use chocolate regularly who would have held their own in this festival. Either way I’ll be going back next year to sample some more choco goodies.

Oxfork

Oxfork Popup

Oxfork LogoI am a huge supporter of the local food movement & I love eating out. So when my OH asked if I wanted to go to Oxfork I readily agreed. What is Oxfork I hear you ask? It is a pop-up restaurant using local suppliers organised by two (amazing) chefs and this particular night was a vegetarian meal. I wasn’t disappointed!

Even though there was broccoli on the menu, I wasn’t going to be put off at all. There were stalls with locally made, up-cycled & vintage goods and great entertainment (although I wasn’t thrilled by the dog poem, which told the story of killing a dog – not veggie appropriate!) We were greeted with a lovely glass of fizz & some local bread and dips. The whole meal was lovely & the service was outstanding. I hope they do another veggie night as I would definitely go back. An excellent & eclectic evening.

Oxfork Popup